Friday, October 7, 2016

Virginia Trip Part 2: Fredricksburg Battlefield, Confederate White House & Confederate Civil War Museum


Saturday morning we got up early and drove up to see Fredricksburg Battlefield before the heat of the day.  Was truly amazing to see where the biggest battle blunder in US military history took place. Unfortunately, much of the battlefield is covered in houses so a bit hard to picture in the minds eye. However our park ranger did a great job.

The infamous stone wall where the Confederates hid and slaughtered the Union troops coming at them in waves.

This house was in the line of fire but managed to survive. The scars of war are very evident.


  It was also fascinating to learn about The Angel of Mary's Heights. He was a Confederate soldier who went over the infamous wall to help wounded Union soldiers suffering as close to 70 ft away from the Confederate line behind the wall.


Afterwards we drove into Richmond and visited the Confederate White House and the Confederate Civil War museum where we got to see the personal effects of many famous confederate generals.

General Robert E. Lee's hat.

Lieutenant General A.P. Hill's vest, gun and sword.


Some of Robert E. Lee's personal effects.
 Jeb Stuart - most famous Confederate Calvary officer
They wouldn't let us take pictures in the Confederate White House. It was restored beautifully have at least 50% original furnishings. It was amazing to walk through those rooms and picture history being made so long ago.

This regimental flag was made from a donated wedding shawl from a southern lady.

Huge portrait of Robert E. Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson.

Widow's weeds.The sheer amount of black that must have been worn during this time period would have been astounding to see. 

3 comments:

magnoliasntea said...

Beautiful photos, Jackie! That stone wall and house really bring home the immensity of the war to me. I don't know how others feel, but when I tour a Civil War site there is an overwhelming sense of loss. So sad. I especially like the photo of the portrait of the southern generals on horseback. Glad you had a lovely trip.
Have a great weekend!
Toni

Jill said...

Love all these photos so much Jackie! Thank you for sharing these pieces of history. Looks like you had the perfect weather for it too. Have a lovely weekend!

Blessings,
Jill

Becky L. said...

Quite the story in photos. Interesting story of soldier helping his enemies. Amazing young man and a heart for others in their time of need and war! Thanks!
Becky

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