7 Steps to Trace Gettysburg Ancestors
More than 165,000 soldiers fought in the Civil War's bloodiest battle. Follow these seven steps to discover your Gettysburg ancestors.
This year the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which lasted three bloody days starting July 1, 1863.

Emboldened by his success at Virginia’s Chancellorsville that May, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee embarked on his second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Lee hoped to shift the battleground of the war from northern Virginia to Pennsylvania, striking at the capital in Harrisburg and even Philadelphia, and force the Union to the negotiating table.