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Historian makes Gettysburg spring to life

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As I prepared last week for a tour of Civil War historic sites with 40 history teachers from northwestern Minnesota, I looked at the itinerary and wondered if I would get anything out of touring battlefields. 

Although I enjoy history, history buffs who get their thrills out of battles at the expense of all else make me nervous. Don't they realize that war isn't football? Don't they see the bigger picture, the lives ruined, the families destroyed? 

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