“Intruder in the Dust” and Pickett’s Charge

Pickett's Charge 070319In year’s past on July 3, we’ve shared the words of William Faulkner from Intruder in the Dust that recount that moment, just before the start of Pickett’s Charge, pregnant with possibility.

Today, on our YouTube page, I took a few moments to visit the Mississippi monument on honor of Faulkner–who was from that state–and then visit the fields in front of the Virginia Memorial to look out over the area where Confederates made that doomed charge all those years ago. You can watch that short video here.

(For students of good writing, I took the opportunity a few years ago to take a closer look at Faulkner’s sentence in the context of a writing lesson.)


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