As we prepare to celebrate the founding of this country we should keep in mind that a pivotal battle of the Civil war took place the same month as well celebrate the DoI……
Most Americans that follow the Civil War know that this is the time when the South faced off against the North in the town of Gettysburg…..some say that this battle was the beginning of the end of the South’s insurrection.
I thought I would throw a little more history at my readers during this time as we celebrate the founding of this country.
It is said that one of Lee’s generals, Longstreet, had tried to convince Lee to by-pass Gettysburg and attack DC which was not that far away.
Of course Lee did not take the advice and we all know the consequences the South played for this engagement.
Longstreet in my opinion was Lee’s best general and tactician……
Time’s unrelenting march is always ticking down to things known and unknown, never celebrating or mourning what once was. This is especially true regarding the nature of war. For General James Longstreet, the awful minutes passing before 2 p.m. on July 3rd, 1863, are marked by the roar of a cannonade whose concussions shake his broad frame. At least, that is why he hopes he is shaking. Weeks of marching and two days of vicious fighting over rocky hills and tidy fields wears on him. How their misadventure ends now falls to him. On this occasion, he knows too much.
Dark Pennsylvania soil plays host to Longstreet’s anxious boots as he paces. Amidst the trees around him, Pickett’s division huddles against Federal counter-battery fire. Pettigrew and Trimble’s boys do the same, completing a line of battle running north towards the old seminary. The rawest of them press themselves flat on the ground, seeking shelter against the Earth’s bosom. Ragged veterans stare off into the distance, content to pass the time reliving the glories and horrors of past battles. At some point, all of them will think of home. Longstreet shudders. Faith holds each man in place. It’s a faith born in those who trust the gun in their hands and the perceived miracles they have seen conjured up by their commanders. Commanders such as Longstreet. The Staff of Lee’s Right Hand. Why should this battle differ from all the others?
This was a fascinating time for us history buffs….there is so much that has not been studied about this war…..
Hope you learned something…..that is all I can ask….