Recall Lagrange and my garden room project

| 5/20/2013 11:27:33 PM

The weather here has just been plain screwy. The first of last week I turned the heat on, now it’s above average and the ac is on.  It will be close to ninety later in the week.   I finally mowed the lower three acres for the first time this year and mowed three times to get it down to normal height and it still doesn’t look like it has been mowed.  My second planting of corn hit with two inches of rain the day after sowing thickly didn’t make it up.  I went by the Co-op and bought some more.  Whenever it dries up enough, I’ll try again.  Third time is the charm I hope.


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I spent a Friday afternoon and all day Saturday at the Recall Lagrange photographing Union re-enactors taking part in the 150 year anniversary of a dark time in the area’s history.   On April 28, 1863 Lagrange Military Academy and the surrounding homes were burned by Union forces under Col. Florence Cornyn as part of Sherman’s march to the sea.  It’s not understood why the area was burned as all of the cadets had left to join the war effort.  The town was never rebuilt and the college was moved to Florence to become the beginning of present day University of North Alabama.  Those participating in the recall set up camp at the site of the college, but after almost two inches of rain, moved the horses to the bottom of the mountain to a pasture and most abandoned the tents and set up camp inside the pavilion.  The re-enactors have thousands of dollars invested in their equipment (much like photo hobbyists), and go through a lot of nasty weather to bring these historical events to the public. Friday night they didn’t get a whole lot of sleep, having to take the horses down to a pasture from the tent camping area. All except one tent moved to the picnic pavilion and had to put tarps up on each side opening to keep the rain and cold out. These events are family affairs. Probably some will complain about little ones toting a gun, but its family togetherness which you don’t see much these days. 

Mary Carton
6/4/2013 2:54:08 AM

Dave, the yearly Recall Lagrange is a fund raiser for the preservation of the site and cemetery. From what I've read, it wasn't a battle, just a raid as all the cadets had already left to join the war. You are right about those bundles getting heavier as we grow older. I've yet to install the tile, waiting for a rainy day to keep me out of the yard. And I just planted my corn for the third time, maybe this time. We only got 0.86 inches of rain this time, not 2 inches. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

6/2/2013 2:38:40 AM

Mary, I have yet to figure out why you (all the participants) would want to re enact a battle that dredges up bad memories for your area. Your pictures were awesome as always. Those bundles of construction materials are much heavier than when I was young. I swear the manufactures have added weight to the bundles even through they seem to be smaller. It just couldn't be that I'm getting weaker in my old age. Nah, that can't be it. I wish you well with your project. Your planning sounds very similar to mine when I'm working on a project. :0) Have a great day in the garden. Did the corn sprout this time?

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