quote from this article: “It was a Union victory, to be sure, but an immensely costly one. As Robert E. Lee and the badly battered Army of Northern Virginia retreated southward from Pennsylvania, ending the second and final Confederate invasion of the North, 7,000 slain men and 3,000 dead horses—an estimated 6 million lbs. of human and animal carcasses—lay strewn across the field in the summer heat. With 23,000 Union casualties alone, the town of Gettysburg, with a population of 2,400, now had some 10 times that number of dead and wounded men to care for.
One hundred fifty years on, it is hard to imagine an America at war producing dead and dying soldiers, in any number—let alone such enormous ones—with no federal relief organizations; no adequate federal hospitals; no dog tags or other formal provisions for identifying the dead; no procedures for notifying next of kin or for providing aid to the suffering families of dead veterans; no formal system for interring the dead; and no national cemeteries to bury them in.”
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