On this day in 1863, George Gordon Meade was on the cusp of either fame or infamy. He found a moment to write his wife Margaret. "All is going on well," he said. "Nevertheless, I am much oppressed with a sense of responsibility and the magnitude of the great interests entrusted to me." He closed his brief letter by adding: "Pray for me and beseech our heavenly Father to permit me to be an instrument to save my country and advance a just cause."
Let us go to Gettysburg and see how Meade fared.