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  • Confederate flag debate stirred up at Gettysburg Battlefield (Scumbag Professor)

    03/07/2016 2:38:12 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 127 replies
    GETTYSBURG, PA (WHTM/CNN) - Tensions ran high during a Confederate flag rally in Pennsylvania this weekend. A Southern heritage group held what it calls Confederate Flag Day in Gettysburg, PA, but there were plenty of vocal opponents to the event. The flag has 13 stars, three stripes and two very different meanings. The refrain is familiar. Supporters such Mark Landree, executive director of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, says it's about history. Opponents like Christina Hansen only see hate.
  • Rallies for, against Confederate flag duel at Gettysburg

    03/05/2016 5:00:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 5, 2016 7:31 PM EST
    Supporters and opponents of use of the Confederate flag clashed verbally in opposing demonstrations at Gettysburg National Military Park, with tensions high at times. [...] The Sons of Confederate Veterans Gettysburg group said its Confederate Flag Day gathering at the park's Eternal Peace Light Monument was intended to honor Southern ancestors. A counter-demonstration was organized by a Gettysburg College associate professor of history and Africana studies, Scott Hancock, who said he wanted to offer a different perspective on the flag's meaning. ...
  • Gettysburg to remove Confederate flag items (The Country has Gone Mad!!!!!)

    06/25/2015 4:28:04 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 74 replies
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  • Gettysburg to sell Confederate flags despite National Park Service request

    06/25/2015 4:13:45 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 68 replies
    The National Park Service Wednesday asked groups operating gift shops at national Civil War battlefields and monuments to pull the Confederate flag and items featuring only the flag — mugs, key chains, T-shirts — from store shelves, said Kathy Kupper, a National Park Service spokeswoman. The Gettysburg Foundation, which runs the gift shop and book store at the Gettysburg National Military Park visitor Museum and Visitor Center does not plan to pull its Confederate flag items.
  • What If Abraham Lincoln Lived?

    04/23/2015 8:10:28 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 50 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 23, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    Would the Civil Rights movement have taken place if Abraham Lincoln survived the assassin’s bullet by John Wilkes Booth? Allen Guelzo, a civil war era professor at Gettysburg College, posed this question in a recent lecture at Hillsdale’s Kirby Center. Lincoln’s successor, Andrew Johnson, failed to bring the Union together after the end of the Civil War and “barely survived impeachment” from his own Republican Party. Guelzo wondered, “Could Lincoln have found…some practical system” to reconcile the South and North when the war ended. Lincoln had already tried at least one Reconstruction proposal in 1863, which was “bitterly criticized” by...
  • Could the South Have Won the War?

    03/17/2015 8:14:26 AM PDT · by iowamark · 313 replies
    NY Times Disunion ^ | March 16, 2015 | Terry L. Jones
    By March 1865, it was obvious to all but the most die-hard Confederates that the South was going to lose the war. Whether that loss was inevitable is an unanswerable question, but considering various “what if” scenarios has long been a popular exercise among historians, novelists and Civil War buffs... Perhaps the most common scenario centers on the actions of Gen. Robert E. Lee... What many fail to recognize is that Northerners were just as committed to winning as the Southerners. Some saw it as a war to free the slaves, while others fought to ensure that their republican form...
  • Obama Honors Selma After Ignoring Gettysburg

    03/10/2015 7:45:19 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 42 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 10, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    elma: After ignoring the battle that ended slavery under the first Republican president, President Obama at the 50th anniversary of Democrats' blocking the Selma bridge says, "We're the slaves that built the White House." The parts of American history that this president chooses to commemorate and what he says about them speaks volumes about his view of America and American history. His America is not only unexceptional, it is perpetually and deeply racist, an overbearing world bully with no right to lecture the world about morality, democracy or freedom. He reminded us over the weekend that despite any progress since...
  • 'Civil War' skull from Gettysburg that was nearly auctioned off is actually more than 700 years old

