Exploring the Civil War through Scenic Byways

Exploring National Scenic Byways is a popular pastime for many RV enthusiasts. Marrying the beauty of this type of travel with an opportunity to soak in some of the nation’s history is a great combination. For example, several of the scenic byways offer the opportunity to learn about some unique aspects of the civil war.

The Great River Road spans over 2,300 miles from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. On the Mississippi River bluffs near Columbus, Kentucky an important battle was fought. Check out Kentucky’s Columbus-Belmont State Park both for its views and the opportunity to see the rifle trenches used by General Leonidas Polk’s men during the battle in 1861.

The Big Bend Scenic Byway in Florida is a 220 mile route that encompasses an area where an unlikely group of Confederate soldiers manage to hold off advances by Union troops towards the end of the war. Check out the Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic Site to learn more about this interesting battle.

The Santa Fe Trail in New Mexico takes you to the site of the Battle of Glorieta Pass. It is located along the Sangre de Christo mountain range, where Union troops secured the Santa Fe Trail in 1862.

The park sites offer visitors a chance to learn of both the tragedies and the heroism exhibited during this crucial time in our nation’s development in a way that offers a much greater impact than that found sitting in a classroom.

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