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Not only did the armies leave something of a state of chaos behind them after the battle of Gettysburg; they also left their dead buried poorly almost everywhere. Within days, the combination of rain and pigs rooting around the battlefield had exposed multiple skeletons and partially-decomposed bodies. The smell was horrendous, and residents and visitors alike were shocked by the state of the burials.
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Christensen, Hannah M., "Something Must Be Done: The Construction and Dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg" (2016). The Gettysburg Compiler: On the Front Lines of History. 182.