On This Day 152 Years Ago, The Battle Of Gettysburg Ended

Washington, D.C., was in a panic!

72,000 Confederate troops were just sixty miles away near Gettysburg, Pa.

After the Confederate victory at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Robert E. Lee was under a time deadline.

Mounting casualties of the war were causing Lincoln’s popularity to fall, so if Lee could get a quick victory at Gettysburg, he could pressure Lincoln into a truce.

But this window of opportunity was fast closing, as Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was about to capture Vicksburg on the Mississippi, which would divide the Confederacy and free up thousands of Union troops to fight Lee in the east.

Unfortunately for Lee, his tremendously successful general, “Stonewall” Jackson, had died two months earlier, having been mistakenly shot by his own men.

On the Union side, Lincoln replaced Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker with Maj. Gen. George Meade to command the 94,000 men of the Union Army of the Potomac.

The Battle of Gettysburg began July 1, 1863.

After two days of intense combat, with ammunition running low, General Lee ordered a direct attack.

Confederate General James Longstreet disagreed with Lee’s plan, resulting in his delayed advance after all the Confederate artillery was spent.

Historians speculate that if General Longstreet had made a timely attack, the Confederates may have won the day.

As it happened, though, 12,500 Confederate soldiers marched across a mile of open field without artillery cover to make “Pickett’s Charge” directly into the Union position at Cemetery Ridge.

After an hour of murderous fire and bloody hand-to-hand combat, the Confederates were pushed back and the Battle of Gettysburg ended, JULY 3, 1863, with over 50,000 casualties.

The next day, Vicksburg surrendered to General Grant, giving the Union Army control of the Mississippi River.

When news reached London, all hopes of Europe recognizing the Confederacy were ended.

For the next two years, the South was on the defensive.

On July 5, 1863, President Lincoln and his son visited General Daniel E. Sickles, who had his leg blown off at Gettysburg.

General James F. Rusling recorded that when General Sickles asked Lincoln if he was anxious before the battle, Lincoln answered:

No, I was not; some of my Cabinet and many others in Washington were, but I had no fears…

Lincoln continued:

In the pinch of your campaign up there, when everybody seemed panic-stricken, and nobody could tell what was going to happen, oppressed by the gravity of our affairs, I went to my room one day, and I locked the door, and got down on my knees before Almighty God, and prayed to Him mightily for victory at Gettysburg.

I told Him that this was His war, and our cause His cause, but we couldn’t stand another Fredericksburg or Chancellorsville.

And I then and there made a solemn vow to Almighty God, that if He would stand by our boys at Gettysburg, I would stand by Him…

Lincoln added:

And He did stand by you boys, and I will stand by Him.

And after that (I don’t know how it was, and I can’t explain it), soon a sweet comfort crept into my soul that God Almighty had taken the whole business into his own hands and that things would go all right at Gettysburg.

Twelve days after the Battle of Gettysburg, July 15, 1863, Lincoln proclaimed a Day of Prayer:

It is meet and right to recognize and confess the presence of the Almighty Father and the power of His hand equally in these triumphs and in these sorrows…

I invite the people of the United States to…render the homage due to the Divine Majesty for the wonderful things He has done in the nation’s behalf and invoke the influence of His Holy Spirit to subdue the anger which has produced and so long sustained a needless and cruel rebellion.

In his Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln ended:

We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Years later at the Gettysburg Battlefield, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated, May 30, 1934:

On these hills of Gettysburg two brave armies of Americans once met in contest…

Since those days, two subsequent wars, both with foreign Nations, have measurably…softened the ancient passions.

It has been left to us of this generation to see the healing made permanent.

In his 3rd Inaugural Address, President Roosevelt said, January 20, 1941:

The spirit of America…is the product of centuries….born in the multitudes of those who came from many lands…

The democratic aspiration is no mere recent phase in human history. It is human history…

Its vitality was written into our own Mayflower Compact, into the Declaration of Independence, into the Constitution of the United States, into the Gettysburg Address…

If the spirit of America were killed, even though the Nation’s body…lived on, the America we know would have perished.

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WATCH The Insane Thing That Happens When A Thrashing Shark Capsizes Fisherman’s Boat

When it comes to big fish stories, here’s one about the monster that didn’t get away…though, quite possibly, you might think that an angler in his right mind would have gladly let it go.

Sharks have been in the news quite a lot lately. Seven reported shark attacks in shallow coastal waters off North Caroline over the past few weeks have vacationers keeping a very close eye on the surf. And when Western Journalism shared a Tennessee woman’s self-made video about how to avoid shark attacks — a video called “Summer Safety Tips” that’s been viewed close to 6 million times — people who watched the very entertaining piece about a very serious subject went wild with appreciation.

Now, another video about a determined fisherman’s wild experience off Florida when a bull shark as big as his kayak took the bait and took the man for a scary ride. Fox News identifies the intrepid angler as Capt. Ben Chancey, who had to swim for his life when the 8-foot fish thrashed about and capsized the small boat.

However, once Chancey swam to the safety of a nearby vessel and caught his breath, he got right back on the horse, so to speak, hopped back into his kayak, and reeled in the shark that was still on his line. After besting the beast, Chancey reportedly let it go.

