Thursday, July 14, 2011

Deep South . . . Deep Roots, Part 2

After leaving Andersonville, we headed to Columbus, Ga. to the Civil War Naval Museum. This exceptional museum pertains to the two navies during the Civil War, and many of the exhibits were recovered from the Chattahoochee River.

Dudeboy next to a model of the Monitor that was used in the 1995 TNT film. In the background are the remains of the CSS Jackson.

Here is part of the largest collection of Civil War naval-related (ships and coastal forts) flags. The US flag above Dudeboy and Dr. J was Admiral Porter's and the Confederate flag above that flew over Fort Henry.

Dudeboy posed with a plate from the Monitor.

From Columbus, Ga. we skedaddled to Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park south-west of Birmingham. We stayed in this cabin which dates to 1890.

At the end of the war, the ironworks were destroyed by a Union detachment during Wilson's Raid. Still, the ruins are some of the best preserved iron furnaces in the south.

Our final stop was a visit to the Ave Maria Grotto, near Cullman. Dudeboy just missed by a day his opportunity to participate at their "Monk Camp." However, viewing the 125 inspired miniatures created (as a "hobby") by Brother Joseph Zoettl was well worth our stop.

Spread amongst Jerusalem and other significant religious sites are the Alamo, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Statue of Liberty, and Hansel and Gretel at the Temple of the Fairies.

From the brochure . . . "When not busy shoveling coal into the furnaces, he took time to construct some miniature buildings."

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