For whatever reason I fixated at some point in my youth on the book Heroes in Blue and Gray, and in the course of our family travels we visited a Civil War battlefield or two. Shiloh being the one closest to our home in Memphis.
This Christmas my folks sent a copy of Twilight at Little Round Top, and I find myself drawn in again. (I probably should be studying for USATE, but an occasional broadening of one’s interests can’t hurt in the long run.) Little Round Top was the name granted after the fact to an elevated lump of turf that anchored the Union’s left flank on the second day of the battle at Gettysburgh in 1863.
It boggles the mind that 145 years ago, the Gray States and Blue States were running around blowing each other’s heads off. (Tiny hint of election-year irony intended.)