I was born in 1949 and have always been an American history buff. Growing up on a small WI dairy farm with not a lot of money we as children did a lot of play acting and used our imagination. A favorite was cowboys and indians and another was Civil War. I can remember getting my first set of plastic blue & gray soldiers and playing with them for hours. We would set up battle formations and strategies with each side getting a fair amount of wins and losses. I lost interest in history as I grew up, married, and raised a family, but rekindled the passion for history in 1993 after my sister died tragically at a young age. I needed something to occupy my time to help combat the awful feelings of grief and loss. Since then I have traveled to Gettysburg, Picacho Peak in Arizona and Sharpsburg, Maryland and plan an extensive tour of Civil war Sites after retirement in a few years. I also have ancestors who fought on both sides of the war of whom I hvae researched extensively. i appreciate the opportunity to share a part of my interest in the war and have enjoyed your stories as well. Steve Daniels
Mr. Daniels, I've been to Picacho Peak also! You don't run across a lot of people who've been there, but I insisted on stopping when we were visiting AZ a few years ago. It certainly is different than any CW battlefield I've ever visited. I've also been to Gettysburg, but have yet to visit Sharpsburg. It (or Chickamauga) will most likely be my next destination. I particularly enjoyed Shiloh and Vicksburg, and also recommend a visit to Franklin, TN to see the many sites there, especially the Carter House and Carnton. Thanks for sharing your story!
Ft. Donelson is a wonderful visit. I had no idea they had the February events, they sound very interesting and fun. I will have to return and hopefully attend the ceremonies. Thank you, sir, for the dates and information.