How Many People Died in the Battle of Gettysburg?

Approximately 7,058 people died in the Battle of Gettysburg. The battle of Gettysburg was the largest ever fought on American soil with 165,000 soldiers fighting over the three days that the fight lasted. In addition to the thousands of fatalities, there were also more than 51,000 casualties, which includes the 7,058 deaths along with people who were wounded or declared missing. 

There were around 23,000 Union soldiers and 28,000 Confederate soldiers who fell as casualties in July of 1863. The Confederates were led by General Lee, and the Union by General Meade. The battle left the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, full of wounded soldiers. The entire town was filled with makeshift hospital areas and recovery areas for those who were left behind when the troops moved on to their next battle. Cleanup and recovery for the town took several years. The Battle of Gettysburg is often called “the bloodiest battle” because of all the American casualties and fatalities.