How Long Could You Hold onto Your Anger?
The City of Lubbock Cemetery holds the second greatest number of civil war veterans of any cemetery in the state of Texas. Many of the soldiers who traveled to Texas and settled after the war were angry. A lot of the southerners who stayed behind in South Carolina, Mississippi, and Georgia were angry as well. Even today, there are still some southerners who are waiting for the south to rise again. However, the city of Vicksburg had every reason to be angry, and they held on to their anger for more than 80 years.
In July of 1863, Vicksburg endured a siege that lasted more than six weeks. General Ulysses S. Grant and his union troops bombarded the city. The people of Vicksburg endured scurvy, starvation, brutality, constant gun fire, and artillery fire. By the time the siege ended in 1863, there was very little to eat. Your money, heirlooms, and even your most prized possessions bought you very little, maybe only rat meat. After 1863, the 4th of July was not considered a day of celebration for the people of Vicksburg. Fireworks going off in the sky reminded them of union artillery during the siege. They held on to their anger and refused to celebrate the 4th of July for 81 years, until the last year of World War II, another war that shaped the history of the world.
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