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 Posted: Mon Jun 25th, 2012 04:19 pm
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very few brigades fought on more than one day.

of those that did, most of their casualties occurred on one day or the other - not many units were heavlily engaged on multiple days. The Iron brigade is an example - they also fought on culps hill, but most of their casualties were on July 1 west of town.

some units, such as the Union 12th corps fought over 2 days but in pretty much the same spot (culps hill).

Confederate units, especially those of Pender and Heth who fought on both July 1 and 3rd in Longstreets assault, are trickier but many have pretty fair accounting between the 2 days.

this type of question reveals an interesting tidbit. Think of a unit in, say, Hood's or Pickett's division: they march to the battlefield, march into position, attack for 90 minutes, lose 1/3 to 1/2 of their number and then return to Virginia.

brings to mind the saying of war being months of tedious boredom followed by an hour of total terror...

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