Cumberland Guard Engagement History

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GENTLEMEN OF THE 3RD DIVISION:

The long awaited and much anticipated 150th Gettysburg is now a thing of the past. It may be in the past but it will be long remembered for many reasons.

First, the many units and umbrella organizations that combined to create the Division demonstrated how differences, standards of authenticity and personal politics can be placed on the shelf for an event in order to provide the men in the ranks an experience that will never be forgotten or duplicated.

The 856 man Division performed exemplary service in the camps and on the battlefield. The awesome sight of this five battalion, two brigade dark blue column snaking its way out of the camp and onto the battlefield brought goosebumps to everyone.

Now for the hard part...recognizing individuals or units that greatly contributed toward the success. I am not able to do justice and fear I will omit someone or a unit that was as important to the event as anyone that is mentioned.

Division staff-Enough cannot be said about this great group of men that ran that Division like a small town and ensured the smooth-flowing, effective operations. Keith Harrison must be singled out for his unending dedication to the planning and execution of his role. Frankly, I believe that no one could have done the job as well. Men like Stan Hurt, Trie Shelhart, Rob Rock worked tireless to assure the Division was fully operational. I bet you did not know the Division staff suffered 6 real casualties that took men out of service for a little while and even two for the rest of the event. That is a higher percentage then the companies in the Division.

Our cook, provided by the ever present 1st Michigan Engineers, Bill, the man that provided my horse and arranged for cavalry escorts from time to time, RJ Samp, our bugler that made reenacting history by moving that Division all weekend and all by the bugle. That 1/2 mile (+/-) march, in battleline in the second battle was absolutely textbook. Watching from my vantage point, the Division marched, halted, marched some more and changed directions.....and all by the bugle.
Ed Fredricks, our Divisional drummer overcame his physical problems to insure the Division was served. That kind of unselfish acts was demonstrated time and time again by many individuals.

The event staff and Federal command staff could not have been more kind or helpful. Never (and that is a word we are warned not to use) did a request to Army command be denied.

My early departure required many to assume roles to which they were not accustomed. Thanks goes to Earl Zeckman for stepping up when asked. An example of the dedication to do this thing right....not one guard mount for Division Headquarters was missed. Everyone rolled up their sleeves and did this thing right.
Watching the Black Hats march into battle was amazing. Of course, I don't what unit marching into battle did not bring the feeling of awe. The Guard battalion conducted themselves like, well, the Guard battalion and that should say it all. The Army of the Wabash conducted themselves like veterans despite this was their first effort as part of a Division. Earl's boys and the Illinois fellows were as solid as a rock.

It is difficult to end this since the experiences, sights, conversations, interactions and so on and so on were of a magnitude that I simply cannot describe. It is one of those "You cannot understand if you were not there types of experiences. Oh, and I can't forget the cadet on Division staff, Shane Paige, whose youthful excitement and enthusiasm brought many old memories back for some old timers who had forgot what it was like to be that young and that excited about things we now take for granted. Perhaps there is a lesson in life there.

Thank you is not enough. I cannot find the words that express my respect, humbleness and downright, open mouthed awe in what everyone did to create that Division. The men in the ranks are the most selfless, dedicated and committed reenactors in the nation. When you encounter a veteran of that 3rd Division, extend your hand and say, "thanks" for without that man with the musket, the 3rd Division would not have existed.

Forever indebted to you, Dave Shackelford

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Gettysburg 150th Anniversary (GAC) Event
July 4-7, 2013

When registering for the GAC Gettysburg event, under Organizational Affiliation, please indicate:
"CG-Third Division"

Reenactor Registration is located at::
http://reenactor.gettysburgreenactment.com/index.htm

Keith G. Harrison
Major, Chief of Staff/Assistant Adjutant General
Cumberland Guard 

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Gettysburg 2013

Gettysburg 2013 registration will be available beginning August 1, 2012.  The registration fees for Gettysburg 150 will be $25 until 12/31/2012.  They then go to $35 until 3/1/2013 and $45 dollars until 5/31/2013.  There will be no walk-on registrations.

Having not seen yet the registration form, but as a suggestion when you register, register as “Your Unit Name – Cumberland Guard”.  That should help avoid confusion with the people processing the registrations.

