150TH SHILOH….. SATURDAY EARLY PM
It was only about a ¾ mile walk to the Sutler area and the roads were beginning to dry up except for the shaded areas. So it didn’t take long to get there.
The Sutler area has everything you could possibly want in the way of Civil War reenacting and then some. You could walk into the Sutler’s as a civilian and walk out with everything you needed to be a Civil War Reenactor, including a musket and cartridges (Cartridges are just paper cylinders with about 60 grains of black powder.)
I always check out Del at James Country Merchantile. He helped me once get a buckle put on a belt and I have always gone to him to buy anything I need. I made a quick inventory of his goods to see if I could remember anything I needed and didn’t see anything. So I went to the vendor area to buy some food. There are usually about 5 to 10 food vendors and I found one that served Hot Dogs and Ice Cold Punch. When you are at one of these reenactments for a long time, believe it or not, you need greasy food. I am not making this up. My Captain had asked his doctor how to keep from having heat related issues and he was told to eat greasy food and drink a lot of water. So I always try to follow this rule and haven’t had any heat problems when reeacting.
Anyway, once the food was consumed, I headed back to camp arriving just in time to get a quick nap before going getting cootered up for the afternoon battle scenario.
We had about 14 in our company for the morning battle and were expecting about that many for the afternoon battle, which was going to be a doozy.