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Gettysburg: America’s ‘Love Battle’

The failed Rebel attacks on the Union defensive lines of July 2 and 3 ended with both armies licking their wounds on July 4, while the Southerners buried their dead on the battlefield and mourned their great loss.

Via PJMedia

These honored dead

So when did the great racial harmonizer turn into the instigator of the latest demand for racial dialogue? About the time he decided to defend his racist pastor of twenty years who had just been discovered by the MSM. Too bad, Barry. Reconciliation was your biggest attraction. But no sane person wants another interminable palaver with haters. Not after Gettysburg.

“…the last full measure…”

Armistead.jpg

This photo of the Gettysburg battlefield at AndrewOlmsted.com reminds me that the first time I got near the place was in the early 1950s when I was seven or eight. I  was in the backseat of the family car driving south from somewhere, and my father was trying to detour to it over my mother’s objections. His grandfather fought there in the Mississippi Brigade and he’d never seen it. He may have seen it later, but not that day. I didn’t get there until the battle’s 125th anniversary in 1988, the year he died of cancer. I was struck by how old the Union monuments were and how new and few were the Confederate ones. The South, of course, was too poor after the war to build monuments to lost battles. So Mississippi’s larger-than-life statue of a private "clubbing his musket" over the body of his unit’s color bearer didn’t appear until 1973. I don’t recall who built it, but I notice on the base of the Lew Armistead marker above–commemorating the Virginia general’s effort in Pickett’s Charge– that it was made in New Hampshire. This morning I saw a timely essay on the five extant copies in Lincoln’s hand of his Gettysburg Address, whose 250-word definition of democracy still rings in my head. My generation may have been the last one required to memorize it in school. "Four score and seven years ago…"