Gettysburg and the Future of Freedom
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Freedom’s future can turn on the actions of one.
One hundred and fifty years ago, the fate of America was decided at Gettysburg. For three days, Union and Confederate armies fought the decisive battle of the Civil War. On the second day of the struggle, General Robert E. Lee ordered his troops to sweep behind enemy lines. Through the sweltering heat of summer afternoon, they swept toward the rocky hill that represented the end of the Union position—Little Round Top.
If they could take that position, they would win the battle.
If they won the battle, they would win the war.
If they had won the war, the United States of America, the exceptional nation—a state founded on the belief that the only source of the legitimate powers of government is the consent of the governed—would be overthrown by the force of arms.