The Extraordinary Story of the Battle of Gettysburg




Trostle FarmPrisonersAs the two armies departed Gettysburg to continue the war elsewhere, the 2,000 citizens of Gettysburg came out of their cellars and back from their hurried escape to nearby towns. They returned to a community in shambles with almost every property damaged, houses looted, and all crops and food destroyed or stolen. Left behind were tens of thousands of casualties in and around the town. Nearly every house, barn and public building housed countless wounded badly needing attention. Many dead were left decaying where they fell, thousands of others were in shallow graves being dug up by animals. Lingering odors were sickening. Picture left: Trostle Farm after the battle with dead soldiers and horses in the yard. Picture right: Confederate prisoners taken at Gettysburg.



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