Saturday, April 9, 2011

Battle of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania & Fredericksburg

 It was a cold, wet, day and we decided to do a drive through the civil war battlefields.  I may have been the only one who had a great time...but...I thought it was really neat!   What do you think?  Does Papa look excited to be on a drive of Civil War battlefields?

But!  Look at me!  I'm super excited!

I had the map...and we had a great time!  We were able to see the place where Stonewall Jackson got his arm chopped off!  And where it was buried.   Just his arm.  Stonewall Jackson is actually buried somewhere else.

 Trenches dug by the Union Army in the Wilderness. 
Civil War Cemetery in Spotsylvania.
 Rows...upon rows...of unknown soldiers.  
Doesn't your heart just break for their families?
 We stopped to do the walking tour along the Sunken Road.  
This road was the main thoroughfare from Richmond to Fredericksburg.
 Here, on this hill (and it is another cemetery now with rows and rows of unknown soldiers) the Confederates won their most one-sided victory (Lead by General Lee himself).  In other words...the Confederates were up on the hill...and just mowed down the Union army as they tried in vain to advance.

 The Innis house stood between the Confederate army and the Union army.  It is riddled with bullet holes.  It is said that the lady of the home stayed throughout the battle, risking her own life to provide water and help for the fallen Confederate soldiers. 

It was here too that nineteen-year-old Sergeant Richard Kirkland of the 2nd South Carolina could tolerate the agonizing pleading of the wounded enemy no longer. He received permission to scale the wall (although he was granted NO white flag for his saftey) and bring relief to the suffering at peril to his own life. Union riflemen initally fired on him, but when the realized that he was aiding their wounded they ceased firing as Kirkland moved from soldier to soldier on his errand of mercy.  It is said that as he scaled the wall again and again taking water to the wounded that the enemy cheered and held their fire.  There is a monument there in his honor and he became known as the Angel of Marye's Heights.  Sadly, he was killed several month's later in another battle.   (Sorry!  I didn't snap a picture of that one!)

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