Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bull Run 150

150 Years ago young men marched through the woods and fields of a quiet country side just a little over 20 miles outside of DC. Those brave young men bravely fought in late summer heat for what they believed in. For some it was country, others it was honor, many joined looking for adventure.Whatever the reason both armies fought bravely and I love going to battlefields and remembering those who fought there for a cause they believed in. I have family that served on both sides so I'm a lover of all.

The Second Battle of Bull Run (if your from the North) or Second Battle of Manassas (if your from the South) happened almost exactly one year apart from each other in the same place. While the first battle was attracted people from DC to come and watch with picnic baskets as a great entertainment, the second battle was not viewed in the same way. By this time it became obvious that this was a war that was not going away soon. There were no spectators this time that came to watch the fighting.

I was fortunate enough to spend the day walking around with my roommate AnnaLisa who had never been to visit this battlefield before. The weather was gorgeous. Just a beautiful day for a stroll around.

This is something cool. 150 years ago two soldiers from a NY regiment were taken to this stone home with injuries. They carved their names into the floorboards to say that they were there. They dated this Aug. 30th. They moved out a few days later but I love how their legacy lives in the walls of this home. It tells of young men longing for home and the hope that they will be remembered for what they did. Well let me assure you Eugene P. Geer and Charles I. Brehm, you are remembered 150 years later and will continue to be remembered in our hearts. Well done soldiers! Well done.

This is one of my favorite places to go in Manassas. The old stone bridge which the Union army used to leave Manassas. It had been burned down during the retreat and has been rebuilt after the war. Its quiet, peaceful, and full of stories to be shared.

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