Research fun

On a recent tip from a fellow student of The Late Unpleasantness, I got a copy of an 1863 diary of a trooper in the 8th Illinois Cavalry that’s located in the research library of a Pennsylvania college.  To my knowledge, this diary has never been used before in any capacity, and it’s a simply fabulous daily snapshot of life in the Federal Cavalry in 1863.  There are wonderful entries of each important action and battle during the year.  The trooper kept good notes for every single day of the year without exception, and I’ve been having fun working at transcribing it from his original longhand.  I passed on the June 9 Battle of Brandy Station material to Eric, and he recently worked it into the manuscript of the 3-volume study of Gettysburg Campaign cavalry actions we’re currently working on.  The diary is yielding an enormous amount of material that will find its way into the volumes.

My researcher also recently sent me a couple large envelopes with lots of primary material that he’s uncovered.  One bit of it is the recollections of a South Carolina cavalryman that served in Gen. Wade Hampton’s brigade.  This trooper makes many comments about the officers he served under, and I found one to be particularly interesting – and revealing.  It’s his impressions of Jeb Stuart, and it’s quite unlike any other.  While so many contemporary comments about Stuart are positive, this fella had little good to say about Jeb.  Here’s what he wrote in a contemporary observation:

I wish to say what I think of Stuart right now… He looks more like a clown and fool than a soldier, nor can you see him without a feeling of contempt for him; yet he is generous and brave – two qualities that redeem a multitude of faults.  You seldom see him on foot but on horse-back.  He wears a roundabout coat, the sleeves and collar of which are gorgeous with stars and trimmings.  His hat has some sort of insignia on it, I do not know what, with two long drooping ostrich plumes in it – high top dragoon boots with brass spurs and very fine, elaborate housing for his horse completes his outfit.  Red hair and long red beard make up the man that is thoroughly and firmly persuaded that J.E.B. Stuart is the great man of this war.  He keeps old Mike Sweeney at his headquarters to play the banjo for him, and he has a song that he sings most all the time (“Old Joe Hooker Come Out of the Wilderness”).
I do not know whether that this raid around McClellan originated from Stuart or not, but it sounds like him, as I don’t think that Gen. Lee would have thought of such a fool thing.

Well, you have to love someone who doesn’t pull any punches.  And it’s certainly a bit different than most contemporary observations of Jeb that I’ve ever read.

Published in: on July 31, 2008 at 4:08 pm  Comments (8)  

Monterey Pass Battlefield Association Seminar

Historian John Miller has put up a little teaser on his Monterey Pass Battlefield website about the seminar coming up on November 8.  Click on the link to read more.  John has asked me and my co-authors on the Gettysburg retreat book, Eric Wittenberg and Mike Nugent, to be the keynote speakers at the event.

The fight at the Monterey Pass is one of my favorites of the Gettysburg Campaign to study.  Taking place during a pitch-black rainstorm late on the night of July 4, Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick’s 3rd Federal Cavalry Division troopers were pitted against a rear guard protecting the escaping wagon trains of Ewell’s column.  We have an entire chapter devoted to the fight in our book One Continuous Fight, containing the most updated and detailed scholarship on the scrap.  I love exploring the area – the pass (as well as nearby Fairfield Pass) is some of the most beautiful country in that part of the Commonwealth, and since the terrain and roads are virtually unchanged save for the asphalt, interpretation of the fighting is easy to understand and appreciate.

John and his folks are doing yeoman’s work as they labor to save the area and bring publicity to the area’s history in the Civil War, and they deserve hearty kudos.  Historians such as Ted Alexander, Kent Masterson Brown and John Miller himself will be in attendance.

Watch John’s website for updates, and please plan to attend if you can.  If you want to get “off the beaten path” and learn about some of the “other” events surrounding Gettysburg, you’ll appreciate this event.

Published in: on July 29, 2008 at 1:16 pm  Comments (1)  

Great time at the Chambersburg Seminar

From this past Wednesday through Sunday, I participated in Ted Alexander’s Chambersburg Civil War Seminar.  It was a great time not only getting to stomp lots of battlefield ground, but meeting old friends and making new ones.  I finally got to meet Jeffry Wert – Eric and myself had a great panel discussion with Jeff to close the event on Sunday morning.  Jeff is a terrific guy and we got to talk a great deal when Eric and I took him to dinner at Dave and Jane’s Crab House near the Mason Dixon line south of Fairfield on Saturday night.  There we met Gettysburg locals Dave Moore and his wife Carol, and the Master of Adams County – Dean Shultz – and his wife Judy also met us for dinner.  Yes, I shocked everyone again with my eating prowess and we left the table in quite a mess!  Of course, this great seafood restaurant is used to that.

