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Gettysburg: Casualties of war July 1863
by William Holt
150 years ago, 160,000 Union and Confederate troops
descended on the small town of Gettysburg, Pa., in deadliest confrontation of
the American Civil War. Fought between July 1 and July 3, 1863, the Battle of
Gettysburg claimed the lives of more than 3,000 Union soldiers and almost 5,000
Confederates. The total number of casualties from the battle is estimated to
range from 46,000 to 51,000, with major fighting dragged over three hot,
grueling days. The Battle of Gettysburg was only the midpoint of the bloodiest
war ever fought on American soil: the Confederacy would not surrender for
another two years.
These photographs were taken in July, 1863, and are part of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division collection.