Thursday, August 18, 2016

Dancing at the Encampment

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This past weekend, my family and I set out to enjoy a weekend of camping. We had been camping several times this summer, but this particular trip was the highlight of them all that I was waiting for. I even took off the whole weekend at work to enjoy these three special days.


Oh, the reason is obvious. It was Civil War Encampment weekend! What sounds more awesome than that?

Well, considering some of  you are not sure, let me convince you. We started off the weekend with Friday night's event, the dance....

Thursday, July 07, 2016

My Journey to the Civil War

Sorry for not blogging in awhile, I was so excited at the thought of posting especially for the Battle of Gettysburg (this past weekend), but...I never did. 

A young woman I know, Michaela Tasker asked me a great question via the comment section on a blog post awhile back. It was a great question, so I thought I'd blog and specifically answer it. 
She asked: "When and how did you first become interested in the Civil War?" 

Thank you Michaela, for the question, and for mentioning Yankee PotPie in your "recommended blogs" page on your blog, Dandelions and Daydreams (If you're looking for a blog about exploring the unnoticed things in life through the eyes of a young lady, check out her blog!)

To answer Michaela's question, I'd like to tell you some about my journey to the Civil War. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy Decoration Day!

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I keep getting surprised by how many of our holidays were started around the Civil War. You guessed it: Memorial Day was too!
Memorial Day was based upon a holiday celebrated first in 1868, when citizens of the US (led by orphans and veterans) covered the graves of 20,000 Civil War soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery with flowers. President Garfield approved of "Decoration Day" a day of remembrance of the Civil War dead celebrated by many states on May 30th. 
After WWI, many, feeling the loss of so many loved ones, began to honor all military dead on Decoration Day.
It wasn't until after 1968--100 years after its start--that it became a federal holiday.
Side note: Isn't it amazing how long unofficial holidays are celebrated in this country before they become federal holidays? See my Thanksgiving post for another example.
The poem below? Yeah, I didn't write it. My best friend did, though, and I honestly think its the best poem she's ever written. My sister, Elecia, writes a blog called A Heart in Waiting, and it's a wonderful blog encouraging young women to stay pure and patient while waiting on God's direction. I decided to post this poem from her blog because I thought it'd be a great way to remind us of what these "honored dead" died for: Freedom, equality, and The United States of America.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Behind the Song: Letters From Home

I'm getting really tired of Civil War.

I'm serious, I can't wait for the hype to die down. 

Why are you staring at me like that? Oh, I'm sorry....

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

What Does an Ebenezer Have in Common with a Monument?

"Monuments and archaeological pieces serve as testimonies of man's greatness and establish a dialogue between civilizations showing the extent to which human beings are linked." Statesman Vicente Fox

"The sanctity of our battlefields, monuments, and veterans institutions is of utmost importance to preserve military history and pay respect to those who fought." Politician Henry Waxman

Monument at Gettysburg Battlefield

Monuments help us remember the past. I don't know about you, but I saw about a dozen of them just driving through town today. And everytime I pass one, I think about what man once stood there, what man fought there, what man fell on that hill and what man never made it home cause he died on that spot.

Okay, so that's a tad bit morbid, but seriously, we have to think about this stuff. 51,000 casualties fell at Gettysburg alone. Now there are 1,328 monuments, markers and memorials to remember those men just in Gettysburg.