These are a series of photos taken today to depict some of the defects in the “Mule Shoe” line. As a non professional photographer it is difficult to depict the subtilties of the ground. But I will try. Today though we had a combination of good fortune. Recent rain so water collected in some of the traverses along the left of the Stonewall Brigade’s line. The area was freshly bush hogged so you can see detail. Also there are no leaves, but that was not a factor today. So lets begin.
Long distance photo showing apex of Dole’s Salient and the line bent back, then running down the hill. Dole’s line has a ditch, seen as a dark line running in front of it.
Looking up the hill towards the apex of Dole’s Salient. From in front of the works held by the left regiments of the Stonewall Brigade
From the low ground just to the left of the previous picture. Looking along the line to the West Angle in the distance. Note the traverses.
standing water helping illustrate one of the “pens” along the line as it runs along the low ground.
Just to the left of the previous photo. Water highlighting something different.
slightly different view of the same position.
two things here. the traverses are made apparent by the water. But look closely and you can see a distinct “vee” in the works.just past the first puddle. Two sections of line joined?
looking toward Dole’s Salient. My wife leaving the ditch in front of this section of the line. Notice further up, in front of the first park sign that this ditch ends and another more prominent ditch begins further out.
more traverses running partly up the hill toward Dole’s Salient.
standing in the “lower” ditch. Parapet to the left, mound to the right. (“vee” is visible on the near left) Dole’s ditch distinctly visible slightly further out.
Or did the Stonewall Brigade move its left back slightly to align with Doles? Thus creating what appears to be a ditch in front of the works.
standing in the ditch in front of Dole’s line. This was dug the night of May 10, 1864.
looking across the field toward the Confederate line below Dole’s Salient.
the undulations in the ground in front of the works to the right of the road Upton’s men guided on.
I hope you find these interesting despite my lack of photographic skills. More to come this evening.