Civil War Battlefields Then & Now (Then & Now (Thunder Bay Press)) Paperback – 12 Mar 2013
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About the Author
James Campi, Jr. is a fourteen-year political communications veteran with a life-long interest in the American Civil War. He is currently responsible for government and public relations at the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Civil War battlefields. He has also written several articles related to the Civil War. Prior to joining CWPT, he wrote political commentary for a national nonprofit government watchdog group, served as press secretary for a Pennsylvania congressman, and handled media relations for the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law.He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Northern Virginia."
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I noticed while reading and looking at the history and photos, that the places that are preserved as they were during the war are mostly protected under the National Park Services and other organizations that own the sites and protect them from development. These places are often in the wilderness, fields, and other places that still look very much the same as they did during the battle. It is very unfortunate that many Civil War Battlefields and scenes have been developed so you can't recognize the surroundings of the importance of the place. This fascinating book makes a reader realize how important it is for the public recognize and contribute whenever possible to have fundraisers, donations, and other contributions that protect National Battlefields and National Parks from developers, construction companies, and others who do not care about preserving our historic national treasures and just want to line their pocketbooks with money. There are still thousands of acres that need to be preserved so the public can recognize and value these important historic treasures.
The books shows the bodies of soldiers who died in battle and where they fell, it is an eerie yet fascinating feeling when you see how peaceful the places look today compared to the carnage and death that occurred at the same location a century and a half ago. From Bull Run, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Gettysburg, Shiloh, and other historic sites it is a great glimpse into the past and how it looks today. A great book that is highly recommended!
I can't imagine not having this book on a coffee table or Civil War shelf. Already on my gift list to several relatives and friends.
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