I have quoted Faulkner before, but it is particularly fitting this weekend, as Wednesday marks the 150th Anniversary of Pickett’s charge.
The quote was from “Intruder In The Dust” and it goes “For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it’s still not yet two o’clock on that July afternoon in 1863.”
Those young boys Faulkner writes about were stopped at the Angle, a stone wall considered the high-water mark of the Confederacy- perhaps the last chance for victory for the South. Instead, the Yankees prevailed at Gettysburg, a turning point in the war as I mentioned in my blog of 6/27 about Vicksburg.
CNN reports that between 200,000-300,000 visitors will flock to the town and fields of Gettysburg National Military Park to mark the 150th anniversary of the three day blood bath. There will be lots of people with stories and pictures of great-great grandfathers who made that march. I wish I could be a fly on the wall, don’t you?
If you are there you may even hear a Rebel Yell or two!