That Big Puddle on Henry Hill

19 11 2014

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This past Saturday I visited Manassas National Battlefield Park for a quick tour with my nephew. I snapped this photo of the typically wet area just east of the Visitor’s Center parking lot, the one you usually have to walk around on your trek to Stonewall on Steroids. Why take a picture of a puddle, especially a dry one? Well, in 1862, some theorize – I tend to concur – this feature was photographed at least three times, twice by the team of Whitney & Woodbury, and once by Barnard and Gibson. At the time, the marshy area was surrounded by shallow and supposedly Confederate graves. Think about that next time you’re busy keeping your feet dry.

Whitney & Woodbury

Whitney & Woodbury

Whitney & Woodbury

Whitney & Woodbury

Barnard & Gibson

Barnard & Gibson


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24 03 2018
Keith Knoke

Hi Harry, its been awhile since I have written on this site. If you recall, we corresponded a few years back about the location of where we these images were taken. Is there a reason you believe these images were not taken on Henry Hill?

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24 03 2018
Harry Smeltzer

Keith…this is John Cummings’s baby, so to speak. I encourage you to join us on April 7 to hear his rationale.

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26 03 2018
Keith Knoke

Hi Harry Unfortunately I will be out of the country, would love to attend. Any chance you can connect me to John?

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26 03 2018
Harry Smeltzer

You can reach him via his blog, https://spotsylvaniacw.blogspot.com

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