Some excerpts from The Photographic History of the War in Ten Volumes (Vol. 8) by Francis Trevelyan Miller and Robert Sampson Lanier from 1911. Most of these photos are relatively forgotten but help round out the war experience. Some of them show interesting fabrics, women in camp, men in their shirtsleeves, and even a period "water buffalo."
Volunteer about to lose some weight. :D
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
- You use your reeacting stuff in everyday life.
- Your gear stays in the car until the next event-- at least you always have a chair.
- The power has been out for three days but it doesn't matter, your wife can cook a full 3 course meal 3 times a day for 30 men without electricity.
- You've attempted to adjust your kepi, in "the real world" when you weren't even wearing a hat.
- Field-craft? You've mastered field-craft and now your working on port-o-potty-craft.
- You park the car at the supermarket and your wife says "Lock the doors, someone might steal my copy of Godey's."
- You sons are okay with wearing dresses.
- St. Patrick's Day means you don't have to feel weird for blasting your usual David Kincaid in the car.
- Your alarm clock plays reveille.
- You watch period films and documentaries just to point out people you know.
- You can spot another reenactor in regular life by their facial hair. You can probably even tell if he's a Yankee or a Reb.
- You can spot a zipper, snaps and stainless steel from a mile away.
- You've gotten used to the taste of rust and wax.
- You have an entirely different definition of the word 'clean' after sweating in your gear for three days.
- You know that REAL men are okay with spooning in the cold.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
When we made it out late Friday night, I was looking for the 27th VA, but nobody from our Battalion was there. There was a group of guys who offered to let us camp and fall in with them. They were Captain Matt Vandewater's 42nd Mississippi Co. I. Our thanks go out to them for being so hospitable, and my commendation on their performance during the battles. They were pretty sharp.
Saturday, we got to forage through town, as the event scheduled promised. The various businesses of the town put red ribbons on their doors. This meant we could go in and they'd have stuff for us to take. This ranged from free sodas at the pizza shop, to bags full of apples, potatoes and bananas, to one suspicious can of vegetable soup that upon further inspection expired when I was 11 (that's almost 14 years ago!).
Steph found a lot to do while I was gone. This was a concern for us since there would be nobody left to stay with her in camp while I was gone for drill, foraging, and the battle. The ladies of this battalion were very social, and took Steph with them to the various events in the town. There was a presentation on mourning, and even an ice cream social. They even got to ride in a horse drawn wagon!
After the battle there was a short parade of all the troops down the street, and we returned to camp.
Shippensburg was a great success, especially for such a small event. I really hope to go next year.