Friday, February 13, 2009

Traveling the Bloody Potomac

Potomac River @ Mouth of the Monocacy River (Maryland). While many Marylanders were sympathetic to the South (and disruptive to the Union forces), Maryland was technically a Union state. During much of the Civil War, the Potomac River divided the "two Americas."

Union artillery positions at the Monocacy Aqueduct, erected after the second failed sabotage of the aqueduct by Confederate troops (Antietam Campaign of 1862)

Engineers Monument - Monocacy Aqueduct

Confederate Field Hospital, Purcellville Virginia

Site of the Battle of Loudon Heights - Mosby's Rangers vs. Cole's Maryland Union Cavalry (1864). The site was used by Stonewall Jackson in 1862 to firebomb the town of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.


Anonymous said...

What great pictures. I'm a history buff, so I love historical sites.

tugboatdude said...

That last picture is awesome,I love the clouds,great work

{nUtTyPrOfFeSsOr} said...

Cool pix of VA coolness - I be makin' the bagels at 5 A.M. at CB4frydaddy soul food!

Live to Hunt.... said...

Very nice pics - I love to use B&W a lot. It really adds contrast and seems to fit with the historical significance of the area.

The Downeast Duck Hunter said...

Sorry I haven't been around much, been busier than ever but wanted to comment on the great pictures. I just finished up the Civil War and Reconstruction with my junior U.S. History class, always great to see an interesting angle or two.

Swamp Thing said...

Thanks for the comments everybody! I am getting more and more interested in the Civil War, not only because I've lived my entire life in VA, MD, and NC but because I've studied the Am. Revolution and the World Wars to death.

I left it alone for so long because we grew up in a strongly "anti-northern/south will rise again" area and I've only gradually realized that all that ignorant talk (which made me really hate studying the civil war) actually cheapens the complexity of what happened. I've finally started to really dig into it.

matthew houskeeper said...

Nice photos!!!
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