When the smoke cleared...
When the battle was over, the Army of the Potomac suffered 23,049 casualties.
The Army of Northern Virginia suffered 28,000 casualties. With a total
of 51,000 casualties, the Battle of Gettysburg is bloodiest battle in
American history. In an area of 25 square miles, the battle was fought
with 172,000 men and 634 cannon. 569 tons of ammunition was expended,
and 5,000 horses were killed.
The Patriot Daughters of Lancaster
Hospital Scenes After the Battle of Gettysburg
"And then, these scenes themselves, who can adequately describe them?
Houses demolished, fences destroyed, tall forest trees mowed down like
so many stalks of hemp; artillery wagons crushed, broken muskets scattered
in every direction, unused cartridges in immense numbers, balls of all
kinds, ramrods and bayonets, bits of clothing, belts, gloves, knapsacks,
letters in great quantities all lying promiscuously on the field; dead
horses in great numbers, some torn almost asunder by cannon balls, some
pierced in the side by grape shot, and others with their legs completely
shot away; some noble chargers apparently kneeling in death, thir necks,
crested with flowing manes, gracefully arched, as if still proud of the
riders on their backs. And then many of the human dead, whose mutilated
bodies, still unburied, where lying around in all positions. Some with
their hands gently folded over on their breasts, others reclining gracefuly
on their elbows, and other still leaning against trees, stumps or stones,
as if wrapped in the arms of sleep, and given over sweet dreams."