July 4th, A Big Day In American History 2

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.

2 comments

  1. I think the fact that Adams and Jefferson died on the very same day and that Adams said that exact thing is remarkable. Absolutely miraculous.
    I love Gettysburg; such a beautiful place and so haunting in its meaning. I hope a LOT of children were there for the reenactments this weekend and that they got told what their American history books are not telling them anymore; that America is great and worth fighting for.
    Or was. 😦
    Happy 4th, Bob!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s