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November 12, 2007


Mark Stoneman

I was never drawn to battlefields, although I did once visit Harpers Ferry and found the place rather haunting. Still, I do academic history, which can be rather dry to normal people. Battlefields can inspire an interest in history, which is a good thing, even if those interested participate in another activity that mystifies me, reenactments.

I suppose in some ways battlefields are also as important as cemeteries. Abraham Lincoln certainly made that connection in his Gettysburg Address. And one of the most haunting songs I've ever heard was inspired by a soldier's grave, "No Man's Land," aka "Green Fields of France."

David Hollins

" For example, I had located the position at which the French Old Guard had begun their attack towards the end of the battle. I then walked the exact ground they trod as they marched into the British cannons and gunfire. The result? It was a long way! It gave me a whole new understanding as to just why those brave French soldiers turned and ran for the first time in their lives."

Sorry to disappoint you, but half the ridge was scraped away to build the Lion monument in the photo above. It wasn't the first time French troops had run away nor the first time that Nap's guard had been defeated.

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