Thursday, July 15, 2010

Indianapolis to Connersville, 72miles

Leaving Indianapolis, we were greatly appreciative of the generosity of Jenny and Paul Burger. We then began moving south west and kept crossing the rail lines once again. The heat index was high today but the shade of the huge oaks that frequently lined our path cast shadows that made it feel 10 degrees cooler. We noticed farm houses usually having tall trees lining their western exposure to take advantage of this natural cooling effect. Frequently, we have come across friendly and pleasant people in Indiana offering us water or directions. Lincoln must have sensed the integrity of the people of Indiana when he stopped in Indianapolis. During his speech at the corner of Washington and Missouri Streets, he felt confident to ask the citizenry to "rise up and preserve the Union". This was an appeal that would be answered shortly by the people of Indiana when over 100 infantry and cavalry regiments would be enlisted and called to arms.

1 comment:

  1. UCCESS is counted sweetest
    By those who ne’er succeed.
    To comprehend a nectar
    Requires sorest need.

    Not one of all the purple host 5
    Who took the flag to-day
    Can tell the definition,
    So clear, of victory,

    As he, defeated, dying,
    On whose forbidden ear 10
    The distant strains of triumph
    Break, agonized and clear.

    -Emily Dickinson