18 June 2007 by Published in: General musings 5 comments

After six very long hours of driving, I’m home. It was well into the 90’s all day as I was driving, which just adds to the fatigue. We will post photos from the trip tomorrow night.

There’s a very good, authentic New York-style bagel place across the street from the hotel where I stayed in Harrisonburg. I had breakfast there all three mornings I was in Harrisonburg. This morning, I had my breakfast and lingered for a few moments to finish reading the USA Today. When I finished the paper, I got up to leave. After busing my tray, I noticed a fellow wearing a t-shirt from the Trevilian Station Battlefield Foundation, so I jokingly said, “Nice shirt.”

The fellow said thanks, and then did one of those deep double-takes. He said, “You’re Eric Wittenberg, aren’t you?”

Now it was my turn to be shocked. I’m not used to be recognized like that, especially not in a random encounter like that far from home. I said that I was, and he indicated that I had met him at the 140th reenactment of the Battle of Trevilian Station in 2004, and that I had actually been standing next to him when he bought the shirt. That blew me away. I meet so many people doing this that it’s almost impossible to remember most of them. I didn’t recognize or remember him at all, so I did not know what to say. I quickly changed the topic and we chatted a bit. He and his wife were on their way to Vicksburg, and had spent the night in Harrisonburg.

Talk about a coincidence…..

It made my day. It made that miserable drive a little more bearable.

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  1. Charles Bowery
    Tue 19th Jun 2007 at 8:37 am

    I’m green with envy as I type this. Just for reference, today in Kuwait it is 119F with blowing dust. Yeeha!! Just makes me look forward to being home in VA on R&R next summer, at which time I will stomp some too.

    Good luck with your new project, and I’m looking forward to POBTGA as some of my leisure reading in Iraq.

  2. Don
    Tue 19th Jun 2007 at 9:11 am

    I’ll be making my first visit to the Trevillian Station battlefield when I get back to Virginia ta the end of month. Any tips for how to structure the visit or special things to look for?

  3. Tue 19th Jun 2007 at 9:24 am


    E-mail me, please. We can then arrange a time to talk on the phone.


  4. Tue 19th Jun 2007 at 9:25 am


    Yikes. And I was complaining about the heat here…

    Stay well and come home safely.


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