I made fast friends with the folks who work Ted’s seminar and do so much work behind the scenes to make it a terrific and successful event year after year.  It was wonderful meeting folks such as Ethan Rafuse, John Schildt, and Steve French.  Steve and I have corresponded over the years but it’s always nice when you get to shake the hand of a friend.

On Thursday, Eric and I gave about 20 folks a full-day tour of Jeb Stuart’s ride to Gettysburg based on our first book, and at the end we threw in a tour of Fairfield for them as well.  On Friday Eric and I took the day to make a run to DC, where we got to see Forts Stevens and DeRussy.  DeRussy sits in the heavy woods in Rock Creek State Park, and I was amazed that one is able to walk all over the parapets.  We visited the beautifully restored Lincoln Cottage at the Soldier’s Home, and visit that I recommend to all. 

On Saturday, after spending the morning in Gettysburg, Eric (with a little assist from me) gave a tour of South Cavalry Field – Merritt’s and Farnsworth’s actions – to a group of about 8 folks.  At the end, we threw in another tour of Fairfield for this group, and I spent a little time at the end wrapping up all the events of the Reserve Brigade for the folks.

Saturday morning, Eric and I joined Jeff Wert for a panel discussion of Stuart’s role in the Gettysburg Campaign, and then we had lunch and parted ways.  It was a wonderful four days and I learned much more than I taught – which is always a winner for me.  Once again, I bought way too many books, and I’m hoping that Jim McLean of Butternut&Blue names that new wing on his house after me…

Ted Alexander is planning several cavalry-related topics for next year, so I’m very much looking forward to participating in future events.  Everyone involved deserves a hearty congrats for all their hard work in making the event a rousing success, and for raising some $5000 for battlefield preservation.  If you haven’t attended this event, please consider doing so.

Published in: on July 28, 2008 at 4:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Galloping to Chambersburg

Tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday) I’ll be heading off to Chambersburg to participate in Ted Alexander’s Mother of All Gettysburg Seminars.  There will be a nice reception Wednesday evening at Seminar headquarters (the Chambersburg Quality Inn).  On Thursday, Eric Wittenberg and I will be leading an all-day bus tour of Jeb Stuart’s ride from Westminster MD to Gettysburg.  Eric and I have a lot of fun leading this particular tour, and we enjoy showing folks sights that people rarely get to see (or understand).  One of them is a recent addition, and something that didn’t make it into the tour in our book – the precise location of the initial skirmish that started the Hanover fight of June 30, 1863.  Working with local historians and pouring over old maps and road traces last month, I was able to finally re-discover the route taken by Capt. Thaddeus Freeland of the 18th PA Cavalry’s rear guard detail, and where the clash happened between his troopers and an advance guard of Col. John Chambliss’ 13th VA Cavalry.  We’ll be showing the folks that location.

On Friday, Eric and I are going to make a run to the DC area to check out Ft. Stevens and several other sites.  Saturday I have a tour or two I wish to attend, and in the afternoon Eric will be leading a walk of Farnsworth’s Charge on South Cavalry Field.  Then on Sunday morning, Eric and I and others are participating in a panel discussion entitled “Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Stuart’s Ride Revisited.”  I’m looking forward to that.

Many of the country’s top Gettysburg/Civil War historians are participating, and it’s great company to be in – Ed Bearss of course, Ted Alexander, Joe Bilby, Eric Campbell, Steve French, Gary Kross, Dave Martin, Ethan Rafuse, Richard Sauers, Dean Shultz, Wayne Wachsmuth, and Jeff Wert just to name a few.

I look forward to seeing many friends at the conference, and making many new ones.  I’ll give a full report next week when I return.

Published in: on July 22, 2008 at 11:11 am  Leave a Comment  

Last call

At the risk of sounding like I’m simply peddling books… I just wanted to let my readers know that if they’d like to secure a First Edition of our new book One Continuous Fight: The Retreat From Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863, please act quickly.  Especially if you’d like a personally signed first edition, or our Signed and Numbered Gettysburg Edition (limited to 75 copies).  The First Edition is just about gone, and I have very few in stock in the inventory we use to fulfill orders on our book website.  There are only a few of the Gettysburg Edition in stock (these feature a very cool special bookplate and are serial numbered).  If you’d like either, please go here to our website and use the secure online ordering system.  On many online discussions and during personal discussions, I’ve continually heard that the book is very hard to find on bookstore shelves, so the clock is ticking fast on when First Editions will be available. 

