Since this "essay" revolves around the Civil War it seems only fitting to give a brief overview of it. This infographic does just that. For a refresher course click on the image. [Civil War Facts Infographic from the National Park Service] More
Dedication of a monument on the battlefield at Gettysburg, ca. 1880s. In his Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln recast the Civil War as a second American revolution, a rebirth of freedom. While the states did reunite in 1865, Gettysburg remained a scar on the national psyche. The battlefields became a site for reflection and remembrance, where veterans built monuments to fallen comrades and Americans came, as they still do today, to try to make sense of the human toll of the Civil War.