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The total number of Gettysburg casualties was the largest in all the battles during the American Civil War, with the total of 28,000 from the Confederacy and 23,000 from the Union side. The Battle of Gettysburg lasted for three days, from July 1–3, 1863 at the town of Gettysburg. It was arguably the war’s turning point and known to be the bloodiest battle during American Civil War. This is also where Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee lost against Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.

GETTYSBURG CASUALTIES

Source Confederate Union
Alexander, Fighting for the Confederacy 3,072 killed

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14,497 wounded

5,434 missing

2,592 killed

12,709 wounded

5,150 missing

Beringer et al., Why the South 22,638 k&w

(30.2% k&w)

and

28,000* (33%)

17,684 k&w

(21.2% k&w)

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23,000* (20%)

Black, Seventy Battles Up to 28,000* 23,000*
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Boritt, Why the Confederacy Lost c. 28,000* 23,000*
Bradford, Oxford Atlas 29,000+* 23,000+*
Civil War Times, Great Battles 3,903 killed

18,735 wounded

5,425 missing

3,564+ killed

14,529 wounded

5,365 missing

Cobb, American Battlefields c. 28,063* 23,000+*
Current, Encyclopedia 22,638*

and

(Incomplete totals: 4,427 killed

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12,179 wounded

5,592 missing)

c. 28,000

17,684*

3,155 killed

 

14,529 wounded

5,365 missing

Donald et al., Civil War 28,000* 23,000*
Eicher, Longest Night c. 28,000+*

although reported as:

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wounded

4,637 killed

12,391 wounded

5,846 missing

3,149 killed

14,503

 

5,161 missing

 

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Esposito, West Point Atlas almost 28,000* 23,049*
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Foote, Civil War 25,000-28,000*

(Reported by Lee as:

2,592 killed

12,709 wounded

5,150 missing)

12,227 recorded

as captured in

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Union records

3,155 killed

14,529 wounded

5,365 missing

Fox, Regimental Losses 2,592 killed

12,706 wounded

5,150 missing

3,070 killed

14,497 wounded

5,434 missing

Freeman, Lieutenants 2,592 killed

12,709 wounded

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5,150 missing

(Official reports

inconsistent with

12,227 reported as

captured by

Union)

3,155 killed

14,529 killed

5,365 missing

Fuller, Lee and Grant 3,903 killed

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18,735 wounded

5,425 missing

(30.1% k&w)

3,155 killed

14,529 wounded

5,365 missing

(20.0% k&w)

Hattaway & Jones, How the North 23,049* 28,063*
Heidler & Heidler, Encyclopedia 23,000*

(2,500 killed)

and

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28,000*

20,000*

(3,000 killed)

3,149 killed

14,501 wounded

5,157 missing

Johnson & Buel, Battles and Leaders 2,592 killed

12,709 wounded

5,150–12,227 missing

3,072 killed

14,497 wounded

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5,434 missing

Livermore, Numbers 3,903 killed

18,735 wounded

5,425 missing

3,155 killed

14,529 wounded

5,365 missing

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McPherson, Atlas 20,000-28,000* 23,000*
McWhiney & Jamieson, Attack 22,638 (30.2%) 17,684 (21.2%)
Nichols, Reynolds 20,000+* 20,000+*
Nofi, Gettysburg 28,500* 23,050*
Nolan, “Demolishing the Myth 22,638 (30.2%) 17,684 (21.2%)
Official Records 2,592 killed

12,709 wounded

5,150 missing

(Official reports

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inconsistent with

12,227 reported as

captured by

Union

3,155 killed

14,529 killed

5,365 missing

Phisterer, Statistics 31,621* 2,834 killed

13,709 wounded

6,643 missing

Thomas, Lee Perhaps 28,000*
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Trudeau, Gettysburg 22,874* 22,813*
Weigley, American Way of War c. 23,000*
Author’s Best Estimate: 28,000* 23,000*

 

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