Its a battlefield out there
Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
109Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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Went to the cinema first, for a film about it all. Would have been more interesting if the loop system they gave me wasnt out of sync with the sound track, so everything was like an echo half a ssecond out. Told them it wasnt very good, and they were most apologetic, I wasnt the first person who had complained, so they will get their audio guy to look into it. Then we saw the cyclorama - a panoramic painting that was done in 1894, and has been retouched and repaired since than. It depicts the battle all around which is quite amazing for that era. Then we went on a bus tour of the battlefields, with a guide who gave a commentary of who commanded which troops, how the battle went and all that. Then back to the museum to look at all the exhibits, which was very interestting and there were a series of films showing the cause of the dispute (the southern states suceeding from the Union over Lincolns legislation outlawing slavery) and how the battles led up to Gettysburg
Wandered round the town for a spell, and enjoyed a huge icecream. Only one blob of ice cream, but apparently they serve up to 9 in a cone! One was quite enough for me.
Back to the hotel for the night. Done 35 miles today, but probably ony 5 in Stanley.
Martin's Military moment:
It is temptting to think that the Civil war was all about the moral right for all men to be free and equal and that it was fought on moral grounds.However there was a significant element of fear that the freedom of some 4 million slaves would destroy the economy of the South (which did happen) and that the wealth of certain powerful industriialists in the North would suffer if the production heartland of the South was ruined.The burgeoning immigrant population to the North from Eastern Europe was fearful that spilling such a large population on to the labour market would prejudice their chances of advancement.At a tiime when the US was looking to displace the native Indian from his lands in order that the white man could exploit the West,the fight was about whether an economy based on using enslaved human labour as the engine of progress or one based on free enterprise
It seems that attention to our blog is weakening.I can only think that this is because the imminent threat of bodily harm to your correspondents seeems to have diminished.I think we may have given you the impression that we are on holiday.
So today we met very interesting people,not least Sean Pendrak (?) a politico with a finance background who has had direct contact with many Democrats,particularly those running for the Democratic nomination at the last election.
200+ miles to go over 2 days - we should make it