On a blustery February day I decided to walk to the Virginia State Memorial and try some different photo angles. The infamous fields of the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge lay serene and crisp under a winter sun. The tour roads were more or less quiet. Then I snapped this photo and appreciated the many different features that came into play, some of which aren’t readily apparent.
Being a self-proclaimed cannon freak, my main focus was the artillery battery located in the center of the photo. These Napoleons (and one Howitzer) represent the Madison Light Artillery of Ward’s Battery, Poague’s Battalion. The battery participated in the cannonade preceding the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge and was taken off the field on July 4TH for the sad march to Hagerstown.
As for the rest of the photo, there are more cannon located across West Confederate Avenue. The first can be seen just to the left of the large bronze and granite marker at the left of the photo. The second is located beside the farthest left cannon of Ward’s Battery. The platform and steps seen in the foreground at left and bottom belong to the Virginia State Memorial. This peaceful scene tucked away in Spangler Woods is so much different than it was in July of 1863 . . .
LT. JAMES THORNWELL SCOTT
Died July 02, 1863 at age 22
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