We started at the Visitors Center, next to the National Cemetery, where they have a museum and gift shop. My hosts had year-long passes available, so I took advantage while Sadie waited in the car. Then we walked over to the National Cemetery. It was a beautiful day, and a moving sight. The cemetery was established after the battle at Mill Creek, and many Civil War soldiers are buried there, but it is an active cemetery and many who have served our country since are there. I was moved but ok, until I saw this and wept:
If you can't read it, it says "Unknown US Soldier". There were many of these throughout the older section. We frequently give thanks to those who have given their lives for our country, but these men also gave up their names.
The next stop was the actual battlefield, which included a Confederate cemetery. A walking trail has been constructed that takes you around the field from Union to Confederate and back again, with informational signs along the way. Sadie and I enjoyed the walk, and it was amazing to be able to imagine what had happened here almost 150 years ago so vividly.
|The mass grave of Confederate Soldiers killed at the Battle of Mill Creek|
|Headstones placed for the Confederate soldiers buried in the mass grave.|