CONFEDERATE FOOTSTEPS

 

PAGE SEVEN: MAY 14, 2011...FREDERICKSBURG, part 3

We parked at the end of Kirkland Street, right by some blooming eglantine, and in pink this time!

At the end of Kirkland, the path leads to the Sunken Road, with Brompton atop Marye's Heights straight ahead.

Looking to the left is the Innis house that was there during the battle here on December 13, 1862 and again on May 3, 1863.

Marye's Heights

If you look closely in the old photo, you can make out the Innis house. This block here to the left is the only remaining

original section of the wall from the war. The rest is reconstruction.

 

 

 

A section of original wall

 

 

Close up to the original wall. It has violets growing out of it now.

 

Looking down the original wall to the Innis house. I had been concerned there would be tourists in red shorts leaning on the wall, but it was still early

in the morning and was misting rain and Carl and I were the only people anywhere about...which was perfect.

 

 

 

 

Looking back the way we came, with the original wall now on the right.

 

 

Bullet hole in the Innis house

 

 

 

Most of the exterior walls have been repaired but this photo shows an interior wall that is left as it was.

 

 

Past the Innis house looking further down the base of the Heights toward the area where Jonathon was on May 3rd. He was not at the wall on

December 13th, but was atop the hills in a place that the Federals didn't really attack.

 

 

 

Beyond the Innis house the foundation lines are all that's left of the Stephens House. A Federal shell came right through

this house, mortally wounding General Cobb from Georgia, who was across the lane behind where I was standing to take

this photo.

 

 

What the Stephens house looked like

 

 

My back now to the Stephens foundations, looking across the lane to the marker where Cobb was wounded.

 

 

Looking down the lane toward Jonathon's position

 

 

The Cobb marker and some old stumps of trees that might possibly, who knows, have been there as young saplings.

 

 

Looking from the Cobb marker back past the Innis house

 

 

This photo was taken after the battle on May 3rd, not December 13th and shows some of the Confederate dead behind the wall.

 

 

Looking up the slope. Somewhere further down here Jonathon had to back up the slope, fighting all the way.

 

 

 

 

The Richard Kirkland monument over the top of the original wall. I love this monument and write about it as a footnote in my book.

Richard was a 19 year old Confederate soldier and went over the wall time and again, carrying canteens to give fallen Federal soldiers

drinks of water as they lay suffering on the evening and night of December 13th.

 

 

The holly hedge surrounds it completely so you can't get right up to it.

 

 

Looking up Marye's Heights from the area near the monument

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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