Prof. Emeritus Boritt mentioned in Allentown Morning Call article about horrors of battle

Prof. Emeritus Gabor Boritt was mentioned in a June 29 opinion piece in the Allentown Morning Call about the horrors of battle.

From the Morning Call:

Professor Gabor Boritt, a leading Civil War scholar from Gettysburg College, has studied the battle as much as anyone alive. He believes it's possible that 180,000 men from both sides, North and South, were there for the battle — a number 10 percent larger than some reports and yet not as large as others. That's enough people to fill the Lehigh Valley IronPigs baseball stadium in Allentown 18 times.

Most accounts say 7,000 men died at Gettysburg. Boritt believes that number could be as high as 10,000, or enough to fill the IronPigs stadium to capacity. By the time Helffrich arrived, most of the Union soldiers were temporarily buried in shallow graves. Many dead Confederate soldiers lay rotting in the July heat.


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