Trip to Fredericksburg, Virginia
June 15 & 16, 2009
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."
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.
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.
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
Ryan tells us the history of the house and the logistical importance of the estate.
The Entrance Gate
Stone path to the front door
A few of the Homers examine a Civil War Pontoon Boat/Bridge
Launch site of the pontoon boats
Homers at Chatham
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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
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.
Battlefield were lives were lost
Bullet holes ... walls at Innis House.
Fine dining begins at the tap . . .
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.
Battlefield at peace.
The road ends . . .
Marine Corps Museum
Safe return to New Jersey