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    Battle of Memphis

    Impossible to reenact Civil War naval battles on the river. This panoramic picture is on display in the Tennessee Welcome Center in downtown Memphis. The Confederate Fleet was totally defeated. Thousands of citizens watched from the bluffs. The city surrendered the same day.

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    Laurel Hill

    Not a battlefield, but the birthplace of JEB Stuart. You don't just stop by Laurel Hill. It is in Ararat, Virginia and it is not near any major city. You have to want to go there to be there.

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    Birtplace President Grant


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    To understand the Civil War, you have to study the participants and their history. Like you, I go where the history was created. On the battlefield or the out of the way places that lead to the battlefield.

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    Not really a battlefield in the truest sense...but a place where men "battled" everyday for life,...and a must see IMO.

    Andersonville Prison in Georgia . I visited there some 20+ years ago. It is a place where a visit will stick with you for a very long time. Ride / walk through , read the plaques , the history, listen to the Park-Rangers narration , etc. I guarantee you will be...moved.
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    Yellow Tavern

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    Visiting Yellow Tavern is a bit strange because the monument in in the middle of a subdivision. Still, it is a nice spot and well maintained.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluehole View Post
    Not a battlefield, but the birthplace of JEB Stuart. You don't just stop by Laurel Hill. It is in Ararat, Virginia and it is not near any major city. You have to want to go there to be there.

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    Not many people know about the JEB Stuart birthplace. I found it by accident coming off of the Parkway.
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    Malvern Hill

    The view from the union position atop Malvern Hill. The Confederates emerged from the woods in the distance and attempted to take this position. I have never been to the site of Pickett's Charge, but I imagine it is similar to this. The battlefield is a long, wide open sloping field well suited for artillery.

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    And to think that local governments, Americans with personal history in the areas, are rolling over to big developers who want to build housing and commercial projects on our Hallowed Ground. I was lucky as a little kid to be able to visit a lot the battlefields. My Great Uncle, and Dad, made sure I knew about that war.

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    The Civil War Trust is active in preserving land around battlefields in this area. They have purchased land near Malvern Hill, Frazier's Farm, etc.
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    Seven Days

    Happy Lee-Jackson Day. Rode several of the Seven Days Battlefields today.

    Beaver Dam Creek. The Confederates had to cross the creek, the swamp and assail the high ground in the distance. Union troops repulsed their charges.
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    The bridge at Beaver Dam Creek.
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    The Union position at Gaines Mill.
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    Seven Days

    Savage Station. This was the Union base for the advance on Richmond. McClellan abandon a nearby rail line for supplies in favor of using the James River. Before retreating to the river much ammunition and other supplies were destroyed. Unable to transport all the wounded in field hospitals, most were left here when the Union army pulled out.
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    White Oak Swamp. Jackson tried to join a nearby battle (Frazier's Farm), but Union troops destroyed the bridge over White Oak Swamp and manned the high ground on the opposite side. This successfully delayed Jackson a day and he was unable to join that battle.
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