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Thursday, January 27, 2011

150 Years......

One hundred fifty years ago this year the tearing apart started. Before it ended in 1865, over 600,000 would fall. This is more than any other conflict in United States history. What makes us think that war is glorious? There's nothing glorious in it or about it. " Those who live by the sword, will die by the sword" Jesus Christ

In researching our family history, I found that the generation that was born and came of age in the second half of the 1800's paid a terrible price for living by the sword. That sword cut a gaping hole in almost every family including ours. Brothers fought against brothers, children became orphans, and mothers wept.

What did we learn? Was it worth it all? People were freed, the union was preserved, the living rebuilt their lives.

Now we remember the fallen and contemplate the consequences of  war. We can look back and learn. There must be a little glory in that.

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