CONFEDERATE FOOTSTEPS

 

PAGE SIX: MAY 14, 2011...FREDERICKSBURG, part 2

We left the inn's parking, crossed Sofia and right into a parking area along the Rappahannock, where we stopped for a while to look at the river.

The river seemed very peaceful in this spot and, again, it was hard to imagine Federal engineers trying to throw a pontoon bridge across

while Barksdale's men were trying to prevent that very thing.

 

 

 

 

Then we drove further down Sofia as it is two-way and Caroline is one way in the opposite direction from where I wanted to go

as I was looking for the house I'd assigned to Jonathon during the months of 1863 when the 13th lived in Fredericksburg.

 

 

Along Sofia you can see where buildings have been patched.

 

 

Sofia ends before Caroline does, so we cut two blocks up to Princess Anne then back down to Caroline to 136, which is the blue section of

this double.

 

 

Here is the whole double with a matching double just beyond.

 

 

This is them right after the war. These were built in 1855. The walls of 136 still have artillery fragments.

 

 

 

I was surprised how far it goes to the back now.

 

 

 

This house is right across Caroline from them.

 

 

Looking down Caroline along the brick sidewalk in front of the doubles.

 

 

Looking back the other way, toward town.

 

 

We drove down Caroline past the inn again. It's just beyond the creamy yellow section.

 

 

Then we went up Amelia St. to the Confederate Cemetery.

 

 

The gates, however, were chained closed.

 

 

I took this looking into the cemetery through the bars of the gate.

 

 

Then we drove down Washington Avenue to find the Mary Washington monument, passing the Kenmore plantation house

on the way. Jonathon would have walked past this.

 

 

This is the Mary Washington monument. It was started but not finished during the war.

 

 

This is the view to the right as you walk toward the monument.

 

 

On the left a tulip poplar was in bloom. I didn't know they had them here but I was glad to see it as the poem I have

Jonathon write while sitting on Meditation Rock behind the monument mentions poplars.

 

 

 

Looking through the gate at the small walled cemetery behind the monument.

 

 

Looking from the side of the cemetery toward a large tree. At the time I didn't know Meditation Rock was under the branching tree.

I knew it would be back there somewhere and went in search of it.

 

 

My first view of the rock from the corner of the cemetery.

 

 

The main rock is actually split into two parts with a very steep drop-off just beyond.

 

 

Mary Washington often came here to pray for her son.

 

 

Looking down over the end of the rock.

 

 

From the side

 

 

On the rock, looking back across the cemetery wall to the monument

 

 

 

Looking down the crevice between the rocks. I was really studying the rocks since I have Jonathon coming here so often.

 

 

I sat on the left-hand portion and read aloud the poem And I Shall Have Some Peace There that I had

Jonathon write here. Just as I finished, it began to rain again.

 

 

 

Walking back to the car in the rain, I thought it appropriate the brick walk had fallen eglantine on it.

 

 

The eglantine whose petals were falling on the walk.

 

 

We found a pond that was supposed to have a trace of the old canal beyond it to the left then we went down Littlepage Street

toward the Sunken Road.

 

 

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