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 - and 1924-25 children. of C. Trade nations MOST...
and 1924-25 children. of C. Trade nations MOST FAMOUS BATTLEFIELD IS HOST TODAY; Oovprnors ot the United States ! meet tor Memorial Day exercises, this year on one of the world's most tamous battlefields. The, North and the South stand together again at Gettysburg, to renew the tribute of memory to thousands American soklier.s who now IIP buried in a gieat national cemetery thf soil of Pennsylvania. The general facts of the battle Gett\sburg aie known to most! Americans: lew of them--involved now in a \vai of stupendous proper- ' lions--realize what a profound na- tional shock followed the first halting news from the little Pennsylvania town. That was almost 81 years ago. but as yet theie has nothing to equal it. Historically, the Fourth of July. , 1863, was the most glorious Inde- i pendence Day since the Liberty huci intoned its defiant challenge ' across the rooftops of Philadelphia, four score and seven years before. The news of the victory at Gettys| burg reached the cities of the ' on the evening of the holiday, at the same time a bearded and little-known Union commander named U. S Grant was accepting the surrender of Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Confederacy had been dealt two smashing blows in the space of 24 hours. Terrible Cost i But from the standpoint of i human suffering, that Fourth of lJuly was also the saddest day in lour history. The word "victory!" no sooner jumped from the chat- ! tering telegraphs than hundreds | thousands of Americans were ask! ing the sober question: "At what I cost?" The answer, when it came, j distorted bv rumor and error, , plunged the entire nation into agonized sorrow. i More than 6,000 men lay dead on these summer fields at Gettysburg. Another 32,000 wounded soldiers jammed every available house and 1 public building in the little town, j which had become a vast, hideous , hospital. Hundreds of others still (lay where they had fallen, two or ! 1 I in| j | 1 j I I | j | | i | I |

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  1. The Gettysburg Times,
  2. 30 May 1944, Tue,
  3. Page 7

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