May 8, 2014: Battle of Gettysburg talk to World War II veterans
Member Diane Fischler gave a talk about the Battle of Gettysburg to the D-Day / Normandy Campaign World War II Veterans of North Florida at the WW II veterans’ monthly lunch at Conestoga’s in Alachua. Diane compared two famous battles of World War II–Iwo Jima and D-Day with the Battle of Gettysburg, such as casualty statistics, reconnaissance, and artillery. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia at 70,000 effectives was the size of the number of Marines on Iwo Jima. Gettysburg’s casualties in the three-day battle far exceeded Iwo Jima’s and D-Day’s casualties.
Diane wrote an article for the Gainesville Sun comparing Gettysburg casualty figures with casualty numbers from Iwo Jima and D-Day. She also compared the number of soldiers in the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac with the large Gainesville sport venues’ seating capacities. This article, “Gettysburg Overshadows All Other Civil War Battles,” was published in the Gainesville Sun on May 28, 2013.