Terrific reviews of the book are beginning to show up on Amazon, and I’ve heard so many great comments since its release that Eric, Mike and I wish to thank everyone for their appreciation of the book!  What such positive comments mean to an author are difficult to put into words, and it is very inspiring when folks enjoy your work.

Published in: on July 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hanover reenactment Introduction

Since several folks have asked me for a copy of the text of the Introduction that I gave at the reenactment of the Battle of Hanover on July 3, I’ve reproduced it below.  I had written it out in long hand earlier in the week, and when I got home I typed it out.  Here ’tis.  Should I need to use it again, I’ll likely make some edits to it, but I think it gave the spectators a good overview of why Jeb Stuart’s and Judson Kilpatrick’s troopers met at Hanover on the morning of June 30, 1863, and how the battle began.  It goes into a teaser of the first scenario that was reenacted, and then I narrated the scenarios ad-lib.

Good evening, everyone. Or should I say – good morning.

Welcome to the morning of June 30, 1863.

For the next hour or so, we hope to take you back in time – 145 years ago when the very ground we are standing upon reverberated with the sounds of Civil War cavalry – thundering hoof beats, gunshots, slashing sabers, and the thunder of horse artillery.

On that warm summer day – June 30, 1863 – the very day before the three days of bloodletting at nearby Gettysburg would begin, the town of Hanover, Pennsylvania stood squarely in the middle of the planned lines of march of two opposing forces: 

  • The Federal 3rd Cavalry Division commanded by Brigadier General Judson Kilpatrick
  • And three brigades of Confederate cavalry commanded by Major General James Ewell Brown (Jeb) Stuart

Upon nearby fields and throughout the town of Hanover itself, famous commanders showed their mettle and tested the fortitude of their men – men such as:

  • Gen. Jeb Stuart, one of the most famous men in America in 1863
  • Gen. Fitz Lee, a nephew of Robert E. Lee 
  • Col. John Chambliss
  • Gen. Wade Hampton
  • Gen. Judson Kilpatrick
  • Gen. Elon Farnsworth, who would meet his final fate at Gettysburg on July 3
  • And Gen. George Armstrong Custer

To put the Battle of Hanover in perspective, and how and why these two forces clashed here, let’s take just a moment to talk about the context of how this day-long battle erupted – one that was the longest, largest, and bloodiest fight north of the Mason-Dixon Line other than Gettysburg itself.

During the third week of June, Jeb Stuart proposed to Robert E. Lee that Stuart be allowed to take his three best brigades of cavalry, and six pieces of crack horse artillery, and parallel the Confederate army’s advance north through Maryland and into Pennsylvania.

Lee approved the plan, and ordered Stuart to maintain contact with the right flank of his army, do all the damage possible to the Federals, and link up with one of the Southern corps somewhere near the State capital at Harrisburg.

On June 25, Stuart started his ride north out of Virginia, getting into two large skirmishes at Fairfax Court House, Virginia, and Westminster, Maryland, and captured 125 Federal wagons at Rockville before camping his brigades on the night of June 29 on the road stretching from Westminster to Union Mills, Maryland.

During that night, some of Stuart’s scouts brought word that a large Federal cavalry force was camped at Littlestown – the cavalry division of Judson Kilpatrick, 3500 troopers in all. Stuart led over 5000 troopers among his brigades.

Kilpatrick was young – 27 years old – and was only recently promoted to brigadier general. His two brigade commanders were likewise young. Elon Farnsworth was 25 years old, and commanded the 1st Vermont, 5th New York, 1st West Virginia, and 18th Pennsylvania cavalry regiments.

George Custer was only 23 years old, and commanded the “Wolverine Brigade” of Michigan cavalry, the 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th Michigan regiments.

To avoid Kilpatrick and continue his march north, Stuart enlisted the help of a teenage guide, Herbert Shriver of Union Mills, to show him the way to Hanover on the morning of June 30.

Unknown to Stuart, of course, was that Kilpatrick planned to also march to Hanover that same morning – and Kilpatrick was completely unaware of Stuart’s presence in the area.

