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Did sailors fight at Gettysburg?

Originally published under Ask Mr. History. Published Online: November 06, 2012 
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Hi,

Did any sailors fight and die in the battle of Gettysburg? I have heard there are three sailors graves in the cemetary there and its my understanding that the only people buried there died in the battle there.

Tom Grinsell
Naval Civil War Reenactor

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Dear Mr. Grinsell,

The cemetery of Gettysburg did receive the bodies of service personnel killed after the battle to as late as 1919, and any naval personnel buried there would fall into that category. According to John Heiser at the Gettysburg Battlefield Museum, there were no naval personnel accompanying either the Army of the Potomac or the Army of Northern Virginia when they clashed on July 1-3, 1863.

Sincerely,

 

Jon Guttman
Research Director
Weider History Group
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