Saturday, August 07, 2010
Friends at Fox's Gap
The place I live is characterized by beautiful vistas and lots of Civil War history.
Only a few miles from my house is Fox's Gap, an important part of the September 14, 1862 Battle of South Mountain.
After work this evening several of the Antietam crew and friends gathered up at Fox's Gap for a really cool tour by Park Ranger and good friend John Hoptak.
Rosemary, Maury, Ranger Maura, Ranger John, and Jim.
John provided us with a really delightful and informative evening on the mountain, explaining the frequently overlooked, but crucial fight that occurred here as part of Lee's 1862 Maryland campaign. John's encyclopedic knowledge and outstanding teaching style brought a clarity as well as an immediacy to those events of 148 years ago.
Although John may be a brainiac...
I am much larger than him.
What could be better than spending a beautiful evening up on South Mountain surrounded by really good friends?