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Civil War Anniversary

page06-1July 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, a pivotal turning point in our nation’s history. Interestingly enough, a group of soldiers from the Rochester region — the 140th New York Infantry — played a critical role in that famous battle. Today, their history lives on through the reenactments of the 140th New York Infantry Living History Organization, and among the members are a lengthy list of Roberts Wesleyan alumni, faculty, staff and students!

page06-2 Roberts Wesleyan staff member Dave George ’98 has been involved with the 140th for nearly a dozen years and developed an interest in Civil War history as a young boy. When asked to reflect on the 150thanniversary of Gettysburg, he pointed out a little-known aspect of history that actually occurred a century ago: The 50th anniversary reunion at the Gettysburg Battlefield in 1913. “It is a story of reconciliation and reunion unlike any other in the history of nations,” said George. “I liken it to the gospel, where the union that we were created to have with God himself was rent because of sin. The sinful nature struggled for its independence … but God loved the world so much, He gave us His Son as a way to unify us again.”