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 Posted: Sat Aug 29th, 2009 10:50 pm
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I'm constantly amazed when visiting battlefields (Gettysburg, Antietam, Fredericksburg, etc.) how these individuals, whether north or south, could step off and march forward. For instance, the Picketts-Trimble-Pettegrew charge on Gettysburgs' 3rd day. Many of these soldiers were present at Fredericksburg and had seen the devastating effects of a frontal charge on a prepared position. My point of this post has a couple of points - 1)what was the personal motivation of these veterans and 2)could or would modern day soldiers do the same thing. The second point comes from a recent conversation with an Iraq War veteran over an adult beverage. By the way, anytime you have the opportunity to do so, do something to express your gratitude to these veterans, whether it's buying them a beer, coke or just saying we appreciate your service.

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