Keith G. Harrison
Major, Chief of Staff/Assistant Adjutant General

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Past Events 2012

      150th Shiloh, TN 29 May - 1 Apr.
 
 
Billie Creek, Rockville, Indiana  
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Hastings, Michigan

21-22 Jul.
 
  Hartford City , Indiana  
  flag   150th Perryville, KY 5-7 Oct.

 

October 2012

Gentlemen of the Guard;

The Perryville, Kentucky event is now history. No words can convey my personal thanks to so many who did so much to make the event a success for the Guard and the associated units who composed the 3rd Brigade. Special recognition is given to the cooks, Daveski and Pickles, Keith Harrison, Tom Berlucci, Robert Rock and the newest member, Bill Mattix. Bill rented me a horse and rode with me as mounted courier. He absolutely fell in love with the Guard and cannot wait for a repeat performance at Gettysburg.

Camping and fighting on the origional ground, the event was not huge....2200 of all branches including civilian. I had some issues with such things as a 4:30 am reveille for a 7:00 am battle, a plan to march us about a mile in the dark, across a creek just to get to a field 200 yards in a straight line from our camp, etc., etc. The issues were resolved in our favor but the entire Brigade had an issue when the Union commander rode his horse through our line of battle on Sunday's battle. Little things like incorrect commands, "Fire by Army, by the drum" and ":Attention Brigade" took a lot away from any pretense we were honoring the men of 150 years ago. You could literally hear them spinning in their graves.

Still, it was a grand time with our other breathren, the Army of the Wabash and The Military Department of Mississippi under Earl Zeckman. Virtually anything within our Brigade was fun and anything outside the Brigade not fun.

Some of the Michigan Cavalry rode as HQ escort until they were drafted by the cavalry to join them. At least one Guard gun was there as the 19th Indiana Light Artillery. It was really the 1st Wisconsin gun but the crew portrayed a unit that was present at the battle. That crew was put together by Dennis Mount who, at the last moment, injured his back and could not make the trip.

Our Brigade drummer, Ed Fredricks and our bugler, John Grimshaw did great. To give you an idea of our diversity, the bugler flew in from Fort Hood, Texas, one of the battery guys flew in from Las Vegas, Earl had guys from Florida and, of course, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana were well represented.

Thank you to all of the men who tolerated the cool weather and dumb stuff to stick with it and give it all they had. Great job.

CUMBERLAND GUARD MEETING

A new location is being found for the meeting. It will be close to the interstate in Fort Wayne, Indiana. There are some dates open in January of 2013 that will probably be chosen. If there are some dates that are impossible for you, let Keith Harrison know asap.

Everyone is invited and urged to attend. It will be from 10 am to whenever and lunch will be catered in.

150TH GETTYSBURG

Yeah, that one. Probably the granddaddy of them all, preparations are well underway for this event. Remember, there is an event being put on by the Blue Gray Alliance (BGA) the weekend before. We are going to the event called GAC. We have been designated as the 3rd Division. Registration is currently open. Be sure to put your unit as: 3rd Division, then your affiliation, Cumberland Guard, Black Hat, MDM, etc., then your actual unit designation.
We will be joined by the 1st Michigan Engineers, a class act unit who built the bridge at 145 Gburg and the General Chad Greene Portapotty Bypass at Perryville. They also pitched in before the event with a generous donation to help offset the cost of renting a horse.

Feel free to give me some feedback on your Perryville experience.

Until later,

Your most humble commander, Colonel Dave.

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Perryville, Kentucky
October 5-7, 2012

It appears we will have 3 battalions at Perryville. In no particular order, they are:

A.     Earl Zeckman's Military Department of Mississippi
    
B.    Will Eichler and all of the Michigan Guard units and their affiliates
   
      C. The Indiana Brigade and the 49th Indiana have combined to create the Army of the Wabash. It appears they will be there with 120-150 under a feller named Lucky.

Now is the time to be contacting other units who you know want to go to the event but are not part of the Guard. We will gladly help them find a home.

You can register now.  Here is the website for registration:

http://www.perryvillereenactment.org/html/registration_2012.html

Colonel Dave

Perryville 2012 Update
October 19, 2011

We have been informed that in addition to the tentage types indicated below that half shelters also will be allowed.