    02/08/2015 12:56:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Sunday, February 8, 2015 | Belinda Robinson
    A skull that was thought to have belonged to a Civil War soldier killed at Gettysburg is actually more than 700 years old and from the Southwest, say experts. The National Park Service has revealed that forensic anthropologists determined that the skull is from the late 1200s and belonged to a Native American man in his early-to-mid 20s. That's nearly 300 years before Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World and 400 years before the first settlement of English in the United States. The company that nearly auctioned the skull last year said notarized documents had showed it was discovered...
  • The Gettysburg Address

    11/23/2014 1:51:47 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 69 replies
    Archives ^ | November 19,1863 | Abraham Lincoln
    The Gettysburg Address November 19, 1863 Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether...
  • Why a Civil War soldier will get the Medal of Honor — 151 years after his death

    11/06/2014 11:30:29 AM PST · by Fenhalls555 · 83 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 5 | Dan Lamothe
    First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing was bleeding profusely from wounds to his abdomen and shoulder as thousands of Confederate infantrymen advanced on his artillery battery in the Battle of Gettysburg. At least one of his soldiers begged him to seek medical treatment, but he refused. He stayed on the battlefield another 90 minutes while under attack, ordering his men to keep firing their three-inch cannons right up until the moment that he was killed with a gunshot to the head. The Union Army’s ability to stop that assault by at least 13,000 soldiers — known as Pickett’s Charge, after a...
  • You, Sir, Are No Abe Lincoln

    12/08/2013 12:25:59 PM PST · by Kenny · 7 replies
    ToBeRight ^ | December 5, 2013 | PeggyN
    On November 19, 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, President Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address, arguably the most famous speech in history.On November 19, 2013, the first black President of the United States blew off the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. This from a President who has repeatedly claimed he had much in common with President Lincoln.The White House spin zone worked frantically on some kind of an acceptable excuse for the snub but the truth is pretty obvious, President Obama would be smart to avoid any side-by-side comparison to President Lincoln. These two men don’t have subtle differences; they...
  • White House releases handwritten note Obama penned in tribute to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

    11/20/2013 5:37:14 PM PST · by Kenny · 76 replies
    Mail On-Line ^ | 20 November 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The White House released a letter Tuesday handwritten by President Obama .....< snip > OBAMA'S LETTER COMMEMORATING LINCOLN'S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS In the evening, when Michelle and the girls have gone to bed, I sometimes walk down the hall to a room Abraham Lincoln used as his office. It contains an original copy of the Gettysburg Address, written in Lincoln's own hand. I linger on these few words that have helped define our American experiment: "a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." Through the lines of weariness etched in his face,...
  • The Address...and in one case almost...

    11/19/2013 8:35:10 PM PST · by Positive · 13 replies
    This is a remarkable display, even though it is a promo for Mr. Burns special. I however choose to point out one little distinction. If you visit the site you will be able to watch 63 plus people deliver the address. All of them delivered it as delivered by President Lincoln but for one. Those who did are named below, after them is the one who left out two words...under God Randi Weingarten - American Federation of Teachers Debbi Wasserman Schultz - Chair of the DNC Richard Trumpka - President AFL-CIO Nina Totenberg - Journalist Uma Thurman - Actress U.S....
  • Governor Palin: The 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg’s Delivery

    11/19/2013 8:11:59 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 12 replies
    Conservatives 4 Palin ^ | 11-19-2013 | Steve Flesher
    Today is the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln’s words helped heal our wounded nation. Lincoln predicted, “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom,” and he was right. The trajectory of the war and the nation itself course-corrected back to the republic our founding documents envisioned – a nation “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” We are still that nation! Thank you sincerely to the beautiful people we’ve met on this book tour so far. They embody all the best of this great...
  • Why President Obama Didn't Say 'Under God' While Reading the Gettysburg Address

    11/19/2013 4:23:03 PM PST · by Kimberly GG · 67 replies
    The Wire Dot Com/Yahoo ^ | November 19, 2013 | Abby Ohlheiser
    ......."Today, to mark the anniversary, Twitter is arguing about why President Obama didn't say the words "under God" in his videotaped recitation of the speech. God bless America."......
  • Ted Cruz remembers Gettysburg…

