624,511 lost their lives in the United States Civil War. To commemorate the war, in 1913, the Federal government held a 50th anniversary reunion at Gettysbug. It lasted three days. It was a gathering of thousands of survivors looking up all comrades and sharing stories. The climax of the event was to be a reenactment of Pickett's charge. As the rebel yell rang out and and the old Confederates started forward again across the fields, a moan, a gigantic gasp of unbelief rose from the Union men from cemetery ridge. It was then that the Yankees could not longer restain themselves, but pushed forward, not in mortal combat, but embracing them in brotherly love and affection.
The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past.