It had been my intentions to come out of the hiatus I announced today, though I could not forbear from writing again on the Feast of the Sacred Heart. My dear readers might be surprised that I keep the memory of the Battle of Gettysburg every year. (It helps that the battle took place during the three days before Independence Day.) Two things make me never fail to remember the battle: 1) the feats of heroism displayed from July 1 – July 3, 1863 are some of the greatest in the history of war–as befitting the turning point and bloodiest battle of the war (51,000 casualties in total) and 2) one of my ancestors died from a wound received on the third day of this battle. I like to think that he died in Pickett’s Charge, but my father neglected to ask the circumstances from the person who told him.
At this point, you may be curious how I intend to connect anime to the American Civil War. There is a YouTube user who sets various pieces of old ballads and songs to original anime backgrounds. And Lord Drako Arakis just happens to have a few for this occasion. Some of the songs he plays can be quite bawdy or profane, and a few might not like his admonition that people who do not enjoy his songs can go into the eternal flames. (I just find it humorous, which I think he was going for.) But, I’ll save those for a less solemn occasion. Here’s a song dedicated to the anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, followed by another remembering Vicksberg and Gettysburg. There is also a song with the opening music from the movie Gettysburg, but it uses steam punk pictures for its art. Enjoy and remember Gettysburg!