The creation of the camera has allowed mankind to preserve the past so future generations can live vicariously through history. However, not everything that was immortalized in picture-form puts a smile on your face. If you remember what you learned in history class, you should know that the United States has had its fair share of pain and misery. This list of 20 heartrending pictures shows just how far America has gone, but they also remind us of how much more we have left to go through.
1863 – Gettysburg Battlefield
The Battle of Gettysburg is considered to be the turning point of the US Civil War. This was where the largest engagement was fought between the Union and Confederate forces and won by the former. An estimated 46,000 to 51,000 soldiers lost their lives that day.