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George Gordon Meade
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Military Personnel
    (December 31, 1815-November 6, 1872)
    Graduated from West Point (1835)
    Served with the 3rd U.S Artillery (1836)
    Served in the Mexican War (1845-1848)
    Served in the Civil War (1861-1865)
    Promoted to General (August 31, 1861)
    Given command of the Army of the Potomac (June 28, 1863)
    Defeated General Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1, 1863-July 3, 1863)
    Served in the Peninsula Campaign, the Seven Days Battle, the Second Battle of Bull Run, the Battle of South Mountain, the Battle of Antietam, the Battle of Fredricksburg, the Battle of Chancellorsville, the Battle of the Wilderness, the Seige of Petersburg and the Appomattox Campaign
    Served as Commissioner of Fairmount Park, Pennsylvania (1866-1871)
    He killed Seminole Indians while serving with the 3rd Artillery in Florida.
    He failed working as a civilian engineer and was forced to return to military life.
    He was given command of the Army of the Potomac over four outranking Major Generals.
    He was often accused of not being aggressive enough in pursuit of Confederate forces.
    He was wounded and returned to duty.
    He never lost a battle he started.
    He designed several lighthouses which are still standing today.
    Following a dispute with reporters, most of the credit for Union victories went to General Grant.
    During the Battle of Fredricksburg, his division was the only breakthrough of Confederate lines.
    He defeated General Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg, considered to be the battle which won the Civil War for the Union.
    In the years following the Civil War, he worked to unite the North and South.
    He suffered from his wounds post war and eventually died from complications to them.

Credit: New Zealand History X


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