    11/19/2013 1:38:27 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 17 replies ^ | November 19, 2013 | The Right Scoop
    Ted Cruz isn’t opting out of the Gettysburg anniversary like some presidents we know. Instead, he created this tribute:
  • Obama's Gettysburg skip may confirm Clint Eastwood's thoughts about him

    11/19/2013 12:31:38 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 18, 2013 | Steve Hayward
    It is hard to know whether to be outraged or grateful that President Obama has decided to skip the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s famous speech at Gettysburg this week. He’s sending his secretary of the Interior (who?), when even Attorney General Eric Holder would be more appropriate. It is not Obama’s first act of diffidence or disdain for American icons; think of his casual and intermittent relationship with the American flag pin on his lapel, for example, along with some of his overseas pronouncements tacitly attesting to his ambition to embody some kind of “post-American” ethos to go along with...
  • Remembering the Gettysburg Address

    11/19/2013 12:23:43 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 7, 2013 | Spencer Irvine
    Martin Luther King, Jr. modeled his famous “I Have a Dream” speech after President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Allen C. Guelzo, Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College, said at the Heritage Foundation on the anniversary of the latter speech. Lincoln’s famous address was one of the shortest speeches that became famous, given at a dedication ceremony for the soldier’s cemetery in Gettysburg. Even though it barely spanned 200 words, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address has been the focus of multiple studies and critiques. The speech was praised by many, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Ralph Waldo Emerson, at the...
  • If Barack Obama had delivered the Gettysburg Address

    11/19/2013 10:58:56 AM PST · by andy58-in-nh · 20 replies
    me | 11/19/2013 | andy58-in-nh
    If Barack Obama had delivered the Gettysburg Address:Four score and seven years ago, a group of exclusively white, privileged, Native-American-killing and often slave-owning land-owners brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in antiquated notions of liberty but what we now know ought to have been the Common Good, and dedicated to the proposition that all men, women, transgendered and hermaphroditic persons are entitled to equal things. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, actually deserves to endure. We are met on a great battlefield...
  • Obama, Lincoln, 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address: Which doesn’t belong and why?

    11/19/2013 7:06:25 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-19-2013 | MOTUS
    Why would a man as enamored of Abraham Lincoln, as Big Guy professes to be, pass up the opportunity to attend the 150th anniversary celebration of what is perhaps the most historic address in American history?  I’ll try to explain. First, a brief review of how Barry has displayed his admiration for Lincoln, the man and the President, from the moment he decided he wanted to be the leader of the free world: Big Guy kicked off his 2008 presidential campaign with an eloquent 25 minute announcement at the old State House in Lincoln’s hometown of Springfield, Illinois. He returned there...
  • Retraction For Our 1863 Editorial Calling Gettysburg Address 'Silly Remarks': Editorial

    11/15/2013 11:16:55 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 87 replies
    Patriots-News ^ | November 15, 2013
    Seven score and ten years ago, the forefathers of this media institution brought forth to its audience a judgment so flawed, so tainted by hubris, so lacking in the perspective history would bring, that it cannot remain unaddressed in our archives. We write today in reconsideration of “The Gettysburg Address,” delivered by then-President Abraham Lincoln in the midst of the greatest conflict seen on American soil. Our predecessors, perhaps under the influence of partisanship, or of strong drink, as was common in the profession at the time, called President Lincoln’s words “silly remarks,” deserving “a veil of oblivion,” apparently believing...
  • Obama's stunning snub (Won't attend 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg address)

    11/11/2013 12:19:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | November 9, 2013 | Salena Zito
    GETTYSBURG - He almost was not asked to speak. In October 1863, President Abraham Lincoln received the same plain envelope that was sent to hundreds of people, requesting attendance at a dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery here. Col. Clark E. Carr, a confidant of several U.S. presidents and a member of the commission that organized the event, later admitted that commissioners scrambled to send a more personal invitation after Lincoln indicated he would attend. Asking Lincoln to deliver a “few appropriate thoughts,” Carr said, was “an afterthought.” You see, the dedication's real headliner was Edward Everett. A former secretary...
  • President a No Show at Gettysburg -- Thank Goodness!

