Hampton Roads Through the Lens: Freedom’s Fort MonroeJanuary 26th, 2012 at 9:25 am by Tom Schaad under Military, News, Personalities, Uncategorized
It’s beginnings date to the very genesis of America itself. Defensive fortifications were built in Hampton starting in 1609. Fast forward two centuries and a more substantial imprint of our nation’s emerging power was completed in 1834. Fort Monroe was named after Amercia’s 5th president, and during the Civil War, it was one of the few areas of the Old Dominion which remained in Union hands, and thus became a beacon of freedom for runaway slaves. It was the last active Army Fort when it was decommissioned in September 2011, and thus has a mysterious feel when one strolls the grounds on a cold morning as I did recently. Here are a few impressions from my camera– many of them recording a stark black and white look of a proud but time-worn edifice that is Freedom’s Fortress. A title that led President Obama to declare Ft. Monroe a National Monument and forever be preserved as part of the American fabric.