How appropriate that thousands of Americans spent their Independence-Day-week vacations commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Update: I deleted the embedded video because of the annoying autoplay feature. You can watch it at the link below.
Here's a short video, article, and great still photos of the Gettysburg event at USA Today.
With Americans on both sides, the toll was staggering: 7,863 killed;
27,224 wounded; and 11,199 captured or missing (according to this infographic from Family Tree Magazine).
I think that last statistic a little odd, in that many of the wounded were also imprisoned. Last week in Maryland I learned more about the confederate prison at Point Lookout — more in the next post.