    11/07/2013 12:43:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | November 7, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    President Obama will not attend ceremonies at Gettysburg later this month marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's immortal address. Thank goodness! Mr. Obama has been getting few kudos of late. His Gallup approval rating has slipped into the thirties. But in this, we can applaud his action. It is entirely fitting and proper that he should do this. First of all, consider the expense. Mr. Lincoln traveled to Gettysburg in 1863 by rail. He took Ward Hill Lamon, a U.S. Marshal, with him. Mr. Obama would have to go by caravan with with hundreds of staffers. Just think of...
  • Obama to be a no-show at Gettysburg 150th anniversary ceremony

    10/31/2013 8:18:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 108 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/31/2013 | Ben Wolfgang
    President Obama has declined an invitation to speak at next month’s ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. The event, slated for Nov. 19 at the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, instead will feature Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and renowned historian James McPherson as the keynote speakers, the Gettysburg National Military Park said in a press release. “President Obama will not attend and the Secretary of Interior will represent the administration,” the park pointed out in the first paragraph of its press release. It’s unclear why Mr. Obama, a noted admirer of President Lincoln, declined the...
  • Gettysburg College students protest activist speaker (Bill Ayers)

    10/02/2013 4:20:43 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 21 replies
    The (Hanover, PA) Evening-Sun ^ | October1, 2013 | MARK WALTERS
    After causing a stir among Gettysburg College students Tuesday, Bill Ayers offered an apology. But, he pointed out, it was the same stir that drew the crowd of more than 100 who came to listen to him speak about education reform. And that, he said, is important. "We should be able to have a dialogue and speak with the possibility of being heard and listen with the possibility of being changed," Ayers said. (snip) "There is no one like Bill Ayers," said Kaoru Miyazawa, assistant professor of education at Gettysburg College. "He believes teaching is a moral and political action....
  • Gettysburg national park grants KKK event permit

    09/26/2013 7:15:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 26, 2013 8:15 PM EDT
    The Ku Klux Klan has been granted a permit to hold an event at Gettysburg National Military Park. Park officials say the special-use permit was approved for a Maryland-based KKK group to exercise its First Amendment rights on Oct. 5. …
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Gettysburg Celebrates Medal of Honor Heroes

    09/08/2013 5:00:12 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 79 replies
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      Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do! For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.   Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ~ Hall of Heroes ~ Gettysburg Celebrates Medal of Honor Heroes Info from here.             Deep within the archives of the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center, nestled between historical documents and archeological battlefield treasures, four Medals of Honor are tucked away. Recently, museum specialist Paul Shevchuk -- one of three people at the museum...
  • Medal of Honor Convention at Gettysburg

    08/20/2013 3:35:20 PM PDT · by PaulZe
    A Concert Celebrating America’s Heroes: Past – Present – Future Event: Join us for a “Concert Celebrating America’s Heroes – Past – Present – Future” at the Pennsylvania Monument on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Featuring The “President’s Own” United States Marine Band and the West Point Cadet Glee Club, the evening will serve as a touching tribute to members of our Armed Forces over the past 150 years. Date: Friday, September 20, 2013 Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm (check-in and parking assistance starts at 5:15pm) Location: Pennsylvania Monument What to Know Before You Register How do I get tickets? Although this event is free,...
  • Medal of Honor Convention at Gettysburg

    08/20/2013 3:40:20 PM PDT · by PaulZe · 3 replies
    A Concert Celebrating America’s Heroes: Past – Present – Future Event: Join us for a “Concert Celebrating America’s Heroes – Past – Present – Future” at the Pennsylvania Monument on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Featuring The “President’s Own” United States Marine Band and the West Point Cadet Glee Club, the evening will serve as a touching tribute to members of our Armed Forces over the past 150 years. Date: Friday, September 20, 2013 Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm (check-in and parking assistance starts at 5:15pm) Location: Pennsylvania Monument What to Know Before You Register How do I get tickets? Although this event is free,...
  • VANITY: Gettysburg - In harm's way? (advice requested)

