David Hodson

David Hodson

Posted on 01/22/2016


Photo taken on January 22, 2016


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Fredericksburg VA

Fredericksburg VA
A parrot gun used at the battle Fredericksburg December 11, 1862 – December 15, 1862.
This is the actual battlefield. The pyramid shows where the Union troops where exposed to the heavy Confederate gunfire from the wooded ridge.

On this ridge, Confederate soldiers of Lt. General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's Corps awaited the assault of Major General George Gordon Meade's lone Division of between 3,800 and 4,500 . According to General Meade, "The heights along the crest were wooded. The slope to the railroad from the extreme left for the space of 300 or 400 yards was clear; beyond this it was wooded, the woods extending across the hollow and in front of the railroad. Owing to the wood, nothing could be seen of them, while all our movements on the cleared ground were exposed to their view." Meade temporarily broke through Jackson's line but was hurled back, sustaining 40% casualties, in part due to lack of support and a ferocious Confederate counterattack.

And for sight and sound:- www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOVeJ0RGrdg

Don Sutherland, aNNa schramm, Berny, Andy have particularly liked this photo


8 comments - The latest ones
Erika Akire
Erika Akire
...the world goes round and round...a very good shot David...
18 months ago.
David Hodson has replied to Erika Akire
Thank you Dear Erika...Yes, the world never changes.
18 months ago.
Andy
Andy
Great photo ! although based in Wales find the USA civil war fascinating. Emerges Welsh troops fought for the union in their thousands. All the best
18 months ago.
David Hodson has replied to Andy
Thank you Andy. Many of the troops who fought for the Union were in fact new immigrants. This is a time when many people from all across Europe were entering America and only a few had jobs, also Europe had not been that stable and a lot of men had fought in the army of there own country. Despite what Hollywood tells you, the accents and, indeed, the language you would have heard around the camp fires, were not American. It seems if you wanted to prove that you where willing to accept America as your new home land you had to give your life. This is something that is not taught in main stream schools, but is history that cannot be changed.
18 months ago.
Roger Bennion
Roger Bennion
Impressive use of shallow depth-of-field. Thank you for the information and for posting to 'Sight and Sound', David.
18 months ago.
David Hodson has replied to Roger Bennion
Thank you Roger. I used a jokey link to the song, but as the end words say. 'There is nothing civil about war'
18 months ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Wonderful shot.
17 months ago.
David Hodson has replied to Don Sutherland
Thank you Don.
17 months ago.