Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday the 13th

Today is Friday the 13th, so I thought I'd look at something superstitious. The above picture is the marker at Gettysburg for Patrick O'Rorke, who was not so lucky in July of 1963.

However, there is a superstition that, if you rub O'Rorke's nose, you will be lucky. This has resulted in giving the former Civil War colonel' marker a very shiny nose!

In researching this tidbit, I found many people who have personal Gettysburg superstitions. Seems each time they visit the battlefield, they must touch one marker or another, or else they will be unlucky until they return to rectify their mistake.

Here is a great quote from General Grant concerning superstitions:

Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, or to do anything, never to turn back or to stop until the thing intended was accomplished.

Seems he lived by his words, at least at Petersburg.

Good luck, everyone!

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