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Pennsylvanian George Gordon Meade arrived at Gettysburg sometime after midnight on July 1st. Meade located his headquarters in a small farmhouse owned by widow Leister, alongside the Taneytown Road behind Cemetery Ridge. After fierce attacks by Lee on July 2, on both ends of the Union line, Meade held a "Council of War" at his headquarters to seek the advice of his subordinates. To a man, his officers advised him to stay and fight it out to a final end.