CIVIL WAR FACTS -GETTYSBURG-
The Second Day’s Battle was the largest and costliest of the three days.
-The second day’s fighting (at Devil’s Den, Little Round Top, the Wheatfield, the Peach Orchard, Cemetery Ridge, Trostle’s Farm, Culp’s Hill and Cemetery Hill) involved at least 100,000 soldiers of which roughly 20,000 were killed, wounded, captured or missing. The second day in itself ranks as the 10th bloodiest battle of the Civil War—with far more casualties than the much larger Battle of Fredericksburg.
- The Battle of Gettysburg was fought on some of the hottest days of the summer. The hottest time of the month, nearly 90 degrees, was right during Pickett’s Charge on July 3rd. - - It did not rain during the battle, but a heavy downpour soaked the battlefield the day after.
- More than 30,000 dead and wounded soldiers were left in the battle’s wake.
- More than one-third of all known photographs of dead soldiers on Civil War battlefields were recorded at Gettysburg.
- The 200,000,000 year-old Gettysburg Sill created the volcanic boulders on the Union right and left flanks.
- General Lee lost 23 battle flags in Pickett’s Charge — more than he had lost in the previous 14 months combined.
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