Chasing Stonewall Jackson - ancient mariners on the loose again

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by lakota, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. Schmeds

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    Great to see some shots of Lexington, Lakota. It's my home away from home. There are some incredible (and scary) twisties in the area, which I haven't even had the chance to ride on.
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  2. WaywardSon

    WaywardSon Long timer

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    Very nice report...thanks for taking the time!
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  3. Haji

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    Thanks for the report, glad it was at the top of the page this am! As an elementary student in VA, I went to Lexington and vividly remember seeing the surgical instruments used in Jackson's amputation on display.
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  4. el tortuga

    el tortuga Been here awhile

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    Never had the time to explore this region of the US, although I keep threatening too. Thanks for the very interesting report. These old civil war sites are interesting.
    Great job.
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  5. jonnyw

    jonnyw Been here awhile

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    Growing up in alittle town in the south(Kennesaw,Ga). I have always been facinated by THE war. I litterally played as a kid in trenches and fox holes behind our house. My Father and I would go metal detecting all the time. We have found many interesting artifacts including muskets,shells and cannon balls. One of my favorites is a musket with some serious bite marks. Where some poor guy was literally biting the bullet-probally as they amputated one of his limbs. It is nearly flat with what looks to be molar indentions. It started as a 50 cal I think. Also on a lighter note the guys would sit around and carv bullets. We have found a couple examples of this. One is in the shape of a pecker:rofl:rofl. Juvenile humor has always been around I guess. Heres a cool thing to do. Find a history book with photos from the war. Then go and find that place today. I have done this many times when we were metal detecting. I would try to get in the exact spot the photographer was when he took the pic. It will amaze you at how it looked then and now. There are so many places that dont have those roadside placards. That played a role in our history.
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  6. BOBaloo22

    BOBaloo22 Tony the Rescue Cat

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    Nice Job! even though I live 5 miles from Jackson's (arm) grave, I never take enough time to visit and explore like I should. When making a living slows down a little I will try to catch up more. Thanks for your time on the RR, it was great!
    Bob
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  7. Signal

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    Enjoyed the ride :clap
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  8. lakota

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    thanks to everyone for bringing this report back to life. it was a fun 2 day ride. after looking at the link to where the tunnel is I can't believe how close we got before walking out onto the "new" tracks.

    and there will be another Civil War ride nest summer. already in planning.
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  9. backwoodsKLR

    backwoodsKLR Ride more, Post Less.

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    Very nice report and history lesson. :clap For more history on Stonewall, I recommend R. L. Dabney's books. Most are out of print, some available in reprint...

    "The Life and Campaigns of Lt. Gen Thomas J Jackson (Stonewall Jackson)"

    Dabney was Stonewall's chaplain, staff member, and friend.
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  10. longslowdistance

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    In the spirit of your tour, here's a book you might enjoy: Confederates in the Attic.
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  11. Elder_Rogue

    Elder_Rogue Loser Gone Wild

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    Thanks for the Civil War History, I have always enjoyed seeing these reports.

    Another one of those "somedays".
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  12. BigEasy

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    Glad I found this report, thanks for posting up. I just recently decided to do some of the same.

    I spent a good portion of my summers as a kid being "drug around " to Civil War sites and old country churches and county courthouses by my grandmother. She was way into the geneology of our families early days in the states. She was an officer in the Indiana state chapter of the DAR and generally a pretty interesting old gal. Unfortunatly, being the independant little prick that I was (still haven't grown all the way out of it:lol3) I didn't have a full appreciation of the education she was exposing me to.

    I picked up The Civil War Road Trip Guide by Michael Weeks to assist in the planning. Haven't decide where to start yet but hopefully I'll get something figured out soon.
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  13. saul

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    Thanks for a great report. My dad and I spent a summer living just south of Fredricksburg and exploring the area on his cb750. There's so much history down there that we tend to forget about. I remember being amazed while walking through the remnants of the trenches, and a set of giant cannons somewhere around there. If only we had taken a camera with us.
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