Over the past 10 years I have had the great fortune to visit several War Between the States locations. I have always had a love for history but for some reason I had overlooked the second most significant war in American history. The first being of course would be the American Revolution. It was not until my Wife was on a business trip to Virginia and had some free time. So a colleague of hers suggested a visit to the Petersburg National Battlefield. She was amazed at the bloodshed that occurred at such a peaceful but eerie place. After speaking about it to me I decided to delve in head first and found a new passion in life.
Not only did I decide to visit as many of these places as possible I also quizzed my Mother and began to look into my ancestry. What I found was fascinating and almost unbelievable. I was the Great-Great Grandson of John Kincaid, a member of Company F, 9th Kentucky Cavalry Regiment Kentucky CSA. I implore anyone reading this to question your family members before it is too late. Because once they are gone much of the information you will eventually need to uncover your roots will be gone with them.
Despite my extensive travels there are still a few sites I have yet to visit like: Pea Ridge National Military Park and Prairie Grove State Battlefield in Arkansas, Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park and Hampton Roads / Mariners' Museum Newport News in Virginia, Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Tennessee, Andersonville National Historic Site in Georgia and the Battle of Carthage State Historic Site & Museum in Missouri.
You will notice that Gettysburg is not listed and that is not an over site.
But what follows is a list of my 10 favorite sites that I have visited.