Vigil to honor 150th anniversary of Gettysburg on Wednesday, July 3rd

Above: Rememberance of fallen soldiers held at the Civil War Monument this last Memorial Day
(Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

This Wednesday evening, veterans will hold a memorial at Southborough’s Civil War monument. The vigil will honor the lives lost at Gettysburg and throughout the Civil War including soldiers from Southborough.

Commanders Steve Whynot and John Wilson have issued a public invitation:

Please join John Wilson, myself and others this coming Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 PM in a vigil to honor the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Gettysburg.

  • What has been described as the bloodiest battle of the Civil War – 70,000 Confederate and 94,000 Union troops battled from July 1st to July 3rd in the small Pennsylvania town – 8 miles north of the Maryland border.
  • At it’s conclusion – over 46,000 casualties were recognized by the two sides.
  • Union Casualties – 3,155 Killed – 14,531 Wounded – 5,369 Missing – a total of 23,055 or 23% of the troops.
  • Confederate – 4708 Killed – 12,693 Wounded – 5,830 – 11,199 Missing – a total of 23,231 or 33% of the troops.

Beginning at 1800 and at fifteen minute intervals – Ray Minnucci will recite the Gettysburg Address.

Also – we’ll recognize those soldiers from Southborough – that were killed at Gettysburg and during the Civil War.

Please join us.

Steve Whynot – Commander Veterans of Foreign Wars – Post 3276
John Wilson – Commander – American Legion Post 161

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