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School of the Longhunter 2015

June 9, 2015 - No Comments

by Jim Barnes

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The School of the Longhunter, held at Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont, WV, is a two-day seminar which takes in a variety of subjects relevant to anyone who participates in 18th Century living history or even just has an interest in that time period. This year, the event was held on April 9th and 10th and  covered: Frontier forts, First trappers and hunters of the Eastern frontier, Capotes and blanket coats, Birchbark canoes, the 18th Century Indian captivity experience and French Longhunters, among other topics. The presentations were well done and interesting.

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Grafton Lantern Tour

Posted May 21, 2015 - No Comments
Grafton Lantern Tour

  Grafton, West Virginia – Grafton National Cemetery Lantern Tour On Friday evening, May 22, at 8:30 p.m. There will again be a living history tour of the Grafton National Cemetery.  Tour leader Mark Tennant will lead the tour of Civil War graves in the cemetery. Mark and reenactor assistants dressed in Civil War period […] Share thi...

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FIG 2015

Posted February 18, 2015 - No Comments
FIG 2015

Occuring as usual during the last week of January,  this year’s FIG event was a particularly cold one. Once again, Linda and I joined the folks at the German hospital to assist with the living history.  I am not sure what the standing temperatures were for the weekend, but the wind chill was impressive.  To […] Share this:FacebookTw...

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Upcoming 2015 Events – January through April

Posted January 19, 2015 - No Comments

The following is what I have so far for our general region. Some events have not yet released their 2015 event information. Check back for updates and additions. January 2015 WWII – Battle of the Bulge Reenactment, January 27 – February 1. Ft. Indiantown Gap PA. Contact: http://www.wwiifederation.org February 2015 Civil War – Febr...

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Old Bedford Village 2014

Posted December 8, 2014 - 1 Comment

This year the annual battle between Grossdeutschland and their invited units and the 193rd Rifle Division,  their comrades the 9th Guards and other gallant Red Army units, took place on the weekend of November 7-9, 2014. This year, the scenario involved the Red Army’s advance into Poland. As has been the case for the last […] Share th...

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Veterans Day

Posted November 11, 2014 - No Comments

  A sincere thanks to all veterans out there!       Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleEmailMoreStumbleUponLinkedInRedditPress ThisPocketTumblrDiggPrint...

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Cedar Creek 150th Anniversary Reenactment

Posted October 30, 2014 - No Comments

  The 150th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek took place on the weekend of Octorber 17-19, 2014.I had not attended this event for some time and was looking forward to going back. It also promised to be the largest Civil War reenactment that Linda had experienced. We went down Thursday in order […] Share this:FacebookT...

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Chief Logan Civil War Reenactment 2014

Posted October 1, 2014 - 1 Comment

News Flash! The following is a report from our correspondent, Bill Donegan from the field in the Southern Mountains:   Federal Battalion wiped out!   A Federal Battalion led by Captain Steve Allen was wiped out to a man at Chief Logan State Park on Saturday September 27, 2014. The Federal objective was to capture […] Share this:Fac...

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Old West Weekend, Old Bedford Village, 2014

Posted September 22, 2014 - No Comments
Old West Weekend, Old Bedford Village, 2014

OBV’s Old West Weekend is always a real hoot and this year, Linda and I got to take my granddaughters to share in the fun. We made this a day trip, so I can’t address the whole weekend, but there was a lot going on while we were there. Starting off on Saturday morning, we […] Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleEmailMoreStum...

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Reading Airshow 2014

Posted September 6, 2014 - No Comments
Reading Airshow 2014

The following is part of a group of reports that are regretably late due to several months of intermittent illness and other projects which demanded my attention. Anyway, here goes: On the first week of June, we made our annual trip to the Reading Airshow. The 193rd was once again as far back in the […] Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoo...

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Philippi Blue-Gray Reunion May 31, 2014

Posted August 12, 2014 - No Comments
Philippi Blue-Gray Reunion May 31, 2014

This event usually occurs at the end of May or the first week in June.   Often it happens on the same weekend as the Reading Airshow, so I have rarely attended.  The last two years, these events have  occurred on different weekends, so that hasn’t been a problem.  The reenactment commemorates the “Philippi Races” […] Sh...

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New Market Pt. II

Posted July 8, 2014 - No Comments
New Market Pt. II

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 [&he...

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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

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Droop Mountain 150th

Posted September 14, 2013 - 2 Comments

  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...