We all are still learning, and still trying to get the right stuff. Just because you learn x is right and the y you’ve been using for a long time is wrong, You can’t change overnight or over several years. And we live in the here and now. Just boys and girls playing cowboys and Indians. Fudging for fun is ok. Or can be,if it’s ok with you. One can’t get their breech clot in a wad because so and so has some dohikky that’s out of time. We have better research for military and face the fact that civilians could have old stuff out of style or the newest toy just invented.I've really been enjoying this thread. Somehow through these pictures it seems we've become "closer", I guess you'd call it. Would that be the right word? Instead of a few younger smart mouths and know-it-alls , it seems most of us are "learned older men"' ( and women) who enjoy the same hobby. There are still a few members that I'm curious about though. There's a couple of more replies needed to round out this thread. Anyway thats the way i feel and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I'm not in the learned category, I'm in the learning.
It’s been a while since reenacting at Pea Ridge but yes I have. My last and most memorable time was a forced night march about 4 miles to Elkhorn Tavern with full gear and bedrolls to camp for the night and then march back the next morning to the re-enactment site (regs don’t allow event on actual site but adjacent). Brutal march and we were all worn out as we reached tavern. My period brogans had heel plates and just as we got to asphalt road in front I slid and sprained an ankle. Had to return to camp in back of pickup with half dozen others with similar complaints. Missed the Sunday battle because I couldn’t walk let alone march. Only good thing is I had to leave early and big rain storm hit, making grass pasture parking lot a huge mud hole. Had to tractor everyone out into the evening. I remember someone playing Ben McC and I believe he did wear the black coat.Being as how you're up near Arkansas, do y'all ever re-enact the Battle of Pea Ridge? If so do y'all have a character playing Gen. Ben McCulloch in his Black Velvet "fighting suit"?