Monday, September 29, 2008

'Thank God!' - Meade of Gettysburg

The monument to Major General George Gordon Meade, commander of the Union army at Gettysburg, stands on Cemetery Ridge, site of the general's greatest victory. Meade did not personally witness the climax of his army's victory, arriving at the scene as Pickett's Charge was receding. "What, is the enemy entirely repulsed?" he asked as he took in the view of the retreating Rebels and the carnage before him. Assured the Southerners were, in fact, defeated, Meade checked a desire to celebrate and instead uttered: "Thank God!" (Click image for larger view).

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