In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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Gypsy gypsy tell my fortune...

It's another one of those huge documentaries on the civil war on the history channel. As I was watching it, I was thinking that it might be nice to be a civil war historian. There are so many stories to tell and it's wholly an american history. Of course, whenever I think about wars in ages gone by, it's never far from my mind how history might have been changed if someone participating had a machine gun and body armor. There's an author...turtledove I think who writes alternate history novels which explore those sort of issues. In his retelling of the civil war, magic replaces technology from what I've heard. I've never actually read any of his work because he's usually classified as a sci-fi author and I found early on that sci-fi just didn't agree with me. It's fun enough to watch star trek episodes/movies and the like, but reading something that turns into a technical manual just dosen't appeal to me.

It seems that even now, so many decades after the war ended there are still things to discover. Just a couple months ago I saw a discovery channel special where they were using metal detectors to find the civil war slugs left on the battlefield. Since the union and confederacy used slightly different weight musket balls, they were able to sketch out the positions of a battle long lost to history.

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