Colonel Dave

Perryville Registration

Perryville Registration is now possible.  Go to:

 http://www.perryvillebattlefield.org/html/registration_2012.html

You need to register as individuals rather than one registration for the entire unit.

Registration costs $20.00 and you can pay on line (credit card/ pay pal). 

Keith G. Harrison
Major, Chief of Staff/Assistant Adjutant General

Perryville-2012

The Cumberland Guard has received a personal invitation from the Director of the park. There is a keen desire to get a lot of Federals there since, to my amazement, the place is crawling with Rebs.

I raised the tent issue with her (The website said no tents unless the weather was bad) and within an hour, she changes it. Now, pup tents are a problem since they weren't there yet....one reference has them arriving a week after the battle. But A's, wall, Sibleys and even shebangs are perfectly acceptable.

Those of you attending the annual Guard meeting on the 30th of this month, please have an opinion regarding this event. I support the event 100% and remind you this is origional battlefield and we will be on it 150 years after the real thing. A once in a lifetime experience.

Colonel Dave

Shiloh After Action Report

Sirs,
 
It is my distinct honor to make the following report for the activities of the 2 Brigades, 4 Battalions of the Army of the Cumberland in and around Shiloh Church, Tennessee from March 30 to April 1.
 
The Army performed with great precision, dedication, and gallantry. I cannot thank my staff or the Brigade and Battalion commanders enough. They all acted in the best tradition of the Army by never questioning their orders or failing to act in the best interests of their commands. Their men were their first and last concerns, which is why they are all outstanding officers.
 
The actions we were involved commenced on the evening of the 30th. We were on the march when we encountered a sizable Rebel force. We became engaged and found ourselves in a very defensible position. The enemy kept up the pressure as we fell back.
 
I positioned the forces from Florida and Michigan in the woods to my left. They could not be seen. As the battle flowed to this spot, I had my Buglers sound attention to the hidden troops. At this time, they put down a devastating fire on the enemy forcing them to withdraw to the safety of their lines.
 
The morning of the 31st found the Army on the march down a sunken road when from hidden positions we were attacked. This action commenced at around 6:30 AM. Within minutes, my entire army was engaged on various parts of wooded area and open fields.
 
Because of a rain the night before and the heavy fire from both sides, I must report I did not know where all of my forces were. At a point in the action with Rebels on my front engaging, the troops from Florida I could see through the fog the entire 2nd Brigade to their rear. I later learned that they swept the field and woods in a giant circle pushing all to its front. The 1st Brigade was also engaged in heavy fighting on all sides but due to excellent leadership was able to defeat all they engaged. Once again, the enemy retired to safety.
 
The afternoon found us in a line on a sunken road behind split rail fence. Across the field, the enemy amassed their Artillery and began to lay a deadly fire on us. They then advanced on our position time and time again. It was strange, though, that at about 250 yards they could not muster the courage to come any closer on each advance. Being impatient and looking to bring the fight I ordered both Brigades forward to invite them to join in the fight. I must say they were splendid in maneuver and field presence. I did order their withdrawal because of the Artillery fire to their front and flanks. When back in position one final assault did occur resulting in the capture of the 14th Iowa. I do regret their loss to our ranks. They are all fine, gallant men who fight with honor.
 
We did retire to safety.
 
Sunday the 1st we were reinforced and advanced on the Rebel position. They fought with much more determination than the day before. The 2nd Brigade swept through two four-gun batteries with ease. The 1st Brigade came on the field in a column of Companies and went into line. It was beautiful to watch. They swept everything in their front. The 2nd brigade was heavily engaged with a large Rebel force but managed to push them the aside. The 1st Brigade did a left wheel and captured more Artillery and Infantry. The 2nd Brigade also did a left wheel and found they were behind a Battalion of Rebels, thus capturing all. Ending this action, we captured a total 23 guns and 14 stands of arms. This ended our actions for the 3 days.
 
I would be without trust and honor if I failed to mention the Artillery of the Army. They performed with great precision all three days. They supported our every move beginning with the fight of the 30th, both fights on the 31st and did deadly work on the 1st allowing us to claim the field in victory. I know their guns were accurate and many rounds were fired. They were exhausted at days end.
 
