April 12, 1861- April 12, 2004
On the twelfth of April, 1861, Confederate guns opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor, thus beginning the bloodiest conflict in American History--620,000 dead--more than all other American wars combined. The Civil War remains this nation's most defining experience, ultimately giving new meaning to the word Freedom. Walt Whitman, a young newpaperman destined to become America's greatest poet wrote "Future years will never know the seething hell and black infernal background of this war-and it is best they should not-the real war will never get in the books."
143 years and it still fascinates me. Take a moment today to reflect upon our nation's past and remember all those who fell, Blue & Gray, who gave the last full measure for something they truly believed in. It is a testament to the American character and way of life. May we never forget their sacrifice.