My job sometimes is hard to explain to people. I work to preserve, organize and make available documents of historical value. So when I hear about a great historical find somewhere, I like to pass it on. My favorite time period in history is the US Civil War, so this article interested me. Here's a little bit of the article:
"WASHINGTON, June 7, 2007 - The National Archives on Thursday unveiled a handwritten note by Abraham Lincoln exhorting his generals to pursue Robert E. Lee's army after the battle of Gettysburg, underscoring one of the great missed opportunities for an early end to the Civil War.
An archives Civil War specialist discovered the July 7, 1863, note three weeks ago in a batch of military papers stored among the billions of pages of historical documents at the mammoth building on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The text of Lincoln's note has been publicly known because the general to whom Lincoln addressed it telegraphed the contents verbatim to the front lines at Gettysburg. There, the Union army's leaders failed for more than a week to aggressively pursue Lee following his defeat."I know, it's somewhat nerdy of me, but don't we each have some unique interest that drives us? So there is mine, what a fantastic find!