The photo is obviously doctored, but to this day folks say they can hear the screams of wounded men. The rebel yell in the distance. Pattering of horses, with sabers unsheathe and at the ready. Mortars bursting over head. Hot summer heat baking the corpses of a thousand man. Friends killing friends, entire families lost to the first volley, men giving it all out of respect for their commanders and country, not the politicians in Washington nor those in Richmond. The ghosts of soldiers still fighting for a worthless war.
July 1st through the fourth were some of the bloodiest battles of the american civil war, the bloodiest war is US history. This was a turning point due to Lee losing most of his force, leaving him to wage a defensive war. (fun fact: some Chinese fought for the confeds due to living/growing up in the south)