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Old Aug 12, 2015, 9:30 PM   #1
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Default Battle of The Wilderness, Saunders Field (In The Rain)

The Battle of the Wilderness, just West of Fredericksburg, Virginia, approximately 50 miles south of Washington D.C and 50 miles north of Richmond, was U.S. Grant's initial drive in what would be over 9 consecutive months of contact with Robert E. Lee's army in a new type of war of attrition, starting in May, 1864 and ending with Lee's surrender in April, 1865.

Initial contact of the two armies occurred at Saunders Field, where the Confederate line under Dick Ewell held, eventually forcing the Union army to shift the action eastward.

Just before I arrived at this field a pouring rain started falling. Not one to be stopped by such a minor inconvenience, and seeing some of the best preserved networks of trenches (for being 160 years old) I was out of the car with the E-M1 and 12-40mm f2.8 and into the field. I had a nice poncho on, so dispensed with an umbrella and the E-M1/12-40 was absolutely soaked after 8 stops along the route of the battlefield and taking some long walks into the fields, this being the first stop.

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Old Aug 13, 2015, 8:12 AM   #2
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I love the "feel" of the second one but I'm sure it wasn't too pleasing for you at the time.
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It was actually kinda fun, and that was one of my favorites of the day too. I had a hat with a brim on, so my glasses stayed dry, sandals was the preferred footwear of the day and temps were very comfortable. That's the key, LOL.
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Very nice shoots!
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Nice series, Greg. Especially considering the weather that day!
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Old Aug 18, 2015, 4:35 AM   #6
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Nice shots Greg, like the second one best as well great shot, excellent composition & exposure.
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