and a true honor; The glory of duty done, The honor of integrity
of principle - R. E. Lee"
This large field holds both the pride of local men whom mustered into the CSA from Monroe County, and the sorrow of its citizens when 10,000 Union troops encamped here for five days in 1864.
Local homes, many of them built during the Colonial Era, were looted by the Yankee rascals, but at least they were left standing. Maybe the Yankees had some appreciation of the historical value of those homes. The distant views of two of the homes from this spot, coupled with the basic quiet and serenity of the town, offer the visitor a moment to ponder what is must have been like to live here in the 80 years between the end of the American Revolution and the beginning of the War for Southern Independence.