Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

15/8/2006

Why the British Don’t Remember Their Civil War and Americans Do Remember Theirs

In 1998, eight years ago, I was privileged to visit Gettysburg with my husband. The American Civil War had long fascinated me by its resonances with the more distant conflict on which I worked. The Battlefield Park was astonishing. There was not one single monument, as at Thiepval on the Somme, but hundreds to individual regiments; the New Yorkers had big statues, while the men from Maine were recalled with quiet and modest stones. There were several different kinds of battlefield tour available from the huge Visitor’s Centre; we chose to ask a guide to accompany us in our car, and he proved to be a man with a particular fondness for General Meade and an eagerness to restore a reputation he felt had been unfairly slighted by the bestselling novel by Michael Shaara. We saw every scene; the Devil’s Den, Little Roundtop, vividly brought to life by the guide’s enthusiasm. for more click here

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