The Volksmarch took us through a nice, gently hilly neighborhood and through Hoyt Park. We got a little lost, but kept following trails and somehow ended up where we were supposed to be at a bulletin board. From there, we were supposed to go to an overlook, but no signs pointed the way, and there were multiple trails going in all directions. We asked a lady walking in the park and she pointed us in the right direction.
The walk continued through more neighborhoods and then we came to Forest Hill Cemetery, the northernmost Confederate Cemetery in the United States. The men buried here (in the Confederate Rest section) were among over 1,100 captured soldiers of the 1st Alabama Infantry Regiment CSA (Confederate States of America). They were captured in 1862 at Island 10 on the Mississippi River and were sent to prison at Camp Randall.
By 1868 these graves were being neglected when a Louisiana-born widow, Alice Waterman, came to Madison. At her own expense she maintained the plot until her death in 1897. She had the simple painted headboards replaced with stone markers. She is buried with "her boys."
|Confederate Rest in Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, WI|
|Historic plaque about Confederate Rest|
Civil War buffs would probably like to visit individual grave sites for the Harvey family, Fairchild family, Theodore Read (last Union general killed in the Civil War), and Henry Harndon (Brigadier General in command of the unit credited with capturing Jefferson Davis in May 1865).
Also in Forest Hill Cemetery, another section of veterans' graves from WWi and WWII, are clustered around two panther and one linear effigy mound (900-1200 A.D.). Sect. 15 of the cemetery contains an extremely rare goose effigy mound. However, the head of the goose was cut off by the Illinois Central Railroad in the 1880s.
From the cemetery, we again walked through neighborhoods on our way to the South West Bike Path (formerly part of the Illinois Central Railroad) which we followed for about 3/4 mile.
In the following photos are hydrangeas. In the Pacific Northwest, hydrangeas are usually blue or purple, depending on the alkalinity of the soil. This is the first time I've ever seen green and white hydrangeas. Maybe these colors are normal in the Midwest.
|Green and white hydrangeas.|
|House typical of the neighborhood we were in.|
|Bob on South West Bike Path, Madison, WI|
From the bike path, we ended up at Camp Randall Stadium and Memorial on the University of Wisconsin campus.
|Bob wore his University of Wisconsin colors for photos today!|
Camp Randall was a Civil War military training camp through which more than 70,000 Wisconsinites and nearly 4,000 Confederate prisoners of war would pass.
|Stockade from Camp Randall|
|Camp Randall Memorial Arch|
|University of Wisconsin|
|School of Engineering|
|Ely house - Georgian Revival style|
|Fall colors = happy camper.|
|Turneaure house - eclectic period revival design|
|Buell house - Queen Anne style home|
|Gilmore house - Frank Lloyd Wright prairie style house|
AKA "The Airplane House"
|Olin house - deeded to the University for use as |
the President's home
|Bradley house - Prairie School house|
|Madison, Wisconsin's Capitol|
|"Liberty" glass mosaic by Kenyon Cox|
|View from the Observation Deck.|
|Statues above the Observation Deck.|
|Happy to be outside on the Observation Deck!|
|"Justice" glass mosaic by Kenyon Cox|
|"Government" glass mosaic by Kenyon Cox|
|Inside the Capitol dome is "Resources of Wisconsin"|
painting by Edwin Blashfield of New York
- This is one of the largest domes by volume in the world
- The painting is 34' in diameter, 200' above the ground floor
- What looks like a frame around the picture is actually a balcony
|Badger above door to second-floor chamber|
|Wisconsin's state animal, the badger|
|Beautiful framing for the mosaic art.|
|I fell in love with all the arches.|
|Replica of the Liberty Bell made in France.|
|The statue "Forward" in front of the Capitol|
|Octagon House invites more exploration|
|A pretty park by the river in Watertown, WI|
|This park also invites more exploration.|
|Karen and Steve|
|Hilde's Deli & Bakery|
|Chicken pot pie with Sprecher Cherry Cola|
|Bob's chicken dinner|
Travel Bug out.