June 2008

Our next journey is back up to Northern Virginia to the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. On this trip, we have both program hosts with us, Dr. Robertson and William C. Davis. Among the places we visit at Fredericksburg is Chatham Manor which overlooks the City. The house was visited during the war by President Lincoln. We also stop by the Sunken Road and the rock wall. It was here that the fields turned blue with the bodies of Union Soldiers. We also record at Bloody Angle where some of the worst hand-to-hand fighting of the war took place and at Guinea Station where General Stonewall Jackson died. An unexpected find on this trip is a Confederate Cemetery in Spotsylvania County. This cemetery with it's rows and rows of white stones, really help to drive home just how great the cost in lives.

As we wrap up this trip, we swing back up I-95 for a stop in Richmond to scout out locations for future shoots. We visit the newly remodeled Virginia State Capitol building and visit the room where Virginians actually cast the vote to secede from the Union. It is an awesome experience to be able to walk in the footsteps of many famous Virginias. In addition, we take a look around the historic Hollywood Cemetery where many soldiers were laid to rest.

The following week, we catch up with a variety of Civil War experts at the Campaigning with Lee Seminar which takes place at Virginia Tech. We recorded interviews at historic Smithfield Plantation, located on the grounds of Virginia Tech.

After a little time back at home base in Roanoke, our next adventure is a high flying one and one we've been looking forward to for a long time. Taking off in a helicopter (with the door off!) from Manassas Regional Airport at dawn, we fly over much of the territory we've seen from the ground in the previous weeks. Manassas, Harpers Ferry, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Richmond all look so different from the air. We also fly down to the coast and Jamestown, Fort Monroe, James River Plantations and more. It's a beautiful sight! It's also amazing to see just how much water there is whether it be streams, ponds, lakes, etc. The clouds reflect nicely on the water.