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On 1 July two Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia punched towards Gettysburg. These were the first shots of the battle that would turn the tide of the war and decide the fate of the Union. The day ended with the Army of Northern Virginia in the familiar position of having driven their foes in near rout. However, at dusk, in the failing light, the Army of the Potomac could be seen gathering itself on the forbidding heights south of Gettysburg. Senior Confederate leaders understood that the battle was not yet won.
James Arnold and Roberta Wiener are US-born freelance writers who have contributed to numerous military publications. James spent his formative years in Europe and used the opportunity to study the sites of historic battlefields. He has 15 published books to his credit, many of them focusing on the Napoleonic campaigns and American civil war. Roberta Wiener has co-authored several works of history and edited history and science books, including a children's encyclopaedia. She also performs archival research on military history topics.