Jeff Shaaras Civil War Battlefields: Discovering Americas Hallowed Ground by Jeff ShaaraTRAVEL THROUGH A PIVOTAL TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY
Jeff Shaara, America’s premier Civil War novelist, gives a remarkable guided tour of the ten Civil War battlefields every American should visit: Shiloh, Antietam, Fredericksburg/Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, New Market, Chickamauga, the Wilderness/Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg/Appomattox. Shaara explores the history, the people, and the places that capture the true meaning and magnitude of the conflict and provides
• engaging narratives of the war’s crucial battles
• intriguing historical footnotes about each site
• photographs of the locations–then and now
• detailed maps of the battle scenes
• fascinating sidebars with related points of interest
From Antietam to Gettysburg to Vicksburg, and to the many poignant destinations in between, Jeff Shaara’s Civil War Battlefields is the ideal guide for casual tourists and Civil War enthusiasts alike.
Top 10 Best Civil War Battlefields
The American Civil War was one of the bloodiest wars fought on American soil. Many of the war sites found throughout the eastern half of the United States have been very well preserved and are still easily visitable today. In fact, many of these sites are large tourism draws for the various towns and states where they reside. Of course, when most people think of the Civil War, they automatically think of Gettysburg. The history books will tell you that the American Civil War began at Fort Sumter, when the Confederates first attacked.
Visiting Civil War History
They are windows into our history, the lessons of which help us shed light upon the way forward. Walk in the footsteps of those who forged our country. Honor our heroes. Explore our past. Envision our future. Over the course of three long days in the summer of , , men met a Gettysburg and fought one of the most dramatic battles in Americans history, engaging in a fierce struggle over what kind of country the United States should be. Ulysses S.
The educated mind grieves at reading that Civil War battlefields are attracting dramatically fewer visitors. These battlefields, especially as manned by enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guides, are national treasures. In particular, they impart an appreciation for how virtues such as courage and sacrifice meld with practicalities such as logistics and terrain, in ways that change the fate of nations. Nonvisitors are missing a tremendously moving experience. The Park Service does a wonderful job at preserving the grounds of those and other Civil War sites, both aesthetically most are truly lovely vistas and functionally.
Facebook Twitter Email. No matter how compelling a Ken Burns documentary can be, nothing beats standing on a Civil War battlefield for bearing witness to those four bloody years. Millions of Americans seek out that kind of visceral connection at Civil War sites annually, and the next few years are the time to visit as special events commemorate the conflict's th anniversary. For play-by-play commentary on the battlefield, you can hire a National Park Service-licensed guide at Gettysburg or Vicksburg to ride along for two-hour car tours. Parks also typically offer self-guided tours and orientation films and, on summer weekends, invite re-enactors to stage skirmishes, decked out with muskets and wool uniforms.