By this time it was about 4:00 PM and we had one last stop for the day before we checked in to our motel.

Arkansas monumentI drove down Confederate Avenue until we came to the Arkansas Monument. We got out and took pictures of the front of the monument. We walked around to the back of the monument and the words “The Third Arkansas Infantry Confederate State Army” were chiseled into the rock.

It was at that moment that I knew I wanted to somehow be connected with this unit.  I just felt a sense of pride that this unit fought in the Army of Northern Virginia under the command of Robert E. Lee. In fact, this was the only Arkansas unit by the middle of 1862 that was in the Army of Northern Virginia.

After paying our respects to the 3rd Arkansas we headed west 16 miles to the Best Western Motel at Waynesboro, PA, where we had reservations for the night.

Waynesboro is a really neat town with a lot of Civil War History. Both armies marched through the town in 1863 going to and from the battlefield.

We drove around the small town and ate at restaurant called Chestnut Logs. They had a great buffet with many good meats, vegetables and deserts. I literally stuffed myself.

We drove back to the motel.  After the full day of travel and site seeing we were beat. We went to bed early and I think both of us collapsed. It had been a great day. I know I went to sleep with battle scenarios going through my head.

About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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