The view from my perch on the mountain

Battle of Saltville

Today we took a little road trip to Saltville, Virginia to see a re-enactment of the American Civil War battle fought there in 1864.  On October 2, 1864 a raid by a Union Calvary column was repulsed by a patched together unit of Confederate reserves and citizens.

Frankie was a Civil War re-enactor when she was in college so this was the perfect way to spend her day off. We loaded the truck with camp chairs, cooler, cameras and the small red horse (our Fox Red lab, Buddy), picked up Frankie’s sister and her husband and we were off.


The battery in Frankie’s little point and shoot died just as the battle got under way but that was not a problem because I had both of my DSLRs with me. She slid her camera into a pocket, took over one of my cameras and continued snapping away.


I’ll let the pictures do the talking from here. Between the two of us we managed to shoot 1,659 frames in a little over 3 hours and I have a TON of sorting and editing to do.








The small red horse had fun, as well. It didn’t take him long to discover the pond between the Union and Confederate positions. For a Lab the only thing better than chasing tennis balls is frolicking in the water!

I shot the first and last photos on this page and Frankie shot the rest. The NRVGIRL copyright watermark refers to her heritage, having grown up here in the New River Valley of Southwest Virginia. I think she did am excellent job.

Now to post some of my shots on my Blogger page. If you’d like to take a look just click on this link.


5 responses

  1. penelopephoebe

    Brilliant photos. Frankie should be proud.

    August 22, 2011 at 12:19 AM

  2. Fizz

    She did do an excellent job!! Well done BOSS!

    August 22, 2011 at 9:57 AM

  3. Frankie did a great job Chip,
    I really like your pic of Frankie she look like she really enjoy herself, and Buddy well dog will be dog when there water around
    Take care

    August 22, 2011 at 9:59 AM

  4. Wish I’d been there too! Looks great, and the photos are excellent. I used to go to the local Mediaveal re-enactments and jousting tournaments and such like till they moved the venue to an inaccessible for Wolfie location. Yours looks so cool and real!! That’s a lovely pic of Frankie and the “Small Red Horse” lol looks in ecstacy 🙂

    August 22, 2011 at 4:56 PM

  5. Brilliant photos

    August 24, 2011 at 8:11 PM

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