A photo in Newsday’s July 4 edition showed two women walking past a building damaged by a terrorist attack [“ISIS bomb kills 115 in Iraq,” News].

It brought to mind an image I saw in a book about the American Civil War. That image also showed two women walking through the aftermath of another violent moment in history, the Battle of Richmond. The two images are so similar, even though they are separated by a century and a half. They show us the same story of violence and turmoil.

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The world has changed so much since the Civil War, but I wonder how many times scenes like these have played out.

Gerard Tobin, Holtsville