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 Posted: Tue Aug 21st, 2007 10:25 pm
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Visited the Spotsylvannia area this past Saturday. I had hoped to tour the trilogy - Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvannia; but since 95 was a parking lot between DC and Staford and it took 2 hours to go 15 miles, I was only able to visit Spotslyvannia (my primary interest on this trip and couldn't walk the entire battlefield, only the mule shoe due to time constraints.) We live on the eastern shore of Maryland and frequently make day trips to the DC/Virginia area, primarily for my wife to shop in Tysons Corner while I take off to Antietam/Gettysburg/Virginia battlefields. Fortunately, I was the only one on the park service tour and had the ranger all to myself. Great guide. (If anyone is planning a visit, would be glad to give you his name - he's also a Gettysburg guide.) Unlike the 2nd Manassas, Cold Harbor, they've cleared the trees in front of the confederate fortifications making it appear as it did in 1864. Although I have many ancestors who were there on both sides, I was really interested in 3 - one in the 9th La, 4th Ga, 1st NC all present in the mule shoe area. Primarily, because of the capture of my 4th Ga ancestor - sent to Fort Delaware where he died of small pox and buried in New Jersey; my 1st NC ancestor, captured, eventually sent to Elmira and died between the end on the war and the evacuation of all prisoners. After my tour I can certainly see how my 4th Ga ancestor was captured since his regiment was out on the scirmish line when Uptons Brigade attacked them. As I've said before, even though one can read extensively on a particular battle, visiting one in person brings it all together.

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