#WayBackWednesday for today's #photoaday
@civilwarmed said: This photograph taken in May 1862 shows an encampment of the Army of the Potomac near the Pamunkey River in Virginia.
The camp at Cumberland Landing sat 30 miles due east of the Confederate capital at #Richmond. In these camps, disease spread rapidly and severely damaged the war-making abilities of the Union Army.
During the Peninsula Campaign from May 1862 - July 1862, it is estimated that more than 5,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died of disease. (Photograph: Library of Congress) #AmericanCivilWar #LoveVA #HistMed - #regrann #RVA
But the Pamunkey River is home to another kind of camp, too. For years, I spent Summers at Girl Scout Camp Pamunkey Ridge, which overlooks the Pamunkey River from (you guessed it) a ridge a few hundred feet up.
So here's to History meeting my Herstory and that of hundreds of other local Girl Scouts (and the kids who went to Camp Discovery before it was acquired by the Girl Scouts and renamed). #girlscouting #girlscouts #camplife
And of course, we can't forget the people who gave the river its name, The Pamunkey, a local tribe of #NativeAmericans who live along the river. #respectnativeamericans #thisistheirhome #pamunkey #Pamunkeyriver