Monday, April 4, 2016

Vulcan: The Iron Man

We took Isaac to see the Iron Man today. Built to celebrate the industrial might of Birmingham at the 1904 World Fair this landmark cuts across generations. As a boy I remember the connections coming to Birmingham for a visit to see the Vulcan.  I visited with my great-grandparents from Monroe County, Mississippi, Alice visited with her grandparents from Lamar County.  Alice and I visited shortly after we got married.  Always they talked of the Iron Man.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Greatest Yondering Trip of All Time Part 2

June 28, 2015
I started the day at daylight visiting the lower road of Culp's Hill to see Confederate positions. Afterwards I worked my way around West Confederate Avenue and Seminary Ridge. I visited the Confederate positions on the second and third day of the battle. After going and picking up the kids and Alice we headed back to visit the Round Tops, Devils Den, the Peach orchard, and Wheat Field.  During this part of day I met a reenactor preparing for the big anniversary festivities.

After lunch Luke and I took off from the Virginia Monument and made Pickett's Charge. Alice picked us up at the copse of trees and we headed to Winchester, Virginia via Harper's Ferry.

June 29, 2015: This was an all day trip. We left Winchester at 8:00 AM and pulled up in our driveway at 6:30 PM. We covered about 570 miles.

Greatest Yondering Trip of All Time Part 1

My wonderful family got me up on Father's Day and informed my that my gift was a trip to Gettysburg.

June 25, 2015: We drove about 245 miles to Kingsport, Tennessee. We had supper at a Johnny's Pizza where Isaac won a plastic pink pig that has an obnoxious snort.

Peace Memorial-Oak Ridge
June 26, 2015: The day took us all away across the widest part of Virginia along I-81. We got off the big road and found the Chambersburg Pike (US 30). We entered Gettysburg the same way as AP Hill. We spent the afternoon at McPherson's Ridge and Oak Ridge.  In the evening  I walked up to the National Cemetery and visited East Cemetery Hill.

June 27, 2015: It rained very hard most of the day.  We visited the park visitor center and noted that most of the Confederate items had indeed been removed.  Later in the day we were able to visit the center of the Union line on Cemetery Ridge. This is referred to as the High Water Mark on the Park Service map. Just before dark we visited Culp's Hill.

Copse of Trees - Cemetery Ridge

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Union Baptist Church, Harris County, Georgia

Yesterday was my second trip to Columbus, Georgia in three weeks. I was traveling north on Georgia Highway 129 in Harris County when I stopped at Union Baptist Church. The church was established in 1838.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Drive Through Museum

World's First Drive through Museum
Green Family Vacation 2014: Panama City Beach

Headed south on US 431 I found a geocache at this locality north of Seale in Russell County, Alabama. One of the oddest places I have ever seen.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Grave of George Disney


Date of Visit: July 5, 2014

Location:
Dalton, Whitfield, Georgia
Lat            34.644501      
Long              -84.389847


This grave is located near the end of the George Disney Trail in Dalton, Georgia. This trail ascends Rocky Face Mountain to a location referred to as Buzzard Roost. The trailhead for this trail is behind the State Trooper Post on Highway 41. This is an awesome hiking trail. It is also step in some places. My GPS had the altitude in the parking lot as 913 feet above sea level. The grave is at 1492 feet. I am not sure of the distance of the hike. We missed the grave going up and we hiked quite a ways out Rocky Face Ridge.  We were very tired when we returned to the truck.

Inscription:
In Memory of George Disney
Co K 4 KY Inft
Killed
Feb 24 1864
Erected By
Dalton Boy Scouts
1912

George’s Story was well documented in 1898 by Ed Thomson Porter in The History of the Orphan Brigade. The following is taken verbatim from pages 238 and 239

A Singular Death.

In February, 1864, Rocky Face Ridge was occupied by Johnston as a signal station. The Fourth Kentucky was so deployed as to form a living telegraph line from the valley next
to Dalton to the top and front face of the Ridge at a point where, next to the Federals, the ascent was perpendicular. From the top of this ridge the Federal army was in full view. The next day after the formation of this line, there was a collision of the Federal and Confederate forces on the right of our line, and when the Federals would move, word was passed from man to man of the living telegraph, as, " Two more brigades advancing on such and such a point." The first night after the formation of the telegraph, the men slept at their posts. The next morning George Disney, a private of Company B, arose to a sitting posture, after a nights sleep on the top of this height in the open air, and was in the act of gaping, as many men are wont to do on first awaking. He was seen suddenly to resume his recumbent position, as though resolved to take another nap ; but after he hadbeen so lying for an hour or two, men who tried to wake him found that life had departed. A careful examination at the time disclosed no wound, and it was conjectured that he had died from failure of the heart or other disease. Later, another examination was made, andwhile washing the face of the corpse, the hair on the back of his head was found stiff from clotted blood ; and it was then clear that while gaping a minie ball from a Federal musket in the valley in front had entered the open mouth and crashed through the back of the head of the unfortunate soldier. He was a native of England. Virginius
Hutcfien, (Fourth Kentucky).
Historical Marker at State Trooper Post on US 41




Sunday, May 25, 2014

Fossil Collecting in Morgan County, Alabama



Location:
US Highway 31
Decatur, St. Morgan County, Alabama
Lat            34.503147
Long        -86.967903

Date of Visit: May 25, 2014


Wow! It has been a long time since I actually stopped and looked for fossils. This is a road cut south of Decatur, Alabama. All fossils were very small. Still researching the location. 

About Me

Calhoun, Georgia
I have applied to be member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits. This association founded by the late Terry Thornton of my ancestral Hill County home is dedicated to the academic study of graveyards. This blog will likewise be dedicated to stories written in stone that I encounter as I visit cemeteries cataloging the burial places of Confederate veterans.