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If they only knew what really happened at Gettysburg...July 6, 1863, The Richmond Daily Dispatch

Discussion in 'Battle of Gettysburg' started by JohnW., Jan 4, 2017.

  1. JOHN42768

    JOHN42768 2nd Lieutenant Trivia Game Winner

    May 1, 2015
    Upstate N.Y.
    Can you say "Propaganda"?
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  3. E_just_E

    E_just_E Captain Forum Host

    Sep 3, 2014
    Center Valley, PA
    If that letter was written before July 3rd, it would be absolutely accurate, esp if written after July 1st and by someone on the first or second corps.
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  4. James_tiberous

    James_tiberous Corporal

    Aug 6, 2016
    I think part of it was the indecisive nature of the battle. Neither side had destroyed the other side and so part of "winning" was claiming to have won. When it was finally clear Lee was retreating I think the North was able to claim a victory but that took time to happen, to report and to argue over. Nothing is winning or losing unless thinking makes it so, to paraphrase Hamlet :smile:
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  5. Bruce Vail

    Bruce Vail 2nd Lieutenant

    Jul 8, 2015
    The letter is dated July 10th from "On Picket near Hagerstown"

    After relating the horrific experience of his regiment on Culp's Hill July 2-3, he writes of the Federals, "They fell back on Friday night toward Baltimore and as they would not attack us on Saturday we moved off toward Hagerstown to prevent them getting between us and the river. We are now about 3 miles form Hagerstown awaiting further developments....

    He also informs his Dad "our (loss) is estimated at 20,000, the yankees acknowledge a loss of 42,000"
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