In the spirit of the day, I offer the following.
150 years ago today, after the sacrifice of almost 750,000 American lives, our country came together for peace. What followed was the rise of the greatest nation on earth. From the crucible, rose the conquering. I had 3 great-great grandfathers who fought for the Confederacy. All 3 were wounded (one of them twice). 2 spent time in Yankee prisons. One died a couple of weeks before the war ended, alone in a Richmond hospital. Today, 150 years after Appomattox, I remember their sacrifice and the peace and great nation that they, their descendants and their new fellow citizens built.
May God have mercy and may God Bless America.
may recall that I've been promising to post an audio recording of
Douglas Southall Freeman's address at the dedication of the McLean House
on 16 April 1950. I had full intention of doing that today.
Unfortunately, I have not been able to complete that Youtube project.
The audio is almost 45 minutes long and I want to include a montage of
images to accompany the audio recording. I've started the process, but
its taking me much longer than I thought it would. At present, I'm only
about 10% of the way through the task. So I've moved the date to
coincide with the anniversary of the address: April 16th, 65 years to
the day. I think it will be worth the wait. You can get an idea of
what's in store by revisiting this post.
In the meantime, take a moment today and remember the sacrifice of
every soldier that fought during the War Between the States.