    07/20/2013 7:54:05 PM PDT · by llevrok · 25 replies
    I am watching a documentary on Gettysburg and the point was made that the town was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I know there are countless military reasons/theories why 160,000 forces met there. But the point about wrong place... got me to wondering - Do FReepers know of any books on what it must have been like to be a resident of Gettysburg, knowing that all hell was about to decend upon your town? I think, at least, that would make a great fictional story. Darn near like a Hitchcock movie with tons of building tensionHere they...
  • Academia's Canting Ideologues Have Come Home To Roost - At Gettysburg

    07/14/2013 1:42:33 PM PDT · by Davy Buck · 4 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 7/13/13 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    Goodwin's speech represents a certain perspective and agenda which is the ever-present undercurrent prevalent in academia and among many professional historians . . .
  • Gettysburg at 150: The Show's Over, The Ghosts Remain

    07/12/2013 1:19:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies ^ | July 12, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Muffle the drums, furl the flags. The commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the great battle is concluded, this year's faux battle lost and won, the hurly-burly done. The crowds and tumult are gone, and once again the grass is allowed to grow in peace. I am the grass; I cover all ... Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor: What place is this? Where are we now? I am the grass. Let me work. This place is outside a small town in southern Pennsylvania just north of the Maryland line where two ridges parallel and Robert E....
  • Should Civil War re-enactments be abandoned?

    07/10/2013 11:09:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 110 replies
    The Patriot-News ^ | July 7, 2013 | Donald Gilliland
    Civil War commemorations and re-enactors are practically synonymous, but as the Gettysburg hoopla began last week, the Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College said very publicly the commemoration would be better without all the men in blue and gray pretending to be soldiers. On June 29, the Wall Street Journal ran a story that said, "Peter Carmichael, a professor of history at Gettysburg College, calls re-enactments an 'unfortunate distraction' from a deeper understanding of the Civil War, including the motivations of those who fought and its legacy." Later that same night, Carmichael quoted himself to me at...
  • Gettysburg: Panic in Pittsburgh, then a nation saved

    07/08/2013 5:37:15 AM PDT · by Old Teufel Hunden · 59 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 7/4/13 | Steve Mellon
    Just south of Gettysburg, a young soldier named John Nevin leads a Pennsylvania regiment across fields freshly scarred by a horrifically violent, three-day clash between two great armies. Trees are shattered and pocked with holes, crops and orchards mowed down by flying lead, fields trampled by tens of thousands of marching men, fences torn apart. A barn and a house, trapped between the two armies, have burned to the ground. Nevin sees human slaughter on a massive scale, with an estimated 8,000 killed, many as yet unburied. The dead, Nevin writes, are "strewn around in various forms of horror," the...
  • ELCA seminary marks 150th anniversary of Battle of Gettysburg

    07/07/2013 5:38:02 PM PDT · by lightman · 6 replies
    ELCA NEWS SERVICE ^ | July 1, 2013 | Melissa Ramirez Cooper
    ELCA seminary marks 150th anniversary of Battle of Gettysburg 13-48-MRC GETTYSBURG, Pa. (ELCA) -- Exactly 150 years ago on July 1, 1863, Union cavalry commander Gen. John Buford observed Confederate soldiers advancing on Gettysburg from the west. He surveyed the advance from the cupola of a Lutheran seminary building. Within a few hours the fields surrounding the seminary became a battleground, turning the seminary building into perhaps the largest field hospital of the three-day Battle of Gettysburg. The Seminary Ridge Museum opened July 1, 2013, inside that building, historically known as Schmucker Hall on the campus of the Lutheran Theological...
  • Commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Most Important Week in the History of the Republic

    07/04/2013 4:36:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | July 3, 2013 | Hugh Hewitt
    July 3 marks the last day of the battle of Gettysburg 150 years ago -- Pickett's Charge, the "high water mark of the Confederacy." July 4 is of course Independence Day, but this year it is also the sesquicentennial of the surrender of Vicksburg, which split the rebel states in two by securing the length of the Mississippi for the Union. This week, a century and a half ago, marked the certain beginning of the end for the Confederacy and thus of slavery and the rise of the great Republic of freedom. To commemorate this week, I am spending the...
  • Confederates' 'slave hunt' in North a military disgrace

