Will we or won’t we? Shall we or shan’t we? My daughter and her husband have asked us to drive to their farm for Thanksgiving. We have done this once in the five years they have lived “way out there.” When they lived in Falls Church, a fifteen minute drive away, it was easy to get together. Sometimes her family came here and sometimes we went there.
Because I was working outside the home, and had my own money, many Thanksgiving Days I simply paid for a meal out. It was wonderful. We ate in many lovely restaurants downtown and around the city. Sometimes we drove out to Leesberg, an old Independent (Colonial) City to the west. Sometimes we drove to other far-flung places. Some years we drove to Fredericksburg where the kids and I lived while I attended Mary Washington College (now university). But that was then. Today, its difficult to pry us out of our “easy” chairs.
Id like to see the farm again. When we last visited, Bill had completed bulldozing an area in the woods where he planned a pond. He found a spring that would feed it, all he had to do was create a hole in the ground.
At the edge of these woods are the remains of trenches from the Civil War. The battle of Brandy Station was fought near here.
When people think of trench warfare they think of WWII, but trench warfare was invented long before. Robert E. Lee established trenches across the state of VA, and filled them with Confederates. His goal…to keep Union troops from advancing south toward Richmond. This is why so many battles were fought in VA.
The Confederate trenches stretched from east of Fredericksburg to the Shenandoah Valley and mountains in the west. You can still see the remants in several places…kind of like Hadrian’s Wall in northern England or Offa’s Dyke that marks part of the boundary between Wales and England.
The Civil War was America’s greatest war and it was a “total war.” Total war was invented by Napoleon amd it involved the shelling of settlements and the death of civilians. Prior to Napoleon, armies met in areas away from cities that became battlefields..like Agincourt.
Okay, I’m lost now, thinking about history. Better close and make breakfast.