On this day in 1863, General Robert E Lee gathered his army and moved south. His invasion of Pennsylvania had come to its frightful conclusion and Lee decided to move south, to cross back into Virginia, where he'd stay for most of the next, bloody year.
Several hundred miles away, on the bank of the Mississippi, Confederate General Pemberton surrendered his Vicksburg garrison to Ulysses Grant after a long siege. The Mississippi river was once again in Union hands. Before long, Grant would be recalled to Washington and Grant would release his arsonist to begin the march toward Atlanta.
It's odd how important, historic things seem to congregate on specific days, whether through planning or happenstance. Still, this is the birthday of our nation, and all Americans everywhere should celebrate another year. This is a resilient nation and even in the midst of anguish and agony we find time to celebrate her birthday.