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It was a fight that -- our country's future and help lay the foundation for our nation as we know it today.
As we mark exactly a 150 years since the firing -- the first shot at Gettysburg Pennsylvania during the civil war.
Our chief Washington correspondent James Rosen -- their lives today James good morning how are they marking this milestone anniversary.
Bill and Martha good morning from Gettysburg where some 101000 people participated in a reenactment last night there were speeches and a -- by Trace Adkins but.
In a sense just porous and has always remains the chief industry here in Gettysburg.
It is as if those epic battles have never fully receded from view.
150 years ago today confederate general Robert.
Prompting Lee to try to bring the war to northern soil with a -- crossing of the Potomac.
And an invasion Pennsylvania.
Union brigadier general John Buford was first to arrive at the Lutheran seminary take advantage of -- -- you.
To -- the scene.
Lee's army of Northern Virginia then open up a withering assault on -- for its forces from the north and northwest and it seemed as though the confederacy was poised for a decisive victory.
Historian -- Simpson of Arizona State University is the author of the new book Gettysburg 1863.
And he took Fox News on a tour of the battlefield.
-- -- -- -- about that confederacy one day one of Gettysburg because they do push back union forces south of town.
One could argue in fact that what the converters have done was push union forces back into extremely defensible terrain.
Terrain that would come back to haunt the confederate -- to break.
Generally had ordered his lieutenant general Richard you'll.
To chase down and destroy the northern army if practice -- -- but you'll decided it wasn't.
And so day one ended with the union forces just hanging on bill.
It's anonymous that battle with valor and bravery and sacrifice it's also synonymous with the extraordinary carnage as well object.
That's true and the numbers are often staggering to contemplate we've prepared some slides for you to show you Gettysburg by the numbers over three days of fighting.
Soldiers from both sides clashed.
On the 6000 acres of battlefield seven million bullets were fired in those three days and 51000.
Were killed wounded went missing.
Or were captured.
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