Art in the Park with Civil War Re-Enactment 2017
The Civil War was an ugly fight. So many men lost their live trying to form this nation. Families torn apart, brother against brother, homes and part of a state burned to the ground. Our nation took its first painful breath with that first fatal shot at Ft. Sumter while President Lincoln refused to acknowledge the southern states as an independent nation. With slavery dividing this country and fueling the war, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves in the southern sates, on January 1, 1863.
April of 1865 the Confederate Army finally conceded to the Union and laid down arms. By this point the south was in bankruptcy half the nation lie in ruin and an entire generation of men were dead. It would take the next twenty years and an era known as Reconstruction for us to finally become the United States.
While it has taken to many years for our wounds to begin to heal from those battles, don’t let the 620K lives of brothers, sons, uncles and husbands sacrifices be in vain. This war took more lives than any other war in history. Their sacrifices gave this country the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery, the 14th Amendment guaranteed that citizens would receive “equal protection under the law,” and the 15th Amendment granted black men the right to vote.
People still have a long way to go in learning from our past mistakes. But we should never forget. War is ugly no matter what side you choose to fight for it’s what you do with the lessons learned from those who fought that will eventually heal this nation completely. These re-enactments serve as a way to remind us that we should strive to be, no matter our skin color, One Nation Under God!
I understand that this subject, especially here in the south, is a very hot issue. While I agree with the removal of many of our Confederate Memorial Statues, I disagree with the need to erase the print of the Civil War. I have issue with those who say it “Offends Me”! Good it should offend you; it offends me. Take that energy and do good. Be better today and be even greater tomorrow.
For other places we’ve visited and experienced the Civil War check out my page at http://www.alaneinthewoods.com/adventures/sweetwater-creek/