My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


In Case You Didn't Know This. . .

today is the 145th anniversary of the third and final bloody day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

On this fateful day, Gen. Lee attempted to press the attack against fortified Union positions across one mile of open field. This attack was spearheaded by Gen. George Pickett, which earned this ill-fated attack the monicker "Pickett's Charge."

By the end of the day, 10,000 Confederate soldiers were casualties, and the Battle of Gettysburg was over. In total over the three days some 51,000 Americans had become casualties, the most in any battle ever on North American soil. In addition, for all intents and purposes the ascendancy of the Confederacy was over. No Southern general was to ever cross into Union territory with such ambitions again, and the tide of the war changed for good.

So as we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, consider that one event 145 years ago made it possible that we would still be celebrating as one nation.

By the way, if this was obvious historical information for you, congratulations. You must have had a better History curriculum in high school than I did. I only learned anything of interest about the entire Civil War well after I graduated from college.

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