Last August the wife and I took a walking tour of the Battle of Brooklyn, which took place just down the street from where we live. Halfway through the tour our guide made a passing remark explaining the likelihood of there being remnants of the battle, including almost certainly human remains, just a few feet below the sidewalk where we were standing at the moment. What fascinates me about visiting historical sites is being in the exact place where history happened. There is a continuity inherent in such an experience which grounds you with the people who came before and adds an immediacy to the past. The rangers at Mysteries and Conundrums tell us of a recent discovery in a Culp’s Hill witness tree.
(Union breastworks at Culp’s Hill/Library of Congress)