150th Gettysburg Sojourn, part 3

I got a cell phone call from Josh informing me we were to rendezvous at a really good restaurant in Lexington, Virginia.

Josh had worked one summer in Lexington at the Stonewall Jackson house. He is now the Park Historian at Historic Washington State Park in southwest Arkansas.

Lexington has a special place for us Civil War Buffs. General Lee is buried there with some of his family in a vault under the Chapel at Washington & Lee University. Traveler, his favorite horse, is buried outside the Chapel. You can usually find apples placed on Traveler’s memorial.

Thomas Stonewall Jackson monument and grave

Source: everywheremag.com

Stonewall Jackson is buried in a small cemetery within walking distance of Washington & Lee University. His grave is under his statute, in the middle of the cemetery, with a circular fence around it. You will many times find lemons within the fence line and little Confederate flags placed in the ground.

Josh wanted to go into town and spend some time there, but I said we had to get to Gettysburg to get through registration today, which was Thursday the 27th.

After a very filling lunch, we headed out again on I-81 with Randy taking over the driving. I dozed in the back again.  I woke up as we approached the back roads with which I was familiar.  It was my job to navigate to the reenactment the easiest way.

We kept in close contact with Josh during this last part of the journey. We exited I-81 onto I-70 east and skirted south of Hagerstown, Maryland. In a 24 hour period, our little assembly had traveled through Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and now Maryland.

trip to 150th Gettysburg

Michael (L) and Josh (R) fill out paperwork

After traveling about six miles on I-70, we exited onto Hwy 66, turned north and went to Hwy 64. There is a large service station in the small village of Smithburg, Maryland, and we stopped to take a break and to fill out waiver forms for the reenactment.

trip to Gettysburg

L-R: Wayne, Jonah, Michael and Josh

With the proper paperwork completed and our water and soda supplies replenished, we headed back on the road for the last 35 miles to Gettysburg.

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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