Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Here, is a portrait of the "Pettycoat Flag." I LOVE the bravery and loyalty it took for her to pin the cherished flag. :)
I like to think that if I could live in a different time period, I would like to have been a pioneer woman, or Peggy-Sue in the 50's. :)
Here is an old time elevator, and a sweet lady operated it for us, just like they had to back then. :)
We drove by the Kendrick House. The ONLY home that did not burn down.
Then, we got to visit our FIRST Civil War Battlefield!
I have the kids write in their journals everyday, and Zach made the comment in his: "this place made me feel like being a soldier!" You just could not help but to reflect about those soldiers and what they experienced on these very grounds.
Well, as quiet as it was, it did not stay that way for long. Before I knew it, Todd and I had sat under a shaded tree and we watched the kids re-enact scenes from Narnia. :)
In all seriousness, here is a description:
Preceding the Battle of Bull Run by 11 days, the Battle of Carthage, fought on July 5, 1861, was one of the earliest engagements in the Civil War. Battle of Carthage State Historic Site is the location of one of the last skirmishes of the battle, and the campsite for both armies -- the Union troops the night before the battle and the Confederate troops the night following the battle.
The battle itself was a mobile engagement that was spread out over a distance of 10 miles. Col. Franz Sigel and his army of 1,100 well-drilled, fully armed men were sent to southeast Missouri to stop Gov. Claiborne Jackson's army of 4,000 armed and 2,000 unarmed soldiers from banding up with Confederate troops in nearby Arkansas. On July 5, the troops met about nine miles north of Carthage and the skirmishes began. The most severe fighting took place at crossings of Dry Fork Creek, Buck Branch and Spring River. After the smoke cleared and the sun set, the Confederate Missouri State Guard was victorious, however, the Union troops skillfully escaped a superior force with minimal losses.
Battle of Carthage State Historic Site encompasses the Carter Spring area, which remains little changed from its 1861 appearance. The site interprets this historic battle through an informational kiosk.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The museum and chapel was so much more than we thought it was going to be. The buildings are spread out on about 2200 acres of beautiful rolling rills. This was honestly more of a treat for me, than for the kids, but they did seem to appreciate the artist's testimony and intricate work.
Below, the pics show the grounds on the way to the Chapel and Museum.