Yeah, I know I've posted this before, but egad I miss them! I'm just glad I got to see them on this particular tour. And I'm insanely jealous that Lsqrd's brother got the chance to sing a little "Lola" along with Ray.
I discovered these growing in the yard last month. They looked interesting, so I did some research and I'm pretty darn sure they are inky-caps. I was convinced of this when the caps dissolved into inky goo two days later. These are quite possibly shaggy-mane inky caps, which are supposed to be a choice edible, but I'm nowhere near bold enough to sample them.
Fredericksburg's Presbyterian Church: An example of one of the cannonball and bullet riddled buildings in the town. You can see a small dot about three quarters of the way up the second column from the left. That is a cannonball. There is another ball in the smae column, but it is obscured by the lighting fixture.
Some of the guys outside James Monroe's law office and library in downtown Fredericksburg. That's a 12 pound cannonball sticking out of the wall just to the right of the verticle line between the two parts of the building.
We stopped at this really cool museum outside Fredericksburg in Stafford County, the White Oak Civil War Museum, which is chock full of artifacts dug from the various Union camps that were established in Stafford County from 1862 through 1863. The museum itself sits on ground occupied by the Federal VI Corps, and is housed in an old school building. The above is a typical museum case, stuffed with literally thousands of artifacts. Just four bucks gets you in to see the collection, and don't miss the opportunity to chat with the highly knowledgeable staff!