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  •  I have stood where Chamberlain held the line (4+ / 0-)

    For me, it is a holy place.  My family, as I used to joke, were Lincoln Republicans.  One of, if not the only, reason I left the party was because the Dixiecrats started taking it over.  Walking from point to point of Pickett's Charge reinforces how foolhardy that charge was.

    My great-great-great uncle died at the battle of Pleasant Hilll, April 9, 1864.  A battle mostly forgotten as the denouement of the failed Red River campaign.  Victors don't spend a lot of time bragging about losses.

    The re-enactment of that battle has the distinction of being the only re-enactment which occurs on the actual site of the battle; the land is privately owned.  I am thinking of going next year for the 150th anniversary.

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 06:08:59 AM PDT

    •  I annoy my conservative friends... (1+ / 0-)
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      onanthebarbarian

      (Yes, I have some...though they are trying at times.)

      By calling myself a Lincoln Democrat.

      One of the amazing things about the war is how many men with little previous preparation...like Chamberlain...found themselves at critical points and rose to the occasion.

      "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

      by Notthemayor on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 11:31:11 AM PDT

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