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The heartache of Gettysburg
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A hundred and 50 years ago next Tuesday, chaos descended on the small market town of Gettysburg, Pa. Quite unexpectedly, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and Gen. George Meade’s Army of the Potomac converged on each other in the Pennsylvania countryside. Shortly before the conflict, President Abraham Lincoln had relieved Joe Hooker of his command of the Army of the Potomac, replacing him with Meade, a crusty soldier who lacked charisma but had earned the respect of his troops.