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New Market Pt. II

July 8, 2014 - No Comments

by Jim Barnes

IMG_1018 The following is Captain Chuck Critchfield’s AAR from New Market:

This year’s reenactment at New Market, Virginia, marked the 150th anniversary of the battle fought in a thunderstorm and made famous thanks to the Virginia Military Institute.  But it was also a milestone for member of the 1st West Virginia who participated in the 125th anniversary reenactment. So there was some sentimental value to the 2014 reenactment for Mark Tennant and possibly Jim Barnes – I failed to ask him.  To me, I was there in 1989, but with the 28th Massachusetts in those days.
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Civil War, News

Battle of New Market Reenactment 2014

Posted June 24, 2014 - No Comments
Battle of New Market Reenactment 2014

The 125th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of New Market, Virginia, was my first experience in Reenacting in May of 1989. So it was fitting that I made it back for the 150th this year, also the  25th year in the hobby for myself and Mark Tennant, 1st Sgt. of our unit, Co. A, First […] Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleEmailMoreS...

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Memorial Day

Posted May 26, 2014 - No Comments
Memorial Day

Please remember the real American heroes… (from Wikipedia) Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleEmailMoreStumbleUponLinkedInRedditPress ThisPocketTumblrDiggPrint...

18th Century

Fort Frederick Market Fair

Posted May 23, 2014 - No Comments
Fort Frederick Market Fair

This year, Linda and I attended our first Market Fair at Fort Frederick in Maryland. I have been hearing about this event for years, but have never gone. I am glad that we finally did so. Located just off I-70 near Clear Springs, MD, Fort Frederick is in and of itself worthy of a visit. […] Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleEmailMoreS...

18th Century, News

School of the Longhunter

Posted May 7, 2014 - No Comments
School of the Longhunter

This year, for the first time, I attended the annual School of the Longhunter at Prickett’s Fort,  (April 3-4) accompanied by my wife, Linda. The School is pretty much a symposium on 18th Century frontier life and covers a variety of subjects and activities. For example, the program started with an in-depth discussion of tumplines […]...

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MTA 2014

Posted April 22, 2014 - No Comments
MTA 2014

For a change of pace for me this year, Linda and I attended MTA at the Jamestown Settlement as mere tourists, rather than participants. Because of this, we were able to actually take our time and look at every exhibit in depth and at our leisure. Certainly a different feeling than the usual ‘stealing a […] Share this:FacebookTwitterPin...

WWII

The GAP 2014

Posted March 26, 2014 - 1 Comment
The GAP 2014

The reenacting/living history season, for many of us, begins at Fort Indiantown Gap during the Battle of the Bulge reenactment week. (Last week of the month).  This year was no exception, as Linda and I once again were part of the German hospital display hosted by Pete and Kate Gentry. As usual, I portrayed a […] Share this:FacebookTwitterP...

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After action report: OBV/Elbe Tactical, Bedford, Pa. 2014

Posted February 28, 2014 - No Comments
After action report: OBV/Elbe Tactical, Bedford, Pa. 2014

  The following is a report from our correspondent, Bill Donegan, just back from the front:   For those who don’t know or who have never been, you can time travel back to Germany 1945 via Old Bedford Village (OBV). OBV is located 1 minute from the Pa. Turnpike off exit 146 Bedford, 220 Sawblade […] Share this:FacebookTwitterP...

1930s, History, News, WWI, WWII

Raise a Glass of Vodka to Sergei Mosin and Leon Nagant

Posted February 6, 2014 - 4 Comments

The following is a reprint of a wonderful bit of philosophy from my good friend, Patricia: The Mosin Nagant is truly a manly piece of hardware. Let’s discuss why. 1: First, the Poison Maggot is a time proven design. Dating from 1891, all the bugs have been worked out. This assumes there were any bugs […] Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterest...

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Burning Springs Documentary Filming

Posted January 26, 2014 - No Comments
Burning Springs Documentary Filming

  Here is the latest dispatch from our correspondent, Bill Donegan: Thanks to Jack and Tonya Daft I was able to participate in the making of a documentary about the oil and gas history in the Kanawha Valley area. “Burning Springs” is a documentary produced by Motion Masters, a Charleston, W.Va. company that has produced […] ...

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Ukraine 1944 – Old Bedford Village Fall event 2013

Posted January 3, 2014 - No Comments
Ukraine 1944 - Old Bedford Village Fall event 2013

The scene is Ukraine in 1944: The Ukrainian people find themselves in the middle of a three-way struggle during what seems like an endless and brutal war. On the weekend of November 9-10, 2013, this scenario played out at Old Bedford Village in the annual fall battle tactical between Grossdeutschland Division and the 193rd Rifle […] Share th...

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Great War Association Fall event – 2013

Posted November 13, 2013 - 2 Comments
Great War Association Fall event - 2013

On Friday, November 1, I once again made the trip to Newville, PA for the Great War Association’s Fall WWI event. The parking lot was full, indicating a good turnout and the Flea Market was extensive and busy. This year, the weather was quite favorable during the event and although the sky clouded up Saturday […] Share this:FacebookTwi...

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Burning Springs

Posted October 5, 2013 - No Comments
Burning Springs

   The following is a post from our correspondent, Bill Donegan: Thanks to Jack and Tonya Daft I was able to participate in the making of a documentary about the oil and gas history in the Kanawha Valley area. “Burning Springs” is a documentary produced by Motion Masters, a Charleston, W.Va. company that has produced […] Sh...