This concludes my report of the actions in and around Shiloh Church, Tennessee. For the 3-day engagement, we had 4 Infantry Battalions formed into 2 Brigades and 8 Guns with an effective force for the 3 days of 485, by morning report. I, again, thank each and everyone for their hard work and professionalism. I look forward to our next time together. I could not ask for better-trained, more dedicated troops. To you I say HUZZAH!!!!!!!
 
Brigadier General Earl Zeckman, Commanding
Army of the Cumberland
Shiloh Church, Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee
 
Attest:
Major Keith G. Harrison
Assistant Adjutant General

 

March 2012

Gentlemen of the Guard:

We all know of the distressing events that began last November involving Tom Emerick, Jeff Verstraete, and Doug McComas and their eventual disassociation from the Guard.  I am delighted to say that, up until now, their parent unit, the 7th Michigan, has remained faithful to the Guard.  Let's hope they see the larger picture and continue to bolster our ranks.  Who knows, maybe I can get them behind the wall for the 150th Pickett's Charge like at the 125th, 130th, 135th, 140th, and 145th.

Before closing this chapter and moving on, there remains one last bit of concern.  Mr. Emerick is publicly posting that 9 Cumberland Guard units have told him they are pleased with the change in command to him at Jackson.

Simply put, that is UNTRUE.  I don't know what else to say other then you gentlemen of honor and integrity should be offended that Mr. Emerick is implying that 9 of your units have supported his four-month campaign to have him named as Union Commander, initially replacing me and now, as of February, even Craig DeCrane) at Jackson.  Nothing I can write here will change anything....it takes your peer pressure to stop any further insults to the Guard.

Now on to what reenacting is about:

    

Shiloh-I mean, Shiloh's.  It appears we have units going to both events.  Keith Harrison is on staff for the Army of Tennessee event where the Union is commanded by Earl Zeckman.  I know some of the 49th will be on the steamboat ride at the BGA event.  All in all, I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.

Niles, Michigan.  Unfortunately, this event has been put on hold for this year due to a conflict in events scheduled at the site.  Look for it in 2013.

Hastings, Michigan, July 21/22.  This event is still in the rebuilding phase but has lots of promise to be a fine demonstration of what unity in reenacting can do when we collectively put our minds to it.  It will likely be our only chance for Brigade drill in preparation for Perryville, Kentucky, where we will have a brigade.

Antietam.  Craig DeCrane is the clearinghouse for the living histories and the events surrounding the 150th Antietam.  Contact him for more information.  If you need his contact information, let me or Keith know.

Perryville, Kentucky-October 5/7. This 150th event, on the actual battlefield, is going to be a big one.  Register now to save money.  Let Keith or me know when you register so we can get a handle on how many troops we will have.  Earl Zeckman is bringing up his battalion to join in with us.  This should be a very special and memorable event and on the closest actual battlefield to any of us.

 

Gentle readers, the Cumberland Guard has established the standard for Union reenacting in the Midwest.  It has earned, through your sweat, tears, and sacrifices, a reputation in every corner of this nation as a military force to be reckoned with.

YOU have put this together and achieved so many successes and triumphs.  Bask in the glory of knowing the men who fought 150 years ago are looking down with nodding approval of your portrayal of those heroes.

Wear that light blue ribbon with pride....

Colonel Dave

 

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Perryville-2012

The Cumberland Guard has received a personal invitation from the Director of the park. There is a keen desire to get a lot of Federals there since, to my amazement, the place is crawling with Rebs.

I raised the tent issue with her (The website said no tents unless the weather was bad) and within an hour, she changes it. Now, pup tents are a problem since they weren't there yet....one reference has them arriving a week after the battle. But A's, wall, Sibleys and even shebangs are perfectly acceptable.

Those of you attending the annual Guard meeting on the 30th of this month, please have an opinion regarding this event. I support the event 100% and remind you this is origional battlefield and we will be on it 150 years after the real thing. A once in a lifetime experience.

Colonel Dave


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March 19, 2012

Members of the 7th Michigan:

It has been brought to my attention by several individuals in the 7th that the 7th Michigan voted to end its affiliation with the Cumberland Guard at its meeting on March 18, 2012. While we are certainly disappointed that a few were able to sway those present at the meeting, your organization’s decision is respected and on behalf of the Cumberland Guard, accepted. The 7th Michigan, as an organization, will be missed.

