Field Trip to Fort Monroe VA

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Just strolling with some middle school students into the old fort on a sunny Virginia day in November, 2015.  The history here is amazing.  This location.  Defensive fortifications were built at Old Point comfort in 1609.  The stone walls we are walking toward in the photo were completed in 1834 under the leadership of Robert E. Lee whose house is just out of sight.

 

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The museum has guides and docents who who bring the history of the fort alive.  Here a civil war soldier addresses a few 8th graders with humor and insight.He told us that a skilled soldier could load and reload his rifle three times in a minute.   He then demonstrated with dexterous skill just how it was done.  Everything on the table would fit into the 45 lb back pack the soldier would carry on his back.

 

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Standing atop the casement walls where a gun battery used to rest, we were able to scan the Chesapeake Bay as lookouts did many years ago.  To our good fortune a submarine slithered out of the bay as a cruise ship lolled past in pursuit of dreams and distant shores.  Two disparate ships passing serenely beneath the august stare of the old fort.