Let’s discuss Lee’s decision at the end of Day 1. Does he stay or go? Remember, the Union objective was not to defeat Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia in a major battle on Day 1, but to hold Lee’s forces back from seizing the high ground southeast of town. Lee’s men approached Gettysburg from the west, and the north. So, it is about 5 PM on July 1st. The fighting is over for now. 2nd and 3rd Corps of your army have pushed the Union 1st Corps and 11th Corps back through town and taken many prisoners. James Longstreet is counseling you to move, either around Gettysburg, or back toward South Mountain. Lee insisted on staying and assaulting the Union forces on Culp’s and Cemetery Hills, and Cemetery Ridge and Little Round Top. You know how that worked out.
You are General Lee. It is 5 PM on July 1. Do you stay? If you stay, what would you do differently from what Lee did? If you go, where do you go? What would your plan be?
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