I was also lead to understand that the decision was not unanimous. Any member of the 7th who did not vote to terminate affiliation or, more importantly, did not get an opportunity to express their opinion and vote on the matter, the door will remain open to any one of them to fall in with any Guard unit at Guard Commanded and National events, if they so desired. All they would need to do is to get in touch with me and let me know of their desire.

Respectfully,

David Shackelford, Commanding
Cumberland Guard
dave.shackelford@frontier.com

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Past Events 2011

August 4, 2011

Upcoming Events of the 150th Cycle

As to the future 150th events. Next April there are two Shiloh's. Why is too long to discuss here but we need to support Earl Zeckman, the Union Commander at the event sponsored by the Army of the Tennessee (AOT). The other event is a Blue/Gray Alliance event. While I count Terry Crowder, the Union commander there, as a friend, he has not supported the Guard with the troops and determination Earl Zeckman has. He, if you recall, put on the Atlanta events and treated the Guard units with hospitality beyond the call of duty. He considers himself to be in the Guard so why shouldn't the Guard support him?

Call or email me to discuss problems, questions, etc. DO NOT LISTEN TO OR PASS ON GOSSIP ABOUT THE EVENT. THERE IS AND WILL BE PLENTY OF IT BUT CONTACT ME FOR THE STRAIGHT ANSWER.

In October of next year will be a 150th Perryville, Kentucky. This is on the actual battlefield. We need to have some very serious discussions as to what we intend to do.

I will be at Jackson and at Holland, Michigan for the balance of my season. We need to be setting a date and place for the annual Cumberland Guard meeting. Anyone got an idea? If we could get something around Ft. Wayne, Indiana, that may increase the attendance. We need to get as many folks there since we are talking about supporting events that will never, ever occur again.

Wear those light blue ribbons and three cheers for the Cumberland Guard.

Gentlemen of the Guard;

The 150th Anniversary of 1st Manassas/Bull Run is now a memory. The single most common foe everyone had to fight was the all-consuming heat. The actual tempature on Saturday was 104 but the Heat Index was 126. Despite those conditions, our Brigade had few heat casualties and none that were of a serious nature. That is a testament to the abilities of the officers and NCO's since they were determined to care for their men as best as they could.

The preparation of the site was amazing. They had running water piped throughout the area, a massive police (not security guards, police force to keep traffic flowing, a huge medical tent they kept at 50 degrees and an EMT staff that seemed to be everywhere. Their emergency plans were activated Saturday when FEMA took over the event and declared it a National Emergency because of the heat. Their command and control helicopters were 24/7 but high enough not to be intrusive. I saw an average of 14 ambulances waiting on site if needed. The number of bottles of water they gave out must have numbered in the hundreds of thousands. (That is not a typo) and the bottles of Gatorade they handed out easily numbered in the tens of thousands.

Several organizations joined us to show what a Brigade of westerners can do. The Black Hats, the 2nd Wisconsin, the Military Department of the Mississippi and the Indiana Brigade and the 1st Illinois Brigade combined with us to put a great Brigade in the field. Commanded by Will Eichler and Craig DeCrane, the two battalions looked like they had been drilled for hours when, in truth, the only pre-battle drill was firing a volley in camp before the Saturday morning battle. Otherwise, you would have never known how they were amalgamated for the first time when the formed up for battle. That is another testament to the NCO's, the Officers but, perhaps, especially for the men in the ranks. All of the brilliant commands in the world would not have made up for the determination and spirit of the men that composed that Brigade.

From my viewpoint, the staff work done by Keith Harrison (who arrived Wednesday and set up the camp) cannot be praised enough. He consistently demonstrates the honor and devotion one man can have to serve the men.
The other staff officers were vital and performed their tasks better then anyone could ask. Actually, the Brigade staff had a higher percentage of heat casualties then any of the battalions. We lost 3 of the 7 staff members.

