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 (1863) Battle of Gettysburg
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Larry Purtell
Little Meadows PA USA
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August 7, 1863
8/7/2022 12:33:51 PM
From the Macon Telegraph. Macon Georgia. August 7, 1863.


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Phil Andrade
London  UK
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August 7, 1863
8/9/2022 3:10:40 AM
Larry,

The fate of North Carolina at Gettysburg must not obscure the ordeal of the other confederate states in that battle .

Georgia was certainly prominent there.

This particular example that you’ve pitched to us is significant because, by the standards of the battle, Thomas’s Brigade escaped with light casualties : but even here we see a tale of anguish.

Let me refer to Busey &Son and see how far the report was a complete record of the loss.

Before I cite numbers, it’s clear from the record that Thomas’s Brigade was spared the heaviest fighting, but did still sustain casualties from long range artillery fire, and, especially, from sharpshooting and skirmishing. Even being on the periphery at Gettysburg could be a deadly business.

Regards, Phil
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Phil Andrade
London  UK
Posts: 5620
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August 7, 1863
8/10/2022 5:53:10 PM
Here are the losses of Thomas’s Georgia Brigade at Gettysburg , from the Busey compendium.

Killed: 36; died of wounds: 18; wounded: 182 ; unwounded prisoners: 92 ; missing, unaccounted for : 3 ; total casualties: 331. This equated to one in four of the brigade’s strength.

Not so unscathed after all.

Regards, Phil
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