Do you know who was the general for the Second Battle of Bull Run? Everyone knows what
the Second Battle of Bull Run is but who was the general? Some people even know that the
North won that battle. Most people do not know that General George Meade defeated General
Lee at that battle. General George Meade accomplished much during wartime.
General George Meade had many accomplishments during wartime. First of all, he defeated
General Lee at the Second Battle of Bull Run. Why would not General Meade crush General
Lee at this battle and end the war there? Facts say that heavy fog and rain forced Meade
to stop. Likewise, on June 1, 1863 a surprise encounter forced his troops into the Battle
of Gettysburg, the greatest battle on American soil. This battle came about when General
Lee's army needed shoes. The two forces met here on accident and fought to a victory for
the North. Lee acknowledged his defeat and retreated to Virginia. Not only did Meade serve
in the Civil War, but also served in the Mexican War. He served in the battles of Palo
Alto, Monterey, and Veracruz. During these he served under General Zachory Taylor. To sum
up, General George Meade accomplished many things during his time at war.
Each of General George Meade's accomplishments had one major effect on how life is
today. To start, if Meade had not defeated Lee at the Second Battle of Bull Run the war
would not have started off positively for the North. This was important because the
soldiers gained their confidence when they won this battle. If the North would have lost
the entire war the U.S. would be two different countries. Secondly, Meade's defeat of Lee
at the accidental Gettysburg. This was a battle that turned the war around and gave the
North the advantage. This was the North's first victory in a long time. Finally, if the
U.S. had not have won the Mexican War, Where Meade served as a soldier, the U.S. would not
have gained the southwest portion of the country. This ,as you remember, was where the
gold rush took place that caused the country to spread out over the land. As has been
shown, Meade's accomplishments had many effects on how life is lived today.
There are many things that would be different if George Meade had never lived. For one
thing, the North might not have won the first battle of the war causing the soldiers to
lose confidence and maybe lose the war. If the South had won the war the U.S. would be
split into two countries right now. Also, if the north did not the greatest battle on
American soil, Gettysburg, it could have been the end of the war right there at
Gettysburg. If the North would have lost the war the U.S. would be two different
countries, as was said earlier. Last, if the U.S. had not won the Mexican War we would
have lost some of our land to Mexico. The U.S. would have also not had the Gold Rush that
took place in California. In conclusion, the country would have been very different if
George Meade had never lived.
General George Meade accomplished much during wartime. Most people do not know that
Meade defeated Lee at the Second Battle of Bull Run . Some people even know that the North
won that battle. Everyone knows what the Second Battle of Bull Run is but who was the
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