By Paul Comrie | November 12, 2018

Today is the culmination of many years of dreaming, studying, reading and watching.  I’ve always wanted to see the sites of the American Civil War and there can be no more important or moving site than Gettysburg, where the war finally turned for Lincoln and the forces of union.

Helen Patton told me yesterday at lunch that her family had some very interesting history in the conflict there.  Perhaps something to discuss and explore at another time.

Dad and I are leaving in a few minutes — we’re sat here at a Starbucks in D.C. and he’s waiting for me so we can hit the road.  We’ve got a two hour drive to the site and to meet our tour guide.

The strangest thing is to think of timing. Everything is about timing – love, money, comedy and tragedy.  Lincoln’s war turned for him and turned against Lee at Gettysburg.  How does that make me feel? That so much planning can be overcome by something random? Weird.

I’ve included below a video with the exquisitely voiced Shelby Foote, the authoritative voice on the Civil War, speaking about the significance of Gettysburg.