Civil War :The South surrendered to the North. and the war was over (although there were small battles fought afterward by companies who had not yet heard the news)stumpyacres said:I called in a bill - to pay it and could not believe that the lady on the other end never heard of it...have you? It is real important to US history.
Walk the old country lanes where Robert E. Lee, Commanding General of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered his men to Ulysses Grant, General-in-Chief of all United States forces, on April 9, 1865. Imagine the events that signaled the end of the Southern States' attempt to create a separate nation. The National Park encompasses approximately 1800 acres of rolling hills in rural central Virginia. The site includes the McLean home (surrender site) and the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, the former county seat for Appomattox County. The site also has the home and burial place of Joel Sweeney - the popularizer of the modern five string banjo. There are twenty seven original 19th century structures on the site.stumpyacres said:I called in a bill - to pay it and could not believe that the lady on the other end never heard of it...have you? It is real important to US history.
so it is incorrect to talk about a war that happened - OVER money - money was the real issue...and if we don't talk - how do we understand???I understand a group of people are trying downplay all that was civil war cause it's racist. maybe the true story isn't taught in schools any more. You understand don't ya? It's politically incorrect.
Yes, I have been to Gettysburg many times and even as a kid it was amazing to me. In high school I even organized a trip for my class to go there. I hope you got to see the Cyclorama (if it's still there!!!). It's the one presentation worth every penny to get in. Been to Appomatox, Manasass (both battles there) and many other civil war battlefields. All of them were very impressive. The shock at the first battle when the ladies went out to view the fight and their shock at it's actual brutality. They thought that war would only last for one battle and be over. (What is it about history repeating itself.)Nomad said:Anyone who ever had a thought to the character or strength of conviction of Southern soldiers has only to go to Gettysburg and stand near the Virginia Monument. Look out at the mile long uphill stretch of land those brave men marched across into almost certain death on that hot afternoon July 3, 1863. I don't consider myself a coward, but I can't concieve of what those men were made of that they could make such a charge. I have read many books on Gettysburg, but to see it in person was humbling. I am not ashamed to say that I was moved to tears more than once by things I saw. There were many heroes on both sides and if anyone has even a slight interest in the Civil War, Gettysburg is a must. There are over 1300 monuments and markers in the area. The scope of the three day battle covers a very large area. Mrs Nomad has even developed a large interest. She says her hero is Chamberlain of the 20th Maine. Sorry, I guess I got carried away. I have had an interest the Civil War for a few years, but since visiting Gettysburg it is my consuming passion. We'll be going back again next month. I would love to become a licensed guide, but I've still got a lot to learn. If anyone has knowledge of how I can find a battle flag of the 53rd Virginia I would appreciate it.