Last weekend I did some hiking at Spotsylvania National Battlefield and since it’s been one of my few historic site visits in the last weeks, I took along a camera and snapped some photos of spring at this Virginia battlefield. Wanna take a “virtual hike”?
We’ll park at the entrance to Upton’s Trail and start through the woods toward the Mule Shoe earthworks.
After completing Upton’s Trail, we’ll swing left toward the angle and take the long way around to reach the Union side of the attack fields. Looking back toward Bloody Angle, we notice the dogwood trees blooming in the middle of the open ground.
The chimney bases are the remaining evidence of the Landram House. On May 12, 1864, Union II Corps generals gathered here and on the nearby ridge, overseeing the attacks on the Mule Shoe in the distance. Today, the Lamdram House site is quiet and a little haven of spring with new grass sprouting and blooming trees in the background.
Returning across the fields, we pause to examine the marker cannon in the Mule Shoe and then get the idea to try a photo with dogwood and cannon for an artistic view.
Catching a trail from Bloody Angle to the McCoull House Site, we continue seeing signs of spring. Including sticky mud covering the trail. (Not pictured!) Near the McCoull Spring, tiny flowers bloom at the base of a tree…
Over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed lots of deer grazing around the McCoull House site, but I’m not seeing any today. There is another pretty tree…so selfie time!
Thanks for “joining” me for a springtime hike at Spotsylvania Battlefield. Stay safe, stay healthy, and I’m counting the days and weeks until it’s safe for interstate travel. I’ve got a growing list of sites and archives I need to visit and I know many other ECW authors are feeling the same way and weekenders will become “traditional” again as soon as possible!