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I was there: Travel back in time and hear a brief eye-witness description
Posted by Trent, Sep 22, 2007. 1967 views. ID = 40

I was there

Posted by Trent, Sep 22, 2007. 1967 views. ID = 40
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History fires my mind and my imagination. I had fun thinking this one through
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I know it doesn't seem like much. To you who live outside the sphere in which it happened, it may seem academic. Perhaps you even view it as quaint. But I was there.

When we heard about the shots fired down at Fort Sumnter, there was no question. Simply put, we knew that the government would bring it's resources to bear, fight a decisive battle or two and life would continue the same. You dear reader, would not consider those resources very advanced or effective. But I was there.

John Brown boasted about more things than he ever truly accomplished. But in the end he went out in what he would have considered, a blaze of Glory. The battle at Harper's ferry is but a page in some textbook to you, but I was there.

I'm sure by now they have built a site to honor the fallen in the little Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg. All things being equal you have probably walked that hallowed ground. Back then I even heard that the President called it that. But I was there.

When Chamberlain called for Bayonets, when the artillery was attacked by Pickett charging from the woods to the Southeast, I was there.

By now I'm sure that medical advances have far surpassed my knowledge. And to you who live in the freedom and prosperity purchased for you with the blood of my friends have long forgotten the name Clara Barton. Clara, who helped so many soldiers die well. Clara who prayed for their healing and had some, though very few, of her prayers answered in the affirmative. How do I know? I was there.

Call them Rebels. Call them Misguided. Call them crazy and undeterred. But those boys from the South died courageously for what they believed was right.

General Grant is a man that you may not know, or you may not know well. But on the day that the Army of Northern Virgina surrendered known were more famous. Unless it were Robert E. Lee that held that position.

Terms of surrender did not come easily to that war weary saint. for months he had believed that God would turn the tide. He did not. And Robert was aching at the thought of all the men who gave their lives, and would yet, for what he had discovered was a lost cause. The tears on his face that day, told the story in a way that words are not strong enough to convey. How do I know? I was there.

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Josiah T.
Sep 29, 2007
I showed this to my history professor, and he talked for about ten minutes about this post! :-D
   ~Posted by Josiah T., Sep 29, 2007

Oct 1, 2007
Where do you go to school?

I would be interested in his assessment, good or bad.
   ~Posted by Trent, Oct 1, 2007

Josiah T.
Oct 10, 2007
He thought it was great. Said that the subject of history needs more people with that perspective.
   ~Posted by Josiah T., Oct 10, 2007

Josiah T.
Oct 10, 2007
And I'm going to school through Central Maine Community College right now. I'm gettin my associates degree before I transfer to somewhere else. I'm not sure where yet tho....
   ~Posted by Josiah T., Oct 10, 2007

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