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Pardon my Civil War tale....

June 02, 2021 06:34PM
The Civil War era fascinates me.... note: "era", not just the war.

On my first trip to St. Louis on my motorcycle I had just pulled into Mo. and pulled into a rest stop. I was WAY ahead of schedule and was going to hit St. Louis long before I could check into my room... so from the rest stop I called my son. I was using, (I forget what it was called now), a GPS tracking site that my family could access on the internet and follow me. I asked my son if he could look up the Wilson's Creek Battlefield and see if I was any where near it, (I had no idea where it was). If it was close, say an hour or so, I'd visit before heading on to St. Louis. He got back to me and said, "You're 2 miles from the battlefield". laughing smiley Was that lucky or what? So I went. Wilson's Creek is little known and gets very few visitors... they were thrilled to see me. laughing smiley

But here's where the story gets amazing. Talking to the Wilson Creek Park employees I mentioned that on my return trip I was going to try to find the actual Glorietta Pass battlefield in New Mexico... which doesn't have a visitor center and almost no place markers. They told me that they knew a lady in New Mexico who had just received funds to put a visitor center at Glorietta Pass, AND... they gave me her number. She was the expert, they told me.

In New Mexico I gave her a call... again, she was thrilled to hear from someone interested in the battle of Glorietta Pass, that even knew about it. To sum this up - she gave me a personal guided tour, in her jeep - (many of the places are inaccessible unless you have a 4X4). It was glorious. laughing smiley

I'll resist telling an almost identical story about the Civil War Battle near Picacho Peak in Arizona.... it's nearly identical to the above story. I'll just say this: I'm one of a handful of people that know the exact spot the Picacho Peak Battle took place... (it's NOT where the marker is, or even where the marker says it is). - JamesJM

  Saving Private Ryan

MamaRAMa71May 31, 2021 08:47AM

  favorite war movie

SeattleRam21May 31, 2021 09:04AM

  Re: favorite war movie

MamaRAMa19May 31, 2021 09:07AM

  Re: favorite war movie

LMU9316June 04, 2021 09:19AM

  my favorite war movie too Mama

ferragamo7921May 31, 2021 09:21AM

  Is Schindler's List a 'War' movie?

JamesJM19May 31, 2021 09:26AM

  Re: Is Schindler's List a 'War' movie?

SeattleRam18May 31, 2021 11:00AM

  Same here, in fact I just finished watching it...

JamesJM16May 31, 2021 11:07AM

  The Civil War...

RAMbler23June 02, 2021 02:00PM

  Pardon my Civil War tale....

JamesJM20June 02, 2021 06:34PM

  About a 20-30 drive from Jacksonville, West on I-10, is Olustee.

Ramgator13June 03, 2021 04:01AM

  We have a pretty large reenactment near here....

JamesJM15June 03, 2021 11:14AM

  Would that be the one at Kearney Park....

RAMbler11June 03, 2021 01:03PM

  That's the one...

JamesJM11June 03, 2021 01:30PM

  I have been surprised at how many Skirmishes happened here in the Jacksonville area.

Ramgator10June 08, 2021 05:09PM

  I need to check out Fort Sumter again.

Ramgator9June 08, 2021 05:12PM

  I doubt if there is much more than a square foot...

JamesJM9June 08, 2021 07:39PM

  Great story James. nm

RAMbler12June 03, 2021 09:41AM

  Re: The Civil War...

LMU9324June 04, 2021 08:28AM

  Ken Burns has made several very good documentaries

IowaRam18June 06, 2021 09:31AM

  Burns on WW2

zn17June 06, 2021 09:16PM

  Never understood how my wife

waterfield31May 31, 2021 02:20PM

  LOL, I'm rewatching one right now...

JamesJM24May 31, 2021 02:48PM

  Re: Never understood how my wife

MamaRAMa25May 31, 2021 06:16PM

  Re: Never understood how my wife

waterfield16June 02, 2021 09:20AM

  The last 20-30 minutes of "Flags Of Our Fathers" ALWAYS locks me in.

Ramgator13June 02, 2021 04:14PM

  "The Longest Day" is still my favorite D Day movie.

Ramgator12June 02, 2021 04:17PM

  wish there were more Revolutionary War movies

IowaRam16June 06, 2021 09:39AM

  I ma watching TURN on Netflix

ferragamo7918June 06, 2021 03:14PM

  What did Paul Revere yell as he stopped his horse???

Ramgator12June 08, 2021 05:07PM