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 (1863) Battle of Gettysburg
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Larry Purtell
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David Wills& Gov. Curtin set the plan for the national cemetery
Posted on: 9/11/2018 11:20:56 AM
From the Pittsburgh Daily Commercial, Pittsburgh Pa September 11, 1863


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Re: David Wills& Gov. Curtin set the plan for the national cemetery
Posted on: 9/11/2018 5:14:51 PM
Larry,

Another interesting evocation that you’ve given us.

Imagine that task of exhumation : there must have been a considerable dispersal of the dead, bearing in mind the dimensions of the battle, with the far flung dead of the first day requiring conveyance back to the focal point to the south of the town.

I note the insistence that the task be delayed until the cooler weather of November , for the health of all concerned .

Sacred work , indeed, but a grisly and pretty revolting task, carried out , it would seem, in remarkably quick time, considering that the thirty five hundred dead union soldiers were interred and on parade for Lincoln to honour them and make his immortal address a couple of months after the article was written.

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Re: David Wills& Gov. Curtin set the plan for the national cemetery
Posted on: 9/11/2018 5:43:36 PM
Hi Larry,

Certainly a noble and righteous idea by Gov. Curtin, & Esquire Wills! I wonder if they can get President Lincoln to give a speech at the cemetery's opening?

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Re: David Wills& Gov. Curtin set the plan for the national cemetery
Posted on: 9/12/2018 3:56:10 AM
An uneasy suspicion grips me that I might be wrong about the thirty five hundred dead union soldiers being interred in the cemetery by the time Lincoln made his speech. Maybe only a portion - albeit a very significant portion - of them were thus buried there, and it took several more weeks or months before the remaining exhumations were carried out. That, in a sense, heightens the impact of the story : that the address was made while hundreds - maybe thousands - of federal dead were still lying in rudimentary improvised graves - or even exposed - within the area of the battlefield. Not to mention the several thousand confederate corpses abandoned for the next few years.

Regards, Phil
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Re: David Wills& Gov. Curtin set the plan for the national cemetery
Posted on: 9/12/2018 6:37:19 AM
The Adams Sentinel reported on November 24 1863 that 1188 men were buried by the day of Lincoln’s address

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Re: David Wills& Gov. Curtin set the plan for the national cemetery
Posted on: 9/12/2018 11:13:24 AM

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The Adams Sentinel reported on November 24 1863 that 1188 men were buried by the day of Lincoln’s address
--Mickeyrhett



Thank you.

That means that two thirds of the battlefield dead were yet to be interred.

When Lincoln spoke, it was very much a work in progress situation, then .

Regards, Phil
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