Independence Day Weekend – This Date in History, July 2nd

As we in the US celebrate Independence Day, let’s step back in time to our First Independence Day and look at another memorable day in 1863. We have much to be thankful for. So many have sacrificed. May we never forget!

Rich Weatherly - Author

Brave men chose liberty and freedom on this day once at the start of this nation and again 87 years later.

It took great courage. Please consider:

Notes on the Declaration of Independence
July 1-4

During these four days in 1776 Congress worked to draft the declaration. It was revised and debated over this period.

Did you know, what happened on July 2nd? The the Second Continental Congress made the declaration, the United Colonies to be independent of the British Empire. It took two more days for the formal Declaration to be ratified.

1863 Battle of Gettysburg Day 2

Late in the afternoon Col. Joshua Chamberlain, a seminary graduate and school teacher, is in command of the 20th Main Infantry, V Corps of the Union Army. He has ordered his troops to take a position on Little Round Top at the south end of the Gettysburg Battlefield.

Confederate Gen. Longstreet’s…

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4 responses to “Independence Day Weekend – This Date in History, July 2nd

  1. Reblogged this on Rich Weatherly – Author and commented:

    Independence Day Week – This Date in History, July 2nd
    As relevant today as ever.

  2. Thanks for bringing Independence Day in July back to life, Rich. It is NOT so easy to forget our American History since I grew up with it in my early childhood classroom. However, today, many young adults cannot remember the words to the Star-Spangled Banner. Patriotism. Memories are made of this.

    Charlotte M. Liebel / @Sharliebel

    • Thank you Charlotte, I couldn’t agree with you more.
      This morning, I read an article from Bill Bennett’s, American Patriot Daily Almanac.
      He told a story of a wounded Union soldier lying on the ground near Cemetery Ridge as General Lee and Confederate officers were leaving the battlefield in retreat. On Seeing Lee, the soldier raised his hands and shouted “Hurrah for the Union!”

      When General Lee heard the man, he stopped, dismounted and approached the soldier. Noticing Lee’s sad the man’s sad expression the man expected to be killed by the general. Instead, “He extended his hand to me, and grasping mine firmly and looking right into my eyes, said, “My son, I hope you will soon be well.”

      These are the man’s closing remarks about that experience: “If I live to be a thousand years I shall never forget the expression on General Lee’s face. There he was, defeated, retiring from a field that had cost him and his cause almost their last hope, yet he stopped to say words like those to a wounded soldier of the opposition who had taunted him as he passed by. As soon as the general had left me I cried myself to sleep there upon the bloody ground.”

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