Lincoln seized moment to unify North as he delivered Gettysburg Address

Lincoln seized moment to unify North as he delivered Gettysburg Address

If things had gone according to Gen. Lee's plan, the battle may have taken place in Harrisburg, the state capital, but instead it happened in Gettysburg, just south. After three days of fighting in the the early days of summer in 1863, the Union found itself on the winning side of things -- for a change. Winning at Gettysburg allowed the North, especially Lincoln, some breathing room. A lack of victories until this point and mounting criticism from within his own party had put the president in a precarious position. These three days did not obviously spell ultimate victory for the Union, but it began a shift in momentum.