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  • in theb

    Didn’t know any of that.

  • Bacon

    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.

  • Tom

    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.

  • Lvothread

    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

  • 277Volt

    “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.

  • Presidentman44

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

  • John Boy

    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.