Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Crossing the Delaware: Part I

Hello all,

Our first stop in our adventure was the Petersburg National Battlefield in Virginia. Toby is a U.S. History teacher so war sites are something that come with the territory. Neither of us had ever been to a Civil War battlesite, and as we were driving through Virginia we decided to give it a go.

It's crazy how places like that take on an attitude of their own...almost like the earth itself remembers the brutality that took place there. I know it may sound silly, but there really is a deeply sad feeling around these kinds of places. It's odd to see such a peaceful, serene landscape and know that it was once filled with the final pangs of death and sacrifice. It was a moment of pause by no mistake.

As a history teacher, Toby was an excellent tour guide as we traveled the grounds. The infamous "crater" is found here and that is what we were so eager to see. This failed union attack resulted in a brutal Confederate victory, even though the Union did eventually take Petersburg.

I'm doing these entries on the road so that the memory stays fresh...this also means that they may not be perfect entries because I am not on my home computer (often times it's via my iPod) so the pics may be a littla out of sequence, bla bla. I have said it before though, this blog is for preserving memories and for enjoyment and update purposes, so my heart will not be broken if I have a less than perfect post, I hope you understand :) Enjoy these pictures and see you on the next part of the trip!
See y'all soon,

~B~

Sad and beautiful tree next to the crater.

I love this shot.

The crater itself! STILL THERE!

The road to the crater. That's a fun trek in 90 degree weather.

More of the crater.


My hot husband standing in front of the "earthworks" built in part by the Confederate soldiers and then by the Union soldiers, after they defeated the South.

Makeupless and loving vacation! This is soon after I was suddenly stricken with heat sickness and had to run to the bathroom, haha. Whoops.
 More later!

~B~

5 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post! I have always wanted to go on a history road trip! Like to see the freedom trail in Boston, and Civil War battlefields! It is crazy how things that happened so long ago, can feel so fresh... Your blog post was lovely, and so were the pictures!

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    1. Hey, thank you so much! You're so sweet for saying that! It was cook and definitely worth going to for sure.

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  2. Looks so pretty! I still haven't ever been to any even though there are a couple around me, hopefully in the fall.

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  3. Such a nice post :) And pretty pictures! I know what you mean about how strange it is to see such a serene landscape and know the horrors that took place there. Those battlefields are all over Virginia, and I'm always struck every time I encounter one.
    Thanks for sharing this :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Natasha! I actually thought about you as we drove through and all of your lovely Virginia pictures! I will gave you an air five as we drive back on Sunday! :)

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