The American Civil War was a tumultuous time for our country. It was not just the industrial North against the agricultural South, but brother was turned against brother. People were unsure of what would come of our still very young nation, and it was going to take something big to offer hope and a sign of healing. Each year the Battle of Gettysburg anniversary is commemorated, but this year marks the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg.
Many historians will concur that the Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point in the Civil War. It was because of the Battle of Gettysburg that the American people could see a way out of the war, and the combat on the revered grounds in Gettysburg helped save the nation.
The Battle of Gettysburg came after a series of Confederate victories. The troops continued moving to the north as a way to procure more provisions and secure victories on Union territory. It was when the two sides faced off in a small town in Pennsylvania that the direction of the war changed and the nation’s morale took a turn for the better.
It was July 1863, and Gettysburg saw devastation like no other. After three days of long battles, honorable gallantry, and more than 51,000 lives lost, the town was ruined by war.
For almost two years after the Battle of Gettysburg the American Civil War continued, but the Confederacy was never able to regain power after the devastating loss in Gettysburg.
Five months after the battle, President Abraham Lincoln was asked to speak at the cemetery for the Union soldiers who lost their lives as a dedication. His speech is one that will never be forgotten, and with only 272 words Abraham Lincoln offered up the hope that the nation’s citizens were searching for and a chance to really begin healing from the turmoil experienced.
Now, more than 150 years later, the Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address are still remembered. Had things unfolded differently in Gettysburg, the nation we live in today would be much different.
That is why we remember. We remember for the souls who fought, the entire population of the country which was affected, and the nation that was almost crippled beyond repair that rose up from the ashes to unite. And that is why this year, the year that marks 150 years since thousands and thousands of brave men lost their lives for this country, we will take a trip back in time to reflect and honor such a momentous point in the history of the United States of America.
Won’t you take that trip with us? Join us this year to commemorate the Gettysburg 150th anniversary. Events, reenactments and more are scheduled to honor this historic anniversary occasion.