The monument of the first shot fired during the Battle of Gettysburg. The first day of fighting involved around 50,000 soldiers and an estimated 15,500 were killed, wounded, captured or missing. The first day of the Battle of Gettysburg is ranked as the 12th bloodiest battle during the Civil War. It had more causalities than Bull Run and Franklin battles combined.
Facts and figures about the Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest of the Civil War. This July 1-3 is the 150th anniversary of the battle. Click for more at-a-glance information on Civil War events and battles from Family Tree Magazine.