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 (1863) Battle of Gettysburg
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Larry Purtell
Little Meadows PA USA
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9/8/2020 12:13:31 PM
Clipped from the Semi Weekly Standard. Raleigh North Carolina. September 8, 1863.
Maybe the horrific loss's suffered by NC troops at Gettysburg had a little to do with it also?


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Phil Andrade
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9/8/2020 6:34:01 PM
Larry,

North Carolina suffered disproportionately heavy loss of life in the war : at Gettysburg especially .

The same might be said of New York, and I have to assume that NY and NC were counterparts at Gettysburg in this respect.

The riots in NYC were surely attributable in some degree to the impact of heavy casualties at Gettysburg.

Regards, Phil
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Gregory C. White
Canton GA USA
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9/8/2020 10:03:30 PM
I believe it was in Raleigh that there were food riots in September 1863.

Greg
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Phil Andrade
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9/9/2020 9:46:25 AM
Scope for research here, I reckon.

I wonder if, for NC, Gettysburg was a watershed in terms of the casualty rates.

Perhaps, thereafter, NC soldiers were more circumspect about putting themselves in harm's way.

When circumstances allow, I'll study the best figures I have for the Overland battles of May-June '64, and see how the NC record compares with that of Gettysburg.


Regards, Phil
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