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History Comes Alive - The Civil War Remembered PDF Print E-mail

It's a class reunion at West Point and there's an excitement in the air. It's been 40 years since the class of 1843 graduated and former West Point grad and President Ulysses S. Grant is getting ready to speak. Patriotic music plays. He walks in confidently, but with no airs and welcomes those he sees along the way. What we're about to witness is not a schmaltzy eye roll-inducing motivational speech, but a great man reflecting on where he's been in life and what an honor it has been to serve his country. In the stories alone - from growing up with a father insisting he go to West Point, struggling to provide for his family, and fighting in the Civil War, to going head to head with some of the most powerful men in the country at the time (the formidable General Robert E. Lee among them) - there are lessons to be found if you just listen for them.

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