About 6am on the morning of June 30, Custer passed through Hanover with two of his regiments – the 1st and 7th Michigan – and was in Abbottstown by about 8am.

By that time, the column of Farnsworth’s brigade, led by division leader Kilpatrick, had arrived in the town square in Hanover and were being fed by the local citizens. The regiment in the rear of the column, the green and inexperienced 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry, was strung out in a long line south of Hanover in the hamlet called “Mudtown” – locals know this area today at “Pennville.”

One of the rear guard patrols of the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry, ordered to protect the rear of the column and guard against any surprise ambush by the enemy, was commanded by Captain Thaddeus Freeland. Freeland followed Kilpatrick’s main column a couple of miles behind, and took several side roads on both sides of the main road, watching for any signs of the enemy.

Freeland led his patrol off the main route, and took an old road which today is called Lovers Drive. This road is currently a closed, private road, located on land owned by our hosts, Peter and Sharon Sheppard. Upon entering a road known today as Narrow Road, Freeland soon unexpectedly ran upon a patrol of the Confederate 13th Virginia Cavalry, and this little confrontation touched off, and was the very first shots of, the day-long Battle of Hanover.

One young member of the 13th Virginia Cavalry was killed in a field along the road known as Dresher’s Field – the very first casualty of the battle.

This is the first scenario that is going to be reenacted for us.

Published in: on July 10, 2008 at 1:34 pm  Comments (2)  

Hanover battle reenactment raises $7,500 for Adams County Land Conservancy!

The following article is from the Hanover Evening Sun of July 8.  The July 3 Battle of Hanover reenactment, which I narrated and helped coordinate, raised $7,500 for the Adams County Land Conservancy.  The article estimates that over 700 folks attended, a terrific crowd.

The link to the article is here.

Battle of Hanover re-enactment raised $7,500

By PATTY POIST
Evening Sun Reporter

Article Launched: 07/08/2008 11:30:08 AM EDT

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Organizers of one the biggest re-enactments of the 145-year-old Battle of Hanover ever held here said they were delighted with the outcome and said they are looking for more of its kind in the future.

Last Thursday’s “living history” battle at the Sheppard farm south of town featured 200 re-enactors, from all across the country and as far as England and Germany, who re-created Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s delay in getting much-needed help to Gen. Robert E. Lee in Gettysburg.

Some historians contend the Hanover battle, though critical to the Civil War’s outcome, is often overshadowed by the Battle of Gettysburg.

The re-enactment not only gave the estimated 700 people who attended an up-close journey through Hanover’s past, but netted about $7,500 in proceeds to benefit the Land Conservancy of Adams County.

“I hope everyone had a good time,” said Sharon Sheppard, who along with her husband Peter, donated their property and time to the event. “After it was over, everyone had a smile on their face.”

Sheppard and her husband’s own ancestors played a key role in the June 30, 1863, battle and she said she was particularly pleased at the historical accuracy of the re-enactment, which started Wednesday with an encampment at Union Mills, Md.

The four-part 50-minute re-enactment was narrated by noted Civil War author J. David Petruzzi of Brockway.

“I think having the battle scene narrated with the element of historical accuracy made it a far more enjoyable product,” Sheppard said.

She attributed the event’s success to teamwork involving re-enactors, including Charlie Doutt, of Roaring Spring, Pa., who played an instrumental role in bringing the event to fruition. She also thanked Union Mills officials, vendors and local municipal officials who cooperated with the logistics, such as dealing with the traffic to ensure safety.

Re-enactors on horseback Thursday morning made a 10-mile trek to the Sheppard farm on a route close to the original.

Sheppard said she was also very grateful to landowners who allowed them to travel through their properties as they made their way to Hanover.

Mark Clowney, vice president of the Land Conservancy said his organization was “very proud” to be involved and thanked the volunteers who made it possible.

“We are new to the Civil War re-enactment world, but find that both conservationists and re-enactors have similar goals,” he said in an e-mail.

“We can respect them for their love of history and portraying an important part in our country’s past and they can respect us for trying to protect the land on which history took place.”

Contact Patty Poist at ppoist@eveningsun.com.

Published in: on July 9, 2008 at 11:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Wonderful time at Hanover Reenactment

Last week was simply a terrific week spent in Gettysburg, Hunterstown, and Hanover.  All the book signings went great, and everyone involved was very gracious to me.  Co-author Mike Nugent came to town on Tuesday, joining me at the signings at the Farnsworth House Bookstore and the American Civil War Museum.  I would like to take this post to talk about the awesome day spent at the reenactment of the Battle of Hanover on Thursday.

