I was in Charleston this past week, and the car trip down from my home in upstate New York was a fascinating experience. It gave me a lot of time to think.
|Gettysburg, PA - the site of perhaps the most famous Civil War battle|
Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Such a simple act, but in 1861, if the bridge had been there, Virginia certainly wouldn't have been welcoming a couple of Yankees. This was the border between the Union and the Confederacy. In fact, a small portion of the bridge is technically in our capital, Washington, DC.
I didn't take any pictures of road signs at that point, but there were several road signs which had both Washington, DC and Richmond, Virginia listed on the same sign. So simple - two cities, some 106 miles apart. But, during the Civil War, they were the capitals of two countries at war with each other.
How many people give thought to history when they travel this road daily? Things could have been so different if history had worked differently. We can play the "what if" game - some people who enjoy something called "alternate history" do that and write some pretty interesting books based on "what if".
If you look behind the green area to the left of this aircraft carrier which proudly flies the flag of the United States, you will see a distant, small island. On this island sits Fort Sumter.
This is what the view of Charleston Harbor looked like after sunset on April 12, yesterday evening the 153rd anniversary of the start of the Civil War. So peaceful.
I offer no deep thoughts. Instead, what I feel is sadness - because, as horrible the war had been between April of 1861 and April of 1864, things were about to get even worse. Much, much worse.