I visited 5 battlefields on a rainy day. First was Petersburg; south of Richmond (Robert E. Lees’s home). Grant was attempting to get to Richmond by going after Petersburg first. We’re visiting these battles in the opposite order of their occurrence.
I crossed Battery five and then went Dow stairs and a trail that led to the base of the earthen works. This is what the Federals had to climb to get to Battery 5. But whoops! Look at what the Union had at the bottom of the hill. A monster that could hurl balls 2 miles into Petersburg.
Coming on around Battery 5 this is what we see. I use the term “we” loosely, as I don’t think Tofu’s nose ever left the ground.
We went for a walk in the woods and never found what we were looking for… a depot. These woods were not present in 1864. This is where Union forces were bivouacked during the siege. “Whose woods these are, I think I know…”
We moved down the Dimmick line in search of Battery 8 which is famous. It is where Pennsylvania miners spent a month tunneling under the Battery. The brass didn’t believe in this project and gave the miners only a fraction of the explosives they asked for. At any rate they managed to blow up the Battery, killing almost 300 Confederates. If troops had been prepared to rush forward, they could have made significant progress in taking Petersburg. As it was the Brass were so surprised they weren’t prepared to take advantage of the situation. Instead the Confederates managed to regroup and seal the breach with their troops. The South considered it a glorious victory snatched from the jaws of defeat.
Honest, I’m sparing you lots of photos and explanation. Tofu wanted to leave this area so we went North and came across a belated Welcome to Virginia Visitor Center. Nice theme they’ve got going.
We traveled up to Fredericksburg, the scene of several months of fighting. I’ll try to just give you an overview of the several hours Tofu and I were exploring the backroads. Before I do that let me say, they’ve got real problems preserving the country as they city has reached out. Cars are flying down these wandering country roads. Traffic is heavy and the tourist feels like a roadblock to the progress swirling past. Keep in mind we are now looking at battles that took place before those we have already seen.
Next we headed for the ruins of a furnace.
We took a look at Grant’s headquarters during the Wilderness battle. An average of one life was lost every second for 5 hours during the battle.
Yep that’s all there is. During Civil War no trees blocking the view. Here’s a picture I took trying to get back in the van with traffic whizzing by.
Then we wandered in the wilderness trying to find the Spotsylvania Courthouse.
By the time we found the courthouse, we were through. Tomorrow we go to Appomattox to see Lee’s surrender. Tonight we surrender to our road weariness. The rain is drumming the pavement outside our door. Tofu is conked out on the bed, and I’ve got the World Series going on. It won’t be long till I join her in sleepville. Wait a minute, Tofu woke up. I better take Her out. We don’t want her to pee the bed. I’m joking; I’m more likely to pee the bed than she is. So maybe we both better take a bathroom break and then (and only then) hit the sack.
So It’s only dinner time for most of you, so I wish you a good evening. But we’re through. Goodnight. Love.