Monday, July 1, 2013

Gettysburg: 150 Years Later

Credit: Matt Rourke/AP
This year is the 150th Anniversary since the Battle of Gettysburg, which occurred over three days in July 1863.

The Union sent 93,000 soldiers.  The Confederates sent 71,000 soldiers.

All told, 8,000 of these died.  27,000 were wounded.  11,000 were captured or missing.

It was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War.  It was a distinct turning point in the war.  And it became the setting for President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in November 1863.

Today, Gettysburg is a town of about 7,000 people.

But this past weekend it attracted 250,000 visitors for its annual re-enactment of the Battle, and its commemoration of the 150th Anniversary.

Here's a music video remembering the brave soldiers who dramatically shaped American History...

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