On Saturday, the weather was spectacular in Virginia, and I decided to take a break, go for a drive, and see what history I could find along the way. I headed for Orange County, Virginia, since there was already a site I had promised to revisit for another research discussion. I took Raccoon Ford Road (Route 611) and ended up passing by Payne’s Farm battlefield, the preserved and accessible part of the battlefield from the Mine Campaign in November 1863.
I’ve been here quite a few times already this year and even got to co-lead a tour at the site. The trail is good, and the lighting was near perfect for photos so I decided to go for a walk. The results are a collection of photos that representatively tell the story of the military operations. I hope you find them meaningful, too.
Here is Mine Run…visually through the lens of my phone camera:
- The confusion and lack of focus along the road
- The open fields of fighting
- One lone stander for facing an ultimate decision decisions
- Looking and waiting for death
- The realization that life might be greater than needless sacrifice