You can watch the insane recording of this dangerously close encounter by clicking on the video above.

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In Wake Of Supreme Court Ruling, This Gay Teacher Is Suing Catholic School For Discrimination

The fallout over last Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring ‘gay marriage’ a constitutional right continued this week when a one-time Catholic school teacher sued his former employer for discrimination.

Flint Dollar claims in his suit that he was fired three weeks after signing a contract with Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Ga. Though his story now includes the assertion that he told administrators he was planning to marry his boyfriend upon finalizing his paperwork last May, he said at the time that the wedding announcement came via a Facebook post.

While serving as the school’s band director several years ago, Dollar’s suit asserts he informed President David Held that he was involved in a same-sex relationship. Furthermore, he claims the school’s handbook does not specifically require employees to abide by the Catholic Church’s doctrine.

Reports indicate Dollar is asking for his case to be decided by a jury. He is suing to get his job back plus compensation for back pay, emotional pain and attorney’s fees.

Although the Diocese of Savannah spoke out in support of Held’s decision to fire Dollar, a board of trustees meeting served as the backdrop for a protest attended by dozens of critics. Some cited Pope Benedict’s more progressive view on social issues, with a few signs bearing his quote: “Who am I to judge?”

Breitbart readers were overwhelmingly critical of the lawsuit’s supposed merits. Many pointed out that this is but one of the possible consequences of last week’s Supreme Court decision.

“This has opened up a can of worms which will eventually shutter churches, schools, universities, and every other religious institution in this country due to the efforts of the gay mafia already underway to repeal their tax exempt status,” one commenter concluded.

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America Ferrara Writes Letter To Trump: ‘Thank You For Mobilizing Latino Voters’

The latest celebrity to weigh in on presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent remarks about illegal immigrants did so via an open letter published Thursday by the Huffington Post. America Ferrara, known for her leading role in the ABC series Ugly Betty, took a different approach with her criticism than fellow Latina actress Eva Longoria.

As Western Journalism reported, Longoria suggested that both Trump and Adolf Hitler relied on “just words” to spread a dangerous ideology. From her headline, one might assume Ferrara’s take is completely contrary to Longoria’s.

Her letter bears the title “Thank You, Donald Trump!” and goes on to describe how she believes Trump’s rhetoric will compel even more Hispanic voters to make their way to the polls next November.

“Here we are pounding the pavement to get American Latinos to the polls,” she wrote, “while your tactic proves the most effective.”

Ferrara cited Trump and other candidates she claims campaign “on a platform of hateful rhetoric,” explaining they are alienating a growing voting bloc at their own peril.

“This is the America we are actually living in,” she continued. “I hope by now you understand that without the Latino vote, there is no chance of you ever winning this election.”

While she claimed Trump is “living in an outdated fantasy of a bigoted America,” many obviously still embrace the ideals he expressed. One Huffington Post reader, for example, took exception to another comment complaining of the “GOP hate parade” to which Trump ostensibly belongs.

“I didnt [sic] know being against illegal immigrants who dont [sic] belong here so that america [sic] could be stronger was a ‘hate parade,’” he wrote. “But of course your idea of just paying for everyone who can hop, skip, jump, or swim across the border is also good.”

Is Donald Trump encouraging more Latinos to vote Democrat? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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PANIC: Rep. Just Revealed Officials Expecting THIS Terror Attack On City July 4th

On Wednesday, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told Fox News host Megyn Kelly that nuclear terror threats are “a big concern” in New York City headed into the Fourth of July weekend.

While the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a warning for Americans after terror attacks were carried out on three separate continents over the past week either by the Islamic State of Iraq and and Syria (ISIS) or someone inspired by their cause, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday: “it is not uncommon for these kinds of joint information bulletins to be issued in advance of the Fourth of July.”

I can also say that there is no specific credible intelligence to indicate any threats against celebrations over the Fourth of July weekend.

But King dismissed Earnest’s statement Wednesday on The Kelly File. “This is for real. I’ve been at the meetings,” said King, who serves on the House Homeland Security and Intelligence committees.

I’ve gotten the briefings going back two and three weeks, how concerned they were. And you would not see the manhole covers being tightened down. You would not see the cameras being used the way they are. The nuclear explosive devices in New York, detection devices being used the way they are.The extra personnel being put on, the snipers, all of that. That wouldn’t be there if this was just a routine warning.

Kelly asked King if he said “nuclear,” which he confirmed. “It’s a big concern here in New York explosives, you know, the dirty bomb,” King said. “That’s why so much money has been put into explosive detection devices here in New York aimed at nuclear ones. The dirty bomb is a real concern we’ve always had here in New York.”

In a separate interview earlier in the day with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, King said he would not be seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination after previously dipping his feet in the water.

I would love to have the opportunity to run, to go all the way, and I think I can more than compete with any of those that are in there, but the reality is as far as money … the fact that I do have a full-time job now on the intelligence and homeland security committees – it’s just not in the cards. I don’t want to be taking up other people’s time. I don’t want to have 19, 20 candidates, whatever it’s going to be.

h/t: InfoWars

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