"History of the American Soldier" In honor of Veteran's Day (12 November 2011)

(Part II)


Guilford Courthouse National Military Park


I would like to thank Stephen Ware and the staff of Guilford Courthouse National Military Park for hosting the Second Annual, "History of the American Soldier."  This is a great program!!!  I would also like to thank the 18 members of Living History and Associates and Reilly's Battery for taking part in the program.  The idea to host an event like this is simply outstanding as reenactors and Marines from Greensboro established a military time line that stretched from the American Revolutionary War up to the present conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.   Dusty Summers was a Mounted Rifleman from the Mexican War Period, Jim Lankford was a Dragoon from the same time frame.  John Horvath, Billy Horne, Rex Kennedy,  Dan Cooke,  Chris Moose and Mike Rhyne were artillerymen from the American Civil War.  Stuart Brandt was a US Cavalryman from the Spanish American War/Boxer Rebellion (1898/1900).  David Stanley was a 1st Bengal Lancer from the Boxer Rebellion, where US and British troops fought together.  Danyel broke out her WWII Army Nurse Uniform for the first time and Don Collins was an 82nd Airborne Paratrooper and Sean Dudley was a British Paratrooper from World War II.  Sandy Horvath, Geanie Slifer, Janice Horne and new member Sharon Hickman were present in Civil War Women's attire, and demonstrating her basket weaving skills.  Morgan and Abby Moose were present, dressed in their Civil War Dress leaning a hand as needed.  We took the gun with a six up that had Billy Horne, Chris Moose and John Ruf driving.  There were four highlights for this year's event.  John Ruf has developed a Revolutionary War hitch so we pulled the Park's gun and limber.and Danyel Moose driving over in front of the Nathaniel Greene Monument for a photograph with all the participants.  We drove the Civil War Cannon with a six up and the Bengal Lancer presence. For the first time we celebrated Saint Barbara's Day presenting the Order of Saint Barbara to four of our units members: Stuart Brandt, Don Collins, Billy Horne and John Ruf.  We then had refreshments furnished by Ms Patty Potts, Ms Ronda Potts and Mrs. Avahlee Stanley.   We are the only reenacting unit to have our Chapter in the Field Artillery Association, the Rowan Chapter. Our participation represented over 50% of the total display.  The Park support was outstanding, and Mother Nature's cooperation was also appreciated.  Gene Stafford took some outstanding photos as did Dr. Pamela McNabb.   It was a Great Day to Honor American Veteran's Past and Present.  -- David Stanley


Photos by Gene Stafford, Colfax, North Carolina and Dr. Pamela McNabb, Culpepper, Virginia



Updated on 25 Feb 2012.

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