Monday, April 2, 2007
Thoughts on the War Between the States*
*That's what Southerners still prefer to call the American Civil War. It was fought in several states and many battlefields are located within an hour's drive from DC. Fortifications are still evident all around our region as are some from the American Revolution.
This time of year, the Bull Run Regional Park in Manassas, Virginia blossoms with acres of bluebell flowers. The sight is spectacular and helps camouflage the fact that so much blood was spilled on the soil there. The 1st Manassas Battle of Bull Run was handily won by the Confederates in July of 1861. In August of 1862, the Rebs nearly won again. The Union rearguard saved that day and considerable face for Union officers.
Visiting this park still gives me chills. It's beautiful and families picnic and play ballgames there, but I can't help thinking about all the young soldiers who suffered and died so terribly. Choking smoke from rifles and cannon probably blanketed the area and most of the trees had their branches shot off. Probably no blooming flowers then -- just mud.
Here's how part of the creek looks today. AMEN.