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CajunKing

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Gettysburg - 150 Years Ago Tue, 07/2/13 10:30 PM (permalink)
I am as many would say a War of Northern Aggression nut.  (There was nothing 'Civil' about that war.  I have been following the 150th Anniversary events since 2011, and this week brings us to the two most decisive victories of the war.
 
Gettysburg in the East with over 51,000 casualties between the two armies and the Fall of Vicksburg with over 19,000 between the two. 
 
Bringing July 1-2-3 & 4 as some of the bloodiest days in US history.
 
With Lee's defeat at Gettysburg, his army stopped it's northern campaign and went back across the potomac and dug in to fight a more defensive campaign for the remaining 2 years of the War of Northern Agression.
 
The July 4th Surrender of Vicksburg and the July 9th surrender of Port Hudson, LA cut the southern supply lines in the south, west and central portions of the south, severely hampering any effort and material from reaching southern troops.
 
Twas a long and bloody war, Good men and boys were lost on both sides of the conflict.  Take a moment to think about the Battle of Gettysburg and all those who fell.
 
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    FriedClamFanatic

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    Re:Gettysburg - 150 Years Ago Tue, 07/2/13 11:10 PM (permalink)
    Interesting take....since the North never seceded. but yes...these next few days cost Americans on both sides way too many lives, as did the whole war.
     
    Maybe we just need to slide a few miles south of Gettysburg and get some of CTF's good food at Chubby's
     
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      Re:Gettysburg - 150 Years Ago Tue, 07/2/13 11:45 PM (permalink)
      CajunKing


      I am as many would say a War of Northern Aggression nut.  (There was nothing 'Civil' about that war.  I have been following the 150th Anniversary events since 2011, and this week brings us to the two most decisive victories of the war.

      Gettysburg in the East with over 51,000 casualties between the two armies and the Fall of Vicksburg with over 19,000 between the two. 

      Bringing July 1-2-3 & 4 as some of the bloodiest days in US history.

      With Lee's defeat at Gettysburg, his army stopped it's northern campaign and went back across the potomac and dug in to fight a more defensive campaign for the remaining 2 years of the War of Northern Agression.

      The July 4th Surrender of Vicksburg and the July 9th surrender of Port Hudson, LA cut the southern supply lines in the south, west and central portions of the south, severely hampering any effort and material from reaching southern troops.

      Twas a long and bloody war, Good men and boys were lost on both sides of the conflict.  Take a moment to think about the Battle of Gettysburg and all those who fell.

      ....don't think the enslaved in the south would quite see it your way!!
       
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        Treetop Tom

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        Re:Gettysburg - 150 Years Ago Wed, 07/3/13 10:36 AM (permalink)
        Re: The War of Northern Aggression: I think the fact that the Confederate leaders involved (men like Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee,  P.G.T. Beauregard, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Raphael Semmes and Judah P. Benjamin) themselves referred to it in their writings before and during as “civil war” makes for a strong argument against later attempts by Southerners to rename it.  I suggest you read the Museum of the Confederacy’s excellent examination of the “war between the names” written by Confederate historian John M. Coski  in the January 2006 issue of North & South.
         
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          Russ Jackson

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          Re:Gettysburg - 150 Years Ago Wed, 07/3/13 10:47 AM (permalink)
          Here is an original Calvary Officers Rig. ...Russ


           
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            Re:Gettysburg - 150 Years Ago Fri, 07/5/13 6:51 PM (permalink)
            leethebard


            CajunKing


            I am as many would say a War of Northern Aggression nut.  (There was nothing 'Civil' about that war.  I have been following the 150th Anniversary events since 2011, and this week brings us to the two most decisive victories of the war.

            Gettysburg in the East with over 51,000 casualties between the two armies and the Fall of Vicksburg with over 19,000 between the two. 

            Bringing July 1-2-3 & 4 as some of the bloodiest days in US history.

            With Lee's defeat at Gettysburg, his army stopped it's northern campaign and went back across the potomac and dug in to fight a more defensive campaign for the remaining 2 years of the War of Northern Agression.

            The July 4th Surrender of Vicksburg and the July 9th surrender of Port Hudson, LA cut the southern supply lines in the south, west and central portions of the south, severely hampering any effort and material from reaching southern troops.

            Twas a long and bloody war, Good men and boys were lost on both sides of the conflict.  Take a moment to think about the Battle of Gettysburg and all those who fell.

            ....don't think the enslaved in the south would quite see it your way!!

             
            Maybe.  The enslaved in the North might see it that way, though, since even by the time of the Battle of Gettysburg, none of the legislatures of the Union's six slave-holding states had yet prohibited the practice of slavery.  ;)
             
            Considering that there were slave states fighting for the preservation of the Union, it seems more like the war was about a difference of opinion over the right to secede, as opposed to the right to own slaves, even if slavery was what first triggered the secession debate.
             
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              Re:Gettysburg - 150 Years Ago Fri, 07/5/13 9:30 PM (permalink)
              Regardless of the side, it really caused me to think when I toured "The Wilderness" in Virginia. So peaceful now, but areas like that and Gettysburg were sites of some of the bloodiest battles ever. For someone on the West Coast where there are no signs of the War, it is really an eye-opener to see these battlefields in person and think about the losses on both sides.
               
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                lleechef

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                Re:Gettysburg - 150 Years Ago Fri, 07/5/13 11:29 PM (permalink)
                We were there on June 19, just on the cusp of the hoopla that would take place 2 weeks later on the 150th anniversary.  Looking at those beautiful green fields with the replicas of the original wooden fences, it was hard to imagine them littered with dead bodies and blood.  Over 600,000 men dead in four years of battle during the Civil War.  Does make you stop and think. 
                 
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                  CajunKing

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                  Re:Gettysburg - 150 Years Ago Sat, 07/6/13 9:06 PM (permalink)
                  I wasnt trying to start a thread about the rights or wrongs of the war, more that the fact that
                   
                  In 3 days time more american men were killed than during the entire vietnam war.  it was horrible for either side.
                   
                  my point was to remind people that those 3 days were very costly to us as Americans.
                   
                   
                   
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