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The New York Times taps Hicks to write Civil War editorial

UPDATED: Visit CIVIL WAR to read Hicks' New York Times editorial published July 3.
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The New York Times has tapped Battle of Franklin Trust board member and New York Times bestselling author Robert Hicks to write an editorial on “Why The Civil War Matters” for its July 3 edition commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Pickett’s Charge. Pickett’s Charge was held on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863.

“I’ve contributed to The New York Times in the past, but in so many ways, it really was an honor to be asked to put the Civil War into context of our lives today, both as individuals and as a nation,” Hicks said.

“It’s rewarding to see The New York Times editorialize the significance of the Civil War in today’s world,” said Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker. “Franklin is often referred to as ‘the Gettysburg of the western theatre’ and no one can capture that story and bring light to the commemoration better than Franklin’s nationally known author Robert Hicks.” Whitaker is also co-chair of the Governor’s Sesquicentennial Committee as well as a Board of Directors member of the Battle of Franklin Trust.

The Battle of Gettysburg was fought from Wednesday, July 1 until Friday, July 3. Pickett’s Charge momentarily pierced the Union line but was driven back with severe casualties. Stuart’s cavalry attempted to gain the Union rear but was repulsed. On July 4, Lee began withdrawing his army toward Williamsport on the Potomac River, concluding the Battle of Gettysburg. His train of wounded stretched more than 14 miles.

In comparison, Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War with at least 46,000 casualties in three days while Franklin was the considered the bloodiest with 10,000 casualties in only five hours.

Posted on: 7/2/2013

 
 

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