I was visiting with a friend the other day, and he is all over this Republican/liberal Democrat thing that is being created here in the United States.

He calmly made the comment he could see that the U.S. could be thrown back into a civil war again.

People who say those things do not know their history.

I have walked the hallowed topography of the Chickamauga battle grounds. For me, it seems that I could feel the spirits of the 34,624 casualties in those two days.

This was only eclipsed by the three-day Battle of Gettysburg, of which there were 51,112 documented casualties.

In those bloodiest four years of American history, there were 620,00 casualties, or 2 percent of the American population. Of those who fought in the Civil War, it was a white man’s war. Less than 5 percent of the soldiers were black, and they fought on both sides in the Civil War.

It makes me mad when people within the United States want to rewrite history, into a war of race, and take down the monuments dedicated to the history of our nation; so we do not forget.

The Civil War was fought over state’s rights and nothing more.

Brother against brother, father against son, cousin against cousin to the death.

In this time of year (July 1 to July 3, 1863, were the dates of the Battle of Gettysburg), one should be humbled.

Two things come to mind. The first is George Santayana’s line, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Therefore, if history is rewritten we will live to see it again. The last is a question, “What would an all-out Civil War look like in today’s age?”

Once tripped, there is no going back.

Wayne Olson


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