> I am new to this kind of board and hope the following is not out of order but
> since we are talking about touring some of the battle fields I will jump in
> with one of the few I have visited. Port Hudson has some meaning to me for I
> had an ancestor there. When I visited the site in January, I was the only one
> there, Which may have added to the surreal feeling of being there. The
> visitor center has a short film on the history and the trails that you walk.
Just a great post!
Since this group is just getting started I feel that if I make a comment
here and there it might help those that have never belonged to a
"Discussion Group" before understand the value of one.
It is not necessary that one be an expert in an area to contribute. For
instance, I'll bet there aren't two other people in the group that have
the brochure from the Port Hudson State Commemorative Area. I know I
sure as heck don't! I have learned a lot from this one post. A few posts
back, Laurie posted something on New Orleans from Boatner's Dictionary
of the Civil War. Even though this is a very popular reference document,
I would guess less than half in the group have it. I hadn't even thought
to look there.
I hope that in time this group builds itself into the best of it's kind
on the the internet. We can only do that if folks get over the initial
shyness of posting. If you have an opinion on something that someone has
said, or even if it hasn't been said, sing out. Knowing this bunch they
are not shy about answering. Just remember, this is history we are
discussing, not some made up nonsense.
By the way, if some of you writers out there would like to contribute an
essay feel free. Send it to me and I will put it on the groups homepage.
These things contribute an awful lot.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Dick (a.k.a. Shotgun)