Civil War Institute
When visitors flock to America’s National Parks, the battlefields from the American Civil War are perennially popular. Every summer, thousands come to walk over the serene fields and forests where men suffered unimaginable carnage. These sites have become sacred in the American psyche, places to remember and honor the dead, educate the public, or engage in quiet personal reflection. The rolling plains, dense forests and impressive mountains of Civil War battlefields inspire awe and reverence for what author Robert Penn Warren tagged America’s only “felt history.” [excerpt]
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Johnson, S. Marianne, "A Useable Past: First World War Training Camps on Civil War Battlefields" (2015). The Gettysburg Compiler: On the Front Lines of History. 86.