New Bedford blood was spilled in Gettysburg 159 years ago

Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War. The war lasted three days, from July 1 to July 3, 1863. When it was over, there were more than 51,000 casualties. Among them were many New Englanders and at least seven New Bedford men.

Many New England soldiers, including at least seven from New Bedford, were killed in the Battle of Gettysburg.

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The American Battlefield Trust at battlefields.org states that there were 165,620 combined forces engaged at Gettysburg: 93,921 Union soldiers under General George G. Meade and 71,699 Confederate soldiers commanded by General Robert E. Lee.

Many New England soldiers, including at least seven from New Bedford, were killed in the Battle of Gettysburg.

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There were approximately 51,112 casualties – 23,049 for the Union and 28,063 for the Confederacy.

WBSM wrote about the famous 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which assembled at New Bedford, and the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry Regiment and their heroism during the Civil War.

Many New England soldiers, including at least seven from New Bedford, were killed in the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Dry brown wrote a play in 2013, the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, for the Normal hours detailing the deaths of New Bedford soldiers who died at Gettysburg.

In addition to the remains of more than 3,500 Union soldiers buried at Gettysburg National Cemetery, the cemetery contains the remains of American soldiers and dependents from the Vietnam Civil War.

Many New England soldiers, including at least seven from New Bedford, were killed in the Battle of Gettysburg.

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The remains of more than 150 Union soldiers from Massachusetts, a dozen from Rhode Island, and others from New England are in Gettysburg National Cemetery.

President Abraham Lincoln delivered on Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery on November 19, 1863, not far from where the fallen soldiers of Massachusetts are laid to rest. There is a Gettysburg Address Memorial at the Gettysburg National Cemetery.

Many New England soldiers, including at least seven from New Bedford, were killed in the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Many New England soldiers, including at least seven from New Bedford, were killed in the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Many New England soldiers, including at least seven from New Bedford, were killed in the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Next year will mark the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. This weekend, as we watch Remembrance Dayremember the many lives lost on the battlefields of Gettysburg and throughout the American Civil War.

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