This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the most famous and deadliest battles of the American Civil War. It also served has the inspiration behind Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address. The battle began on July 1, 1863 when General Robert E. Lee made his second attempt to invade the north. It lasted for 3 days and is often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion”. By the 3rd day the General George Mead’s Union Army had stopped the invasion, but not without a price. There were 51,000 casualties and much devastation to the people and property surronding the town of Gettysburg.
During the Battle of Gettysburg Ohio had 4,400 soliders who fought and according to Richard A. Baumgartner’s book “Buckeye Blood: Ohio at Gettysburg” nearly 30 percent of them were killed, wounded or captured. Did you have ancestors who served at Gettysburg?
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