Gettysburg is remembered as the site of one of the bloodiest conflicts in American history. With more than 51,000 casualties over the course of three days, the encounter was anything but civil.
So we, the people, can preserve our liberty and our greatness in time of peace only by ourselves exercising the virtues of honesty, of self-restraint and of fair dealing...
President Theodore Roosevelt
Memorial Day, May 30, 1904
War rarely is.
And, while addressing a Memorial Day crowd at Gettysburg in 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt reminded the audience of the lessons of the battlefield and the need for “honesty,” “self-restraint” and “fair dealing” as keys to preserving our country’s greatness.
Civility is yet another lesson of Gettysburg.
We are not as divided now as we were in 1863, but as it was in Roosevelt’s time, the need for civility continues today.
Gettysburg reminds us to continue having civil conversations to resolve our differences. Whether it’s in preserving our democracy, dealing with each other in a fair and constructive manner or remembering our past and how we should commemorate it, we can be civil.
Here, where you contended in mortal combat a half century ago, you meet today to clasp each other’s hand in warm embrace and to extoll the virtues in each other found.
Congressman J. Hampton Moore (Pa.)
50th Anniversary of the Battle, 1913
Gettysburg inspires. We know we can come together even after the most horrific conflicts. We know we can preserve our greatness.
We know we can be civil.
It’s another way to look at Gettysburg and ourselves. This is Gettysburg Revisited.