Friday, November 6, 2009

New Market Battlefield

When we lived in Virginia, we lived right next door to this battlefield.  We would hear the guns when they did civil war reenactments.  And I still never made it over there to see it.  So we drove over today, so I could check it out.

 Some history about this interesting place:


Never before, or since, has a college student body been called into pitched battle as were the VMI Cadets on May 15, 1864. The Hall of Valor is a monument to those cadets and the American Civil War soldiers who showed courage and discipline in one of the war's most poignant episodes, the Battle of New Market. Two award-winning films, one on the battle, the other on "Stonewall" Jackson's famed 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign, are presented in a 125-seat theater. Colorful dioramas emphasize incredible acts of endurance and resilience demonstrated by soldiers both North and South. Others experienced the war as well. Jacob and Sarah Bushong worked their family farm for 30 years before war turned their orchard into a battlefield and their home into a hospital. Today, the original farmstead reveals how this quiet community was changed by conflict. Restored wheelwright and blacksmith shops, a loom house, and summer kitchen convey 19th century pursuits on this typical valley farm. Scenic pathways lead to the "Field of Lost Shoes" and the high bluffs 200 feet above the graceful Shenandoah River.


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Welcome back. (I didn't mean to nag at you earlier.)

Just two things: Those are wonderful pictures of the family gathering and of the caves. Both of those things that I just have NEVER ever been able to get good pictures of. Excellent posts. Glad you're feeling better.

little castle said...

I did not feel nagged at all. Truth be told, I was touched by it.

I was cropping pictures to do the blogging when you did send your comment. I like to blog while we are driving so I can kill two birds with one stone.

I have a really hard time with the family gathering pictures too. I haven't quite figured out why I just can't seem to do them justice.

Thanks for stopping back in! Always love to hear from you (and read your blog too).

little castle said...

Forgot to say, my husband did the cavern pictures so I will be sure to pass the compliments on to him. =)

little castle said...

Forgot to say, my husband did the cavern pictures so I will be sure to pass the compliments on to him. =)

unschoolermom said...

Looks like a fun, historical trip!