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Civil War Sites More Than Battlefields

It was 148 years ago, on three hot days in July, when the turning point in the Civil War came during the Battle of Gettysburg. That epic contest would surely be remembered regardless, but President Lincoln helped cement it in the national consciousness with his famous Gettysburg Address - delivered seven score and eight years ago this Saturday. I had my first encounter with that small Pennsylvania town two score years ago, when my parents dragged their unenthusiastic children through every Civil War battlefield in a six-state region. Later in life I lived about 20 miles west of Gettysburg, along the route Confederate forces followed on their march toward destiny. But it wasn't until I became interested in geology that I discovered the battle that preserved the Union was fought on rocks that tore a supercontinent apart/William L. Spence. More here.

Question: Have you visited a Civil War battlefield? Impression?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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