Nearly 10 years after buying the movie, I just finished watching Gettysburg. I think I made it most of the way through the first of two tapes, back when I bought it. As with many movies, I was not able to complete watching it because the co-watcher lost interest.
So, anyways, this evening I saw the rest of it.
It is hard for my mind to grasp that kind of slaughter. 53,000 men died in that battle. Many of them knew men on the other side.
In a time when a handful of casualties is considered a heavy blow, it is hard to grasp a 50% casualty rate.