For those of you who have never made it to Spotsylvania, it is easily one of the best battlefields to hike. The Park Service makes it easy with their Spotsylvania History Trail, a seven mile interpretive route which allows you to explore nearly the entire battlefield on foot. Today - our path traced much of the History Trail - but we also plunged deep into the woods at times to visit secluded spots.
|The Group gathers at our first stop - Doles's Salient.|
|The tour group stretches single file through the woods as we locate the original trace of Upton's Road.|
|It's hard to make out in this photo - but these curious Sixth Corps earthworks are laid out in multiple rows,|
with a few yards separating one line of earthworks from the next line in rear.
|The group gathers to view the Mule Shoe from the perspective of the Confederate |
skirmish line out in front of the main works.
|John Heiser leads us toward the Mule Shoe from the Landrum House site.|
|Earthworks at Heth's Salient.|
|The tour group begins to straggle a bit as we cross the Harrison Farm - toward the end of the tour.|
Throughout the program, Beth and John emphasized the stunningly preserved landscape of Spotsylvania. The battlefield's 14.9 miles of earthworks today stand testament to how the war was changing in May of 1864.
Kudos to the Park Service for an outstanding commemorative program.