As far as going back in time and meeting historical figures? I don't think I'd want to do that. Seems like our heroes never measure up in real life.
Well, I've read a lot about the Revolutionary generation, so I don't think I'd be shocked to learn that they were just men. That is what interests me about them, actually. That they accomplished so much, seemed so preternaturally wise about governance, yet were really just people, not demigods.
I've come very late to an appreciation of Abraham Lincoln. Being from Mississippi and having deep Southern roots, I was disinclined to pay him much attention when I was growing up. But I started reading about him during his bicentennial year (2009), and I found both him and his generation quite compelling, though very tragic, of course. That was a very complex era. I think we have flattened out the causes of the Civil War, or have mythologized it to make it seem that it was only about slavery, when in fact it was about a number of issues. Even the attitudes toward the slaves were complex, up North as well as in the South. That is not an era I would wish to revisit, however. I am content to leave that one in the history books.