I went to my first civil war battlefield.
|Along this drive were monuments to Ohio, Pennsylvania & Texas too. |
Over the years I've 'talked' with many people about the Civil War on the internet. It was there that I first heard it called "The war of northern aggression" & the argument that it was about money. I'd heard that it was about slavery too.
The only thing I know for sure was that more Americans died in it than any other war & it settled the States Rights question.
is up by the Georgia/Tennessee state line, it's the first established National Battlefield and it's a big place.
The 20 minute movie in the visitors center was well worth the time as was a trip through the museum there. Taking a close look at the cannon on display out front was a help during the rest of the day.
|Start here, seriously!|
ID the different cannon, watch the video & see the timeline
For me, the timeline they have running around the walls in the museum was a huge education on that war...
I had many misconceptions on when things happened, that timeline straightened out those misconceptions.
The battlefield is huge. There are markers, placards, statutes & cannon scattered everywhere. "Scattered" is not the best word, they are put up where event actually happened & explain who was there, when they were there & what they did.
|Forest or cleared, the way didn't care|
|Names, dates, times & the number lost|
|War was hard on the horses|
Drive, park, walk & read, walk & read. Read the signs, look at the small map from the visitors center, walk & read. Go back to the car & do it again.
It took us several hours and we just browsed. There were many people on bicycles & that looked like a good way to view the battlefield.
|Some states had people on both sides of the conflit|
Karen did not expect to get into this, it's not her choice in history....but she did.
It was more than a historic battlefield, it's a park. There were families having picnic's, groups having outings and a kid trying to fly a kite (with his mother's help).
|Markers & cannon & signs that explained|
|Monuments from the states,|
this one is from Georgia
|This was new to me & interesting|
|I learned a new bit of history|
A very moving place.