Civil War Set: I

VA-FRED-The-Wall

Sunken Road

Fredericksburg VA

This stone wall in an area known as Marye’s Heights in Fredericksburg, VA was heavily defended by 3,000 riflemen and snipers directing fire onto advancing Federal troops. The wall shielded defenders from Union fire and allowed Confederates behind the wall to feed freshly reloaded muskets to the front where they could be rapidly aimed and fired on the Union troops.
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The General’s View

General's View

A bronze statue of US Gen. Gouverneur Warren stands atop Little Roundtop in honor of his saving the Union line on the second day of battle, July 2, 1863. His action to arrange the last-minute defense of the hill, was pivotal in the Union win at Gettysburg.
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Steps and Tree at Devils Den

Antietam

Devils Den was formed by a geological condition about 200 million years ago, thus making it old enough to withstand everything other than heavy foot traffic. Devils Den has been a major tourist attraction since the 1880’s, and the name precedes the Civil War. During the battle the Den provided shelter for soldiers. After the war, a trolley line was put in to take visitors around the battlefield and to the Den to eat and get portraits made.
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“There Stands Jackson”

Manassas

‘Stonewall’ Jackson got his nickname from the battle of Manassas I, where he held a line firm against a Union attack at Henry Hill on what is today the Manassas National Battlefield Park.
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Harpers-Ferry

John Brown’s Last Stand

Harpers Ferry

From October 16-18, 1859 John Brown tried to take over the US arsenal at Harpers Ferry with a small contingent of men and start a slave revolt against the government. He was defeated by a detachment of US Marines led by Col. Robert E Lee. Ten were killed, seven escaped, and in December 1859, John Brown and members of his raiding party were hanged in Charles Town.
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Devils’ Bath

Gettysburg

The boulder field at Devils Den prevented troops from ‘digging in’ and thus Union troops were forced to use the rocks as shelter from cannon and sniper fire. This small pool of water was undoubtably used for drinking as the battle took place in July in a fierce heat of about 100º.
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Araby Farm at Monocacy

Monocacy

The Thomas farm was the site of the heaviest fighting at the Battle of Monocacy, as Confederate troops under CS Gen Jubal Early attacked from the north and the Federals defended the junction from the South. Today the farm is managed by the National Park Service after being in private hands almost continuously since the battle.
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Ghosts at Antietam

Antietam

Massing troops overnighting nearby the battlefield was an important maneuver as it meant troops didn’t have to walk for miles to get to where the action was. Here troops reenact forming up for inspection and marching orders.
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