All posts tagged: The Civil War

Spotsylvania : Wilderness Battlefield

Fredericksburg and the surrounding area saw some of the worst battles during The Civil War.  The Civil War, like any war, is about more than one thing.  It’s complicated and messy.  At times brutal, others inspiring.  There was good and bad on both sides.  It was sad note in our history. The Wilderness Battlefield was the site of the beginning of General Grants Overland Campaign.  Nearly 30,000 soldiers died during a battle that lasted 3 days and it led to another battle a few miles away at Spotsylvania Courthouse where another 30,000 would die.  The Battle of Wilderness is the 4th deadliest battle of The Civil War. Whenever I visit it’s impossible not to imagine them walking across the fields             And wonder how they felt.    

Monday Walkabout – Old Town Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, Virginia sits right on the Rappahannock River. George Washington, Mary Washington, James Monroe lived in the area just to name a few.  Then there are the civil war sites.  More than you can shake a stick at, that’s for sure.  Several pivotal battles occured in the area.  At some point, I’ll have to tell you the story of The Sunken Road and the man who crossed enemy lines.  It’s an amazing story.     My walk began at the Confederate Cemetary.  The Civil War is one I hope to never see repeated in the United States again.  I’m always a little quieter when I walk near places like this.     From there I went downtown.  I turned a corner as I was walking and this bright blue door practically begged to have it’s picture taken.  I only needed to dodge a few cars to get it, too.     Down the road a bit is the Fredericksburg Baptist Church.  It is a beautiful building.  I have a lot of respect for their history …