13 Facts About the Battle of Gettysburg From the Civil War

The Battle of Gettysburg is one of the most analyzed US wars ever fought. It marked a profound turning point in the Civil War and it was the beginning of the end for the Confederate Army.

Travel back in time as you discover these interesting and lesser-known facts from the battlefield. Here are 13 Facts about the Battle of Gettysburg you might not know

Gettysburg is Known as the “High Watermark of the Confederacy”

This term is a reference to what many historians believed to have been the Confederate Army’s best chance of attaining victory in the war.

The Second Day of the Battle was the Deadliest

The Battle of Gettysburg lasted for three days. The second day, which took place on July 2, 1863, resulted in the most bloodshed and death.

Female Soldiers Fought at the Battle of Gettysburg

Women were forbidden from enlisting in the Civil War, but that didn’t stop a few hundred from joining the cause anyways. 

Local Townspeople Were Left to Deal With the Battle Aftermath

After fighting had ceased, the town’s citizens who fled during the battle returned home to find much of their property destroyed. 

Battle Claimed More General’s Lives Than Any Other Civil War Battle

There were 120 generals present at the Battle of Gettysburg. Of this number, nine were killed or mortally wounded during combat. 

About One-Third of Forces Engaged at Gettysburg Became Casualties

The Union casualties from the battle are estimated to be around 23,000 killed, wounded, captured, or missing. 

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