Friday, January 21, 2011

Battery 5



(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.)

The mound near the trees in this photo is Battery 5, part of the Confederate lines at the Siege of Petersburg, Virginia, in 1864 - 65. It's hard to imagine that a scene where so many men were maimed and died could be so peaceful and serene today.

34 comments:

rainfield61 said...

You see only peacefulness through your bare eyes.

You may not if you can see more.

teca said...

Really impressing! What beautiful countryside...

Good weekend, sir!
Hugs.

Fred Alton said...

It's a beautiful sight. I thought at first that it was a golf course. And yes, it's hard to believe it was the site of such senseless maiming of human-kind.

Mildred said...

Beautiful photograph but sad about its history.

Sandra said...

i really enjoy places like this, there are 3 forts at Savannah GA and i loved to go and sit and think about what it looked like way back then.

Lily Riani said...

i thought for a moment you meant your camera battery. google it then only realise the history behind it.

Small City Scenes said...

Wow it is hard to imagine violence there. Beautiful and sad---can you hear the ghosts? MB

das Greifbare und die Illusion said...

eine historische stätte
die eine enorme ruhe ausstrahlt. kaum vorzustellen,
dass dort so viele menschen ihr leben und so viele menschen leiden mußten. wie gut wir es zur zeit doch haben. genießen wir solange
wir können diese zeit in frieden.
es gibt immer noch menschen auf der welt, die können es nicht.
herzlichst lissi

imac said...

Its strange how a simple mound, has so much history to it George.

Pat - Arkansas said...

A beautiful place, now.

Kay said...

Hi George,
I am facinated with history of the Civil War. I've been to 2 re-enactiments and love stories and movies about this war.
Thanks for sharing this photos.
Kay

Kirigalpoththa said...

Very interesting history behind that serene scenery

Ginny said...

It looks like a golf course. So is this taken care of and preserved for historical reasons?

LV said...

That is another thing that time takes care of for us. Turned something ugly into a great outdoor sight.

EG Wow said...

How true! It's very hard to imagine battles taking place in such serene places.

misslynda said...

Have you ever gone to a Civil War Reenactment? I have not and don't really have a desire to. However, we have known people over the years who take that "hobby" very seriously and devote many weekends and resources to it.

Ruthi said...

Can't wait to see the green grass again in our backyard. I am so tired of seeing white.

Pam said...

It is a serene scene, George.
After many years of hiking a park close to home the town found out it was the scene of two Seminole Indian wars after people kept finding relics in the park.
We never know who has walk in our footprints before.

be well, be happy George
Pam

Maria said...

really impressive! Have a wonderful weekend, George! I'm back after some wonderful days on ski with my husband and our kids. We all still have alpine daydreams :-)

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Michele said...

Yes, that is hard to believe but very very interesting that you put it that way. I like seeing things like this and learning world history such as these. Good post!

Magia da Inês said...

Olá, amigo!
A foto e o lugar são incríveis, inspira paz, realmente é difícil imaginar, hoje, uma batalha sangrenta nesse lugar..
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
Brasil.
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Debbie Smith said...

I have had the opportunity to visit sites like this one, and it is very surreal.
Beautiful area, George.
Have a fabulous day!

troutbirder said...

Pretty much all of these National Battlefiels have that look about them now. As a Civil War "buff" I've seen many like it. Even Dachau outside of Munich has a parklike atmosphere now... and a McDonalds across the street and bus parking lot....

Shelley said...

Nice to see the beautiful greenery! Makes me dream of spring!

Leovi said...

A great lawn, or I imagine even for a few moments carnage.

SandyCarlson said...

I am glad it is available for contemplation and respect. Worth fighting for.

A Lady's Life said...

Oh my. You never know, some might be buried under there.It would make me feel sad walking around there imagining it all.

Ryan said...

I thought it was a golf course too, it seems so tranquil. Not all battlefields are peaceful, take Culloden for example. A place that is real eerie and the birds don't sing.

KathyA said...

Isn't that just so ironic? I've felt the same way about both Antietam and Gettysburg, both of which I've walked a few times. Never ceases to amaze me.

Carletta said...

A lovely place for souls to be at peace and for visitors to stop and reflect.

Life Ramblings said...

such lovely greenery but sad to hear about its past disaster.

Ann said...

Do you watch," Everyone loves Raymond?"

We get reruns, and some times I watch it with my son. Last week, Raymond and his Dad and bro went to their re=enactment.

Janie said...

Yes, it is hard to imagine that a fierce and bloody battle was fought in such a beautiful place.

Hilda said...

That's how I felt about the battle field park in Quebec.

Missed you and your blog so much! I hope you and Betsy are doing well!