On July 4th 150 years ago, the mostly costly battle in terms of American casualties in the Civil War ended in the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. After three days of vicious fighting in the fields and the streets of that town, the consequences of the battle begin to unfold; nearly 50,000 casualties on both sides were dead, wounded or missing.
The Civil War gave us the highest amount of casualties of any war to date and if you ever have a chance to visit the battle site in Gettysburg just imagine the brave souls who fought there who fought for what they believed in. One of the things that fascinates me about the Civil War as a history buff is that it was brother against brother or cousins and sometimes even father against son. It seems hard to believe but it’s true. Some of the immigrants who came in from mostly Ireland were just handed a uniform and told to go somewhere before they even knew that they were in the Army. They were just happy to eat.
It seems so impossible to imagine a conflict such as this today, but if you watch the news you see it happening all over the Middle East. I would like to think it could never happen again in the United States, but anyone who has served in the military knows that “never” is not in the U.S. Armed Forces vocabulary. However, if we all teach our children to learn from our history about what not to do then we may have a chance of not repeating grave mistakes.
I wish you all a pleasant and safe 4th of July holiday. I don’t know if this will post in time. I am having some computer problems. But regardless, enjoy yourselves this Independence Day. Remember the sacrifices by our men and women in uniform today and in the past who help make this country the land of the free and the home of the brave.