Thursday, July 04, 2013

Living History at Gettysburg

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.

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