North Carolina Civil War Trail
War-a Part of History
For thousands of years, wars and battles have been fought all over the world. Some were fought as a matter of survival, some as a matter of honor, and others occurred in order to obtain wealth and power. One was even rumored to have been fought because of a woman's unparalleled beauty, coining the historically infamous phrase, "the face that launched a thousand ships." Whether they were fought for riches, in the name of survival, for politics, or a matter of vanity and pride, the majority of them have had a common theme and ultimate goal in that one side hopes to emerge the victor, ensuring domination and supremacy over the losing side and all in the name of what the winning side feels is the greater good for all involved.
Many places today still bear the remnants and echoes of battles and wars fought many years ago and some not so long ago. Battlefields may display historic markers or tablets, marking the location of battles that were of particular historical importance. Monuments in the forms of obelisks, statues, cannons and other various structures stand in tribute to various events and individuals who may have played an important role during a particular war or battle. Many cemeteries exist as a final resting place or memorial for the countless lives that were lost while in battle or during the duration of a war. Driving down the road in a certain part of the world, you may perchance upon a roadside marker depicting a bit of information regarding a historical figure who may have visited the area or a battle that may have been fought within a few miles.
Sometimes the end results of war end up being for the better and sometimes, unfortunately, the end results are for the worse. No matter when they were fought or which side ended up winning, history has shown us that wars can cause the face of a country or nation to change and can also reshape and redefine human civilization.