The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.
There was an important date in America’s history that just passed almost unnoticed.
This week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s Appomattox: The Fire Is Quenched, is both an historical account of what occurred when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia and ended the Civil War and my take on something very important it has to teach us today. What is it? To find out you’ll have to read it and draw your own conclusions. Here’s a slice:
One hundred and forty eight years ago today, there was a place called Appomattox whose name was on every American’s tongue, and seared in every American’s heart, for good or ill. Today, it’s almost forgotten.
On April 9th, 1865, it was the site of General’s Lee’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant and the Army of the Potomac.It meant the end of the bloodiest and most costly war in American history.
Fittingly, it was a Sunday, the Christian Sabbath, when the two men met to do what both of them knew would end a terrible struggle. The two armies had hewed and hacked at each other in places like Antietam, Fredericksburg, The Wilderness, Gettysburg, Cold Harbor and Spottsylvania. For a generation afterwards, men who had been there and experienced what happened at these and other battles would grow quiet, remembering the horror of places like the Cornfield,the Stone Wall, the Bloody Angle, the Peach Orchard, and Devil’s Den.
But on that day, April 9th, the guns were eerily silent.It was as though the bones of 600,000 dead men had risen up as one to cry “enough! no more!”
General Lee had planned to make a final stand of it, a final try at breaking through and doing the broken field running he’d somehow managed to carry off throughout the war. Lee reasoned that if he could just smash through the Union cavalry screen with one all out effort and get his battered Army of Northern Virginia through to his supply trains at Lynchburg, he’d be able to regroup and fight another day.
When he learned that the Union cavalry was backed up by two fresh corps of infantry, he realized that after four years it was all over, that trying to break through with his starving, exhausted and outnumbered army was a vain hope. So on April 8th he sent a messenger under a flag of truce to ask for a meeting with General Grant to discuss terms. After the two men exchanged a series of notes, they agreed to meet.
Contrary to popular belief, Lee and Grant and their staffs didn’t meet in an actual courthouse. Instead, they met in a private home, that of Wilmer McLean, at 1:30 PM on a balmy spring afternoon.
For two and a half hours they sat and talked. After pitting every muscle and sinew, every ounce of intelligence, every iota of courage and will the two of them and their armies possessed against each other, the two adversaries finally met face to face.They had not seen each other since the Mexican War two decades earlier.
In our non-Council category, the winner was Sarah Palin with The Grocer’s Daughter, submitted by Joshuapundit. It’s a brilliant tribute to Margaret Thatcher that focuses not on on her as a political revolutionary, but as a class boundaries breaker. Do read it.
Okay, here are this week’s full results:
- *First place with 4 1/3 votes! – Joshuapundit – Appomattox: The Fire Is Quenched
- Second place *t* with 2 votes – The Noisy Room – NoKo-a-NoGo
- Second place *t* with 2 votes – Simply Jews – Remembering Holocaust: the first British shots of WW II
- Third place with 1 2/3 votes – Bookworm Room – The fundamental unconstitutionalism of Obama’s presidency
- Fourth place *t* with 1 1/3 votes – The Right Planet – Subprime (Part Duh)
- Fourth place *t* with 1 1/3 votes – VA Right! – Gun Control: Exceptions for Rape, Incest and the Life (or Health) of the Gun Owner?
- Fifth place with 2/3 vote – The Razor – A Phone Call Between Premier Li and President Obama
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – The Colossus of Rhodey – The Politics Behind DC’s The Movement
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – Gay Patriot – Margaret Thatcher: Feminist Icon
- *First place with 2 2/3 votes! – Sarah Palin – The Grocer’s Daughter submitted by Joshuapundit
- Second place with 2 1/3 votes – David Feith/WSJ – The Golf Shot Heard Round the Academic World submitted by Bookworm Room
- Third place with 1 2/3 votes – Jack Kerwick/FrontPage Magazine – Six Alinsky Rules That Explain Obama’s Words and Deeds submitted by The Noisy Room
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – Spengler – Coming ‘crash’ will end in a snooze submitted by The Watcher
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – Adventures of a Broken Soldier – Disabled Purple Heart veteran, embarassed at local business. submitted by Rhymes With Right
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 votes – Roger Ebert’s Journal – A Leave of Presence submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Terry Glavin – “We will rid the world of the evil-doers,” ten years after. submitted by Simply Jews
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Powerline – Gay son of congressman ‘canceled’ for refusing to serve as prop for Lefty talk show hosts submitted by Gay Patriot
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Douglas Ernst – MSNBC’s ‘Political Playground’ belongs in a ‘Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horrors special submitted by The Colossus of Rhodey
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Compass/Alex Berezow – Will We Enter a Post-Democracy World? submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – TEA Party News Network – The 25 Margaret Thatcher Quotes that Crush Obama and the Left submitted by VA Right!
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – Newsmax – Margaret Thatcher on Socialism submitted by The Razor
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – Thomas Patrick Burke – The Origins of Social Justice: Taparelli d’Azeglio submitted by The Right Planet
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – Michelle Malkin – No Tears for Lynne Stewart submitted by The Watcher
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