Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jine the Cavalry

"If you want to have a good time, jine the cavalry!
Jine the cavalry! Jine the cavalry!
If you want to catch the Devil, if you want to have fun,
if you want to swell Hell, Jine the cavalry."

                                                             Chorus from "Jine the Cavalry" by Sam Sweeny

Here are my completed cavalry brigades for both my Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

1st Manassas Battlefield Park July 2011

In July of 2011, I had the fortunate opportunity to be working in The Commonwealth of Virginia during the sesquicentennial of the First Battle of Manassas. It just so happened that We had finished our job a few days ahead of schedule and had a bit of free time. I went to the Battlefield Park to look around and take pictures. That weekend I went to the 150th Anniversary Reenactment.
As I have stated before, I have always had an interest in the American Civil War. I had always wanted to visit a battlefield but had never had the time or opportunity to. The Battlefield at Manassas is a very special place for me because it is the first battlefield I had ever visited. The right time and the right place.

From the direction of the visitors center looking towards the Henry House.

Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson monument. This statue is erected in the spot
where Jackson formed his line on the hill.

This monument marks where Col. Francis Bartow was killed.

Front of the Henry House

Henry Family plot at The Henry House.

View of Stone House, Past.

View of Stone House, Present.

The Stone House at the intersection of the Sudley Road and the Warrenton Turnpike. The house was used as a field hospital. Note the red flag marking it as a hospital.

Henry hill as seen from the Stone House. This is the point of view the Federal troops
 had as they advanced to the house.

Both the Stone House and the Henry House were open to the public and had historical markers inside detailing information.

The intersection of the Warrenton Turnpike and the Sudley Road. I found it interesting that the majority of modern roads are over a hundred years old.