Craig over at To the Sound of the Guns has posted a great photo tour of the Matthews Hill Trail at Manassas Battlefield Park. Check it out. Thanks, Craig, for all the fine work you do. But as often happens with thread pulling, this three sentence post has turned into something different. (Follow the links please; this ain’t yer gandpa’s blog.)
Craig’s photo essay includes a shot of the George T. Stovall monument (see below, courtesy of Craig – notice that WordPress has prettied up our photos, but they’ve added some glitches to the image posting process). I found this interesting tidbit, which sheds some light on how life continued on for those left behind. George’s sister Louisa petitioned the court to appoint her husband trustee of railroad stock and four slaves in the wake of the death of the former trustee (George) and of her father who had originally bequeathed the duty to George. It’s most interesting I think in light of the fact that the petition was granted on May 4, 1865! Remember that Jefferson Davis was not captured until six days later, on May 10, near Irwinville, GA. At least until then, it appears to have been business as usual in the courts of Georgia.