Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pictures Of Danville, Virginia. Danville Train Station. The Episcopal Church.

While in Danville, I had time to drive around and shoot some pictures. Hope you enjoy.
I miss seeing the fall colors at the beach.
These colors are spectacular.
I loved these two trees.
They're at the Episcopal Church in Danville.
This is the trestle going over the Dan River ...
... which is still swollen from all the rain.
That's all debris stuck at the base of the columns.
This is the old train station, now a satellite of the Science Museum of Virginia.
Here's my last post about the train station.
I liked the brick work here.
I get excited at trees changing colors in the fall.
I went from the West side of this tree ...
to the East.
I took a trip down to Danville's Lee Street Cemetery. There's some beautiful stained glass there and interesting statuary.
Little Ella was 2 years old and her baby brother or sister probably died at birth, since the baby has no name. Makes you wonder what happened to them.
Adjacent to the Lee Street Cemetery, is Danville National Cemetery. During the Civil War, Danville was an important transportation hub. Its railroad was used to transport a great number of recruits, supplies, and war materials and provisions to the Northern Virginia Army. During the Battle of Manassas in 1861, AKA the Battle of Bull Run, the first major land battle of the Civil War, the Confederates found themselves with large numbers of captured Union prisoners which were transported to Richmond. By 1864, General Sherman had effectively destroyed the railroads, thus disastrously depleting the South's resources. The population of Richmond could no longer feed and clothe themselves, let alone their prisoners. To reduce the high prison population in the Confederate capital, the POWs were relocated to six tobacco warehouses in Danville. These facilities held thousands of officers and enlisted men, living in overcrowded conditions. About 1400 men died, the principal causes of death being pneumonia, smallpox, scorbutus (something like scurvy), and chronic diarrhea. The Danville National Cemetery was established in December 1866 and the original interments at the cemetery were the remains of Union POWs who died in the Confederate Prison in Danville. Many of the bodies were buried in mass graves. These graves were later exhumed and the bodies buried underneath individual markers.