Four very important days – July 1-4, 1863….
Lest we forget, July 1-4 of 1863 were very important days to ensuring the continuity of our nation.
The Battle of Gettysburg July 1 – 2 – 3 …often referred to as the “high water mark” of the Confederacy… pitted two West Point graduates.. Robert E. Lee (CSA) and George Gordon Meade (USA). After 3 days of fighting in brutal heat and humidity (in wool uniforms by the way), Lee retreated back to Virginia. Never again would the Confederacy cross the Mason-Dixon Line.On July 4, 1863 John Pemberton (CSA) surrendered the Confederate stronghold ofVicksburg, MS after a prolonged siege by U.S. Grant (USA) and the Union Army. Never again would the Confederacy control the Mississippi River.
While the war would rage on for almost two more years, the ultimate outcome was never in doubt. Gettysburg and Vicksburg were the two Union victories the Confederacy couldn’t overcome.As you celebrate the Fourth, keep in mind the brave soldiers on both sides that fought and died in America’s seminal event 1861-1865.
God Bless America.
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