150th for the climax of the Battle of Gettysburg

3 Jul

A long time ago, during the previous century, when it was the centennial of the American Civil War, I was what was called a Civil War buff. My favorite historian was Bruce Catton, and Gen. U.S. Grant was my Civil War hero.

Much water has gone under the bridge since, as they say. Still, my memories and my historian’s antennae stir as I recall that today is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Of course, I’m not the the only one remembering. For a thoughtful op-ed in the NY Times on some of the ways the Civil War has mattered, see here. For a reflection on thinking historically about the Battle of Gettsyburg’s 3rd day, see here. For the more historically hearty, see here for a plethora of historical views on who “won” (benefited from) the war.

 

 

 

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