Civil War, Local News, News

Droop Mountain 150th

Posted September 14, 2013 - 2 Comments
Droop Mountain 150th

  The West Virginia Reenactor’s Association held it’s reenactment commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Droop Mountain on Labor Day weekend this year due to a scheduling conflict later in the fall. While the event lacked the attraction of colorful autumn leaves, which it normally has, the park is still a remarkably b...

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Tank Farm 2013

Posted August 24, 2013 - No Comments
Tank Farm 2013

The weekend of August 21-22, the Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles (http://www.vmmv.org)  and the  Americans in Wartime Museum ( http://www.nmaw.org), held their annual open house. The weekend offered a little bit of everything. In addition to the usual array of military vehicles and reenactors, there was a diorama of the invasion of peleliu ...

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Remagen Bridge Reenactment 2013

Posted August 5, 2013 - 2 Comments
 Remagen Bridge Reenactment 2013

Here is a report on the event at Tidioute, PA this past weekend, by our correspondent, Bill Donegan: Do you know what God did this year at the Tideoute event? First I have to set this up for you. Mr. Ken Hechler used to be Secretary of State for West Virginia. He was a member […] Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleEmailMoreStumbleUponL...

Civil War

Review – Gettysburg Reenactment – Blue Gray Alliance June 27-29

Posted July 19, 2013 - No Comments
Review - Gettysburg Reenactment - Blue Gray Alliance June 27-29

The Following is a report on the Blue-Gray Alliance version of the 150th Gettysburg reenactment from our correspondent, Chuck Critchfield: Greetings Attached is my report on the recent disagreement at the town of Gettysburg Scenarios We started the weekend with McPherson’s Ridge on Friday morning. We were up early and on the road (more about [&he...

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Reading Airshow – June 7,8,9 2013

Posted July 7, 2013 - No Comments
Reading Airshow - June 7,8,9 2013

As some of you know, I have had a very demanding year and this has resulted in the blog being neglected. Hopefully, my health problems have straightened out and now I am getting happily settled into a new marriage and a new home. Hopefully, I will be able to get things in order on this […] Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleEmailMoreSt...

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150th Chancellorsville- May 3-5 2013

Posted May 25, 2013 - No Comments

  The following is a report from our correspondent, Nick Korolev: From the Living History Camp The 150th Battle of Chancellorsville on the W. J. Vakos Companies property at Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA presented living history, battle reenactments, plus a huge selection of sutlers, the First Brigade Band from Milwaukee, MI playing period music,...

Civil War

THE LONG ROAD HOME EVENT : FALL OF RICHMOND – APRIL 5-7, 2013

Posted April 18, 2013 - No Comments
THE LONG ROAD HOME EVENT : FALL OF RICHMOND - APRIL 5-7, 2013

The following is a report from our correspondent, Nick Korolev:   The third of five annual events in the Long Road Home program leading up to the 150th anniversary of the surrender at Appomattox continued April 5-7, 2013 at Clover Hill Village in Appomattox, VA with the Fall of Richmond. It was hosted by Appomattox […] Share this:Facebo...

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Federal Generals’ Corps at the Dr. Samuel Mudd House

Posted April 11, 2013 - No Comments
Federal Generals’ Corps at the Dr. Samuel Mudd House

   The following is a report from our correspondent, Nick Korolev:   Federal Generals’ Corps at the Dr. Samuel Mudd House   March 22-24 , 2013 the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Society hosted the Boy & Girl Scout encampment and the Battle of Zechiah Swamp activity on the grounds of the historic Dr. Samuel Mudd […] Share this:Faceb...

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Mayday, Mayday, Mayday in Connecticut! Part II

Posted April 3, 2013 - No Comments
Mayday, Mayday, Mayday in Connecticut! Part II

Here is an update on the ongoing situation in Connecticut from our friend on the scene:   Hello All: Things look very gloomy here in Connecticut. Monday afternoon the Governor and his party just released their bill to punish gun owners in this state for the crimes of an evil man. They have mercilessly exploited […] Share this:FacebookTw...

Civil War

16th Annual Scary Creek Battle

Posted March 27, 2013 - No Comments
16th Annual Scary Creek Battle

  Here is a report from our correspondent, Bill Donegan: From March 21 through 24th the Valley Park, Hurricane Civil War Week-end was held as the tribute to the sesquicentennial. The public was invited to visit the campsites, meet President Lincoln (Fritz Klein) as well as Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, who gave talks […] Share th...

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Gun Control III – Mayday, Mayday, Mayday from Connecticut

Posted March 3, 2013 - No Comments

 We got this in today via another of the Reenactor Yahoo! groups:   A call to arms for all re-enactors. We are all being affected by the tragic event at Sands Hook. Unfortunately for WW2 and other Re-enactment here in Connecticut our future looks dim. The governor is overriding the Gun Task Force recommendations and […] Share this:Face...

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The Gap 2013

Posted February 27, 2013 - No Comments
The Gap 2013

As always, my reenacting year starts off at Fort Indiantown Gap during the Battle of the Bulge week in January. So it was again this year, with the additional attraction of initiating my fiancee into the wonders of reenacting/living history. As I had done before, I offered my services to German hospital as a patient. […] Share this:FacebookT...