Today I’m off to the Wilderness Battlefield and will hit the trails for the real-time tours offered by the Park Service. As I’ve done for the other 150ths, here’s a bit for those who won’t be able to tour the battlefield in person today – Wilderness by cannons:
There’s not a lot of guns on the Wilderness battlefield. The battle is not known as a big artillery fight. But there were several episodes in the battle where artillery played a role. In fact, Colonel Charles S. Wainwright’s guns were at the fore, with a few of them becoming much fought over prizes, on May 5, 1864. Yet, there are just a few artillery pieces on the Wilderness battlefield: Two James Rifle (altered to look like a Napoleons), a 6-pdr field gun (also altered to false Napoleon standards), two 12-pdr field howitzers, and a 42-pdr seacoast gun which serves as a memorial for General Alexander Hays.
I’ll take up tweeting from the events today as we return to the park for real-time tours. Plan to use the #overland150 and #Wilderness150 hash tags if you want to follow. If you are out at the events, look me up.