Archive for August, 2013

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Today’s photo was taken from the Confederate POW Monument at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Newport News, Virginia.

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Fort Monroe National Monument

This evening I visited Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton, Virginia.  Fort Monroe has only recently been decommissioned as an active military base and has been turned into a National Monument.  I didn’t see any evidence of the National Park Service (signs, visitors center, rangers).  The main fortress was built from 1819 – 1834.

There are a number of batteries lining a strip of land overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.

The batteries were built in the 1920’s and remained in use through World War II.

None of them had interior access but this one looks like it was once open for tours since there is an informational plaque inside.  I took this picture in between the steel bars blocking entry.

The batteries are very similar to the ones south of Washington D.C. I’ve visited in the past.  Those are on National Park Service property as well and are being left to decay so I imagine these will not be maintained as well.

 

 

 


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More Newport News Civil War Sites

My first stop today was Anderson Park and the site of the Monitor-Merrimack Battle.  The Union Ironclad Merrimack had been taken by the Confederates and renamed the CSS Virginia.  On March 9, 1862 it battled with the USS Monitor, also an Ironclad.  Both sides claimed victory but it changed naval warfare forever and ironclads became the preferred choice of naval warship building.

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I next stopped at the Greenlawn Memorial Park and the Confederate POW memorial.  The camp was actually a holding camp that was set up shortly after the war ended to process Confederate POW’s for release.  It couldn’t have been a nice place because even though this was temporary imprisonment, 12 escaped and 168 died.

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I wasn’t sure what to make of the large Elk monument in the cemetery so I drove up to investigate.  The markers surrounding the elk are members of the local Elks club.

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My next stop was Christopher Newport Park and the “Congress and Cumberland Overlook.”  On March 8, 1862, the day before the Battle with the Monitor, the CSS Virginia fought with the USS Congress and USS Cumberland.  The Virginia rammed the Cumberland but almost faced disaster since the ram became embedded in the Cumberland.   The ram broke off saving the Virginia and then went to destroy the Congress.  The next day was the battle with the Monitor.

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I then drove to nearby downtown Hampton.  In 1861 fleeing Confederate troops burned Hampton in order to prevent it from being used by the successfully invading Union troops.  War is a strange thing.

 


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Today’s photo was taken from the site of the Civil War Battle of Lee’s Mill, in Newport News, Virginia.

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