That post got me thinking about the things I’d like to see and do. Those things I’ve made a mental note of ever since I began researching the Civil War. After thinking about it I realized it was turning into a Civil War bucket list.
So this is my CW bucket list. A checklist of things I’d like to see and do sometime, some day, all pertaining to the Civil War. They’re in no particular order and don’t necessarily have to do with my ancestors.
Here we go:
Visit the Shiloh Battlefield. The first Civil War soldier from my area that died during the war was at the battle of Shiloh. I’ve done some research on him so it holds special meaning.
Visit Ford’s Theater in Washington DC. and the Petersen Boarding house across the street where the dying president was taken. I can only imagine the emotional experience to be had there.
Go to Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia. Not only are there two U.S. Presidents buried there, the only Confederate President is buried there too. There’s also a number of Confederate generals including J.E.B. Stuart and George Pickett at Hollywood. But more than all that 18,000 Confederate soldiers were laid to rest there. I’m sure it would be a moving experience.
Tour Carnton Plantation near the Battle of Franklin and see the blood stained floors where doctors worked feverishly on injured Confederate soldiers. Also walk on the back porch (I read Widow of the South by Robert Hicks) and see where several generals bodies lay after the battle.
I’d like to find out what happened to the body of my cousin George S. Vanmeter. He was shot and killed on picket duty April 13, 1864 outside of Florence, Alabama. He was with Co. G 9th OVC. Wherever his remains were left I’d like to go there and honor him.
I want to learn more about John Hunt Morgan. (You know how women love a rogue and all I’ve read certainly puts him in that category.) Then I’d travel the 1,000 miles he made famous during Morgan’s raid from Tennessee to Kentucky, across Indiana and Ohio before being captured.
Probably the most important: I’d like to find a photo of my Civil War ancestor, my great-great-grandfather George W. Lowery. He was a private and fought with Co. A 81st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. In uniform or later in life, it doesn’t matter. I’d just like to have a photo of him.
I’ve never been to Appomattox Courthouse which is an absolute must and is very near the top of my list. I can’t wait to walk in the footsteps of both Lee and Grant and see the parlor when where peace was finally reached.
I’d like to spend a day with Garry Adelman. He’s the Director of History and Education at the Civil War Trust. He’s also a licensed Battlefield Guide for Gettysburg and does tons of neat stuff all pertaining to the Civil War. He was at the Library of Congress awhile back and was able to see actual glass plate negatives taken by Matthew Brady. Also while at the National Civil War Museum he was able to examine Alonzo Cushing’s belt. Yep, I’d like to spend a day with him just like that!
I’d also like to go to the National Archives and look at the shelves of stored Civil War Compiled Military Service Records, Pension files. Medical Cards, etc. Then I’d dive right in and look at each individual paper and microfilm!
That’s the condensed version of my Civil War Bucket List. The whole list actually takes a couple of pages. So what’s on your list? I’d love to know what you’d like to see and do. Who knows I may just add some of your ideas to my list!