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Discussion in 'History Forum' started by SaggyWoman, Dec 27, 2007.
Which is your favorite to visit?
Shouldn't the title be "favorite Civil War battlegrounds"? The Confederates couldn't have had a battle without the enemy present!
Oh, I know, if you prefer, "favorite War Between the States battlegrounds".
Anyway, the church I pastored was only a couple of blocks away from Ft. Stevens, in Washington, DC, where it is said that Lincoln went out to watch the fight, and that Capt. Oliver Wendell Holmes shouted at him, "Get down, you fool" lest he and his trademark stovepipe hat become a target.
There is a very small national cemetery nearby, where the fallen from that battle are interred.
I have been privileged to live in Corinth Mississippi, only 20 some odd miles from Shiloh and also privileged to live in Chambersburg, PA 20 some odd miles from Gettysburg.
Shiloh is interesting because of the lack of change. The area is has not been developed, built and rebuilt. It is still surrounded by scrubby pines and farms.
Gettysburg because of the drama.
Another that is interesting because of the smallness of the change is Sharpsburg/Antietam. The town hasn't grown that much and is still pretty much removed from the battlefield proper.
All three are moving places to go.
Braver and better men than myself fought and died there.
I haven't been to many. I have visited Gettysburg, Kennesaw Mountain, GA, and Chattanooga, TN, and Ft. Sumpter. Gettysburg was very moving, and I enjoyed it the most. There are several sites around Atlanta that I have seen, but they are so different that you don't know you're on a battlefield site. One in particular is now a major Interstate crossroads. No one would ever know...
We have one here in the county (Madison Co) where I live in Kentucky. But only part of it is still as it was.
Parts of it are now a golf course, subdivison, and army depot.
But the part that remains is protected and wont be developed. They have reinactments every August on the dates that the fighting took place. There is a church...still in use and exactly as it was then...that has marks on it from where it was hit by cannonballs. There is a house that was used as a hospital for injured soldiers that is now preserved and protected.
The battle of Richmond(Ky) took place in 3 stages. The last stage was right downtown in the center of the cemetary. You can still see bullet marks where the union soldiers where using gravestones for cover. Our county courthouse was used and an internment camp for captured soldiers.
The battle of Richmond Ky holds the distinction of being the single most overwhelming confederate victory over the Union forces of any specific battle of the war.
The general consensus is that a couple of strategic blunders immediatly after the battle by the general in charge erased any momentum that the confederates gained after winning the battle.
Battle of Chattanooga, "Battle Above the Clouds" and all that. Ky troops on both sides there.
I live in Chambersburg now, though I hesitate to call it a privilege:laugh:
Been to Gettysburg and Antietam (which sounds a lot like Shiloh in that it's been preserved)~Gettysburg is an interesting place to visit if you can get past the touristy stuff. The guided bus tour is recommended though:thumbs: :thumbs:
The Battle of Vicksburg
"The poor Yankees have us surrounded!!!"
Where the Confederates managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
I also like Stones River.
I do remeber visiting that.
I think Kennesaw Moutnain was enjoyable as well
Gettysburg, and Joshua Chamberlain from Maine
Joshua Chamberlain-----was he "One of Our Boys!!!!"---- a spy or somethin' for the South????
Or was he a dad-gum Yankee?????
We live two miles from Red Top Mountain and ten minutes from Kennesaw Mountain.
Kennesaw's my favorite.