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  1. in theb at |

    Didn’t know any of that.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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

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  5. 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.

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  6. Presidentman44 at |

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

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