The Civil War Begins…

Today is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. The battle at Fort Sumter began April 12, 1861 and set in motion a forest fire that ravaged the land for the next four years.

The Civil War tore our nation apart, exposing our shame to the world. We still carry the scars of this War in the fabric of our nation.

The words of the  Gettysburg Address delivered by Abraham Lincoln on June 1, 1865 are as eloquent as anyone has ever been on the scourge of this war. The text of the speech is as follows:

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.

The enslavement of millions of humans in our land will be a permanent stain upon our national psyche for all time. We must learn the lessons of this war, so we will never again stand in those bloody shoes.


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