|Nearly hidden, this battlefield marker is|
near Salem Church.
An interchange built in the 1960s on I-95 spawned massive development along State Route 3 (the historic Orange Turnpike), leading to the destruction of the site where Union and Confederate armies suffered more than 9,500 casualties on May 3, 1863. Even the National Park Service web site concedes: "Salem Church is located amongst a virtual sea of shopping malls."
The Mysteries and Conundrums blog explains the loss in greater detail and provides two neat photos of what the battlefield looked like before it was virtually wiped out. Salem Church, behind Rebel lines during the battle and used as a field hospital, remains -- an island in a sea of asphalt and other urban clutter. I shot the interactive panorama above during my visit, amazingly not capturing six-lane State Route 3 when it was packed with traffic.
|Six-lane State Route 3 makes visiting Salem Church a challenge. (Google Maps)|