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    A Virginia girl checking in
    By Dawn

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    I'm a history buff, and I've been to many of the sites the first poster listed. All the Philly sites, Valley Forge, and Gettysburg are great. If you go to Gettysburg, I recommend you take the bus tour to see it all. The tour guide explains the whole battle in sequence at the spots where the action happened.

    If you go to Charleston, add Fort Sumter to your list. A cool boat tour out to the fort; the rangers give an excellent talk about the battle that started the Civil War.

    If you are in DC, see all the war memorials (the new WW2 is beautiful), the Washington Monument & Jefferson memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Smithsonian; also kids always like to see Ford's Theater. The Pentagon used to give tours, but since 9/11, I'm not sure...

    If you venture out from DC to the Civil War battlefields, go about an hour south to see the battle sites of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Wilderness. Also, in Maryland, the Antietam (sp?) battlefield is haunting.

    BTW, if you look for Bull Run on a map, it won't be there. The Battles of Bull Run took place in Manassas, Virginia, about 1/2 hour west of DC. It is definitely worth a visit too.

    I've taken my own kids to all these sites and they have learned a lot from them. Happy planning!

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