Battle of Gettysburg: Topics in Chronicling America
In July 1863, over 50,000 lives were lost in a bloody, three-day battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This guide provides access to materials related to the "Battle of Gettysburg" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
Chronicling America is a searchable digital collection of historic newspaper pages from 1777-1963 sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Included in the website is the Directory of US Newspapers in American Libraries, a searchable index to newspapers published in the United States since 1690, which helps researchers identify what titles exist for a specific place and time, and how to access them.
"The slaughter was perfectly unparalleled," reads the July 9, 1863 issue of Washington, D.C.'s Daily National Republican. July 1, 1863 marks the start of the Battle of Gettysburg; three days and over 50,000 casualties later, the battle ends when General Lee retreats with his troops in the early morning of July 4. Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
July 1-3, 1863
Fighting in and around the town of Gettysburg, PA. This becomes the deadliest battle of the Civil War.