Leaving Fredericksburg

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Today is my LAST DAY IN FREDERICKSBURG! They are white-washing this area, and starting with two new Sisters. We are glad they aren’t closing it though, because they’ve been talking about doing that for a long time now. Sisters have only been in this area since last February. We don’t have as many sisters as we did when I first got here, since the initial wave is petering out now. When I first got here, almost every sister was training a new one, but now they are having to close some of the sister areas. Crazy! Also I did not expect to be transferred so soon!! I’ve only been here 6 weeks, and have been trying to memorize everyone’s names, faces, and how to navigate around. Now it’s all for nothing! Well, not quite, but still! And I don’t have a clue where I am going, or my new address.  I will be able to tell you all about it next week.

So I’m saying  goodbye to Sister George, (going home!) and the Massaponax Ward! Not fun I am really going to miss them, but I am always up for a new challenge. We have finally made some headway with potential investigators here, so the new sisters will have plenty to do! We are focusing on leaving as much info for the new sisters as we can, so they can have a leg up on the area. We had some miracles this week with the spirit guiding us. When you are in the right place in the right time, doing the right thing, you can expect miracles.

 

Love Sister Hollberg

 

By they way check this out https://familysearch.org/pioneers/?cid=hp1-1033#/  You can find your pioneer ancestors!!!

 

Sorry, this is all I have time for!  Enjoy the pictures!

 

 

Today for my last p-day here, we went to the Fredericksburg Battlefield, “Sunken Road”.  I have about a bajillion pictures sooooo….. yeah. Those are coming next.

These are some of the church steeples of down-town Fredericksburg. They made easy targets for cannons. This is the view of the Confederate army as they sat on the hill. The union was stationed just on the other side of the Rappahannock River (where Chatham Manor is, which will be my next set of pictures after Sunken Road). The Union’s goal was to come across the river, take Fredericksburg, and march on to take Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy. The battle was a slaughter for the Union, as the Confederates were up on this hill. I think they said it was something like 30,000 men killed in one battle? Not so sure that number is right, but it’s probably pretty close. There were so many bodies from union army in the road that it actually sank, hence “sunken road”.

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Some of the graves have names on them. Many only have numbers. The bottom number is how many people were buried in that spot (4). Sister George said she has seen them with 11 in one grave…

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This house here is currently the home of the President of Mary Washington University. Right in the middle of the battlefield. During the Civil War, this house was turned into a hospital. This monument is for a Union soldier who was good-Samaritan basically who helped bring water to wounded Confederate soldiers at the peril of his life. Read his story! It’s amazing.

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Bullet holes INSIDE a house. These are the inner walls. Now imagine what the outer walls looked like. This is inside the little white house that was visible from the top of the hill. The outside panels of the walls have been re-done, but the inside walls still show all the bullet holes. It’s said that the outside walls were so riddled, that you couldn’t put two hands on the wall without touching a hole.

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There is a picture of the sunken road, with a picture of what it looked like during the war.

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One of the strangest US uniforms I have ever seen

One of the strangest US uniforms I have ever seen

 

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Chatham Manor

This house has been standing here since the Revolutionary War. It has Revolutionary War, Civil War, and WWII history in it. Too long to tell! Look it up on Wikipedia.

“Few houses in America have witnessed as many important events and hosted as many famous people as Chatham. Built between the years 1768 and 1771 by William Fitzhugh, this grand Georgian-style house overlooking the Rappahannock River was for many years the center of a large, thriving plantation. Flanking the main house were dozens of supporting structures: a dairy, ice house, barns, stables. Down on the river was a fish hatchery, while elsewhere on the 1,280 acre estate were an orchard, mill, and a race track, where Fitzhugh’s horses vied with those of other planters for prize money. The house was named after William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham. ”

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Other pictures:

At a member’s house. You should grow one of these – Butterfly Bush. They said that there are 4 of these huge butterflies on the bush at any given time. Even hummingbird butterflies come! AND actual hummingbirds.

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They also love chickens. And have meat-rabbits. Two of them have the names “Lunch” and “dinner”. The chickens are for eggs.

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The pond is a view from a member’s back porch. Ponds everywhere! These bright pink trees are everywhere! Very pretty.

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Here’s me holding our ward mission leader’s “zombie gun”, with scope and everything. Didn’t get to shoot it, but I wish! I don’t think I would actually be able to. He has a huge gun safe with 20-30 guns in it. People really love them here!

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Couple more gun pictures haha. people here love any chance they get to take them out and show them to everyone.

 

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