It's the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg– 150 years ago of course! Actually the armies of the North and South met on the outskirts of Gettysburg today, June 30th, when a Southern division looking for shoes brushed up against the Northern cavalry division of John Buford. The Southerners not wanting to start a scrap without the OK from R.E. Lee turned around. When they arrived back at camp they reported that there were Federals around Gettysburg. They were then ordered to go back the next day and get their shoes... that the Unionists around Gettysburg were simply militia and that the Union Army of the Potomac was still south of the Mason-Dixon Line– even though one Confederate officer felt sure that it was the Union Army due to their precision of movement. Early on the morning of July 1st, the Confederate division of Henry Heth moved along the Chambersburg Pike towards Gettysburg and the rest is indeed history. Not to be outdone at being the turning point of the war US Grant was at the same time laying siege to Vicksburg, Mississippi and soon an entire Southern army would be captured and the entire Mississippi would be under Federal control splitting the Confederacy in two. Yes, there was much anxiety across the land for both north and south 150 years ago.