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The Battle of Gettysburg represented the high water mark of the Confederacy when it was fought in July 1863. When the seceding states met in Montgomery, Alabama, to form the Confederacy in February 1861, secession without war still seemed possible. Stonewall Jackson, one of the Confederacy's most able generals, was killed by friendly fire during the battle of Chancellorsville. Robert E. Lee was served in the United States Army in Mexico and led the Confederate Army in the Civil War.