I spent the day yesterday in the Shenandoah Valley – particularly with a goal of bouncing around the Cross Keys and Port Republic Battlefields in the Harrisonburg area. It was very informative and I’ll have a series of posts about these fields on the sesquicentennial occasions this coming Friday and Saturday.
BUT … today … I was at the “Coaling” on the Port Republic field – which is a high ground position originally held by the Union. It is a short walk up a steep incline to a marker near the top. As I was sitting there enjoying the vista, up pulls a tour bus. (Understand – this is essentially in the middle of nowhere!) By the time I walked down the hill, the bus had emptied out, and there in the middle of the group, gesturing with his walking stick in that inimitable gravely voice was Ed Bearrs!!! I had to take a picture of it, just to prove to the other guides at Antietam that I was not making up the story…. so here you go: