Sunset in Gettysburg National Park.
Early morning fog in Gettysburg National Park, PA.
…and our nation began 150 years ago today. July 1st to July 3rd, 1863.
It was the turning point in the American Civil War but imagine if the North had not won…
…it was the UNITED States that led the Allies to winning World War II. What would have happened if we lost?
Just that one thought leads to everything else – moon landing, civil rights, FDR, personal computers, JFK, (fill-in-the-blank) – would we be a superpower today or just two – 2nd tier nations struggling to survive?
The photograph above is of the Gettysburg battlefield and photographed looking north west from Little Round Top.
Early morning mist in Gettysburg.
This is the weekend that in 1863 the Battle of Gettysburg took place. And most of us forget that this is the battle that changed the war. That saved the Union. It’s hard to imagine, but we almost became two countries. For all those who are angry about our nation – justified or not – think what might NOT have happened if we were 2 countries. Would we have won World War 2 and defeated Hitler? Would we have landed on the Moon? Would we have become a superpower, not just with our military, but with our economy? We might have become just another two nations – not a leader, creator, inventor – just a couple of 3rd rate countries that didn’t matter.
And one of the greatest Presidents and leaders in the history of the world might have been forgotten – Abraham Lincoln. On November 19, 1863 he delivered one of the greatest speeches in the history of mankind. And he wrote it himself. Not a staff of writers in his Presidential bullpen, but himself. For those who have never read it….
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But in a larger sense we can not dedicate – we can not consecrate – we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled, here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but can never forget what they did here.
It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.