45th alabama

We took a trip to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield to see the 45th Alabama Regiment give a “living history” demonstration. The girls (and sleepy Henry) had no interest in muskets and sweaty soldiers so Dad and I went alone.

I’ve always been fascinated by Civil War reenactors and it was nice to be able to talk with some of them after the demo was. (Truth be told I did a lot more listening than talking…) There are even reenactments out here in California!

Following the demonstration the rest of the gang joined us for a trek to the top of Kennesaw Mountain. It was a hazy day so downtown Atlanta was hidden (you could just barely make out the Georgia Dome) but we still enjoyed ourselves.

I picked up Don’t Know Much About The Civil War from the park bookstore and am in the middle of it. I’m amazed at how things never seem to change in politics.

Lincoln won approximately 40% of the popular vote, but the combined totals of his three opponents were greater by a million votes. Lincon had crafted a victory by carrying the electoral votes of the big states in the North and West.

Sound like any other elections you can recall? There are numerous other examples like the partisan bickering in the House and Senate, states blasting the federal governament for butting in, politicians lameting the death of civility and so on. The more things change the more they stay the same.

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