Today in history was a fateful day for America. It is the 237th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Today is also the 150th anniversary of the surrender of Confederate forces at Vicksburg, Mississippi (July 4, 1863)to General Grant. This Union victory severed the Confederate West from the rest of the Confederacy, and opened the Mississippi River to Union gunboats and armies to move without challenge.
General Robert E. Lee withdrew his Confederate army from the Gettysburg battlefield 150 years ago, today. His proud army had been defeated, and this day is considered the turning-point in the Civil War, especially with the coincident loss of Vicksburg and the Confederate states west of the Mississippi River.
On this day in 1826, John Adams died. It is said that his last words were, “Thomas Jefferson survives.” Strangely, Thomas Jefferson had died a few hours earlier at Monticello, his famous residence.
Indeed, this is a day to remember.