Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
The battle over battlefields
Spotsylvania County makes Time’s recent photo essay twice. The feature focuses on Civil War battlefields which have not been preserved. A photographer took a group of re-enactors to various battlefields, which are now the sites of parking lots, restaurants, housing developments, etc.
From the description:
Americans, though, have always focused more on making the history of tomorrow, rather than remembering the history of long ago. And so, 150 years after the Civil War, many of the fields on which soldiers bled and died are nearly forgotten, buried beneath parking lots and subdivisions and interstate highways. Yet, at the same time, the wounds of that terrible war have never fully gone away. They live on in the mental terrain even as they are wiped from the physical landscape.