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 (1861-1865) Civil War Battles (Eastern Theater)
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Larry Purtell
Little Meadows PA USA
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May 13, 1863
5/13/2023 12:39:18 PM


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Phil Andrade
London  UK
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5/13/2023 5:45:12 PM
This is harrowing evidence of the suffering that afflicted small communities. The wounded not only enumerated, but the nature of the wounds detailed: this was the duty of care that the soldiers undertook in conveying news .

Six killed in two companies, five times as many wounded : one of them Sgt Hicks, in the bowels, mortally. Imagine reading that about your son, husband or father. I wonder how many loved ones tried frantically to reach their dying men, to comfort them in their agonies and to bring them home to bury.

How far is it from Raleigh NC to that Virginia battlefield , and how many families could afford to travel there ?

Ramseur himself was to perish on the battlefield later in the war.

For northern counterparts, this battle was even harder to bear, with seventeen thousand casualties, many of them left in the hands of the enemy.

What a dreadful reckoning of suffering and grief this war brought to the American people !

Regards, Phil
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Larry Purtell
Little Meadows PA USA
Posts: 1797
Joined: 2004
May 13, 1863
5/13/2023 6:19:22 PM
If I had the time I would to check each man listed as wounded and check to see if he survived. My guess is a large percentage died and and were never counted as such. My true feeling is that the real number of mortal casualties from all causes 61-65 is far more than the 600,000 normally accepted.


Larry.
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Phil Andrade
London  UK
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5/14/2023 1:33:58 AM
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If I had the time I would to check each man listed as wounded and check to see if he survived. My guess is a large percentage died and and were never counted as such. My true feeling is that the real number of mortal casualties from all causes 61-65 is far more than the 600,000 normally accepted.


Larry.
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You wouldn’t be alone in that, Larry.

I would contend, though, that the same re-assessment is applicable to other wars too.


Regards, Phil
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Michigan Dave
Muskegon MI USA
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May 13, 1863
5/14/2023 8:20:16 AM
Thanks again Larry for the casualty reports!

MD
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