There’s been a lot of writing recently about the Civil War’s summertime Battle of Gettysburg, 150 years ago. New Smithsonian software has studied the terrain of the battle and revealed that General Robert E. Lee could not have seen the full Union troops encamped behind the Pennsylvanian hills when he commanded his Confederate army to attack. The result was devastating.
Total numbers killed on both sides at Gettysburg, including those killed during the battle and those who later died as a result of their wounds, was approximately 8,000. This means more Americans were lost in this one battle than have been lost in all our military encounters since the end of the Viet Nam war in 1975–including Iraq and Afghanistan.
When President Abraham Lincoln gave his famous address at Gettysburg, Pa., in 1863, he said the nation’s business was “unfinished” and he defined the task ahead that “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.”
Now there are those whose religious hostility seeks to remove God and religious freedoms from our future all together.