I had the privilege of doing a program with my ECW colleague Bert Dunkerly for Richmond National Battlefield today at the Jericho Mills battlefield along the North Anna River. Bert is a ranger at Richmond and was kind enough to invite me along to help show off a portion of the battlefield not open to the public. You can watch our program here (even if you don’t have Facebook). Special thanks to Mark Wilcox for his camerawork!
While I was down at North Anna, I noticed how high the water was. Torrential rains pummeled our area earlier in the week, and the normally low North Anna was brimming at the banks! It offered the perfect illustration of why army commanders in Virginia always had to take these rivers into special consideration when planning their campaigns. The west-to-east flow made these river formidable barriers.
I shot a quick video—less than two minutes—to help illustrate this challenge. Feel free to watch on the ECW YouTube page. A link follows the page break: