Recent adventures in reenacting

The past two weekends have been quite fun for me, as I participated in Pipestone Civil War Days 2012 from August 10-12, (we didn’t get back to Grand Forks until Monday evening due to a car problem, but made the best of it) and then set up a Civil War living history display as part of East Grand Forks Heritage Days on August 18-19. I also did a display at the Hubbard County Museum in Park Rapids, Minnesota on July 29, which was fun.

For Pipestone, I fell in with the 1st South Carolina, Company H, which was my one time this season doing a Confederate impression. It was a good time seeing old friends and we took in a concert with the 97th Regimental String Band, who played period music.  The battles were good, though we surrendered on the second day. I also experienced the fun of firing my musket in damp conditions, resulting in two incidences of unintentionally firing a double charge, as the first charge did not discharge, making the kick and flash quite noticeable. Here are some pictures from Pipestone. The best part of the weekend was the chance to have a tintype made of me using a period photograph by Dave Rambow, who I have met at several other events.

Heritage Days was good this year, as we had a bigger display and had Den Bolda and Mike Larson from Fargo join us on Sunday. Saturday, Joe, Stuart, Ethan Brazee (who was trying out reenacting for the first time), and I met several people and we figured almost 150 stopped by our display that day. We may have gained some new recruits. It was a great time and thanks to Drs. Doug and Laura Munski for providing some of the pictures on both days.

Here are the photos from all the events.


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.