Earlier this week, I visited some of the battlefield locations for the First Battle of Bull Run near Manassas. Early spring is blossoming here in Virginia, and this girl from California is delighted to see a real change in the seasons while driving through the Old Dominion on a research trip.
At first, I wasn’t sure if I “liked” this battlefield’s springtime look since both First and Second Bull Run were summer battles with taller grass, hot and humid days, and plenty of bugs. Eventually, though I let the thoughts of “this wasn’t what it looked like when they lined up on the field” slip away, and I simply enjoyed the springtime moments…trying to captures some special images before the next rain showers started sprinkling the area.
Hopefully, you’ll enjoy this glimpse and be inspired to do a little battlefielding in the coming weeks!
Daffodils bloom near Henry House, quietly nodding at the silent cannons nearby.
Tiny flowers sprout near Judith Henry’s grave on Henry House Hill – a sweet, sad offering for this widow who was a civilian casualty during the first major battle of the war.
Don’t blink! These tiny shoots will become the trees’ bright green foliage of late spring and summer faster than you can say, “There stands Jackson like a stonewall! Rally behind the Virginians!” (Well, almost…)
And speaking of “Stonewall”… A new perspective with nature taking the focus and letting man (or in this image, the statue) become the background.
Red bud trees bursting into color – harmless, peaceful. Nothing like bursting shells seen long ago on this battlefield.
I wonder if this is what the fields might have looked like early in the spring of 1861, just as Fort Sumter’s fight erupted and the war began. The grasses just beginning to grow. As the volunteers made army numbers grow. White blossoms covering the trees. As red blood would cover summer’s fields.
I wonder about all this during a springtime wander…