It’s the anniversary days for Battle of the Wilderness, and on May 5, the weather was predicted to be exceptionally fine. The result? An early morning trip to the battlefield, a little hiking, and breakfast at a historic house.
Ellwood Manor is closed, like the other NPS buildings and facilities thanks to COVID-19. But if a visitor is willing to take a walk, it’s still okay to hike into the site. During the Battle of the Wilderness, General Warren—commander of the Union’s V Corps—made his headquarters in the home. Federal troops staged around the area before plunging into battle further south and west.
Here are a few photos from the morning of May 5, 2020…one hundred and fifty-six years after the Confederates surprised the columns marching through The Wilderness.
The National Park Service has a marked and maintained trail that leads through the fields, along Wilderness Run, and to the runs of Wilderness Tavern. At this time of year, I found it a little muddy, so if you’re heading out to walk wear suitable shoes!