The battles were very good and it was fun to see the 8700 troops on the field on Saturday. There were moments of confusion and the portrayal of the actual battle was better on Sunday then on Saturday. It was great to see the specialty impressions such as our 1st Battalion under Will was the 1st Minnesota with their red shirts and the color company with their blue shirts. Craig's men portrayed the 5th Massachusetts but also filled the role of the 11th Mass. They wore battle shirts and all of the Wisconsin guys had on their gray battle shirts.

The largest negative to the event was parking and getting out of the event site. It was not a pleasant task and led to many guys leaving on Saturday night to avoid the Sunday exodus. The entire National Regiment left, except for 6 guys who fell in with us.

Enough cannot be said regarding the hospitality we received from the Eastern command staff.          Now that you have awakened from passing out, let me say that again. The commanding General, Tony Daniels and his immediate staff of Jon Sirlin and David Childs were as cooperative and supportive as anyone could have been. I will march under General Daniels any day of the week.

The civilians who camped with us, due to the event rules, were generally very quiet and an asset. The only incident or confrontation of the event involved a civilian group that wanted to pack up and leave but the volume of what they brought caused them to have their vehicles in camp after the stated deadline. Many thanks to the Civilian Coordinator who took on the thankless job but did exceptionally well.

Thanks especially go to all of the privates, corporals and sargents who traveled a long way, knowing it would be hot, and presented an excellent representation of an early war Union soldier. Everyone pitched in and got every job done and demonstrated the true spirit of the Cumberland Guard.
Thanks to all

Colonel (although I was a General at the event and will be at Jackson)
Dave
Col Dave

 

June 7, 2011

Brig General David Shackelford - Commander
Colonel Jim Dedman - Chief of Staff
Major Steve Fratt - Assistant Inspector General
Major Dave Downing - Brigade Chaplain
R.J. Samp - Chief Musician
Steven Smunt - Principal Musician
Lt Robert Rock - Aide-de-Camp
Private Adam Gains - Clerk/Flag Bearer
Vivandier Victoria Dedman - Clerk Aide
1st Battalion Commander (1st Minnesota) Colonel Will Eichler
2nd Battalion Commander (5th Massachusetts) Colonel Craig DeCrane
 
Lt Col Jon Sirlin, Chief of Staff, Union Headquarters
 
Gentleman:
 
On behalf of Brig General David Shackelford, attached are a revised set of Cumberland Guard Brigade (Franklin’s Brigade - 1st Brigade, Third Division) Special Orders for Manassas and its Emergency Contingency Plan. The orders that have been revised are Special Orders #1 – #4, and #9 (primarily due to a decrease from 3 to 2 battalions). Special Orders #5 - #8 remain unchanged. There are three new orders (Special Orders #10 - #12) dealing with tentage, schedule, and event host rules and regulations). As before, these orders are tentative and subject to change prior to the event and once on-site.
 
Based on the event schedule (see New Special Order #11), individuals may arrive as early as Wednesday; however, individuals doing so run the risk of possibly camping in a wrong area and may end up having to pull up stakes once most everyone else begins to arrive. Brigade anticipates having a map shortly with the designated location where our Brigade will be camped within the Federal Camping location (which will be shared immediately upon our receipt) and, hopefully, someone there as early as Thursday to help avoid the type of situation mentioned above.
 
We will keep you informed of all change or additions to these Orders. Should you have any questions or desire any additional information regarding the Special Orders, please feel free to contact me at pcinc@prodigy.net. Thank you.
 
I am most respectively yours,
 
Keith G. Harrison
Major, Assistant Adjutant General
Franklin’s Brigade (1st Brigade, Third Division)
Army of Northeastern Virginia
 

 

April 28, 2011

Colonel Jim Dedman - Chief of Staff, Cumberland Guard Brigade
Major Steve Fratt - Assistant Inspector General, Cumberland Guard Brigade
Major Dave Downing - Chaplain, Cumberland Guard Brigade
1st Battalion Colonel Will Eichler, Cumberland Guard Brigade
2nd Battalion Colonel Craig DeCrane, Cumberland Guard Brigade
3rd Battalion Colonel Earl Zeckman, Cumberland Guard Brigade
Lt. Colonel Jon C. Sirlin, Chief of Staff, Union Headquarters
 
Gentleman:
 
On behalf of Brig General David Shackelford, attached are the Cumberland Guard Brigade (Franklin’s Brigade - 1st Brigade, Third Division) Special Orders for Manassas and its Emergency Contingency Plan. The orders are tentative and subject to change prior to the event (it is still early) and once on-site. (Col Sirlin: I took the liberty of adding your most recent order into ours and made two corrections as it impacts on us. "Cumberland Guard" should to be placed after Dave Shackelford’s name (as this is a Cumberland Guard Brigade) and it happened to be misspelled after Will Eichler's name). Please note that we do not have all the staff information for all the Battalions (yes, we also are missing some for Brigade). Please provide me with your staff appointments as soon as possible.
 
