For every Southern boy….

14 years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it’s still not yet two o’clock on that July afternoon in 1863 ~ William Faulkner 

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150 years ago today, the bloodiest battle of the War Between the States began in a small town in Pennsylvania called Gettysburg.

When the smoke cleared after 3 days of fighting, there were 51,000 casualties.

Gettysburg-one of the most important battles in the history of mankind and hallowed ground.

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On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear, but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls. And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and dream; and lo the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, and the power of vision pass into their souls. ~ General Joshua Chamberlain

Today, we are all children of Gettysburg.

About jeb610

Taking one day at a time, and enjoying life in the heart of Dixie. People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight. All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don’t sit looking at it – walk. There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.
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6 Responses to For every Southern boy….

  1. Annette says:

    When you are standing on that ground, you can feel each of them. When you hear the stories, you cry for each of them. And then you cry for all of us that we had to lose so much 150 years ago.

    • jeb610 says:

      Annette, so true. I was there 20 years ago for the 130th Anniversary and it was a moving experience. I was able to go walk over the same ground that my 20 year old gg-grandfather walked on and will always remember.

      • kat54 says:

        That must have been so moving for you Jeb…..Thanks for keeping this memory alive with this wonderful post.

  2. jeb610 says:

    kat54, don’t know whether you have been to Gettysburg, but it is worth the visit if you get a chance.

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