Lantern Tour - Pamplin Historical Park

April 2, 2006

 

Dian and David Jones, Jim Fisher, John Petri, Linda Cortis and her son Lance

 

At the same pre-dawn hour that the 6th Maryland Volunteers participated in the historic "Breakthrough" at Petersburg 141 years before, a small band of 6th Maryland Infantry Descendants walked the paths of Pamplin Historical Park and viewed the Confederate fortifications that were breeched by the Sixth Corps of the Army of the Potomac that morning. Our guide was A. Wilson Greene, Executive Director of Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, whose presentation was very informative and entertaining. We enjoyed a two hour tour that provided us with a real sense of the time and place of this historic event.

 

John Petri with replica of the 6th Maryland Infantry battle flag carried by his ancestor, Sgt. John Jones of Company I, at the Battle of Opequon

Off we go into the darkness . . .

Will Greene explains an important detail of the attack

Jim Fisher wearing an authentic copy of a 6th Maryland Volunteers uniform

View from the Confederate Works

Site near where the 6th Maryland Volunteers crashed through the Confederate Works on April 2, 1865

David and John near the site where the 6th Maryland Volunteers breeched the Confederate lines

A cannon (3 Inch Ordnance Rifle) in the Fortifications Exhibit

Another view of the Fortifications Exhibit with the Battlefield Center in the background

Jim visiting with Confederate Reenactors in their camp

 

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