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A late post of last month's Cedar Creek event.
Charles Napier was a dedicated and thoughtful man. His loss is deeply felt.
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"A Gathering of Civil War Eagles" in Winchester, Virginia workshop offered spectators a rare opportunity to hear discussions about key events of the Civil War by some of the most knowledgeable living historians. The Nation’s most prominent impressionists of the Civil War leaders engaged in debates throughout the weekend and offered spectators a chance to ask questions on particular points of interest. The event took place in the Old Court House Civil War Museum in Old Town Winchester June 1st and 2nd 2013. It featured members of Lee’s Lieutenants and The Federal General’s Corp.
But it wasn’t all serious discussions and Q&A. The sketch entitled “The Duel" was arranged for Saturday afternoon. The pretext was two gentlemen discussing the merits of Kentucky Bourbon versus Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey. As the drinking continued, the discussion deteriorated into an argument and the two walked or, by some accounts, stumbled out of the Union Jack bar. The argument escalated as the two began hurling insults at each other as they continued to stumble down the street.
They were urged on by a Prussian bystander who decided the only resolution to this argument was a duel at 10 paces. In contrast, a preacher tried to peacefully end the argument with a reading of passages from the good book. By this time the alcohol induced argument was not going to end peacefully. The two drunks stumbled about each brandishing .44 mm six shooters unable to aim straight, which caused all sorts of havoc and hilarity.
In the end both were shot by the frustrated Prussian bystander, but not without much mayhem as all twelve missed shots flew about the crowd hitting a bird from the sky, shattering a distant glass pane, and knocking a ladies' hat off of her head.
The sketch was not announced to the local spectators who seemed to thoroughly enjoy the antics.
The sketch featured Mr. Bill Frueh and Mr. David Trimble as the alcohol induced duelers, Mr. RJ Cicerio as the Prussian antagonist and Mr. Greg Stull as the preacher. Supporting (literally) cast was Mr. Chris Godart and Mr. Tony Virando. All of the players are members of Lee’s Lieutenants Living History Organization. Speciall thanks to Dave Trimble and Rosemary Thoburn for their help in compiling the story.
The Link to the Galleries: http://www.oakhillstudio.org/f61868653
Posted the images from the Friday Tactical.
The 13th Virginia Co I decided to cross the ravine at Chansellorsville during Jackson's flank attack rather than wait their turn to cross the bridge. This sequence took about a minute, but yielded some great shots.
A ravine is generally a fluvial slope landform of relatively steep (cross-sectional) sides, on the order of twenty to seventy percent in gradient. Ravines may or may not have active streams flowing along the downslope channel which originally formed them; moreover, often they are characterized by intermittent streams, since their geographic scale may not be sufficiently large to support a perennial watercourse.
The link: http://www.oakhillstudio.org/p225402675
The Jackson wounding and surgery scenario is posted. Thanks to all that participated and helped behind the scenes. A special thanks to my friend Greg Randall as "Stonewall". Great job Greg.
My blog entry from earlier this month shows the UDC Confederate Memorial Service on April 7, 2013. I used a group portrait that I particularly liked, but the editor said those do not print well so I chose this shot of the wreath laying. My first photojournalist attempt.
One of my favorite regional Virginia dishes is Brunswick Stew. In New Mexico it's the pueblo style chili cooked in a similar fashion caldron style. There are so many variations of the recipe and most are good eats. Maybe it was the cool morning, or the folks, or watching the progression of ingredients, but the bowl I enjoyed at noon was GREAT. My thanks to the Brunswick SCV for showing me the process and some of the secret ingredients used. Like BBQ it's an acquired art and like pit masters I now know there are stew masters. The recipe is safe with me.
The stew is not done until the paddle stands upright in the center of the pot.
More Photographs of the event.
Link to the galleries - http://www.oakhillstudio.org/f129829586
The Appomattox County Historical Society, together with the United Daughters of the Confederacy Appomattox Chapter 11, Lee's Lieutenants and the Federal Generals Corps sponsored a Sesquicentennial event entitled The Fall of Richmond. This is the third event in the five-year "Long Road Home" program leading to the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War in Appomattox.
The Long Road Home series of events are a combination of a Civil War re-enactment and living history events. This event, commemorating the events surrounding the 1865 fall and evacuation of Richmond, Virginia was held April 5-7, 2013 at Clover Hill Village, Appomattox, Virginia.
The most ambitious scenario was a depiction of the closing of the Robertson Hospital by Federal forces. The event is taken from a dairy excerpt and features Captain Sally Tompkins, a nurse at the hospital that is short of medicine, supplies, and everything else except wounded Confederate soldiers.
A link to the Gallery - http://www.oakhillstudio.org/p990990357