History began on September 11, 2001:
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) today spoke on the Senate floor in support of U.S. efforts in the War on Terror and stressed how critical it is for America to keep its resolve in this global fight.
â€œSeptember 11, 2001, was the most tragic event in the history of mankind. What the United States did and what this president declared by changing our policy from one of reaction to one of preemption was precisely the right thing to do,â€ Isakson said. â€œThere is no doubt in the last five years mistakes have been made, but there is no doubt the greatest mistake would have been not to respond.â€(my emphasis)
I’m not even sure if 9/11 was the most tragic event in the history of the United States, much less “the history of mankind”.
Sherman’s entire force numbered 60,000 infantry and artillery and 5,500 cavalry. On Nov. 11 Sherman cut the telegraph wires that connected Atlanta with Washington, and his army became an isolated column in the heart of an enemy’s country. It began its march for the sea on the morning of the 14th, when the entire city of Atlantaâ€”excepting its courthouse, churches, and dwellingsâ€”was committed to the flames.
The buildings in the heart of the city, covering 200 acres of ground, formed a great conflagration; and, while the fire was raging, the bands played, and the soldiers chanted the stirring air and words, ” John Brown’s soul goes marching on!”
For thirty-six days that army moved through Georgia, with very little opposition, pillaging the countryside. It was a sort of military promenade, requiring very little military skill in the performance, and as little personal prowess, as well trained union troops were deployed against defenseless citizens. It was grand in conception, and easily executed.
The reenactment kind of went south too.