The Civil War and You: Memories From The Past

by Harold Cheetham on May 25, 2012 · 0 comments

Editor’s Note: Please welcome Harold Cheetham, one of a number of new amateur Civil War bloggers here at TOCWOC.  Harold and the rest of the group are here to bring some fresh new perspectives to TOCWOC, a blog I founded back in late 2006.  My goal is to bring you the reader fresh content from a variety of perspectives five days a week.  I look forward to what Harold and the others will bring to the table.

The Civil War has always been a subject I have enjoyed and studied since high school. My interest comes from both my great grandfather and great,great grandfather,as both were in the 97th NY Infantry and we had at home just about everything they had brought home from the war. A lot of the items are displayed on the website I developed to commemorate the 97th. It is 97thnyinfantry.com.

In the past few years I have started to add to my book collection and my e-book collection as i enjoy reading everything I can get my hands on that has to do with the war.My collection is small compared to others but I keep adding to it every chance I get.

A lot of the items we have at one time were displayed by The Grange at the local county fair and the New York State Fair and they won many awards for the display.

Growing up I heard from my grandfather and my father many stories of the Civil War as told by my great grandfather and great,great granfather. These stories got me interested and on the road to discovery and research to learn more about the war.I still am learning every day.

When my kids were in school I got to finally visit Gettysburg two years in a row as a class chaperone and will never forget the site of that huge battlefield and all the other interesting things at Gettysburg. Hopefully some day in the future I can return and stay longer and visit other things I know I missed.

To me the Civil War is a part of history that never should be forgotten.The history of both the north and the south is fascinating and something that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

I could go on and on about what I like about the Civil War but  that would take up pages and pages.

If you are new to studying the Civil War there is a lot of information out there and you can start today your learning experience by just searching the internet or visiting your public library.You won’t regret starting your search for knowledge about the war once you get started.

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