Have you visited the National Civil War Memorial in Washington D.C.? Nether have I, it does not exist. There are a number of statues of Civil War Generals, and a memorial to the black soldiers. However there is no memorial to the over six hundred thousand men that gave their lives to the preservation of the Union. So far it is unquestionably the most traumatic war in American history.
Arguably the Civil War is an important turning point in world history. To say that the Civil War was not about slavery is like saying the Gulf Wars were not about oil. Good men gave their lives to end slavery. They should be memorialized. Most small towns have Civil War Memorials, but most people no longer live in small towns. There still is slavery in the world so the greater war has still not been won. Historically, the Civil War was a significant event in world history, yet we neglect it.
I would like to see National Civil War Memorial on the National Mall. I am so surprised that it has not been called for before (maybe it has, but I am unaware). The names of all those that died should be engraved in stone. Perhaps by the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial would be appropriate.