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Looking at the Battle ‘Just a Little Bit Differently’

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Carnations cover the Stone Wall at the base of Marye’s Heights in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. The flowers were placed by participants in Sunday’s Crossing Hallowed Ground procession to honor Civil War soldiers killed or wounded in the Battle of Fredericksburg 150 years ago. (PETER CIHELKA/THE FREE LANCE-STAR)

On Tuesday, National Park Service historian John Hennessy penned this moving blog post about “one of the most compelling aspects” of Sunday’s Battle of Fredericksburg commemoration.

Its power and punch come from Lyne Shackelford, a retired law-enforcement ranger who took part in the wrote, in part:

The carnations we placed there yesterday seemed to sanctify the wall as a living body and memorial to those soldiers, whether they died there or not, embodying their spirit and those terrible times when they lived.”

What Shackelford and Hennessy have to say is well worth taking time to read–every word.