These are just a small sampling of the heroic deeds of citizen-soldiers at Gettysburg. They cannot be forgotten, and our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the men who performed them. Following the valor of Jeffords, Colvill, Vincent, Chamberlain, and their men, the battle raged for a third and final day, when they demonstrated further courage. Defending the center of the Union line, they faced a 260-gun cannonade and repulsed an attack of 12,000 Confederates in what became known as Pickett’s Charge, sealing the Union victory. Gettysburg marked the first clear triumph for the Army of the Potomac over the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. It was the turning point of the war, which would continue for two more years, but Gettysburg sealed the fate of the Confederacy. The Army of Northern Virginia would never again invade the North or fight any more battles on the offensive. During the three days at Gettysburg, 23,000 men fell in defense of the Union, including nearly 10,000 on July 2. The bravery and patriotism of these men should be remembered and honored by all Americans. Their great deeds unite us as a people. Without their sacrifices, America as know it would not exist today, and the government of the people, by the people, and for the people would have perished from this earth.