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Gettysburg was my first battlefield visit, and I remember thinking to myself, "What the hell was Lee thinking?" when he launched the so-called Pickett's charge. Of course tangible facts, such as actors, dates, and places, have a fundamental importance as we study the Civil War, but I've never stopped asking "what was he thinking?" whether it be Lee, or Grant, or Jackson, or McClellan, or any of the dozens other commanders, including civilians such as Lincoln or Davis, during the various phases of the war. I am especially antagonistic toward the Civil War mythology that has emerged and persevered for decades, much to the detriment of our true understanding of that conflict. Although I have tremendous respect and admiration for the war's brave and gallant soldiers, I try not to romanticize or glamorize the war itself.

I don't have, nor do I intend to promote, any particular agenda about the Civil War, or about any particular individual, unit, or issue. Although I'm extremely glad the North prevailed, thereby preserving the Union while putting four million Blacks upon the lengthy, tortuous path of freedom, I try to be objective about the strengths and weaknesses of either side. Without an overall theme my rumblings might sometimes seem disjointed or even random. Nevertheless my hope is that the viewer might find nuggets of information or opinions that can be useful to lead to further discussion or insights.

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Battle of Gettysburg Picture