|Part of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park|
But every once in awhile, it has a different effect. Instead of clearing the mind, it gives you more to consider, and causes you to pause. This was the case with the battlefield I visited today.
It seemed appropriate the stillness of the area. The only sounds were those of the breeze through the tree tops. Most of the fields were covered with wildflowers and plant life, made fertile in part, I assumed, by the large amount of blood shed here. Butterflies flew from flower to flower.
There were remnants of farm houses, overrun by both Union and Confederate forces - the occupants lucky to escape with their lives.
|Willis and Lucy Landrum's Farmhouse - at the edge of the battlefield|
|Landrum Farmhouse - two chimney's remain|
|To Laurel Hill|
|A marker for the Maryland Brigade - first Union forces to assault Spotsylvania defenses|
Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield is a great place to spend a half day, with a 7 mile loop. Plan to go at a slower pace.
Keep hiking, friends!