National Geographic : 2005 Apr
suffered and donefor them, shall come to this deathlessfield, to ponder - UNION GEN. JOSHUA L. CHAMBERLAIN as the woods behind us echo with the crashing volleys. But still the Federals come, the officers' swords flashing as they rally their men forward. I enlisted in the Fourth Georgia Infantry only yesterday, when I traded my sweater and jeans for the battered slouch hat, too-tight shell jacket, and dirt-stiffened gray trousers that one of my new comrades produced from deep in the trunk of his Pontiac Bonneville. Together with some 4,000 Civil War reenactors, I've come to a historic Virginia farm to relive the Battle of ROW ON ROW OF SOLDIERS were slain on this Antietam cornfield, scene of the bloodi est one-day battle in American history. Now enveloped by 15,000 protected acres, the Maryland site remains as soldiers saw it. Spotsylvania Court House, which was fought in May 1864. In real life the combatants are school teachers and cell phone salesmen, teenage his tory buffs and paunchy suburban dads. But now, amid the clamor and confusion of the dawn CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELDS 69 anddream."