Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Wilson's Creek Part 2 - Imagining
Close your eyes and imagine what it may have been like back in 1861. There were no modern conveniences such as phones, air conditioning, or even bug repellent. You are a soldier under General Lyon's Union Command marching down from Springfield ten miles to the northeast. It is August in Missouri, the temperature is near 100 degrees, the humidity is almost unbearable and you are wearing a wool uniform. You have spent most of the day marching through tall grass with chiggers, ticks and mosquitoes your constant companions. You are now settling down in a creek bed where it is thick with poison ivy. You know the next day you will meet your enemy, boys from Arkansas, where they talk a little funny but they share the same aspirations you do, perhaps to own a farm or start a store and get married to their childhood sweetheart and settle down. You talk nervously with your companions, tired but too nervous to really sleep. The bugs and the heat, how in the world did I ever get here? The noises of the day and night are all around, cicadas and tree frogs make a constant drone of noise day and night and if they ever stop you better be alert.
This is what I imagine it may have been like to a soldier on his way to Wilson's Creek in 1861, you may have your own thoughts. The top photo is of the east battlefield overlook. The sun in the picture reminded me of the heat that those soldiers must have endured. The bottom photo is of the many flowers in the region, but I bet none of those guys paid much attention to those.
More tomorrow from Wilson's Creek, in the meantime have a great Tuesday.