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  1. in theb
    in theb at |

    Didn’t know any of that.

  2. Bacon
    Bacon at |

    Good list, made moreso by the fact that it doesn’t depict Confederates in the negative light that other authors may have. War is hell and only a small percentage of southerners (and northerners) owned slaves, and it wasn’t them fighting. The concern of most soldiers was a) not dying, and b) to be left alone, but history repeatedly sends the young to fight for the causes of the old and powerful. A shame as there would certainly be millions of additional ‘old families’ around to preserve a dwindling culture.

  3. Tom
    Tom at |

    Great list! I knew a few of those facts but only because my Dad is a big American Civil War buff so it has seeped into my head over the years. I had no idea people were crazy enough to try and build a casino there.

  4. Lvothread
    Lvothread at |

    In solemn reverence my additions below;

    1. The shear scale of the battle is massive it takes a whole day to DRIVE the battle field.
    2. You can still see the ramparts made by the 20th maine up on Little Round Top.
    3. People live in the battlefield, I talked to two Gettysburgians setting up a deer blind next to the first day’s battle monuments.
    4. Dwight D. Eisenhower used to live next door.
    5. Kennedy’s eternal flame was inspired by Gettysburg’s eternal flame
    6. The visitor center up until recently was a small building next to the cemetery.
    7. The Cemetery with mass graves, Lincoln’s address, and the New York monument is sobering

  5. 277Volt
    277Volt at |

    “which would be the equivalent of taking a Tommy Gun into the Gulf War”

    The Tommy Gun would’ve done fine. The .45 subgun is still alive and well; the modern KRISS and HK UMP bear this out. Aside from lighter weight neither are all that ahead of the Thompson in use.

  6. Presidentman44
    Presidentman44 at |

    You should’ve included the fact that Lincoln wasn’t even the keynote speaker.

  7. John Boy
    John Boy at |

    A couple other tidbits on Gettysburg…
    The creepiest and most haunted area of the battlefield is Devil’s Den. Its one of the few places on the battlefield where the energy of the place has not been diluted by 150 years of tourists. Even so, it was pretty rough to see families having picnics and playing in the exact spots where brave Confederate soldiers had died, as verified by old pictures.
    There is a small foot bridge that crosses a creek near Devil’s Den. If you can make it across the bridge you’re a better man than I am. The despair coming from the field beyond the bridge made the skin crawl off my arms. When you go to the top of the hill where the Union fired from, you can see it was like shooting fish in a rain barrel. No way to advance, no way to retreat, nowhere to hide. Just wait to be shot. I didnt see any pictures of that particular field but bet the dead were in the hundreds.

  8. George A Albany
    George A Albany at |

    The shoe thing is all wrong. The Confederates had been through Gettysburg several days before the battle and had pretty much taken any valuable stores. The shoe story emerged later as a part of the “mythos” of how the battle began much later. Also, there were no significant shoe factories in Gettysburg, most were in the nearby town of Hanover. Also, Lee MAY have had a heart attack, but it was not on the eve of the battle. If in fact he did have a heart attack, it was several weeks before the battle. Nonetheless, it may well have clouded his judgment. Also, Lincoln did not hold Meade solely responsible for the outcome and failure to pursue Lee after the battle, that was created by Dan Sickles who may well have almost turn victory into defeat by advancing beyond his assigned position. Sickles spent the rest of his life trying to discredit Meade. I could go on at great length, but there is not enough space here.


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