Today we took the kids to Chickamauga Battle Field in Fort Oglethorpe, GA.
It was the first major battle of the war fought in Georgia on September 19 and 20, 1863,
and is known as the bloodiest battle in the Western Theater.
It was a most significant Union defeat,
and involved the second-highest number of casualties after the Battle of Gettysburg.
Chattanooga was the "Gateway to the South",
and Abraham Lincoln felt the capture of Chattanooga/Chickamauga
was as important as Richmond. This was due to the rail-hub, where five railroads come together located near the Tennessee River.
If captured they could drive their Union forces down to Atlanta.
Which eventually happened.
I don't enjoy the historic battlefields now as much as I did years ago, because history has been changed to suit race, and people.
and we learn from it so; hopefully; we don't ever repeat the violence.
You can't cover it up
or change it.
I will continue to teach truths.
Chickamauga was a small advantage for the Confederacy on September 20, 1863.
The Civil War was a tragic defeat for the Union and Confederate States.
Know one wins in a fight. For those of you who think "to the victor goes the spoils"; consider the outcome.
Alienation, fear, subjugation, and hatred.
That is your victory. Definitely not a win.
Then consider the alternative. Communication, love, kindness, empathy, and understanding as a means to settle arguments.
What a truly wonderful world it could be.