Sleep Inn & Suites Clear Spring
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... settled in for the night. A few rangers passed by and didn't bug us so we were good for a free nights sleep in the dark and quiet forest.
We woke up and drove through the park to the campgrounds
where we took advantage of the bathrooms and filled up our water tank. The park
is pretty big so it took us about 30minutes to drive to some of the hiking
trails. We did 2 quick but ...
... a blend of National Park system properties that house museums
and private businesses and residences. The density of buildings in the lower
town and the way they sprawl up the steep hillside with a church above is
fairly unique in the U.S. It looks more to me like some of the small towns in
the Rhine and Mosel Valleys in Germany than a typical small U.S. town.
Harpers Ferry became a center for Black ...
... the battles taking place well into enemy-controlled territory seem
very different from modern-era warfare. When I think about wars I tend to think
of WWI and WWII with massive armies and long fronts between two opposing sides
rather than smaller armies marching deep into hostile territory to where they
might engage the other side.
When I go to a battlefield like this are try to understand
the story of what took place I ...
... these young folks to actually live in the "global community" rather than in a isolated boarding school in Mercersburg?
One spot I missed on my last visit was the cabin where president James Buchanan was born. The original site of this cabin was a few miles from here, but the cabin itself was moved right here to the Academy. It's a simple, one room log cabin, with a cozy little loft. I'll talk more on this fellow's life a little later...
I continue on ...
... and at Bloody Lane (800 yds long) there were 5,600 casualties in 1 hour.
Perhaps the most interesting story, for me, involved the NY 69th Brigade General Thomas Meagher. An Irish nationalist credited with the tricolor flag was sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered by the British. this sentence was commuted to penal colony of Tasmania. After escaping he went to New York and joined the US Army. His command of ...