Our Country's Fiery Ordeal

A blog about the American Civil War, written and maintained by historian Daniel J. Vermilya, author of The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain (History Press, 2014) and James Garfield and the Civil War (History Press, 2015)

Dedicated to my great-great-great grandfather, Private Ellwood Rodebaugh, Company D, 106th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, killed at the Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862.

"And may an Overuling Providence continue to cause good to come out of evil, justice to be done to all men where injustice has long prevailed, and finally, peace, quiet, and harmony to come out of this terrible confrontation and our country's fiery ordeal." -- Albert Champlin, 105th Ohio, Diary entry of June 19, 1864 (Western Reserve Historical Society)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

New Trailer Steven Spielberg's Lincoln

This movie looks incredible. It looks as though it portrays our 16th and greatest president as he should be: a heroic leader who saved this country while leading us through death and destruction toward a "new birth of freedom." Lincoln's fight to end slavery was nothing short of one of the most brilliant, complex, and incredible efforts in the history of politics, and it should be remembered as such. He was a true statesman. I hope that this film does Lincoln justice.

I can't wait to see this film. What I am dreading, however, is the increased Lincoln hatred it is sure to stir up. There are many folks out there who still view Lincoln as a tyrant who cost the nation hundreds of thousands of lives for no reason. Of course, that is why our country needs good historians and good history teachers. I look forward to the lively debate that this is sure to spark.

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