How was the Battle of Gettysburg started by Major General Henry Heth’s orders to find shoes for his men?

Here’s how the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 was started.

A Confederate soldier found a local newspaper that announced a sale on a storehouse of shoes in Gettysburg.

Major General Henry Heth decided that too many of his soldiers were marching barefoot, so he sent his 7,500 men down to take possession of the warehouse and the shoes therein.

At a crossroads about three miles from the town, the barefoot battalion stubbed its toe on a brigade of Union soldiers, and the battle began.

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  1. General Heth sent Pettigrew to scout for shoes. Pettigrew reported to Heth that Gettysburg was being defended by regular army, not militia. He warned him not to go. Heth did not listen to him and initiated the battle.

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