Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The End of the Beginning

Today in 1862, the Battle of Shiloh began. This was the first battle with masses of casualties like those that characterized the battles that followed it. After this one, both sides realized that they faced a long and bloody conflict.

After the Allies had driven the Axis out of North Africa in 1943, Churchill said,"This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. It is perhaps the end of the beginning." In a grim way, Shiloh served as the end of the beginning for North and South.
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