Posted by Champ on July 04, 1999 at 22:48:24:
In Reply to: Re: On this date..... posted by Mike Zeares on July 04, 1999 at 08:40:37:
: : >Naw, I hadnt forgot...
: : I just wanted to pay homage to a little known happening on this date, & to my Cherokee ancestors.
: : The 3 days of Gettysburg just as many lost American lives as the 10 yrs spent in Viet Nam, but Antietam (or Sharpsburg) was the bloodiest single day in American history.
: That "as many lives lost as in Vietnam" is incorrect. It became common "knowledge" around the release of "Gettysburg" (Ted Turner mentioned it a lot in interviews; apparently he doesn't bother to double-check info). Anyway, a simple check in any good book on the battle (the best that I own is a battlefield self-tour guide, I think from the Visitors' Center) will provide the correct numbers, or as correct as can be (Confederate records in particular are incomplete). To summarize:
: Each side had an "official" KIA number of around 2500.
: -- Mike Zeares, doing my part for historical accuracy.
Thanks for the correction.
My area of expertise on the War Between the States is both the Western Theater & Trans-Miss, & mainly to do with Confederate cavalry & guerrillas [which represents most of my kins involvement ;-) ].
I did check it out & here are the corrected figures:
12, 391 wounded
5,846 wounded or missing
That'll teach me to listen to "King Ted" ;-)
Incidently for anyone interested , here is a link to my website on "Capt. Champ Ferguson & the Guerrilla War of the Upper Cumberland" (now y'all know where I get the nickname of "Champ", he was my reenacting persona when I was with the 2nd KY Cavalry - "Morgan's Raiders").
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