Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg by Currier and Ives

The Battle of Gettysburg by Currier and Ives

This weekend marks the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  The battle, fought in and around the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg, marked a turning point in the Civil War.  The Army of Northern Virginia commanded by R. E. Lee met the Army of the Potomac newly commanded by George Gordon Meade.  Meade did something the generals before him didn’t, he dug in and fought Lee and won.  By the way, the battle was not fought because of shoes.

It is especially important to remember this battle and the Americans, on both sides, who suffered and died.  More so now that some school boards are entertaining the notion of dropping this conflict, and the history before it, from the curriculum.  I had a teacher who once said, “The Revolution created a country and the Civil War determined what that country would be.”  Only twenty percent of American high school students demonstrate proficiency in American history.  It is abhorrent because this is what defines us as Americans and it is something that every American should know and understand, not merely dates but why these events occurred and how they shape our modern America.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/15/education/15history.html

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