Saturday morning we went to three locations that helped explain the Battle of South Mountain. Here we are at Fox's
Gap. This monument to North Carolina Troops is down a long path in the woods. If you did not know where to
go it would be hard to find. On this location there was a large hand to hand fight. The monument has a NC Flagbearer
that gave his last full measure of life for his Flag and Country. It is a very lifelike and emotionaly moving statue.
Here we are at the edge of "The Cornfield". Left to right Standing David Neal, Mike Ross, Randal Garrison, John
Sledge, Andy Watson and Jason Harell.
Front row Jim Archbell and Roy Archbell.
Jim Archbell standing among cannon on "Artillery Hell Hill".
Here we are at the door of the Dunker Church.
Roy Archbell standing in the "Bloody Lane" at the spot where some of his ancestors stood serving with the Fourth
NC. On Sepember 17 of 1862 this lane would have been piled high with Confederate dead and wounded from where they
held off repeated Federal attacks. Finally falling back when flanked on the right and the left.
The "Midday Phase"
Here we are on "Burnside Bridge". Left to right Andy Watson, Dr. Sledge, Jason Harrell, Mike Ross, Randal
Garrison, Jim Archbell, Roy Archbell and David Neal.
Battle of Second Manassas in the "Unfinished Railroad Cut". Where Confederates held off repeated Federal
attacks so long that they ran out of ammunition. They continued to fight off the attacks by throwing rocks at the
charging Federals. They held at great cost.
Photo by Charlie Archbell.
Dinner at Johnson's Charcoal Steak House. What a wonderful time we all had! Thank you Randal Garrison for
a fantastic time!
Left to right is Jason Harrell, Randal Garrison, Mike Ross, Roy Archbell, Charlie Archbell, David Neal, Andy Watson,
Dr. Sledge and Jim Archbell.
Photo by BJ Neal