19th Century Battles

Battle of Quatre Bras

Quatre Bras, Battle of, 1815

THE BATTLE OF QUATRE BRAS – NAPOLEONIC WARS 16th June 1815 SUMMARY This was a battle fought between the Seventh Coalition and the French Empire. —-oOo—- BACKGROUND On 15th June Napoleon had crossed the border into Belgium. The French wanted to secure the crossroads at Quatre Bras to prevent Wellington joining the Prussians led by Blucher. The French would […]

Battle of Little Bighorn

Little Bighorn, Battle of, 1876

THE BATTLE OF THE LITTLE BIGHORN – INDIAN WARS 25th – 26th JuNE 1876 SUMMARY This notorious battle of the Indian wars saw the defeat and massacre of the seventh cavalry under General George Custer by the Lakota and Cheyenne Indians —-oOo—- BACKGROUND The Sioux and Cheyenne had been promised that their sacred land in the Black Hills […]

Battle of Gettysburg

Gettysburg, Battle of, 1863

THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG – AMERICAN CIVIL WAR BATTLE 1st – 3rd July 1863   SUMMARY The Battle of Gettysburg was a significant battle of the American Civil War and saw a decisive victory for the Union army —-oOo—- BACKGROUND After securing victory for the Confederates at Chancellorsville, Robert E Lee decided to make a second […]

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