Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wilson's Creek Part 4 - The Implements of War
Cannons are a part of every Civil War battlefield. They are like the dinosaur fossils of old. Somehow they remain after all the smaller implements of war have disappeared. Many times they still rumble in defiance to the ages that have passed. Men of our time dressed up to man these ungainly beasts and it gives us another opportunity to imagine what it may have been like.
The top photo was taken at the Pulaski Arkansas Battery. This Confederate battery overlooks a field in front of what is now known as Bloody Hill.
The middle photo was taken at Guibor's Battery on the opposite side of the battlefield. This Union battery overlooks the same area on the other side of the battlefield.
The battle culminated on Bloody Hill which Union forces managed to hang on to throughout the battle. In the end, 1,700 Union and Confederate soldiers had been killed or wounded there.
Throughout the area around Bloody Hill there is a small orange wild flower growing. It reminded me of stains of blood in the ensuing darkness. They made me think of those men who never got to return home to families and sweethearts. They passed from this earth on a hot Missouri August evening doing their part in one of the most epic struggles of history.
God bless both sides, they both believed they were doing right. In the end God decided, but the struggle was much longer than they ever imagined it would be.
If you want a flair for the feelings of the war watch the movie Gods and Generals. It is the prequel to the movie Gettysburg.
I hope everyone has a great Thursday. This may be it from Wilson's Creek. I hope you have enjoyed the tour.