Monday, June 24, 2013

Gettysburg 150

One of the most crucial battles of the Civil War occurred one hundred fifty years ago on July 1, 1863. Robert E. Lee led his forces on an invasion of the north and the battle lines were eventually formed at Gettysburg. The battle was a turning point in the Civil War and the war’s bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties. Check out our display of books including the “Ghost of Gettysburg” series and the 1974 novel “Killer Angels”, which was depicted in the 1993 film ”Gettysburg”.  Our DVD collection includes many of the award-winning Pennsylvania Cable Network tours of Gettysburg Battlewalks. So if you can’t make it to the battlefield, you can still have the legendary exploits of the Union and Confederate armies come to life. When I’ve been to Gettysburg, I can’t help but think of what General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain said in 1889 when he revisited the battlefield, “In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass… but spirits linger to consecrate ground for the vision- a place of souls. And reverent men and women from a far generation that know generations that we know not, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and dream”.

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