Americans to Americans

A very important day, and a very important gesture, that we all should remember.

Practically Historical

Robert E. Lee chose General John B. Gordon… to officially surrender the Army of Northern Virginia to the Union on April 12, 1865.  Gordon was an amateur soldier who proved to be the consummate warrior.  Through the course of the conflict Gordon was badly wounded seven times, with five minnie balls hitting him at the battle of Antietam in 1862.  Lee often praised Gordon’s actions in battle,  “characterized by splendid audacity.”

True citizen soldier

US Grant selected General Joshua L. Chamberlain… to accept the Confederate surrender.  Chamberlain was a college professor (of rhetoric) who enlisted in the 20th Maine Vols. He served with distinction from Fredericksburg to Petersburg, winning the Medal of Honor for his defense of Little Round Top during the Gettysburg campaign.  Chamberlain was wounded six times (nearly dying at Petersburg in 1864)  and cited for bravery four times during his service.

Soul of a Lion

As Gordon led…

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5 Responses to Americans to Americans

  1. the unit says:

    It seems to me forces in and out have worked to divide us for a long time. This election year may be a time we get to see such a display of respect as the article depicts. Audacity…true grit will hold us together. Doesn’t mean we have to forfeit faith and convictions. Well, I believe. So maybe again I hold my nose when voting, while standing at attention. 🙂

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  2. the unit says:

    And well I’ll remain optimistic ’til proved I’m foolish. We’ve had divided factions in many elections.
    Now if I’m assaulted with a chair at the voting precinct, optimism ends. I due to osteoarthritis may be a little keeled over in the booth should such intimidation occur, instead of standing at attention. If no injury, i’ll say thanks for offering a chair. 🙂

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  3. Sadly those days of military and civilian gentility and too political civility are long gone now!

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    • the unit says:

      Yeah, I was just hoping to make America great again…and polite…as in thank you for offering me a chair.

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