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Gettysburg Sesquicentennial

Discussion in 'History Forum' started by Ohiophinphan, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. Ohiophinphan

    Ohiophinphan Chaplain Staff Member Luxury Box

    July 1, 2, & 3 will mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. It is expected there will be over 200,000 visitors in and around the national park for the events marking these dates. A small group of us have rented the guest house at the Lutheran Seminary and will be there for the whole ten days. I'm curious if any of the rest of you will be attending? In any case let's all observe this seminal moment in US history with dignity and remembrance of the great sacrifices there offered.
     
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  2. cdz12250

    cdz12250 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    If you get a chance, hike behind Seminary Ridge and come up around the side of Little Round Top. Longstreet tried to talk Lee into that flanking move and Lee wouldn't let him.
     
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  3. Ohiophinphan

    Ohiophinphan Chaplain Staff Member Luxury Box

    I have walked that route before. I understand Lee did not want Longstreet that far away from the main body and Berdan's sharpshooters certainly made life uncomfortable on the march to the jumping off point but it is likely such a move would have forced Meade to pick another line further southeast.
     
  4. cdz12250

    cdz12250 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Sun Tzu said:

    "Appear at points which the enemy must hasten to defend; march swiftly to places where you are not expected. An army may march great distances without distress, if it marches through country where the enemy is not."

    For example, behind a ridge that your army occupies.

    Unfortunately, Jeb Stuart's cavalry, which could have screened the move, was off on a lark.

    And I'm no Robert E. Lee.
     
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  5. Ohiophinphan

    Ohiophinphan Chaplain Staff Member Luxury Box

    The Union army was on the interior lines. Even with Stuart in the perfect spot (and he would have been dueling with Buford who was a very good cavalry leader), it would have been difficult for Lee to fully encircle the larger army.
     
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  6. finyank13

    finyank13 Reality Check

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    Is there a list of speakers?
     
  7. Ohiophinphan

    Ohiophinphan Chaplain Staff Member Luxury Box

    If you go to any of the reenactment or sesquicentennial sites you will see a looooong list of speakers, living history exhibits, and events planned. Too numerous to list.
     
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  8. gafinfan

    gafinfan gunner Club Member

    The end of the Republic and the beginning of the Democracy settled by the sword. I wonder to this day just how our founders viewed this from on high?
     
  9. 305

    305 Brawndo Club Member

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    Get off my lawn.
    I dont know... but they'd all be on prozac today...
     
  10. cdz12250

    cdz12250 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Wouldn't need to have encircled it. Just outflank it and roll it up like a carpet.
     
  11. finyank13

    finyank13 Reality Check

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    I am friendly with the retired Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court whom is a Lincoln scholar....I asked him if he was going down there and he wasn't, he has a few speaking engagements around here. They run a group called The Lincoln Forum and they to down to Gettysburg every November. Doris Kearns Goodwin, as you are aware she wrote the book the movie was made after, goes down there as well. If any of you folks are interested check it out, it really is a great symposium with the foremost leading minds attending.

    http://www.thelincolnforum.org/index.php
     
  12. Frumundah Finnatic

    Frumundah Finnatic U Mad Miami?

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    I imagine they would be shocked that blacks and women are allowed to vote.
     
  13. gafinfan

    gafinfan gunner Club Member

    They would be even more shocked that the country they designed to be ruled by law was destroyed by the sword and that it was so soon after their passing.

    As for the treatment of Blacks and Women, knowing that they too debated those issues, I like to think that is one of the very few issues they might give us credit for changing ..... proudly I might add.
     
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  14. MrClean

    MrClean Inglourious Basterd Club Member

    Wasn't Stuart being off on a lark something caused by Custer's cavalry?

    At the risk of sounding sacrilegious, I think Lee was somewhat overrated. Isn't it true that after the death of Stonewall Jackson, that Lee never won another major battle? Who was the real brains in that outfit? Lee's comments upon hearing of Jackson's death indicated IMO that perhaps he too realized it.

    "Gettysburg was the price the South paid for having Robert E. Lee as commander." - Shelby Foote
     
  15. Ohiophinphan

    Ohiophinphan Chaplain Staff Member Luxury Box

    While some of us were in the Valley of Death below Little Round Top awaiting the Ranger walk on July 2, I struck up a conversation with a fellow. Turns out he was a blogger for Forbes Magazine. I had forgotten about it until today when on a whim, I googled my name with Gettysburg and low and behold

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterjreilly/2013/07/04/gettysburg-day-2-heading-into-action/

    I show up in the last paragraph and come off looking pretty bright. Enjoy the reading.
     

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