The Cumberland Guard Emergency Contingency Plan was developed many years ago (I have updated it for this event) and addresses such issues as Severe Water Shortage, Missing Soldier, Catastrophic Injury, Multiple Catastrophic Injury, Death, Criminal Act and Fire - issues all that we hope not to have to deal with at national events.
 
Current contacts for the Cumberland Guard Brigade are as follows:
Brig General David Shackelford - Commander (dave.shackelford@frontier.com)
Colonel Jim Dedman - Chief of Staff (coloneldedman@yahoo.com)
Major Keith G. Harrison - Assistant Adjutant General (pcinc@prodigy.net)
Major Steve Fratt - Assistant Inspector General (fratthaus@comcast.net)
Major Dave Downing - Brigade Chaplain (downing_dave@hotmail.com)
1st Battalion (Cumberland Guard - 1st Minnesota)
Colonel Will Eichler (steadiwill@comcast.net)
2nd Battalion (Black Hats/Great Lakes - 5th Massachusetts)
Colonel Craig DeCrane (decrane@buckeye-express.com)
3rd Battalion (Army of the Cumberland - 11th Massachusetts)
Colonel Earl Zeckman (ezeckman@bellsouth.net)
 
We will keep you informed of all change to these Orders. Should you have any questions or desire any additional information regarding the Orders, please feel free to contact me at pcinc@prodigy.net. Please also copy General Shackelford into all emails. Thank you.
 
I am most respectively yours,
Keith G. Harrison
Major, Assistant Adjutant General
Franklin’s Brigade (1st Brigade, Third Division)
Army of Northeastern Virginia

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September 17 - 18, 2011

VanRaalte Civil War Muster Special Orders are posted on the Special Orders Page. 

Manassas After Action Review is located on the AAR page 

Upcoming Events of the 150th Cycle and more is located on the Command Dispatch page

 

Correspondence regarding 150th Bull Run.

To the Honorable David Childs;

Having discussed this matter with General Daniels and, indirectly with you and other significant staff officers, I presume it is permissible to help out the men in my Brigade with their unit assignments in order for them to start the process of obtaining the needed items for an accurate depiction of the units.
Thus, the Cumberland Guard Battalion will portray the 1st Minnesota. The battalion commander is Will Eichler.
The Black Hat Battalion, of the Cumberland Guard Brigade, will portray the 5th Massachusetts. It will be commanded by Craig DeCrane. This battalion will be supplemented by another Guard unit, the Great Lakes Battalion under Paul Davis.
The Army of the Cumberland under Earl Zeckman will portray the 11th Massachusetts. This will give the Brigade representation of the units that were present and in the battle, supporting their artillery, Ricketts Battery.
Thank you for the opportunity to portray such noble troops and for your patience as this all came together. I understand the issues facing General Daniels and please relay to him my eagerness to assist him in any way possible, personally and professionally.

We will make you proud.

Colonel David Shackelford

 

 

Correspondence regarding 150th Bull Run.

To the Honorable David Childs;

Having discussed this matter with General Daniels and, indirectly with you and other significant staff officers, I presume it is permissible to help out the men in my Brigade with their unit assignments in order for them to start the process of obtaining the needed items for an accurate depiction of the units.
Thus, the Cumberland Guard Battalion will portray the 1st Minnesota. The battalion commander is Will Eichler.
The Black Hat Battalion, of the Cumberland Guard Brigade, will portray the 5th Massachusetts. It will be commanded by Craig DeCrane. This battalion will be supplemented by another Guard unit, the Great Lakes Battalion under Paul Davis.
The Army of the Cumberland under Earl Zeckman will portray the 11th Massachusetts. This will give the Brigade representation of the units that were present and in the battle, supporting their artillery, Ricketts Battery.
Thank you for the opportunity to portray such noble troops and for your patience as this all came together. I understand the issues facing General Daniels and please relay to him my eagerness to assist him in any way possible, personally and professionally.

