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150 years ago today the start of one of the most epic battles in American history.
The civil war battle of Gettysburg began after confederate general property -- staged a bold invasion.
Of the north in Pennsylvania.
Heavy fighting raged for three days nearly 8000 troops died on the two sides.
Although the civil war would continue for nearly two more years many historians call the battle of Gettysburg.
A mortal blow to the confederacy.
And an event that save the nation.
James Rosen live tonight Gettysburg PA -- large crowds out there today right.
Absolutely -- we've seen probably a few thousand people including both -- and actors and more casual students of the civil war -- some 101000 people.
From the north and south if you will participated in yesterday's reenactment today we witness the latter -- union infantry regiment conducting a firing demonstration.
Complete with cannon shots.
People of camp down in -- and set up commissary is an infirmary is.
We were even even able to observe the reenactment of an injured union soldier having his foot amputated.
Let's just say there was no more anesthesia being used today -- was probably on hand here and 1863.
They've got a terrific and still fairly new museum and visitor center here recently the chief of museum services took Fox News.
On a private tour of their archives the park the public doesn't get to see to show us some prized artifacts.
Which tend to reflect one side of the battle.
Our collection is heavily union oriented on this is seen this is a union victory.
The people who.
First put their mark on the battlefield -- union veterans it wasn't until the federal government got involved.
In 1995 when this became a formal national military park that confederate units were given any similar.
Similar monuments and similar recognition on the battlefield.
In all there are some 14100 monuments and markers dotting the 6000 acres of Gettysburg battlefield -- There are there certain parts of that battle -- and evoke particular sentiment even a century and a half later James.
That's true of course the civil war ship and end slavery as an issue remain deeply emotional for Americans north and south of the Mason Dixon.
Day two of Gettysburg was marked by especially ferocious fighting both the -- pill to the northeast where these images were taken.
And also it doubles then -- little round top both to the southwest.
July 2 is the bloodiest day of the battle.
Anna contreras have trying to turn the union want.
They've been unsuccessful.
Later on -- will try to turn the union right hopes villains secretary building old can be successful in this time are really on -- -- -- and George need.
Is a different kind of animal in the army he's been fighting and beating previously.
Three days of fighting seven million bullets fired a 165000.
Soldiers taking part only one civilian who was killed.
150 years of perspective -- James.
The American civil war was the first American military conflict that photographers captured.
Experts say they rarely took photos of actual battle scenes because the cameras back then couldn't capture -- action shot.
In fact it took at least two seconds to capture any single photo.
A photographer took the first true images of war on the battlefields -- NT them less than a year before Greta Gettysburg.
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