    07/03/2013 5:41:43 PM PDT · by donmeaker · 62 replies
    Pittsburg Post Gazette ^ | June 30, 2013 12:16 am | Frank Reeves
    In June 1863, when Brig. Gen. Albert Jenkins' cavalry, in the vanguard of the Confederate army, galloped into Pennsylvania, its aim wasn't only to spy and steal supplies. The soldiers were also determined, as historian Margaret Creighton notes, to round up African-Americans, whom the Confederates regarded as "contraband" that should be returned to "rightful" owners. The "slave hunt," as contemporaries and later historians called this phase of the Confederate invasion, would last as long as Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia remained in Pennsylvania. It ended only when the defeated Southern troops retreated back to Virginia after the...
  • What Gettysburg Proved

    07/02/2013 5:04:26 PM PDT · by iowamark · 75 replies
    NY Times Disunion ^ | July 1, 2013 | ALLEN C. GUELZO
    It took no more than a few days after the Battle of Gettysburg for the men who had fought there to realize how important it had been... And it marked something even more important in Lincoln’s mind. The American republic was, in 1863, a dangerously isolated democratic flower in a garden full of aristocratic weeds, and if the Civil War succeeded in sundering the United States into two separate pieces, it would be the final confirmation that democracies were unstable and unworkable pipe dreams. “The central idea pervading this struggle,” Lincoln said in 1861, “is the necessity … of proving...
  • Civil war veterans at Gettysburg anniversary in 1913 – in pictures

    07/02/2013 7:59:19 AM PDT · by slumber1 · 87 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Juky 1 2013 | Erin McCann
    1-3 July marks the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg, the battle that many historians cite as a key turning point in the US civil war, which left nearly 50,000 Union and Confederate soldiers dead, wounded or captured on Pennsylvania farmland. In 1913, on the 50th anniversary of the battle, the same fields played host to the largest ever gathering of civil war veterans, where former soldiers from both sides – many in their 70s – returned to commemorate the war
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin at Gettysburg: A Few Inappropriate Remarks

    07/02/2013 6:44:11 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 49 replies ^ | July 1, 2013 | Tony Lee
    On Sunday, a stunned audience sat in silence as Doris Kearns Goodwin turned the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg into a political lecture focusing on women's and gay rights. Missing from much of her keynote: Gettysburg.
  • Gettysburg (PCN is an excellent viewing option)

    07/01/2013 7:02:14 PM PDT · by dickmc · 5 replies
    See below ^ | 7/1/2013 | Self
    While CSPAN at has scheduled a bit of the Gettysburg doings, the balance of the good stuff is on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). This includes battlewalks and key presentations by local Park Rangers and historians. The Park Rangers are very good and indeed quite accomplished historians in their own right. For example, the Day One Engagements section this morning was quite excellent. I learned a lot I didn't know about why Lee came north and why the town delaying battle --150 days ago today-- was important in the Union being able to occupy the high ground for tomorrow's...
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin at Gettysburg: A Few Inappropriate Remarks

    07/01/2013 12:39:15 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 61 replies ^ | 7/1/13 | Tony Lee
    On Sunday, a stunned audience sat in silence as Doris Kearns Goodwin turned the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the 150th anniverary of the Battle of Gettysburg into a political lecture focusing on women's and gay rights. Missing from much of her keynote: Gettysburg. Self-centered, insular, and oblivious to the occasion, the historian who was infamously caught plagiarizing merely recycled much of what she has said before about herself in previous speeches. And her rambling, self-promoting, and borderline inappropriate lecture touched upon nearly everything except for the heroic sacrifices made on that battlefield. In so doing, she desecrated...
  • The Great Battle of Gettysburg

    07/01/2013 7:04:32 AM PDT · by National Review · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | July 1, 2013 | National Review
    As Gettysburg hits 150, a detailed account of the nation’s greatest battle. By Mackubin Thomas Owens Robert E. Lee’s smashing victory against Major General Joseph Hooker’s Army of the Potomac at Chancellorsville in May 1863 provided the Confederacy with three strategic options: shift resources from Virginia to Mississippi in order to revive Vicksburg, the Rebel redoubt on the Mississippi River; reinforce Braxton Bragg’s Army of Tennessee, enabling him to reprise his 1862 invasion of Kentucky and maneuver the Union Army of the Cumberland under William Rosecrans out of its position in central Tennessee; or invade Pennsylvania.
  • Gettysburg reenactment is a campaign in itself

