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Federal Fortification: 1864

Federal Fortification: 1864

1864. "Point of Rocks, Virginia (vicinity). Redoubt 'Zabriskie' on Appomattox River." Civil War glass negative collection, Library of Congress. View full size.


Psychedelic Ditch

Those branches with only seed pods remaining are most likely Datura stramonium, AKA Jimson Weed, which acquired its name ("Jamestown Weed") from an earlier conflict in Virginia called Bacon's Rebellion, a 1676 uprising of settlers against Governor William Berkeley, led by Nathaniel Bacon. Troops dispatched by Berkeley to quell the rebellion consumed young shoots of the plant and, as a result, spent the next several days hallucinating.

Never Dreamed

That there would be a sign to identify his redoubt. Question would be: which way is it facing?

Shorpy School

Class, here are today's lessons:

With this post I now know what a Redoubt is and who Col. Zabriskie was.

And in the preceding post immediately before this one I learned about the word "ubermensch" The translation from German is "Overman, Overhuman, Above-Human, Superman, Super-human"

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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