I just got back home from a great trip to Maryland and Virginia. We stayed in Orange, VA, which was Lee's Army's winter camp in '63 - '64. Across the Rapidan, near Mitchell's Station, about 15 miles from Orange, the 13th Mass. were camped.
My host took me up to the hill where he thinks the regiment camped. Someone in the area has been doing metal detecting up there, but we weren't able to hook up with him during my visit. But we are going to get in touch.
The area is private property today, but with logic and some studying of maps, it seems like a very good guess as to the location.
I'll post some photos soon, but it really just looks like woods or a field, unless you are there.
Other sites - we did the entire Summer campaign of John Pope, 1862, beginning at Cedar Mtn., and working back to Rappahannock Station, (Remington today) Thoroughfare Gap, and Chinn Ridge. Today, most of the area is overgrown with woods, or intersected by freeways, so pictures don't do it justice, but some maps accompanied by arial views might prove interesting if I have time to do that for the blog.
I also walked the fields at Fredericksburg, where the 13th Mass acted as skirmishers. This part of the battlefield is known as the slaughter pen, and its fairly recently acquired by the park service. Other parts of the battlefield have been developed. I will post pictures.
On a personal note, I met John Hennessy, author of Return to Bull Run, and gave him a copy of my unpublished manuscript, "Stories from the 13th Mass."
I also got a tour of Hancock, MD by the local historians. Again, roads have changed, and houses have been torn down, but I was promised some vintage pictures of some locales. Eight companies of the regiment were at Hancock at different times during the winter of 61 -62.