Then and Now
In all the years of college, graduate school, and post-graduate school, I have had many history classes. Some of the classes dealt with ancient antiquity and other more recent times. For some reason, I attempt to place myself in the chronological timeline. For example, I was born in 1943, which was 80-years after Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. I wonder how many Americans were still alive who fought in the Civil War when I was born. I discovered that Albert Henry Woolson (born February 11, 1850 and died August 2, 1956) was the last soldier to die from either side of the Civil War. He died at the age of 106.
However, I am writing this essay about the Gettysburg Address, which Lincoln gave on November 19, 1863. My lifetime is nearly the same number of years between Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Address and my birth. That is haunting, but it puts the Gettysburg Address into a historical context for me.
This is considered the actual Gettysburg Address. However, there are four other versions with very slight modifications of the address.
Lincoln attempted to bring together a divided and factored nation. The battle had occurred from July 1-3 resulting in 46,286 causalities. While Gettysburg was the costliest battle of the Civil War, it definitely was the obvious beginning of the end for General Lee and the Confederacy. Lee had invaded the North, but the Battle of Gettysburg was the Union’s response. Lee had wanted to allow the South to maintain the issue of slavery. He had slaves. He made money along with many other slave owners by having human beings held in bondage.
Today, 154 years after Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Donald the Dumb doesn’t want to take down statues of Robert E. Lee, because he was a great American. I wonder whether Chancellor Angela Merkel would have wished to keep a statue of Hitler.
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