Event coordinator Captain Charlie Doutt of the 2nd US Cavalry reenactment group and I had been talking for several weeks about the event.  I was honored that he asked me to lay out the various scenarios for the 200 mounted cavalrymen and 6 cannons to do for the reenactment, and to narrate the event for them.  Wednesday evening, Mike and went to Union Mills following the monument dedication at Hunterstown, and had dinner with the men and officers of the various cavalry units that were there in camp.  I had laid out 4 different scenarios for the folks to do, and had previously drawn them out on heavy card stock with different colored pens.  Charlie had called an officers’ meeting for 8pm at the Mill, and we all gathered together to go over the scenarios.

The first was the initial skirmish between an advance patrol of the 13th VA Cavalry, and a rear patrol of the 18th PA Cavalry led by Capt. Thaddeus Freeland.  The second scenario was the skirmish between the 13th Va and another 18th PA patrol led by Lt. Henry Potter.  The third scenario was the all-out saber and pistol fighting in the streets of Hanover, and the final act was the dismounted fighting against Stuart’s line that ended the battle.

Charlie had given me over 200 troopers and horses, and 6 pieces of artillery to “play” with.  I was in heaven. 🙂

We spent nearly two hours going over all the scenarios in detail.  All of us, including the very able Darrell Markijohn (USV commander), worked out various ways to make all the scenarios fit.  The guys really knew their stuff, and we knew that when it came off, it was going to be one of the most historically accurate portrayals ever done.

On Thursday morning the 3rd, Mike and I met everyone back at Union Mills at 7:30 for breakfast.  They did terrific mounted maneuvers for the crowd there – this is the 2nd US, the 4th VA Black Horse, and others – the best in the business.  These guys and gals (yes, there are many lady riders – and they’re damn good!) know their stuff like no one else.  I couldn’t wait for that evening and the reenactment to begin.  About 9am they began marching in column for the 9-mile trip to Hanover, and Mike and I got in my truck to head to the battle site on a field owned by Peter and Sharon Sheppard.  Sharon, by the way, is a direct descendant of the Union Mills Shriver family, as well as the Gitts of Hanover, on whose land the initial skirmish of the battle began.  The reenactment field is only about a half mile from that site.

When we arrived at the field (which is next to the Long Arm Reservoir south of town), a nice 30×30 tent had been set up for us at the top of the rise overlooking the field, and in the middle of the area taped off for the spectators.  A technician was just setting up the PA system, with large speakers along both sides of the spectator area so folks could hear me.  Vendors had already started setting up, and Mike and I brought out our books and set it up at our signing table.  Throughout the day, we signed and sold quite a number of books.

The mounted column began arriving on the field around 1pm.  They were impressive indeed!  I was like a little kid, standing there transfixed watching them.  Around 4pm, Captain Charlie asked me to go over to the far side of the field to meet with the officers, maps in hand, to go over my scenarios just one more time.  As I left, Mike began doing a talk for the crowd on Civil War cavalry equipment, weapons, and tactics.

I met with the officers and we all went over the scenarios one by one.  I could tell that Darrell and the “boys” had it down pat.  They were ready, and so was I.

When I got back up to the tent, I caught the last part of Mike’s talk.  He had a crowd of at least 200 people around him, and they really enjoyed his talk and his answers to their questions.  Next time, we’ll set it up as an even more formal part of the event.  Mike really knows his stuff, and everyone learned a great deal – including me, I’m not afraid to say.

The great folks of the Adams County Land Conservancy did a little presentation about 5:30, and it’s wonderful that such a beneficial group benefitted from the proceeds of the event.  Those folks have saved an enormous amount of historic land for us and for posterity.  Shortly after they were done, I did a short talk for the crowd to thank the many folks responsible for the event – including Peter and Sharon, and all of the many cavalry and artillery units on the field.

About 5:50, I began a ten-minute introduction to the reenactment that I had written out beforehand.  It gave context to how the June 30, 1863 Battle of Hanover began, and how it fit into both Jeb Stuart’s ride to Pennsylvania and the Gettysburg Campaign.  When I was done – it was as if the timing was perfect.  The reenactors were ready to begin, and they started the first scenario.

