These Poignant Photographs Cast A Powerful New Light On Gettysburg’s Forgotten Past

On a ridge of land outside the Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg, two groups of soldiers lock eyes across the terrain. For years, they have been on opposing sides of a bloody war – and now they face each other once and for all. But what happens next is something that you won’t find in any history book.

Beginning on July 1, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg pitted America’s Union army against the Confederate forces of the South. And over the course of three days, around 150,000 soldiers fought to gain the upper hand in a bloody civil war. Eventually, some 8,000 men lay dead on the battlefield, while thousands more barely escaped with their lives.

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