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Robert E. Lee
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The myths collide, bearing friction between the legends the nation lives by: Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, John F. Kennedy at Dallas and Barack Obama somewhere, maybe on a golf course, dreaming of Obamacare one last time before it implodes. Like all myths, they don't bear close examination. They must be taken on faith.
In a boastful floor speech in 1868, Sen. James Henry Hammond, South Carolina Democrat, warned hostile Northern colleagues of his region's economic prowess. "Look at her," Hammond said of the South. "Eight hundred and fifty thousand square miles. As large as Great Britain, France, Austria, Prussia and Spain combined!" The South was "territory enough to make an empire ... that might rule the world."
The president of an NAACP branch in Florida has petitioned members of the Lee County Commission to take down a painting of Gen. Robert E. Lee, calling the former Confederate leader a historic symbol of racism.
More than 10,000 participants turned out for the 150th anniversary reenactment of the Civil War’s bloodiest battle, the Battle of Gettysburg, waged July 1-3, 1863.
July 1-3 commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and "the high-water mark" of the Confederacy continues to reverberate.
Over the course of three days of intense fighting, the Union Army defeated the Confederate States Army on the bloodstained battlefield. It has become widely known as a crucial turning point in this tumultuous period of U.S. history. The loss of human life was extensive, families were torn apart and the country would never be the same again.
Back in the mists of time when the White House press corps was much smaller and far less pompous, President Lyndon Johnson often called a small pool of regulars into the Cabinet Room to casually plant some off-the-record point he wanted made without being quoted. The point often came only after some lengthy, and usually earthy, LBJ yarn.
Lots of people have "Ed Koch stories" – like when he was asked to explain how a former rival was defeated for re-election, even managing to lose in her home precinct. “Her neighbors know her!” he answered with the characteristic Koch shrug.
If Ulysses Grant was the prototypical Dwight Eisenhower, and if William T. Sherman foreshadowed Omar Bradley, then it is not too much of a stretch to call Philip Sheridan the George Patton of the Union armies of the Civil War -- minus the ego-driven tantrums.