The Battle of Gettysburg is all over the news this week, as death, dismemberment, and dysentery are romanticized.*
I suspect that proponents of the “Lost Cause,” in particular, focus on the battles because doing so enables them to obfuscate just exactly what cause was lost.
*Yes, I’ve been to Gettysburg, Antietam, the Wilderness, Richmond, and other battlefield sites. Of those, I think the Cornfield at Antietam affected me the most.
When I spent my Junior Year in England, I had a friend who was an American Civil War military history buff. It was a week before I figured out what he meant when he spoke of “the Battle of Aunty Ate ‘Em.”