The civil war was a truly terrible time in American history. A young nation nearly tore itself apart, brother fighting against brother and father against son. We should never forget those who died on both sides and the sacrifices made to keep this country whole.
I thought it was interesting that after the battle, most of the dead were buried in shallow graves on site. After the war, most of the Union soldiers were transferred to Arlington National Cemetery and the Confederate dead were buried in a local cemetery.
For West Virginians, this is the battlefield where native son “Stonewall” Jackson earned his nickname.