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(RNS) Despite the North's victory at Gettysburg, it seems the only other victors were the munitions makers and cigar manufacturers. Everyone else lost, including those who presumed to know the will of God.


  1. Thank you, Rabbi Rudin, for this little essay jam packed with fascinating historical info yet touching on the sublime. Weren’t we lucky to have a person like Lincoln, particularly at that time? Bless the souls of all the Gettysburg participants.

  2. David Fountain

    Good article, but 51,000 were not killed at Gettysburg. I believe you confused casulties with deaths.

    From 7,058 were fatalities (3,155 Union, 3,903 Confederate). Another 33,264 had been wounded (14,529 Union, 18,735 Confederate) and 10,790 were missing (5,365 Union, 5,425 Confederate).

  3. Esther Schrager

    There WAS a rabbi at Gettysburg, and HE was the first Jewish chaplain: Rabbi Sarner, of the 54th New York Volunteers. He was a recent immigrant from Germany, and the 54th was German immigrants, and needed a German-speaking chaplain.

    I was privileged to meet Rabbi David Wucher of Huntingon WV who portrayed R’ Sarner at the 150th Anniversary reenactment at Gettysburg the weekend of July 4–7, 2013. It was a SPECTACULAR event!!