As my wife and I were driving back from visiting Washington DC, we traveled through Virginia and saw many signs for Civil War memorials. We decided that it would be a shame if we did not at least visit one of them. Ellwood was the one that we picked by chance. It is a lessor known site (not even on Google maps). It is located near the town of Wilderness, Virginia.

 

Civil War Museum - Ellwood - Sign about Property

Civil War Museum – Ellwood – Sign about Property

This is one of many in the area. It is a place of history being maintained by volunteers. They will give you a lot of history about Ellwood and its roll in the Civil War. However, they cannot tell you why it was named Ellwood.

 

Civil War Museum - Ellwood - Caring for a Hallowed Place

Civil War Museum – Ellwood – Caring for a Hallowed Place

Ellwood is located in the upper left corner of the map. It is part of the Battle of the Wilderness park.

 

Civil War Museum - Ellwood - Trail Marker

Civil War Museum – Ellwood – Trail Marker

There are trails that take you to a few historical places. There is an ice house off to the left and a major artery of travel down to the right. I went down to the right and found the trails. It was interesting to imagine what it was like back then – no cars, just horses and carts and feet to march several miles at a time.

 

Civil War Museum - Ellwood - Interior Room as it was during the Civil War

Civil War Museum – Ellwood – Interior Room as it was during the Civil War

The main building is filled with history. They saved or restored much of it to the way it was around 150 years ago during the Civil War.

 

Civil War Museum - Ellwood - General Gouverneur K Warren's Headquarters as it was during the Civil War

Civil War Museum – Ellwood – General Gouverneur K Warren’s Headquarters as it was during the Civil War

This is the headquarters of General Warren as he commanded Union troops at the time. The guides were able to look off into the distance and tell a story about what happened in history. One of the most interesting facts was that of Stonewall Jackson’s arm being buried a short distance from this place. I did not hike out to the site but there is a headstone to mark the site.

The most interesting thing was the efforts to preserve our American history 150 years after in occurred. We would recommend a trip to any of these sites so that people do not forget our past.

For more information about this site go to the following site:

http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/the-wilderness.html

 

Civil War Memorial - Elwwod

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