Brady photo of Gettysburg Dead.
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Brady photo of Gettysburg Dead soldiers.

Credit: Library of Congress

After the battle, came the long, unpleasant work of burying the bodies and reclaiming the land. More than 160,000 Union and Confederate soldiers fought over July 1-3, and approximately 51,000 were killed, wounded, or captured. Barns and houses overflowed with wounded. Unexploded shells seemed hidden everywhere in the summer grass. Dead horses covered the fields. Gettysburg smelled like death, and it would, for a long time to come.

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