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I took time today, as I’m apt to do, to visit the site of John Sedgwick’s wounding on the anniversary of the event. It was a beautiful day to be out on the battlefield.
Maxwell and I wind our way through a primordial tunnel of woods before the path we’re following descends a short staircase of plant roots and spits us out into a field. It’s an ersatz field, really—the Park Service hasn’t been … Continue reading
In 2014, I was fortunate to marry into a family that owns a nice-sized chunk of the Spotsylvania Courthouse Battlefield. Spotsy had, by that time, come to be my favorite battlefield, so marry into a part of the battlefield was … Continue reading
In the front yard at Stevenson Ridge, there’s a high knoll where the driveway exits the property. It’s 280 feet above sea level, although the elevation makes precipitous drop to 250 feet on the far side of Route 208, modern … Continue reading
(part four in a series) I’ve been tracking Alfred Waud across the Spotsylvania battlefield, trying to figure out why one of his sketches, “Advance on Spotsylvania,” bears the date “May 9” although it depicts events from May 10. The first … Continue reading
(part three in a series) I’ve come to believe Alfred Waud’s sketch “Advance on Spotsylvania,” dated May 9, is actually mis-dated. In the first two posts of this series, I’ve tried to lay out some of the breadcrumbs that led … Continue reading
The wagons rolling into Fredericksburg never seemed to stop. Mary Caldwell, an inhabitant of the town, wrote in her diary, “The road near the fair grounds seems to be literally covered.” They were filled with broken and bloodied bodies, the … Continue reading
Fallen Union soldiers from the battlefields of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House were eventually laid to rest in Fredericksburg National Cemetery. But what happened to the Confederate graves? Many of the Confederate dead were disinterred and reburied … Continue reading
It was a beautiful day to be on the battlefield today….