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Gettysburg is a Pennsylvanian city located close to Washington and Philadelphia. That place is marked by history since that is were one can find major battlefields from the Civil war.

The Gettisburg's battle which started July 1st, 1863 and lasted three days did not end the conflict, but remains the most renowned of the whole conflict between the Union and the Confederate army.

About 165,000 soldiers were part of that battle. General Lee from the Southern states led a 75,000 soldier army, whereas General Meade had about 90,000 soldiers from the Northern territories.

The third day was the decisive one and the most devastating. During two hours, the Southern army will bomb Cemetery Hill. When the fire ceased, the Confederate will launch the "Pickett's charge" which enabled about 150 soldiers to go across the enemy lines but failing to have some support, they had to retreat losing more than 7,000 soldiers.

At the end, The Confederate army will retreat but more than 50,000 soldiers died during the bloodiest fight of the whole Civil War.

Prior to that battle, the Confederate army won several major battles in 1861 and 1862 over the Northern armies. As a consequence, the fate of the USA were at stake in that very geographical area.

During the 4-year war itself, there were 600,000 deaths and 3 million wounded people.

These guys are re-enactors from the Civil War. They play a part to show how life could have been at that time. They were probably training since each year a "Reenactement" takes places in that town starting July, 1st for a major event digging into the American roots.

Cropped, tried to clone out few disturbing elements, desaturated the colors, mixed the color channels and USM applied.

Shutter speed: 1/320 sec
Aperture: 5,6
Exposure mode: Av
Flash: Off
Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: Continuous: frame 1
ISO: 100
Lens: 28 to 75mm
Focal length: 75mm
AF mode: AI Focus AF
Image size: 3504 x 2336
Image quality: Raw
White balance: Auto
Saturation: High
Sharpness: High2
Contrast: High
Tone: Normal

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