National Civil War Musuem

The National Civil War Musuem

The National Civil War Musuem is in Pennslyvania.

There are several sculptures honoring fallen soldiers in the musuem grounds.

The musuem has Terry Jones’s sculpture, “Moment of Mercy” on display. The plaque for the sculpture reads as follows:

The Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia, in December of 1862, was one of the bloodier engagements of the American Civil War.  On December 13th, Federal troops made repeated frontal assaults against Confederate positions behind the stone walls along the Sunken Road at Marye’s Heights.  In five hours an estimated 6300 Union soldiers lay dead or wounded on the battlefield.  As darkness approached, a light snow fell and the temperatures dropped to near zero.  All through the frigid gloom, injured men cried in agony.  “Help,” “Water,” “Somebody, please help.”  For one Union Commander that night was forever etched in his memory.  “My ears were filled with the cries and groans of the wounded, and the ghastly faces of the dead almost made a wall around me.”

By the afternoon of December 14th, Sergeant Richard R. Kirkland of the 2nd South Carolina Infantry could no longer bear those mournful cries.  Shortly after mid-day, Kirkland secured permission from his commander to take water to those in need.  Filling as many canteens as he could carry, Kirkland hurtled the stone wall and ran to the aid of wounded Union soldiers.  Shots rang out from the Federal lines.  Only when the purpose of the Confederate’s errand became readily apparent, did the Union commander shout down the line: “Don’t shoot that man, he’s too brave to die. “Then, for ninety minutes the battlefield was quiet.  Both sides observed a solemn truce as the nineteen year old sergeant turned Good Samaritan tenderly ministered to enemy wounded soldiers in what was most assuredly a “moment of mercy.”

Soldiers in blue and soldiers in gray repeated this incident many times throughout the Civil War.  This Moment of mercy sculpture pays homage to them and the uniquely American spirit of aiding those in need.

The plague was sponsored by “The John Crain Kunkel Foundation”.

Theodor Seuss Geisel

Author Theodor Seuss Geisel’s Unpublished Works

Theodor Seuss Geisel became known as Dr. Seuss after publishing a series of children’s books.

In 1991, after Dr. Seuss’s death at the age of 87, a box of manuscripts of unpublished works were found by his wife Audrey. In 2013, Audrey and Claudia Prescott, whom was Theodor’s longtime secretary and friend rediscovered the box of manuscripts. From that manuscript new Dr. Seuss books such as, “What Pet Should I Get” we’re published.

Bikini Atoll Island, Manhattan Project, Operation Crossroads

Operation Crossroads: The Last Nuclear Tests Of The Manhattan Project

Natives being evacuated for Operation Crossroads on June 1946.

In 1946, the U.S. Military command decided that there was a lack of understanding of the affect of atomic weapons on naval targets. Hence it was proposed that for Operation Crossroads that three nuclear weapons would be detonated by empty naval ships off of the Bikini Atoll Island, within the Marshall Islands in the Central Pacific. 146 native people were removed from the Bikini Atoll Island before the tests began.

The first nuclear test on Bikini Atoll Island on July 1, 1946.

On July 1, 1946 an atomic weapon was dropped from a B-29 aircraft onto the island. A second nuclear weapon was detonated underwater which destroyed 74 naval ships. The military canceled the planned third nuclear test on the island due to decontamination concerns.

The 1954 Bravo Hydrogen Bomb test at the Bikini Atoll Island.

Author’s Note:

The United States conducted 23 nuclear tests at the Bikini Atoll Islands from 1946 to the 1950s. On March 1, 1954 the Bravo Hydrogen Bomb was detonated at Bikini Atoll. The Bravo was the most powerful hydrogen bomb the United States ever detonated, and at 15 megatons, the blast vaporized 3 islands and was 1,000 times the magnitude of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic weapons that were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan during World War II.