Gettysburg Battle Simulator

Could You Have Won the Battle of Gettysburg?

How brilliant a military leader are you?

One of the most important battles of the U.S. Civil War -- and indeed of all U.S. history -- was the battle of Gettysburg. During the three days of July 1-3, 1863, the country held its collective breath, as the Confederate Army of North Virginia, commanded by Robert E. Lee, and the Union Army of the Potomac under General George Meade, fought what may have been the most crucial battle of the war.

If the South had won a major victory, some historians believe that it would have caused the Confederacy to gain international recognition and support from England and France, humiliated Abraham Lincoln, and resulted in a negotiated end to the war on the Confederacy's terms.

This simulation of the battle is a test to pit your decisions as Robert E. Lee against what actually happened. Many historians write that this battle was not Lee's best battle and that certain choices could have dramatically improved the fate of his army on these three critical days.

This is not a contest, only a bit of experimental "counterfactual" history to see what might have been, and a test of your own generalship.

Enjoy the simulation – and tell your friends!