Top Ten Reasons So Many Civil War Battles Took Place At National Parks

Originally written for the Timebinders mailing list. Copyright 1998 by Teresa Nielsen Hayden.

Ten. National Park Service employees will help clean up afterward.

Nine. Free site maps are a godsend for obtuse commanders.

Eight. There's always lots of fast food nearby

Seven. Many sites, such as Stone Mountain, feature encouraging representations of the home team.

Six. Big parking lots for the supply wagons.

Five. You can mail poignant letters home to your wife from the Visitors' Center post office.

Four. Highway signs make it easy to concentrate your forces.

Three. Southern troops love campsites with barbecue grills.

Two. Three words: free public toilets.

One. Large well-kept grassy areas make picture-perfect advances a breeze.