Friday, March 22, 2013

The Battle of Gettysburg-Bloodiest Battle of the Civil War

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The above picture is an actual picture from the Battle of Gettysburg, fought on July 1-3, 1863. It is called "The Harvest of Death": Union dead on the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, photographed July 5 or July 6, 1863, by Timothy H. O'Sullivan.

One of the battles featured on the Civil War Monumental Building at Riverview Cemetery, it is a battle that most people are familiar with. For those of us who are ghost hunters, it is the Mecca of Paranormal Investigative sights to visit. I have not been there yet, so it is on my bucket list. Without a doubt, one of the most haunted places in the United States, here are a few reasons why. There were 93,921 soldiers fighting for the Union at Gettysburgh under the guidance of

Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade

and Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds, who was killed on July 1, the first day of battle by a gun shot to the neck/head.

The Confederates States were lead by Robert E. Lee, with 71,699 soldiers.

This would end up being counted as a Union Victory, but no one truly won this battle. Casualties included:

North: 23,055 total, broken down as 3,155 killed, 14,531 wounded, and 5,369 captured/missing.

South: 23,231 total, broken down as 4,708 killed, 12,693 wounded, and 5,830 captured/missing.

It is on record as the bloodiest battle for the entire Civil War. This battle occurred right in Gettysburg, resulting in one civilian death, that of a young woman named Jennie, who was only 20. She was in her kitchen making bread (a war is going on outside her home and she was making bread? Amazing)and a bullet came through the window and struck her. There were over 3000 horses killed and they were stacked up in piles and burned. Remember, it is July when this battle occurred and the dead bodies, men and animals, were causing a terrible stench.

The Gettysburg National Cemetery pictured above is one of the most revered landmarks in the United States. (Thank you Wikipedia ) There are only Union Soldiers buried here. What happened to the Confederate dead? The southern dead were removed to cemeteries in North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia between 1871 and 1873. Most of the Confederate dead were interred at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia in a special section set aside specifically for the casualties of Gettysburg.

I would love to go to Gettyburgh someday. Maybe after I find all the haunted places right here in Columbiana County!

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