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Allen Guelzo column: Gettysburg's message to tyrants

7:06 PM, Jul. 1, 2013
A visitor to Little Round Top views the Devil's Den during ongoing activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg on Monday in Gettysburg, Pa.
A visitor to Little Round Top views the Devil's Den during ongoing activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg on Monday in Gettysburg, Pa.
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There are a few moments in history when the normal, unhurried pace of events undergoes a sudden, violent compression, when single decisions become the starts of avalanches and people find the compass points of their lives spinning wildly askew. We have experienced a few of these moments in living memory - Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy assassination - but the largest one in U.S. history was the Battle of Gettysburg, whose 150th anniversary looms before us this week.

Gettysburg was the midpoint of our four-year Civil War. But it also became the war's hinge-point, and it's not difficult to see why.

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