And this is all in remote Southwest Virginia, an area that was far removed from the primary theater of Civil War action. Imagine the history that can be written - and has been written - about the eastern two-thirds of the state.
I bring this up for a reason. Let's not get carried away with this. Virginia is not a museum to be preserved for all posterity to see in its 1862 glory.
This is getting carried away:
Controlled fire at Appomattox is used to restore historic fieldA field outside the national park. Not particularly important to the Appomattox story. Its history in fact not known. Troops may have camped there one night and then moved on And officials are restoring it to its 1865 condition.
Appomattox -- Firefighters are bringing a field at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park back to its historic state.
A controlled fire Monday burned away non-native grass and brush on 25-acre Ferguson Field, which sits at the edge of the 1,750-acre national park. The fire was an attempt to restore the historic field to its 1860s state.
If left alone, officials said, the grass would give way to shrubs, then to pines and cedars, and eventually to hardwoods that would create a canopy that chokes out the other plants.
Ferguson Field's exact use in 1865 isn't known, but it was open land where troops had camped waiting for the surrender at Appomattox Court House. [link]
What next? Are we going to hire actors to portray ol' Black Joe to work da plantation?
Getting carried away, fellas?