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Having lived four years in Georgia, I have seen a fair number of Civil War battlefields. And while I am very interested in history, I just don't get battlefields. (Maybe if I went to Normandie or something it would be different, I don't know.) Too me, it is really just grass. Even if they put a cannon there. I do enjoy visiting museums and houses in connection with battlefields, like the Carter House in Franklin, Tennessee, but the fields themselves? I am sorry...

To illustrate my point, here are a couple of shots:



Edited to add: For a hilarious take on the phenomenon of reenactments, there is a really funny book called "Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War" that I will highly recommend.

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I've lived in the South my whole life and I don't get the battlefield thing either. Especially the "reinactment"(sp?) events. Why would you want to re-live a battle where lots of men died?

But I guess the best thing is that it keeps people from developing that land and leaves us with a few grassy areas!

Great post! I also don't get the whole battlefield thing.

I am glad I am not alone on this! And Annie, I totally agree - it does leave nice greenspace and that is great.

As for the reenactments, I don't really get that either... For a hilarious take on this phenomenon, however, there is a really funny book called "Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War" which follows some reenacters.


At least they are not building housing on the fields.

"At least they are not building housing on the fields"

That's how I feel about golf courses here in Hawaii :-)

Thanks for the head's up about that book - I'll have to check it out!

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