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 (1863) Battle of Gettysburg    
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Larry Purtell
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July 8, news
Posted on: 7/8/2017 7:52:09 AM

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Michigan Dave
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Re: July 8, news
Posted on: 7/8/2017 8:07:45 AM
Hi Larry,

In the last article it would seem Peter Wibel, & his horse didn't get along?

The Union casualty account was eye opening!

Thanks,
Dave

BTW I was recently in Burlington, Vermont and it's newspaper
is still called the Free Press!
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Larry Purtell
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Re: July 8, news
Posted on: 7/8/2017 12:18:44 PM

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Hi Larry,

In the last article it would seem Peter Wibel, & his horse didn't get along?

The Union casualty account was eye opening!

Thanks,
Dave

BTW I was recently in Burlington, Vermont and it's newspaper
is still called the Free Press!
--Michigan Dave


I wonder what the horses fate was? When one realizes these casualties are for just one brigade (three regiments involved) the total loss on both sides becomes staggering.

Larry.
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Phil Andrade
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Re: July 8, news
Posted on: 7/8/2017 4:05:39 PM
Not only were the casualties immense: they were also breathtakingly evenly balanced between the two sides.

By the criterion of casualty figures, Gettysburg might well be the most closely fought major battle in history.

Regards, Phil
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Larry Purtell
USA
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E-8 Master Sergeant


Posts: 464

Re: July 8, news
Posted on: 7/8/2017 6:58:59 PM

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Not only were the casualties immense: they were also breathtakingly evenly balanced between the two sides.

By the criterion of casualty figures, Gettysburg might well be the most closely fought major battle in history.

Regards, Phil
--Phil Andrade


Phil, you may be on to something. Given the number of men who died weeks, months and years directly from wounds received at Gettysburg and not counted as direct battle casualties the toll is absolutely staggering.

Best regards, Larry
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Phil Andrade
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Re: July 8, news
Posted on: 7/9/2017 3:34:23 AM
Another thing that shocks about the toll of Gettysburg, Larry, is the fact that it represents barely one twentieth of the war's harvest of battle deaths. Oceans of blood had already been shed before this cataclysmic battle; of those who survived it unscathed, thousands upon thousands were to perish in battles yet to come: and even those who escaped the fire of the enemy were to be decimated by the squalor and hardships that the hazards of war entailed.

Regards, Phil
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"That will depend, my Lord, on whether I embrace your principles or your mistress."

Earl of Sandwich and John Wilkes

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