One last article to share with all in painting the picture of what occurred during the 50th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg in 1913.
Fifty years earlier, brother had literally fought to kill his brother in terrible, bloody battle, on this very ground. Yet in the summer of 1913, assisted by a service corps of very young Boy Scouts (none had been able to be Scouts for more than three years), these former warriors embraced in spontaneous, unexpected, heartfelt, tearful brotherly reunion.
They forgave each other; they served each other; they laughed and sang together, and in that moment, beginning within each of their hearts, they shone as bright examples to a nation still divided by the bitter division of Civil War.
Dr. Goodman was at the great reunion serving as one of 14 Scoutmasters. He lived with these men. He served them. And he described them in his own words:
How can I ever forget that experience? . . . Imagine . . . veterans gathered on that historic site for a week. Imagine them shaking hands together . . . where fifty years before they had been blazing away at each other.
There was . . . a real genuine spirit of “peace and goodwill” hovering over the camp. . . . Words prove feeble in amply describing this great affair. To really catch the spirit . . . one had to be there.
One military historian wrote:
Compared with the display of brotherly love, the other effects of the great encampment are robbed of much of their real significance. . . . The enemies of four years’ bloody fighting wept like children . . .
Lifetimes of resentment, grudges, and hate suddenly evaporated in laughter, kindness and brotherly love. Fifty years of malice was swept away and replaced by understanding.
Sadly, it would be the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1938, which will be the last reunion of the vets to take place.
At that 75th reunion, there would be approximately 25 vets of the battle that went to it. There would then be another 1,359 Federal and 486 Confederates that attended the anniversary. The vets age averaged 94 years of age. No matter if that vet was Union or Confederate, transportation, quarters, and all meals were federally funded for each veteran and their accompanying attendants.
Note too: It did NOT matter if they were Union or Confederate either.
Ken Burns said it best in the following quotation from his PBS documentary The Civil War on the 50th and 75th anniversary reunions.
“The great reenactment of Pickett’s charge. . . . Out of the woods came the Southerners, just as before – well, in some ways just as before. They came out more slowly this time. . . . We could see, not rifles and bayonets, but canes and crutches. We soon could distinguish the more agile ones aiding those less able to maintain their places in the ranks.
Nearer they came, until finally they raised their frightening falsetto scream. As the Rebel yell broke out after half a century of silence, a moan, a gigantic sigh, a gasp of unbelief, rose from the onlookers. So “Pickett’s men” came on, getting close at last, throwing that defiant yell up at the stone wall and the clump of trees and the ghosts of the past.
It was then that the Yankees, unable to restrain themselves longer, burst from behind the stone wall, and flung themselves upon their former enemies. The emotion of the moment was so contagious that there was scarcely a dry eye in the huge throng. Now they fell upon each other – not in mortal combat, but reunited in brotherly love and affection.”
Now let me paint the picture of a ceremony on the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg.
The Vets all passed away. But the reenactors at the official ceremony were absent from the stage. Music was performed by the Pershing Army Band, The colors were presented by the US Military, and taps was even played by them.
Where were the reenactors you might say? Far in the background so no one could see.
How about the speeches? Did the main speaker Doris Kearns Goodwin, speak of this?
No she did not. Here is the 3rd painting of the Gettysburg reunion to paint for all…
Taken from the following website:
“On Sunday, a stunned audience sat in silence as Doris Kearns Goodwin turned the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg into a political lecture focusing on women’s and gay rights.
Missing from much of her keynote: Gettysburg
Before even referencing President Abraham Lincoln, Kearns Goodwin started her speech by mentioning President Lyndon Johnson. In fact, more of her speech was devoted to Johnson and herself than to Lincoln, Lee, and Gettysburg”…
I watched this speech. What I heard I could not believe. It is true the crowd was stunned. After she spoke, there was not a resounding sound of applause. Those in the audience were shocked what they just heard.
How distant and gone were those images from the reunions of 1913 and 1938. However, this is the picture Washington wanted to paint of the Gettysburg Reunion.
There is one more painting I want to paint for everyone. That is the one that took place on July 3, 2013. It took place at 3:00PM. When 150 years ago, Longstreet’s Assault (Pickett’s Charge) took place.
Thousands of people participated in the mile march to the Union side. No one cared that on July 3, 1863, it was all Confederates marching with the Stars and Bars flying high and free across that field
Everyone who participated realized, like the vets at the 50th and 75th anniversaries, it is time to forgive and let go, not show division, like what Washington wants today.
Instead, just like what Woodrow Wilson said back at the 1913 reunion:
“These venerable men crowding here to this famous field have set us a great example of devotion and utter sacrifice. They were willing to die that the people might live. But their task is done. Their day in turned into evening. They look to us to perfect what they established. Their work is handed to us, to be done in another way but not in another spirit. Our day is not over; it is upon us in full tide”.
May all the souls who fought and died during the Battle of Gettysburg rest in peace. What you see here is something that is not happening today…. From the lips of Doris Kearns Goodwin to these words of Iowa Senator Tom Harkin just the other day on the Senate floor,
“A small group of willful men and women who have a certain ideology about how our country should run and what we should do cannot get their way in a normal discourse and votes,” he said. “Since they can’t get their way, they’re going to create this confusion and discourse and hope the public is so mixed up in who to blame for this that perhaps they’ll blame both sides.”
That is the path they see for taking over the government. It’s dangerous, very dangerous. … Every bit as dangerous as the break up and the Civil War…
You see what these Progressives are doing? They are not promoting “All men are created equal”, but it is these Tea Party activists that are causing this division.
Mean, just do your own homework and see what names the Progressives on the left and right have called them. They want America to hate them. Because they know that once America does, and they see them as the jihadists, the terrorists, and the anarchists, they win; That these Tea Party Conservative Republicans are the cause of all the problems. Look at what they are depriving you from?
They are also doing this for one more reason. They want to provoke them to fight. They want them to get violent. So they would throw wood on the fire as much as they can, to get one strong reaction from them.
All for them to create their utopian world, this perfect world for all of us to live in.
Is this what the Civil War vets, on both sides, stated in the Gettysburg Reunions and what they wanted one to see?
What everyone needs to understand is this: There was ONE word that made the difference between the French and American Revolutions. That word is EQUALITY.
Before I reveal some of the speeches of Maximilian Robespierre that led to the bloody reign of terror in the French Revolution, there is something I want to share with all I just found: The 6 princples of propaganda Lenin used to consolidate power in the Russian Revolution.
As you read these 6 principles, you will see these are the same tactics that the press, media, the Progressives and the far left are using today. All of them are contained in Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. It is the same tactics that led to the bloody reign of Terror in the French Revolution.
” A lie told often enough becomes truth.”
“Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism.”
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