I visited Gettysburg for the first time, and this is what stuck:
- That each star on a Confederate flag on display, “homemade in Virginia,” was a slightly different shape. I wonder who made that flag and what she was thinking as she stitched.
- A wall of faces of the men who were casualties, Confederate and Union, that I could have looked at for hours.
- What the Republican newspaper of Springfield, Massachusetts, wrote of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: “His little speech is a perfect gem; deep in feeling, compact in thought and expression, and tasteful and elegant in every word and comma.” My new writing goal.
- How the museum display of war letters noted that war makes people more expressive than typical for their time.