Relaxing, Reenacting, and Back in the Swing of Things

Well, I have had a busy last couple weeks, despite the lack of content, which I apologize for. On August 13-15, I attended another reenactment with the 1st South Carolina Infantry, Company H at Pipestone, MN. It was a lot of fun and the weather was not as warm as Nashua, IA. What really made the event neat was going out around 7:30 AM that Saturday and having a morning tactical, which is where we had a battle against one another with no spectators. We then had our battles for the crowd. The first day was interesting, as Union forces “died” a bit too quickly, but the second day, we gave the crowd a good show. Unlike, Iowa, I did not take as many pictures, but do have a few.

Gathered around the fire.

Our camp

Early morning in camp

In the coming months, I am planning to get equipment to portray the Union side as well. In addition to attending Pipestone, I helped with a display at Heritage Days in E. Grand Forks, MN, where Stuart brought some of his collection.

I also spent some time at the lake relaxing and the semester began, with me teaching a section on US History to 1877. It’s a lot of fun and I am glad to be back in the swing of things. The Northern Plains Civil War Round Table is getting up and running, we are hosting the Northern Great Plains History Conference, which is featuring a few papers on the Civil War, and I am working on reviews of several books. Overall , it’s been a fun last few weeks.

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