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 Posted: Thu Jan 29th, 2009 02:00 am
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I like the idea that the monuments are historical in their own right. And I'll be the first to admit to my own "monumental" habits at Gettysburg: never missing a trip to Barlow's Knoll and the 153rd PA monument, and this silly little thing about having to touch the Armistead marker at the Angle for good luck each time I'm there (the one time I didn't, I had to have a root canal, so now I HUG the thing). So I can only imagine the sentimental importance the monuments had to the men who fought there, and to their descendants. I am a real softie about such things.

But each time we take our ninth graders to Gettysburg, and the guide stops at the NC monument to talk all about it, I can't help but think, "Let's have the kids walk Pickett's Charge instead, so they can see what the swale looks like and how you're hidden from the Union army at the stone wall, and maybe feel what the men in the charge might have gone through."

Just me, I guess!




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