When Slavery Came to Gettysburg

Close your eyes and try to picture Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia marching north through Virginia and Maryland 159 years ago today. Their lines of march would have stretched for miles. If you are like most people you are probably picturing an army of white men. But in this army of roughly 75,000 men there were thousands of enslaved men were forced to assume a wide range of roles that made it possible for the army to march, camp, and fight.

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