Since my retirement, my passions are nature photography (especially bird photography), landscape photography, and travel photography.
I have traveled and photographed sites along the Lewis and Clark Trail, the Oregon Trail, the Mormon Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Bozeman Trail. I have photographed Abraham Lincoln sites throughout Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. Most recently I have begun visiting and photographing Civil War battlefields and museums throughout the country
My bird and wildlife photography has taken me to sites throughout the state of Illinois and also to sites throughout the state of Florida.
I have participated in 50 Elderhostel / Road Scholar programs throughout the country and many of my photo galleries shows memories of those wonderful experiences.
I am a lucky man to have had a job that I loved teaching biology in high school for 33 years and now I love my travel and photography "retirement". Please enjoy my photo galleries.
In April of 2014 while on my way to Williamsburg, I stopped off for my second visit to Appomattox Court House, site of the surrender of Lee to Grant. While there I learned that there was a re-enactment going on portraying the ceremonial "Stacking of Arms" where the Confederate troops stacked their arms and battle flag as a formal ceremony of surrender. Neither Generals Lee nor Grant were present. The ceremony was under the leadership of General Joshua Chamberlain of Maine. The photos in this gallery are organized into four categories as indicated by the following prefixes; CS = Confederate Soldiers; FS = Federal Soldiers; JC - Joshua Chamberlain; SC = Surrender Ceremony.
The three day Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War with over 51,00 casualties. In May of 2013 I participated in a three day Elderhostel (Road Scholar) program at Gettysburg. For each of the three days we took guided tours of various sites on the battlefield that were important during Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 of the battle. I took many photos and heart many stories and strategies about this historic conflict.
In May of 1863, Confederate forces commanded by General Robert E. Lee camped near Fredericksburg fought against Union forces led by General John Hooker at a country crossroads a few miles west of Fredericksburg. Hooker attempted to surround the Confederates by keeping part of his army to the east at Fredericksburg and sending more of his army around them to the west in an attempted pincer movement. Lee and Stonewall Jackson concocted a plan that would take part of the Southern forces on a Flanking Movement around the
Union army and ended up getting Hooker's troops in a pincer and forced him to retreat. The flanking movement by Lee/Jackson is generally considered to be Lee's finest tactical movement in the war.
In 1863 the Confederate forces of Robert E. Lee met the Union forces commanded by Ambrose Burnside at Fredericksburg, Virginia. It was a two pronged attack with the Union army crossing the Rappahannock River and attack the town directly across the river at Marye's Heights and farther south down the river at Prospect Hill. The outcome of the battle was a victory by the Confederates as the Union Army made attack after attack upon deeply fortified Rebel troops on Prospect Hill and Marye's Hill.
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is located in Frederick, Maryland. As a former biology and human anatomy teacher I found this site fascinating. Two thirds of ALL deaths during the Civil War were due to disease. Despite the lack of knowledge about disease processes, the lack of equipment in the field, the lack of known medications and treatments, many lives were saved by the doctors (called surgeons) at the time. Despite the lack, the medical community during the Civil War were able to develop programs and procedures still in use in modern medicine. This is a great site to visit.
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The B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland is a wonderful railroad museum with historical railroad stories and equipment from throughout railroad history The original railroad operation along the border between Virginia and Maryland and was constantly under attack during the years of the Civil War. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the museum has a special display called "The War Came by Train" which emphasizes the contributions of the B&O Railroad during the Civil War. It is estimated that only 20 pieces of "Civil War Era" railroad engines and cars are still in existence; for this five-year commemoration, this museum features 8 of them. It is wonderful display.
In April of 2014 I did my 51st Road Scholar Program in Williamsburg, Virginia. Our topic for the week was the Peninsula Campaign of 1862. During the week we visited sites where these historic battles occurred.
The photos are arranged into four categories arranged by the day of activities:
On Day 1 (D1) we visited Fort Monroe in Hampton Virginia
On Day 2 (D2) we visited the Mariner's Museum in Newport News and Yorktown, VA.
On Day 3 (D3) we visited sites around Williamsburg itself (with a free afternoon).
On Day 4 (D4) we visited sites are Gaines Mill, Cold Harbor, Malvern Hill, and Berkeley Plantation.
It was a great program and I recommend it highly for Civil War enthusiasts.
In March of 2014 I attended this program studying Vicksburg, Mississippi and the Battles and Siege which occurred there. It was an excellent program: we visited sites where battles occurred prior to the siege, visited the state capital in Jackson which was almost destroyed during the war, and toured the actual battlefield site in Vicksburg. We also dined a many sites which were antebellum homes and buildings now functioning as bed and breakfasts or restaurants. Our leaders were very knowledgeable, very enthusiastic, and very well organized, The participants were also interesting and friendly. Thanks to all for a great Road Scholar experience.
In Summer of 2013 I attended my 48th Road Scholar program at Richmond, VA where we examined "Richmond in the Civil War". Despite some problems with "Government Shut Down" and no photography limitations, it was an excellent experience with great leadership and wonderfully informed lecturers and guides. The participants were friendly and enthusiastic.
The photos are arranged into four categories:
DR = Drewry's Bluff
MOC = Museum of the Confederacy, Confederate Whitehouse, and VA Historic Museum
TIW = Historic Tredegar Iron Works.
VSC = Virginia State Capitol.
In April of 2012, I attended an Elderhostel near Sharpsburg, Maryland which focused on Civil War Battle
sites in the Shenandoah Valley. During the program we toured and learned about battles at Antietam (A),
Harpers Ferry (HF), Manassas (M), and miscellaneous other battle sites (Misc). This photo gallery includes some photos from all the sites.
© Donald E. Chamberlain