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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

#Gettysburg -150 years ago today, Gen. George Meade saved the Union at the Battle of Gettysburg, repulsing Pickett's Charge, and preventing Gen. Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia from sweeping south into Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Meade prevented a defeat that would have given the British and French an excuse to declare an impasse, with President Lincoln and the U.S. Congress on the run; Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, brilliant Lincoln scholar, shares his knowledge about that momentous day; Doris Kearns Goodwin picks a bad time to show a lack of humility and class


Ken Burns YouTube Channel video: The Civil War: Gettysburg. On July 3, 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the Union lured the Confederate troops out into the open field. Pickett charged and the tide of the war changed in the Union's favor. Uploaded August 2, 2012. http://youtu.be/jsszvmuZBR4
#Gettysburg -150 years ago today, Gen. George Meade saved the Union at the Battle of Gettysburg, repulsing Pickett's Charge, and preventing Gen. Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia from sweeping south into Baltimore and Washington, D.C.  Meade prevented a defeat that would have given the British and French an excuse to declare an impasse, with President Lincoln and the U.S. Congress on the run; Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, brilliant Lincoln scholar, shares his knowledge about that momentous day; 
Doris Kearns Goodwin picks a bad time to show a lack of humility and class

New York Post
The hero of Gettysburg
Hardly anyone knows his name, but 150 years ago, one of America’s greatest generals, George Meade, saved a nation
By Ralph Peters
Last Updated: 3:37 AM, June 30, 2013
Posted: 12:39 AM, June 30, 2013
One hundred and fifty years ago tomorrow morning, two great armies slammed into each other outside a crossroads town in Pennsylvania. Neither army’s commander intended to fight at Gettysburg, but the battle took on a life of its own as reinforcements rushed to the sound of the guns. Soldiers in blue and gray would fight for three days, leaving almost 7,000 Americans dead and 30,000 wounded.
At the close of the battle on July 3, 1863, the Army of the Potomac, led by Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade — the most underrated soldier in our history — had won the Union’s first indisputable victory in the east. With Gettysburg’s strategic effect compounded by news of Grant’s capture of Vicksburg, Miss., on July 4, the Confederacy was left with no realistic chance of winning the war militarily (although the South’s valiant, stubborn troops would fight on for two more years). The secessionist government in Richmond could only hope to conjure a political settlement.
Read the rest of the column at
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/the_hero_of_pWV5Jk81PHW48jHMYLYf7H






And while some people like Rob Lowe get it, some don't.
People whom you don't expect to be so uncouth, partisan and self-possessing of a moment.
Did you hear about this?




DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN AT GETTYSBURG: A FEW INAPPROPRIATE REMARKS
by TONY LEE  
1 Jul 2013
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/07/01/Doris-Kearns-Goodwin-A-Few-Inappropriate-Remarks-At-Gettysburg



GettysburgCollege YouTube Channel video: Allen Guelzo on July 3, 1863.
http://youtu.be/bjfqYdAksxo


New York Times 
Opinionator blog
What Gettysburg Proved
By Allen C. Guelzo
July 1, 2013
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. “The Battle of Gettysburg, like Waterloo, must stand conspicuous in the history of all ages,” wrote a staff officer, Frank Aretas Haskell, who himself would die less than a year later in a much less conspicuous battle at a place called Cold Harbor. And even by the most remote measure, Haskell was right.
Read the rest of Professor Guelzo's essay at
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/what-gettysburg-proved/

Dr. Guelzo is one of the world's foremost Lincoln scholars, an amazing writer and before he was at Gettysburg College, he used to be on the Planning & Zoning Advisory Board in the Pennsylvania town he lived in over ten years ago, which is how I first met him, at one of their meetings.

Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg by tour guide Gary Kross

If you missed it over the weekend, see my post about Gettysburg, with some really great and informative videos featuring something you've probably never seen before, but which I'm 100% sure you'll enjoy:
http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/gettysburg-place-where-you-really-feel.html

Some of my pre-Ohio Territory paternal ancestors grew-up not far from Gettysburg and are buried nearby. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Meade
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Gettysburg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pickett's_Charge

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