The National Parks are currently closed. Battlefield land that was purchased long ago and placed under the NPS's care is currently inaccessible to you, me and everybody else except for NPS law enforcement. You cannot go to Gettysburg and stand on Little Round Top. You cannot got to Antietam and visit Burnside's bridge. You cannot go to Chickamauga and ascend Snodgrass Hill. You can't got to Vicksburg and see the USS Cairo. Should you wish to take a chance and enter any of these places you could be arrested, spend time in jail, and be fined up to $5,000!Note: This thread is not, repeat not about politics, for that is forbidden on CWReenactors. It is only about how the fallout of a certain unfortunate situation is effecting us and what you can do about it. [/I]
With the exception of essential LE, the stewards of these lands are not at work and not being paid. The private businesses that provide needed services to facilitate visiting these hallowed grounds are going to suffer. You... are going to suffer. We all will suffer. I'm suffering already and its not even been 48 hours.
How does all this make you feel?
To me, it is very disconcerting. I live in the Eastern Theater of the war and visit the National Military Parks, National Battlefields, and National Historic Sites associated with the Civil War on a regular basis. Now.... I feel like a loved one is lying sick in a hospital but I can't even pay a visit. It makes me feel sad... and outraged.
Regardless of the reason why a certain political situation is causing our battlefields to be barred to us, I urge everyone with an interest in the American Civil War to write your so-called "representatives" in Washington and express your feelings in respectful but no uncertain terms.
Don't think this will all be over in a few days. The last gov't shutdown lasted 21 days. This one has all the earmarks of perhaps lasting longer. A lot longer due to the prevailing pigheadedness of all factions involved. Imagine going to Gettysburg for Remembrance Day, but not being able to visit the battlefield. Don't assume it will all be over by then. Imagine parading through town and seeing the parade terminate at somewhere other than on the grounds of the National Military Park.
Start here: Find Your Representative