I have just spent two enjoyable weeks travelling around Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia with my Dad and my brother Jo, who have both become interested in the American Civil War. This daguerreotype (taken at Gettysburg) shows the members of the Lost Brigade:
(from left to right): Major Screwup, General Malaise and Private Parts.
In addition to Gettysburg, We visited other Civil War sites at Antietam/Sharpsburg, Manassas/Bull Run, Petersburg, Richmond and the Shenandoah Valley. For me it was a crash course not just in the Civil War, but also in a broader history of the USA, because we also took in some sites that were not directly related to the Civil War. All throughout the trip we drove through some amazingly beautiful countryside but the most picturesque by far was the Skyline drive along the Blue ridge mountains. We spent an evening there staying in some very beautiful accomodations in Shenandoah National park.
I enjoyed visiting Yorktown, historic old town Williamsburg and Jamestown, which was the site of the first permanent English settlement in the United States (dating from 1607), and the original capital of the colony of Virginia. The city was abandoned last century and there isn’t much left above ground these days apart from a ruined church and a museum housing the artifacts dug up by an ongoing archeological excavation.
But the place was vividly brought to life for me by a living history guide we met inside the national park. He was dressed in early 1600’s garb, and told a group of us the history of the site, and fielded questions as he stayed very much “in character” as an actual historical figure known as John Rolfe, who was the husband of Pochohontas and was instrumental in establishing the tobacco trade. I found out later that the guide is actually one of his descendants.
I’m always a sucker for people bold enough to play act in silly costumes!
After about a week of touring around, we then headed back to my Brother’s home in Columbia Maryland for some quality time with his family, which included quite a bit of time drawing cartoons with my two nephews.
But we also managed to fit in some more US history field trips, including a visit to Fort McHenry in Baltimore, which withstood a massive British naval Bombardment during the War of 1812 and inspired an onlooker to write the National Anthem. Also, after 15 years in this country, I finally had a chance to visit the nation’s capital; Washington DC. The highlight of the visit for me was the marvellous monument to Abraham Lincoln. Seeing Honest Abe sitting in his chair after I had just spent several weeks absorbing the history of the Civil War, and the legacy of that particular President, gave the visit more meaning than it otherwise might have had. After a few weeks of blazing humid heat it is certainly refreshing to be back in the cooler climate of the Bay Area.
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That is the most amazing picture! Your dad looks like he can kick those two goofballs into shape.
Jamie- An entertaining report, as always. That Rocket Rabbit fan art is sweet!
“What a magnificent display!”
Sounds like a great trip Jamie! The “Lost Brigade” photo RULES!
Roque>> Oh yes, he has done just what you describe on many an occasion…
Rhode>> Yes, i have to add that to my pinup gallery
Ted>> It was, as you say, a GREAT TRIP. I recommend that you go over there too, on an R&I tax-deductable research field-trip.
That pic is excellent. I think your rifle is upside down and backwards…
I came on this site rather by accident, fancy not knowing of its existence before – I’ll be a regular visitor now!
Great photo from your holiday – and good one of Jack still reminding me of Robbie at the same age.
Malaise here. Just wanted to be in touch, my dear Parts, to thank you and Maj Screwup for your kind escort and company during our recent tour of duty and various bivouacs south of the Mason-Dixon line. I have now retired to prepared positions in the New England mountains of eastern Australia. All quiet on this Eastern front.
P A Malaise, General (Semi ret.)