It was great to see all of you that came out
to the 145th Bentonville. The new guys Chad Kerley
and James Clark certainly were immersed in Civil War Reenacting this
weekend . It was also great to see Don Collins in his
annual appearance with us and Rex Kennedy's appearance late Saturday
was a pleasant surprise also. With Virginia transforming into
Virgil and Joe Slifer bringing his neighbor Kyle Faltisco, who will
be attending the Naval Academy in the fall, we had enough to crew
two guns on Sunday. The last character to reappear in our
company was John Ruf and his lovely friend Pat. Pat was
a former Morgan horse owner and fell in love with our herd. John is
always a pleasure to have in camp and as he demonstrated again on
Sunday, he is one helluva wheel horse driver. They created a slide
show that I'll post when I figure out how. Lastly, and quite
the contributor ,Terry Routh also joined us for the weekend.
Many of you have seen the wonderful photos he took when he so
generously sent them to all of us. Some of those are
of you arrived Friday afternoon and early evening and moved into the
camp site we have occupied for several events. Water troughs
in the camp area and hay close by was a sign that Lt Vann Seabock
had taken care of all of the Carolina Legion's mounted contingent.
Vann came over later in the evening to let us know that we would
have to shuttle water from the main watering point several hundred
yards from the camp. Without a grumble you guys went and did
what needed to be done to take care of our animals.
Stuart Brandt has volunteered to be our cook and I thought he did a
great job with plenty of assistance from our ladies.
Sandy Horvath, Geanie Slifer,
Virginia Price, Danyel Moose and Amanda Kerley all assisted in the
outstanding effort. Stuart's meal on Saturday night was a
wonderful demonstration of his abilities. Since he wouldn't be
doing breakfast, Sandy Horvath stopped and picked us up some of that
breakfast food that we all love, yet none need.
Saturday's battle was
interesting, same as every year but because the event was on state
property we had to have the gun out on the field to be inspected two
hours before the battle. We were Federal on Saturday and to
the NC Park Service's credit they treated us the same both days -
two hours early and only being allowed to fire every three minutes.
We used the second gun to our advantage as one crew moved back and
forth between them. We moved the gun once and the team did
well with John on wheels and Joel Rhyne and Ric Morrow on lead.
The fight was uneventful with much of it not visible for the crowd
that was behind us. We heard some unhappy comments as we
mingled with the crowd on our return trip to camp.
Sunday's battle was in the freshly ploughed cotton field and we took
the guns out with the trucks. We hatched an elaborate plan to
break camp and meet in the parking lot after the battle. We
moved to the battlefield outside the two hours requirement and were
threatened, but allow to stay. There wasn't much room for
maneuver, and the fight went on around us as Federal and Confederate
units mingled to reposition themselves for the second phase.
General Stepp's Division led the Confederate advance on our side of
the field and met with initial success, but were then driven back in
confusion. John Ruf and Billy Horne moved up to retreat one
gun by prolong and in spite of Allen rearing got the gun moved to a
location to cover Stepp's Division's withdrawal. We
moved the horses to the parking lot and waited on the guns to be
moved by truck and also for all of our equipment that was coming on
the gun trailer being pulled by Mike Rhyne. Several of our men
and all our ladies had broken down the majority of the camp and
packed it on the trailer to be brought to our location to put in our
respective vehicles. Thanks to ALL who helped in this
effort to get us on the road. After our meeting, we said
our good byes and headed for home
We all need to continue our commitment to the schedule outlined in the
2010 schedule for us to have a
successful year. Commitment is my expectation of each member
of this organization.
Check the website for updates; if you have questions call me at
910-797-1783, or email me at
Many of you know
that Ric Morrow's vehicle was towed and he had to pay to get it
back. We are still working that issue to get it resolved.
Remember Mike Wenger in your prayers. Some of the photos you
see below have been hyperlinked and some have not....all will be by
early next week. See you in the field.J
Capt. David L. Stanley, Cmdg.
Appomattox and Beyond
next weekend we will begin to pick up steam in the reenacting
schedule. We will be at Appomattox (16-18 April), some of us
at Union High School and Raleigh Charter High School, then finally
at New Bern (remember we will be leaving on Saturday evening to be
home for Mother's Day), almost all of these events will be within a
A reminder for Appomattox, don't bring
anything alcoholic to drink. We have a great reputation with
them and I don't want to take any chance of spoiling it. We
were the first gun to fire on site since the war ended, I don't want
to do anything to tarnish our reputation with them. If one
member is caught with something we run the risk of being banned from
all State and Federal sites, they talk to each other and "bad news
Union High School and Raleigh Charter High
School are great events for the kids. If you can help
out, please do so. Betsy Newmark from Raleigh Charter will be
leaving the history program after this year, I want to really show
our thanks for her support of us. The Union Event is the
Thursday before we go to New Bern, anyone wanting to stay over with
me and go down Friday morning is welcome.
Bentonville served to simply reinforce the need for what we do and
the fun we have together. You are a great group of folks and we are
good at what we do and we have fun doing it. Welcome to the
new members and their families. I didn't mention it in the
Bentonville article but Lindsey observed that there was a "new"
generation of little ones running through the camp and that is as it
should be. Thank-you all for your support!!!! You
make it a great hobby! Finally thanks to Terry Routh and Virginia Price for the