    06/30/2013 2:43:24 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 40 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 06/30/2013 | Edward Colimore
    The armies are already beginning to arrive, days ahead of the big battle. Tucked away in the rolling Adams County countryside are rows of billowy white tents. Men in blue and in gray march with shouldered muskets. Officers on horseback ride by with sabers jingling at their sides. One hundred and fifty years after the bloodiest clash ever fought on the continent, Union and Confederate forces are again gathering like storm clouds around tiny Gettysburg, this time for a bloodless re-creation of the epic battle fought there.
  • Breitbart Exclusive: Governor Palin Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg

    06/30/2013 11:36:14 AM PDT · by Bratch · 61 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | June 30, 2013 | Steve Flesher
    Governor Palin has written a beautiful piece for Breitbart News commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg: Today marks the beginning of the week-long ceremonies commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. There will be a full re-enactment of the battle, discussions with panels of historians, and of course a re-reading of the Gettysburg Address.But as Lincoln affirmed when he dedicated that hallowed ground, nothing we say or do can “add or detract” from the great sacrifice made there. Gettysburg was a defining moment in the history of our nation; and consequently, one of the most important battles in...
  • A-Cutting-Edge-Second-Look-at-the-Battle-of-Gettysburg.html

    06/29/2013 4:44:55 PM PDT · by JoeFromSidney · 18 replies
    Smithsonian Institution ^ | 6/29/2013 | Smithsonian Institution
    This is really amazing. The Smithsonian has developed a digital reconstruction of the Battle of Gettysburg, showing not only the map and movement of the respective armies, but what was visible to each side during the battle. Well worth looking at.
  • New map may explain Lee's decisions at Gettysburg

    06/29/2013 6:49:03 AM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 103 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 29,2013 | Michael Rubinkam
    GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — On the second day of fighting at Gettysburg, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee listened to scouting reports, scanned the battlefield and ordered his second-in-command, James Longstreet, to attack the Union Army's left flank. It was a fateful decision, one that led to one of the most desperate clashes of the entire Civil War — the fight for a piece of ground called Little Round Top. The Union's defense of the boulder-strewn promontory helped send Lee to defeat at Gettysburg, and he never again ventured into Northern territory. Why did the shrewd and canny Lee choose to...
  • 1913 Gettysburg Reunion of Blue and Gray

    06/28/2013 3:59:00 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 6 replies
    Canda Free Press ^ | June 28, 2013 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    President Woodrow Wilson, a son of Virginia, summarized the spirit of this historic event with his July 4, 1913 Gettysburg Reunion Address by saying: quote "We have found one another again as brothers and comrades in arms, enemies no longer, generous friends rather, our battles long past, the quarrel forgotten—except that we shall not forget the splendid valor.” unquote
  • Gettysburg: A New Birth of Freedom (150th anniversary of the Battle)

    06/28/2013 2:45:29 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies ^ | June 25, 2013 | History Channel
    HISTORY® is partnering with the Gettysburg Foundation and the National Park Service to bring you Gettysburg: A New Birth of Freedom. Tune in live on Sunday, June 30 at 8pm ET [7pm CT, 6pm MT, 5pm PT] for music by the United States Military Academy Orchestra, a performance of the national anthem by country music artist Trace Adkins ...
  • Gettysburg offers lessons on battlefield medicine

    06/23/2013 6:15:39 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 6/22/13 | KEVIN BEGOS
    As gunshots ravaged the bodies of tens of thousands of soldiers at the Battle of Gettysburg, military doctors responded with a method of treatment that is still the foundation of combat medicine today. Union Army Maj. Dr. Jonathan Letterman is remembered as the father of battlefield medicine for his Civil War innovations. He realized that organizing the medical corps was a key for any battle. "For military medicine, in particular, the lessons that Letterman gave us are as true today as they were then," said retired Lt. Gen. Ronald Ray Blanck, the former surgeon general for the U.S. Army.