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JIM: 149 years ago today

By Jim

The Battle of Gettysburg, waged in the opening days of July 1863, had become an horrific bloodbath by the time the last rifle fired and the last cannon roared. Estimates vary so much it's impossible to state numbers with any certainty, but by most accounts the two armies suffered combined casualties (killed, wounded, captured, or missing) of around 50,000, including approximately 8,000 battlefield dead.

On this date 149 years ago - November 19th, 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln made a short address at this site. That speech, only 273 words in length and two mintues in duration, ranks as one of the greatest orations in American history. Lincoln's Short Address - JIM

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