It has been some time since I posted here – a lot of “life” has been happening, and that has kept me away from publicly documenting my historical travels. I am hoping to make up for lost time.
With that said, I have decided that the “Battlefield Visits” format that I had originally chosen is a bit too elaborate to be easily sustainable. My thinking was that it would provide a structure that I could just fill in, so that I could be sure that there was consistency in my write-ups. In practice, I’m finding that I prefer to use a more free-form style in my writing, and for smaller fields with fewer available resources, it is hard to fill out all of that information. Also, I’m going to A LOT of battlefields, so it’s a lot of work to write up each on its own!
Instead, I think that I’m going to shift to more of a travelogue format, where each of my road trips becomes its own post and the battlefields that I visited along the way are outlined within. This is similar to what I’ve been doing on Facebook, and should make these posts easier to produce (hopefully leading to a clearing of some of the backlog).
As of this writing, I have been to 134 of the 384 Civil War Sites Advisory Commission “official” battlefields. From here on, I’ll also be marking my progress by noting the order in which I visited the fields as I write them up, with a notation like “Civil War Battlefield #X“. I’ll be weaving in some of the battlefields that I visited as a child (most of which I’ve re-visited as an adult), so the numerical order won’t be consistent on the website, but it should represent pretty well the order in which I experienced each.
I hope you enjoy the journey!