Six Life Lessons from Gettysburg

When a young person responds to my mention of a historical fact with “I wasn’t born yet,” I always say “I wasn’t born in 1863, but I’ve heard of Gettysburg..”

Today is the anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, which actually lasted 3 days. One of my favorite stories of Gettysburg is the story of Little Round Top, and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. More about that in a minute, but first, please read this excellent piece, “6 Life Lessons from the Battle of Gettysburg”:

July 1-3 is the 155th anniversary of the bloodiest battle ever fought in the Western Hemisphere: Gettysburg. In the first three days of July in 1863, some 52,000 Americans were killed, wounded, or missing. The Union Army of the Potomac (about 90,000 troops) led by General George Meade clashed in a titanic battle with the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia led by General Robert E. Lee.

Gettysburg is the battle that almost every Civil War nerd (like me) loves to study because of so many “what ifs” and twists and turns. It could have gone so many different ways. However, I also love studying this battle because of the life lessons we can learn from the fascinating circumstances and the very fine men who fought on both sides. Here are a few life lessons we can learn today.

Check it out. I think that you will find it very interesting.

Please check out this video, which describes what happened when former teacher turned colonel, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, changed the course of history on Little Round Top.

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