HOMERs Trip to Fredericksburg, Virginia
June 15 & 16, 2009

Trip Director, Jerry D., made plans for the group to see the
Civil War Battlefields in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and the
Marine Corps Museum, in Quantico, Virginia. The itinerary included
an over-night stop in Fredericksburg and a dinner in a local "establishment."

Those attending were Marty, Rich, George, and Tom; Jerry, Bobby D., Larry & Ray.
For those who were unable to attend, we hope you enjoy Bobby D's photos.

Ray was pleased to arrange for his nephew Ryan, a history teacher and
part-time National Park Ranger at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania
County Battlefields Memorial Park, to be our guide.

Day One

At the park's visitor center we watched a short video concerning the battle and the military men who were involved.

After the video we met Ryan Longfellow, Ray's nephew, who has worked in this National Battlefield Park for more than five years as a certified Park Ranger and Visitor's Guide.

Near the visitor center

The Stone Wall

First stop; Chatham Estate

Chatham Vineyard

Ryan tells us the history of the house and the logistical importance of the estate.

Chatham Vineyard

The Entrance Gate

Stone path to the front door

Herb and flower garden

A few of the Homers examine a Civil War Pontoon Boat/Bridge

Launch site of the pontoon boats

Homers at Chatham

Chatham garden

This information is from the park's
Chatham brochure.

The magnificent Georgian mansion, its outbuildings and dependencies, and the historic ground which surrounds it represent a small preserve in which the entire scope of Virginia heritage can be understood and appreciated.

Today Chatham is part of Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. Five of the ten rooms contain exhibits and the rest of the building as well as the outbuildings are park offices.

Garden Wall at Chatham Estate

Lily blooms

The grapes are still young at this time of the year.

Statuary adorns the Chatham garden
Across the Rappahanock River is the bridgehead for the advance of the Union Army on the Rebel stronghold at Fredericksburg.

Ryan telling the story of the Union Army's advance toward Fredericksburg.

Down River at the Park's Rocky Lane area, we see the Washington Ferry site

Memorial in the cemetery
National Cemetery at the Park

Nearly 1500 graves dot the fields

Stone wall along the sunken road

Ryan told us about how the wall was reconstructed using stone quarried from an identical vein of rock.

A photograph of the stone wall during the battle. This photo helped the Park restore the wall to exact dimensions.

Stone wall and rail fence

Memorial sculpture to a fallen soldier.

Information board for Brompton House

Original wall information board

College President's home on the grounds of the battlefield.

Magnolia blossom

Battlefield were lives were lost

Innis House

Rest period

Bullet holes ... walls at Innis House.

The stone wall

So, where is dinner.
Fine dining begins at the tap . . .

Day Two

Ryan moved the tour to the south end of the battlefield.

It was a steep walk up Lee's Hill

Studying the map.
Boy, are we glad there will be no test.

Rich, our newest HOMER

Artillery 101 - it takes at least five men to man a cannon.

Artillery 102 - be careful where you stand.

Artillery 103 - four kinds of charges


Tom, looking north . . .

Wait for it. The shot will land there.

Maxey Gregg

Battlefield at peace.

The road ends . . .
Marine Corps Museum
Safe return to New Jersey

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