Lead: In July 1863, the bloody sacrifices at the Battle of Gettysburg inspired the idea for a national cemetery. Its dedication was the scene of an historic speech by the President of the United States.

 

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

 

                Content: When Union and Confederate armies marched away from the small Pennsylvania municipality of Gettysburg in July 1863, the town of 2,500 people was in shambles. Over the three days of fighting there were 51,000 casualties, the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War. Townspeople were left with the daunting task of caring for thousands of injured and dying soldiers and for the burial of 7,000 dead  left behind on the battlefield along with the carcasses of 5,000 horses.

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