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(Philly.com)   A massive battle will soon be fought at Gettysburg. Who do you suppose will win this time?   (philly.com) divider line 12
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2012-09-09 01:27:21 PM
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The vendors. Not so much the people selling the cheesy wall hangers at the shops, but the factory retails outlet stores and the food courts. The guys dressed like Lincoln won't make too much, and the tips won't bee too good at the older places in town, where parking is difficult for fat people, but the food places at the factory retails outlet malls that sell jeans and jewelry will make out huge. Farking fat assed tourists. That is what the battle was all about, apparently. Out ability to stuff our faces. Sure, the quaint, little winery will sell a few cases, but the soft pretzel franchise folks will be sending their kids to a nice school.
2012-09-09 06:57:06 PM
1 votes:

simplicimus: Lest we forget, here's Lincoln's speech:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain-that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Probably the best known Lincoln speech, ironic because of the line: The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here.


Interesting thing is, the speech was given not right after the battle, but 4 months later at the dedication of the national cemetery.

Not too many people know that.
2012-09-09 05:20:44 PM
1 votes:

shakespear: Gettysburg, the reason we cant get re-enactors at Vicksburg..


I'd love to see that. One of my ancestors, a Confederate, managed to dessert twice from the siege.
2012-09-09 03:51:20 PM
1 votes:
Lest we forget, here's Lincoln's speech:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain-that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.


Probably the best known Lincoln speech, ironic because of the line: The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here.
2012-09-09 03:43:33 PM
1 votes:

Fano: I wonder if any group, so dedicated, can long endure


I doubt the world will little note or long remember this reenactment.
2012-09-09 03:34:53 PM
1 votes:

vudukungfu: styckx: Not sure if serious or just cranky

Serious as a blood drenched field full of 16 year old boys.
Cranky by default because I've lived through 16 presidential elections.
It's not old that makes you cranky, it's an ignorance of history and bullshiat being shoveled at you from on high that does it.


That would make you either 60 or 64, depending on if you're counting the current election. Me, I was born when Eisenhower was president, so the first election I remember was Kennedy's.
2012-09-09 03:08:10 PM
1 votes:
There used to be a hobby shop in Las Vegas where they had enough room for us wargamers to play wargames. The front of the store was taken up by a gaming table which was four plywood sheets on sawhorses laid side to side. Us wargamers played everything from Napoleonics to WWII to Vietnam (very popular because half the crew were Vietnam vets) with miniatures from 15mm to 28mm scale.

But the anniversary of Gettysburg was very special because it was played out in miniature in the store in as close as realtime as possible, with multiple wargamers on both sides playing generals. It was a big deal. History and hobby magazines as far away as Japan used to send reporters to cover the annual event. And my names was on the waiting list to play a general for almost a decade.

But then this Bush economy did in the hobby shop and I never got my chance to play general.
2012-09-09 02:54:16 PM
1 votes:
I was at one of the reenactments a few years ago. Truly a memorial to what kind of slaughter Americans vs Americans can accomplish.
2012-09-09 02:46:58 PM
1 votes:
Note to self, send smore schnapps to gettysburg next year.
2012-09-09 02:46:03 PM
1 votes:
The Germans?
2012-09-09 02:40:03 PM
1 votes:
WalMart?
2012-09-09 01:19:42 PM
1 votes:
Rocky.
 
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