This Day in Georgia Civil War History
July 01, 1863
Battle of Gettysburg Began
The Battle of Gettysburg began, as Confederate troops looking for shoes encountered Union troops already in the town. Both sides called for reinforcements, which started arriving in large numbers. The Confederates drove the Union troops from north of Gettysburg to the south of town, where the Union troops entrenched themselves on the heights called Cemetery Ridge, Round Top and Little Round Top. More reinforcements for both sides arrived during the night.