- Posted April 14, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
History in your home: The Civil War
Remembering The War Between The States
- jmsaba, CNN iReport producer
This week marks the 150th anniversary to the start of the civil war. A war that not only divided a nation but, also divided families. The price in lives was an extremely high one. I do not think we can even image the pain and suffering that took place on the battlefield. With make shift operating rooms set up on the front lines and primitive medical procedures it is amazing that anyone survived at all. I was born and raised in Massachusetts and lived there till I was 34. In 2003 I moved to South Georgia. My wife’s family is from Quitman and her father passed down stories how his family was split because of the civil war. All around me there are small reminders of this tragic war. Though Quitman and the surrounding area was never turned into a battle field their are still reminders of the War Between the States. In downtown Quitman along highway 84 an old graveyard is marked by confederate flags of those whose lives were claimed by the war. Some of soldier’s graves have no name. Losing their identity after one of the countless battles fought between the states. Locals tell how the town’s people collected food and other supplies to send to the confederate soldiers on the front linens. Outside Lakeland Georgia there is some slave houses that were uncovered about 4 years ago. It is preserved sites like this that allow us to literally go back in time and things as they were and get a better understanding to our nations past.