The "nickel" side of Monticello
On Sunday we went to Monticello, the home of founding father and third president Thomas Jefferson. There were several great inventions built into the house. The weather vane on the roof connected to a compass rose in the ceiling of the front porch, so you could the direction of the wind. There was also a clock that told not only the time, but the day of the week. The weights were so long that he had to cut a hole in the floor to include Saturday. There was a dumbwaiter for wine on the side of one of the fireplaces that went down to the wine-cellar. After touring the home and gardens, we visited his grave-site.
Jefferson grew 330 vegetable varieties in his garden
Then our campaign continued to the Civil War battlefields of Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Courthouse. It was a tour that Jackson's "foot cavalry" would be very proud of, because we did so much in so little of time (we did the Chancellorsville battlefield up fairly well, but the other two were mainly driving tours). Dudeboy completed activities to earn a Jr. Ranger badge. We saw the spot where Jackson was mortally wounded, and the place where they buried his amputated arm.
Monument marking the spot were Jackson was mortally wounded
Grave marker for Jackson's amputated arm
At Spotsylvania we saw a monument marking where General John Sedgwick famously exclaimed these last words in reference to the confederate sharpshooters: "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance!" At the Bloody Angle, we saw the site where an oak tree was felled just by bullets!
"They couldn't hit an elephant . . ."
The Bloody Angle: The national park website states that the "longest sustained intense fight of the Civil War occurred at the Bloody Angle. . . . For up to 20 hours men were engaged in a hand-to-hand and close in fight that not even darkness put an end to."
Come back soon for more of the trip, Dudeboy and Merkin