I procrastinated on putting this entry on the blog for sometime. I wanted to write about a visit my wife and I made. Then after an event that happened I felt it would be controversal if I put a blog entry up. My wife says it would not and not to think about it. I actually disagree but decided to do it anyway.
After visiting a wargaming friend for a party in Fredericksburg, Virginia my wife and I spent the night in Fredericksburg. We then went to visit the Chancellorsville and Wilderness, Civil War battlefields that I had not ever been too. I had been to many others many times but never these too. Why the difference you may ask. I actually have read leaders of a relative who fought at those two battles. My grandmother let me have the letters she got from her grandmother whose father had written them. Most of the letters are of camp life and really talk little of combat except for the two battles mentioned.
I had never been to a place I could actually say my ancestor had been here 100 or more years ago. Most of the letters told of camp life and he had the measles and missed the battle of Antietam because of that. Actually the letters do not make things sound glamorous at all. The letters though I always found them to be interesting reading of the times. So I have an ancestor who was a confederate soldier.
Then the awful shooting in Charleston happened and I felt it would not be wise to admit such a fact let alone put pictures of the battlefield and right about my ancestor on my blog. Now things will be renamed and monuments taken down so having ancestors who fought for the Confederacy can be considered bad. I cannot do anything about my ancestor a pig farmer, son of minister from Virginia who fought for the Confederacy. I myself never considered him a white supremacist just considered it what is not that he was good or bad.
Cathy on a hot day in the Wilderness like May 1864
I like the letters and listening to my grandmother tell me what her grandmother told her about coming out to Montana in a covered wagon with her father after the war. Another letter recommended that if his brothers joined up they bring a horse as the cavalry have it much better than the infantry. This backs up things I have read. Perhaps the battlefields and monuments will all be removed soon so it is a good thing I got to see it now before all the markers of the past have been removed.