July, 1863. The small town (pop. 2,400) of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The place where many roads came together, including where more than 160,000 Federal and Confederate soldiers converged. Here these brave men fought the greatest battle of the war, at a huge cost in lives, and shaped the future of their nation.
Washington’s victory assured at least a fighting chance for nationhood for the original 13 Colonies; the outcome at Gettysburg is generally considered to be the beginning of the end for the Confederacy, therefore assuring the survival of the Union.
“I am Kilrain of the 20th Maine and we fight for Chamberlain. ‘Cause he stood right with us when the Johnnies came like a banshee on the wind. When the smoke cleared out of Gettysburg many a mother wept. For many a good boy died there, sure, and the air smelled just…
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