Magazine September 9, 2019, Issue

On Visiting Civil War Battlefields

The bronze statue of Chief Engineer Gouverneur K. Warren stands over the site of the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg, Pa., August 22, 2016. (Russell Boyce/Reuters)
In the hurly-burly of politics, we usually don’t stop to note our simple, unadorned love of the things that make this country so marvelous. That’s what we’ve asked our contributors to our latest special issue, "What We Love about America," to do.

If you consulted the tourists who venture to Washington, D.C., they would probably say the monuments and memorials gracing our capital city are what most evoke thoughts of our country’s brief but remarkable history. For me, it is something a bit less expected, not the places where our political leaders shaped our early days as a nation but the dispersed locations where a different kind of leader fought to ensure that America would survive: the sites of Civil War battles.

Because my father is a student of U.S. history and a man inclined to pass his loves on to his children,

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This article appears as “Civil War Battlefields” in the September 9, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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