My Own True (Not a Ghost) Story of the Civil War

Fog covers the battlefield at dawn during re-enactment activities on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in 2013. (Gary Cameron/Reuters)
How many heroes lie unremembered under an Osage orange tree?

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE P eople seem to be having a collective conniption about monuments, but I can think of one monument that I realized five years ago should be built. I’m stubborn about it — you might even say devoted to a lost cause.

Over Memorial Day 2015, my wife and I went on a tastings tour of Virginia wine country. (The following summer, we went to Napa. I could get used to that life.) By late Saturday morning, we’d had maybe twelve carefully considered sips of various vintages and were clearly ready for lunch — so we asked an heir to the Horton Vineyard


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