As I narrated each part of the actions of each scenario, I was stunned how perfectly the reenactors executed them.  They followed my hand-drawn maps to a “T” (from memory) and the commanders had everyone in exactly the right place.  I shouldn’t have expected less, however – Charlie and Darrell are consummate professionals, and their troopers are amazing.  Besides doing historically accurate maneuvers, since the initial skirmishes involved only a few dozen troopers on either side, we had just the right amount of folks and horses to portray each event. 

During the main battle scenario, we had previously worked out that the reenactors would portray the bloody Hanover street fighting right in front of the crowd.  And I mean right in front of them – the folks sitting and standing up front literally got dirt and dust kicked on them from the horses’ hooves.  I had several dozen children sitting in front of my table under the tent, and I don’t think any of them blinked until the action was over.  They were all wide-eyed and full of smiles.  One lady, probably the mother of one or more of the children around here sitting on the ground, watched the action right in front of her and just let out a “Wow!”  The ground literally shook as the troopers rode back and forth just a few feet from the yellow safety tape, and I can still hear the noise and rush of air of it all.  Amazing, simply amazing.  The crowd was thoroughly entertained, and let out a thunderous applause after each scenario.

For the final act, Custer’s dismounted fighting, Steve Alexander portrayed a great Custer.  In full gaudy uniform, the crowd simply loved his portrayal.  He looked terrific out there, and it slipped everyone back in time 145 years for a moment.  I know it did for me.  The kids simply went wild.

When the battles were over, as best as I can recall from memory since my battle narrations were ad-lib, I said something like “For the honor, for the glory of the men of both sides – North and South – who fought here, all of them Americans and fighting for the cause they believed in, let’s give these reenactors, these true living historians, another round of applause!”  After an ovation that must have lasted nearly five minutes, I then called on the crowd to give the reenactors a cheer that we all love – three Huzzah’s.  The crowd of well over 500 people let out hearty cheers, and then all 200 troopers lined up in front of the crowd and gave the cheer back to them.

I couldn’t have been happier – for the troopers, artillerymen (who did an amazing job keeping up the earth-shattering booms that rattled everyone’s teeth!) and for the crowd that was able to watch such consumate professionals.  In this “business” of researching, writing, living history, reenacting – all of it – this was one of the niftiest days I’ve ever spent, bar none.  Folks, regardless of the main Gettysburg reenactment event, and whatever you’ve thought of past such events, you should come to the Hanover event next time it’s held.  You’ll enjoy it.

Mike was my right-hand man during the event, wired up with a walkie-talkie connected to the commanders on the field, making sure that everyone was in the right place at all times. 

After it was over, I was humbled by the many people who came up to me, thanking me for my narration and for all that they had learned.  They also couldn’t say enough wonderful things about the troopers.  Everyone was thoroughly entertained and had an awesome time.

Mike and I had dinner that evening with the troopers, and all of them expressed how it was such a terrific event.  Most of them had been to a lot of reenactments, and they told me that this one was the best.  They appreciated that I knew the battle history intimately in minute detail, and that I was able to answer all their questions about it.  Reenactors want to be confident that they’re working with a historian who knows his/her stuff, and having participated in mounted reenactments myself, I know that historical accuracy is the primary concern.  Several commanders told me that they’d work again with me any time, and that humbled me a great deal.  With folks that good, that dedicated, and that knowledgable, my job was the easiest of all.

The Hanover Evening Sun newspaper, which carried several articles about the event, called it a “winner” for the crowd and carried several stories about how much the young attendees enjoyed it.  They are truly our future, and I was so glad to see so many children in attendance.  I gave several of them a “special” place to watch the event right in front of my table where my equipment was set up, and they had front-row seats.  They also got a lot of dust kicked in their eyes, but they wouldn’t have traded their space for anything!

Below is a link to an article from the Sun covering the event.  In the next post, I will post the text of the Introduction that I gave that evening, since several folks wanted the text of it.  I want to take this opportunity to thank Charlie Doutt (event coordinator); Peter and Sharon Sheppard (land owners and hosts of the event); David House (2nd VA commander); Terry Treat (4th VA Black Horse); Bill Freuth (portraying Jeb Stuart); Steve Alexander (portraying George Custer); and Bruce Yealey (portraying Judson Kilpatrick).  You folks are the best, and thanks for letting this big kid have a whole hell of a lot of fun for a day.

Hanover Sun article

Published in: on July 8, 2008 at 12:12 am  Comments (2)