The United States is days away from marking a solemn anniversary, one soaked in blood, fraught with emotion, marinated in promise. In a small town in Pennsylvania thousands will gather to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the fateful Battle of Gettysburg.
This is America’s Agincourt, Ypres and Balaclava combined in one: moments of glory, terror, genius and miscalculation all wrapped tightly into three days’ brutal and bitter fighting in a crossroads that remains a small college town. It was the moment – July 1-3, 1863 – when the tide of the Civil War swung decisively in the Union’s favor. At this place, less than four months later, Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech of 270 words that transformed the war for Union into a war for freedom.