Thursday, July 4, 2013


This is coolbert:

Thanks to National Public Radio and the Diane Rehm Show we have this most outstanding podcast, a discussion of the Battle of Gettysburg:

"150 Years After The Battle Of Gettysburg"

"Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to flood the 6,000-acre Gettysburg National Military Park and surrounding town this week to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The events of July 1-3, 1863, produced more than 50,000 casualties, with an estimated 7,500 soldiers killed. Many historians consider Gettysburg a major turning point of the Civil War after Northern forces turned away a Confederate advance. And in the decades following the conflict, the battleground became a symbol of reconciliation. Diane and her guests discuss the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg and how it's remembered."

The podcast is fifty-one minutes long but that panel comprised of experts does an excellent job. Bert recommends highly without qualification.

My own personal experience with the Gettysburg battlefield is from about thirty years ago. A December day, clear skies with no snow on the ground but air temperature was about plus ten degrees Fahrenheit with a thirty mile per hour wind. Dressed in parka with hood up I had the entire area to myself the whole day [and with good reason] a very rare occurrence for any visitor.


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