Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Grand Tour, pt. 2

Day two of our “three hour” tour – it rained pretty much the entire time yesterday. We visited six different battlefields: Hanover Court House, North Anna, Spotsylvania, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, and Manassas. A spot at the Wilderness was our real destination, and thanks to the rangers at Chancellorsville for pointing us in the right direction. Manassas was not on our original itinerary, but traffic was so bad heading into Washington City, that we took a detour and wound up at Manassas. We did manage to tramp around the Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania and walked to see the buff statue of General Jackson at Manassas. Today, we are in Maryland, and plan on touring Sharpsburg and South Mountain. I have my son Nathaniel, who is nine, along on this trip. While he has visited many of these sites before, this will be the trip he really remembers. Isabella, who is three, just wants to know who turned Jackson into a statue.

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