If a picture can be worth a thousand words, then Nick Kurtz's Battlefield
Wanderings blog is worth a mint. The Colorado native has filled his blog
with images from his frequent trips to Civil War battlefields, sites and
cemeteries, quietly capturing why the need to preserve these is so great.
He has an eye for both the sweeping vista - as evidenced by his recent series of
photographs of Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga - and poignant detail - such as a
photo of an eroded monument that someone has valiantly (and perhaps illegally)
colored with white chalk to make the engraving easier to read. The Civil
War blogosphere is rife with verbiage from amateurs as well as professional
historians, but sometimes a photograph has an eloquence that cannot be matched
by the most elegant prose. Your brain might be fed by those other blogs,
but Kurtz's is a feast for the eyes.
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