30 Civil War Facts

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A battle reenactment in Port Gamble, WA, 2009

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Civil War soldiers had a 1 in 4 chance of survival.

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General George G. Meade

General George G. Meade

Matthew Brady. United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cwpbh.01198

General Meade, a critical commander in the Battle of Gettysburg, was born in Spain. Gettysburg was the largest battle ever fought in North America.