Ditto - jealous you can take a two hour trip to Antietam and Gettysburg. Would love to visit both places. Have read a lot about Antietam (after playing the SOW game, bought here on Matrix). It's true it's very hard to imagine what it was like, even after having seen photos and read accounts. The Ardennes is odd. It's very easy to find old foxhole indentations and such like, in the woods around Bastogne, for example. But very hard to imagine it, still. Only 70 years ago, right here in Europe. Hard to believe at all. The WW1 battlefields are even more puzzling. When I was little you could very easily talk to people who had served in the trenches in WW1. They're all dead now. Funny to think that those people, when they were little, could easily - if American - have spoken to veterans of Antietam. Someone 20, say, in 1862, would only have been 63 in 1905, when a man who later served in WW1 could have been 10 and chatted to him, and who himself would have thus been in his eighties to speak to me when I was 10, roughly, in the early 70s. So a man who I spoke to about serving in WW1 could have spoken to a man who took part in Antietam. Makes Antietam seem not very far away. But soon there won't even be any WW2 vets left to talk to....
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