Since 1982, the renowned Civil War historian James I. "Bud"
Robertson's "Civil War Sites in Virginia: A Tour Guide" has
enlightened and informed Civil War enthusiasts and scholars alike.
The book expertly explores the commonwealth's Civil War sites for
those hoping to gain greater insight and understanding of the
conflict. But in the years since the book's original publication,
accessibility to many sites and the interpretive material available
have improved dramatically. In addition, new historical markers
have been erected, and new historically significant sites have been
developed, while other sites have been lost to modern development
or other encroachments. The historian Brian Steel Wills offers here
a revised and updated edition that retains the core of the original
guide, with its rich and insightful prose, but that takes these
major changes into account, introducing especially the benefits of
expanded interpretation and of improved accessibility. The guide
incorporates new information on the lives of a broad spectrum of
soldiers and citizens while revisiting scenes associated with the
era's most famous personalities. New maps and a list of specialized
tour suggestions assist in planning visits to sites, while three
dozen illustrations, from nineteenth-century drawings to modern
photographs, bring the war and its impact on the Old Dominion
vividly to life. With the sesquicentennial remembrances of the
American Civil War heightening interest and spurring improvements,
there may be no better time to learn about and visit these
important and moving sites than now.
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