Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Old Stone House at Manassas National Battlefield

The sunrise reflecting off of the windows in the Old Stone House at Manassas battlefield was too attractive to drive by.  The house is located right in the middle of the American Civil War Battlefield, here in Manassas, Virginia. 

Sunrise reflecting off of windows of Old Stone House at Manassas National Battlefield, Virginia.

Sunrise at the Old Stone House, Manassas National Battlefield, Virginia

Lumix DMC-G3, 20mm f1.7 lens, iso 400 f6.3, 1/125 sec

Sunrise reflecting off of windows of Old Stone House at Manassas National Battlefield, Virginia

Closeup of Window, Old Stone House, Manassas National Battlefield, Virginia

Lumix DMC-G3, 20mm f1.7 lens, iso 400 f6.3, 1/320 sec

 

 

There were two major battles here, approximately one year apart (1861-1862).  They are referred to as First and Second Manassas by the South, or First and Second Bull Run by the North, who preferred to call battles by the names of nearby rivers.  

 

The Old Stone House was a battlefield hospital in both battles, and sustained significant damage in the war.  There are inscriptions in some of the walls, written by wounded soldiers.

 

Even though I have visited this site many times, on this visit I discovered something new - a cannonball embedded in the exterior brick wall.

 

Cannonball marks the location of impact at the Old Stone House, Manassas National Battlefield, Virginia

Cannonball placed in exterior wall of the Old Stone House

Lumix DMC-G3, 20mm f1.7 lens, iso 160 f1.7, 1/2500 sec

 

Apparently, when the house was rebuilt at some point after the war, perhaps after 1912, the cannonball was placed in the wall where it actually sustained a hit during the battle.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stone_House,_Manassas_National_Battlefield_Park#The_Stone_House_Today

 

Here is an HDR shot of the interior, through a rear window:

 

HDR illuminates interior and exterior of Old Stone House, Manassas National Battlefiled, Virginia
Sunrise Illuminates the Interior of Old Stone House,

Manassas National Battlefield, Manassas, Virginia

Lumix DMC-G3, 20mm f1.7 lens, iso 400 f6.3, HDR composite of three images

 

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