Monday, November 3, 2014

Battle of Hanging Rock

Roanoke, VA

Roanoke was the site of a small Civil War battle (if any battle can be considered little) on June 21, 1864.

DSCN0182 After the Union defeat at Lynchburg, Union General David Hunter withdrew his troops towards Roanoke. Confederate General Jubal A. Early ordered his troops, led by General Robert Ransom, to pursue the retreating Union soldiers.

They caught up to the Union troops at Hanging Rock near Mason Creek. Because General Hunter’s force included a wagon train of ambulances and supply wagons, they got hung up in the steep bluffs and the Confederates were able to destroy wagons, confiscate weapons, and took prisoners.

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Union calvary and infantry reinforcements arrived and were able to repel the Confederate forces so that General Hunter could continue his retreat.

Jim is checking out the creek for any signs of fish. I think he is starting to suffer from fishing pox.

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Time to start heading west. In fact, we are actually back in Apache Junction. I still have a very special blog to post about our visit in Atlanta. But we ran out of gigabytes and we mainly just drove, pulled into a campground for the night (without unhitching) and kept going.

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10 comments:

  1. So much history in the Civil War -Nice photos!!

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  2. More wonderful pictures and another history lesson.

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  3. Have loved your history lessons. How many GB's do you guys have?

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  4. You could be blogging for another year with all the places and things you did.

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  5. You are in A J and we are back in Calif. We are both writing about places we have been. I am so ready to settle for a while and assume you were too. I bet you have many photos to blog about for some time to come.

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  6. You are wrong. Jim is suffering from lack of fish pox! :cD

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