I had linked earlier this week to Mitch Hagmaier's post on his struggle to locate the South Mountain gaps. I forgot to repeat to the reader that these hard-to-find sites are (on paper) state battlefield parks, with none other than Civil War Preservation Trust claiming much credit for "saving" this "hallowed ground."
In a new post, Tim Reese reviews Mitch's route with him - a must-read if you ever plan to visit the place. Please see also my "dialog" with Reese on the botched acquisition strategies for South Mountain battlefield land.
(Check out Mitch's thoughts on McClellan at Gettysburg, as well - they are worth a ponder.)