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 Posted: Thu Mar 12th, 2009 06:57 pm
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Devils Den

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Location: Maryland USA
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I often wonder what percentage of dead were embalmed, or how long the embalmers had to preform this act.  How many people (embalmers) would it take to handle a battle like Gettysburg?

We had a guide tell us that when the newspaper men and photograpers were approaching the Gettysburg battlefield they thought that there were fires burning due the large clouds of smoke they saw.  Upon arriving on the field they discovered that what they thought were clouds of smoke were actually clouds of flies. 

I can't fathom the sights and smells and horror that people had to live through after a battle occured. 

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