April 12 marks the anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, a conflict of issues unresolved this 154 years later. Just last month the US Supreme Court heard a case about vanity license plates, the plate in question a Texas plate with a Sons of Confederate Veterans logo.
In 2011 The Economist compiled this gallery of exquisite images of the war, accompanied by period music, closing with one of my two favorite songs.
There are many resources for the traveler keen to explore America and the history of the period, some are:
- Civil War Traveler which maintains an exhaustive list of events
- Civil War Trust Battlefields
- National Park Service Civil War Places
- For those want a ranking, here is National Geographic’s Top 10 U.S. Civil War Sites
I confess I have visited few, my US explorations have been deferred as I have circled the world. It is time to look home.