Finished Book #6 of 2010

Good morning all,

“Snowed in” this morning (well, not technically) so trying to get some work done on my blog.  Late last night I finished the 439 page “Storm Over the Land”.  I enjoyed it very much.  This book is actually ‘condensed’ down from Carl Sandburg’s famous 4-volume biography:  “Abraham Lincoln: The War Years.”    Someday, when I am feeling particularly ambitious, I may give that a try.  I am also happy that this book kind of ‘covered the bases’ in terms of the major points of the Civil War.  I believe this will give me a good framework for other books in my Civil War reading project.  Next up (in Project: Civil War (P:CW)) will be “Company Aytch” by Sam Watkins.  Looking forward to it

Oh, and as I mentioned earlier, I might try to commit the Gettysburg Address to memory.  For anyone out there who wants to join me, here it is:


Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this
continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the
proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in
a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so
conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great
battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of
that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their
lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and
proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot
dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground.
The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated
it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will
little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never
forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be
dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here
have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here
dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these
honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which
they gave the last full measure of devotion--that 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.

More on Storm Over the Land

Several times in this book, the author illustrates the ferocity of a particular battle by relating how many bullets were dug out of a tree in the line of fire or, in one case, how a tree “22 inches in diameter” was “gnawed and cut down by bullet fire.”

Makes me wonder who these people were digging out and counting these imbedded bullets…

Storm Over the Land

Just finished reading chapter 15 (Lincoln Speaks at Gettysburg) of this book and was blown away. The Gettysburg Address was only 10 sentences and about 5 minutes long, but he sure ‘nailed it.’ I’d heard before -and re-read tonight – that Lincoln was not the ‘featured speaker’ that day; instead, it was a man named Edward Everett, who orated for roughly two hours. No one remembers him or what he said…

I think perhaps I should commit the G.A. to memory as ‘extra credit’ work in my PCW…