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Went to Antietam and Harpers Ferry yesterday and have to admit that period of life for the US is really really interesting. At 25 I took my girlfriend who is 26 and we were just fascinated by the sacrifice of both sides. I believe in three days 26,000 people lost their lives.
Two things about my trip to these historic places....
1.) Didn't see a lot of minorities (you would think in Harpers Ferry it would have been diverse)
2.) Didn't see a lot of people my age
makes me wonder how hard those men and women would have fought if they knew they were mostly forgotten by todays population.
I am a War of Northern Aggression buff myself, and found the battlefield of Sharpsburg* unsettling. This was probabably one of the last battles in history where the two sides were literally standing in ranks blasting away at each other. The advances in artillery projectiles went a long way to generating those numbers. It must have been appalling to witness.
* In the South that battle is referred to as Sharpsburg, similar to how the Yankees call the battles of Manassas the battles of Bull Run.
Incidentally, that famous first battle between ironclads was really the USS Monitor against the CSS Virginia. Prior to capture by the CSA, and re-fitting, it had been the USS Merrimac.
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Don't think so . You should not forget that civil war indicated the South never had the right to leave the Union. Therefore, I still think War between the States is a better description. The South never said there was no right to leave the Union.
As a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans... I take the honor of our Confederate ancestors very serious.
While there is not much of a park to tour, an interesting battle to look up is the Battle of Franklin. The size of the two armies is small in comparison to the Battle of Sharpsburg, but it amassed a total of 9,500 casualties in five hours of fighting. General Hood (CSA) sent his soldiers straight forward across an open two mile plain into heavily fortified works. The carnage was amazing, in many cases the dead never fell to the ground, they were pack in so tight. There is a park where Hood watched the battle unfold, plus several houses are open for tours. The Carter House was ground zero for the battle and is the most battle damaged house in the nation, plus their son was mortally wounded in the charge within 200-300 yds from his home. Carnton Mansion was a main hospital after the battle, four of the six confederate generals killed were laid out on the front porch. Blood stains remain in most of the rooms of the house. They are good visits...and a little closer than Virginia.
I nearly didn't exist because of Antietam. One of my great-great-grandfathers was wounded behind a stone wall along the Sunken Road. He laid in the field all day and night, until he was picked up by a wagon and nursed back to health. I'm surprised he ever made it back to Marianna, FL.
Another great, great grandfather was wounded at the Battle of Marianna.
While the battles were horrific, from reading his letters written back to family, I don't know how they survived the marches to even get there. Imagine marching (walking) from Marianna to Jacksonville, then north to Maryland (with little or no roads).
The letters wouldn't happen to be posted anywhere, would they? Fascinating reading, I would think.
No. But that's a good idea. We have others too, from a young soldier (the exact connection to my direct family escapes me - I think he was a cousin to my great, great grandfather) who spent most of the war on Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, TN on the, well, lookout.
His letters included a lot of desperate begging. He wanted the family to send him honey, which he intended to trade for boots, clothes and blankets.
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