Honoring the Battles, Soldiers and Spirits

A CIVIL WAR REENACTOR’S HIGH

A CIVIL WAR REENACTOR’S HIGH Let me say that after 18 years in the Infantry ranks I still get a natural high when we come marching onto a field of battle and view the spectators. Many times they cheer or look at us with awe. I know they wonder what it would be like to be out there with us. …


THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862

THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862: THROUGH ARKANSAS EYES I have been in Civil War Reenactments were we have charged the enemy shoulder to shoulder in Battalion Line of Battle of 4 to 5 five companies consisting of about 125 to 150 men. In small battle scenarios we usually “take a hit”, fall and play dead when we want to. In …


THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862

THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862: THROUGH ARKANSAS EYES Walker’s Division had been listening to the fire from the north with the knowledge that the battle would ultimately get to them. At about 9:00 AM a staff officer galloped up to Walker’s Command Post and ordered the division to go north at the double quick. D. R Jones’ Division was now …


THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862:

THROUGH ARKANSAS EYES You haven’t really lived until you have spent a night in 39 degree temperatures and only two gum blankets, a wool blanket and your frock coat for warmth on the cold ground. I have spent a few nights in these kinds of conditions, but not a full campaign of freezing night temperatures with not enough cover to …


THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862:

THROUGH ARKANSAS EYES Ever been to South Arkansas? We refer to it as LA. Not the one out in California but Lower Arkansas. It consist of Delta from the Mississippi River in the east for about 50 miles to the west where it becomes forested and small rolling hills all the way to the western border with Texas and Oklahoma. …


The time I spent at Antietam created a s

The time I spent at Antietam created a special place in my heart for Sharpsburg, Maryland, South Central Pennsylvania, Shepherdstown, WVA and the four northern counties of Virginia. But Antietam had definitely become my battle. I was going to become an expert in its history no matter what. We also toured the four battles around Fredericksburg: Spotsylvania, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness …


The Maryland Campaign of 1862: Through Arkansas Eyes Part 1

What does it take for a brand new military regiment to become a reliable veteran unit? Good leadership, pride of unit (esprit de corps), patriotism, dedication to mission are just a few of the reasons for the evolution of a green outfit to a veteran unit. Dedication and patriotism were two key ingredients that the 3rd Arkansas Voluntary Infantry, CSA, …