We will make you proud.

Colonel David
Shackelford

 

Gentlemen of the Guard;

It seems that we have been assigned the task of portraying the 1st Minnesota at the 150th Bull Run. They performed beyond anyone's expectations and are famous for the conduct in the battle.

For the uniform, many wore red battle shirts. I do not believe it is mandatory for ALL of us to have red battle shirts but the more the merrier. For those that insist on the standard blue jacket, I am fine with that.

If you have questions, please call 317.439-1563 or email dave.shackelford@frontier.com or check out the event website.

Col Dave Shackelford

The Annual Cumberland Guard Meeting will be October 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the Woodlawn North Room at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, Indiana

Gentlemen of the Guard;

It seems that we have been assigned the task of portraying the 1st Minnesota at the 150th Bull Run. They performed beyond anyone's expectations and are famous for the conduct in the battle.

For the uniform, many wore red battle shirts. I do not believe it is mandatory for ALL of us to have red battle shirts but the more the merrier. For those that insist on the standard blue jacket, I am fine with that.

Questions, see me or check out the event website.

Col Dave Shackelford

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Past Events 2010

****************MEETING NOTICE*****************

The annual meeting of the Cumberland Guard is at 10 am on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at Conner Prairie, Indiana. It will be held in the log cabin. There will be signage directing you to the cabin or just ask any staff member.

Obvious topics include our local schedule as well as the 150th events cycle that begins next year.

We will have pizza delivered. If you can, please send a note telling Col Dave (dave.shackelford@frontier.com)  how many will be attending from your unit as this will assist in the planning.

There is no limit on how many folks can attend from any one unit so talk it up. I believe it is the direct involvement of each and ever soldier with the private having as much say as the colonel that makes the Guard unique and successful.

If you have questions, please call 317.439-1563 or email dave.shackelford@frontier.com

Col Dave Shackelford

Gentlemen of the Guard. Word has reached Headquarters of the loss of Craig DeCrane's mother.

The heart of the Guard is broken and sad beyond words.

Colonel Dave

Gentlemen of the Guard:

The 26th annual event at Jackson, Michigan is in the history books. You did much to make the event a success. Jim Newkirk commanded the 14 Union guns with precision and efficiency. The first battalion of infantry was commanded by Rob Van. Rob did a great job and only threw his hat on the ground once. My personal record is 7 times. His battalion was a true force to reckon with. The second battalion was under veteran Craig DeCrane. His steadiness in battle and aggressive tactics makes any force under his command a dangerous foe.

Thanks to the other impressions such as the 8th Michigan Medical and the embalmer impression by Craig Malone. Both were well received and needed.

My brief trip to the hospital was unfortunate. I am fine and thanks to all the well wishers, including Nick Medich, our worthy foe. The "lady friend" placed in my tent during Saturdays drill was a hoot. I am told she left me for another, and another and another, and so on after I went to the hospital. A real hussy.

Three new members were inducted into the Napoleon Club. That called for lifting spirits in honor of the Club. So, we lifted spirits.

Gentlemen, without you, the event would not have been nearly the complete success it was. Thanks for all you did. My Brigade staff including Keith Harrison and Chris Kubacki made my life easy. Ron, I hope your knee heals soon.

150 ANNIVERSARY EVENTS

We met at Jackson and the Manassas event was the clear concensus. There was much discussion regarding wearing battle shirts but nothing firm was decided. Make your plans now to attend this July 18-22 event. We will be joined by the Black Hats and the Great Lakes Battalion. Right now, it appears we will be about 400 strong.

Col Dave

 

Hastings/Charleton Park, MI. -- 2010

This event used to be a "don't miss" then the politics got in the way and it declined into oblivion. For the last couple of years, guys like Jim Newkirk and Marty Walker have worked to revive the event. Backed by the complete support of the locals and of the Board of Directors for Charleton Park, an amazing transformation is occurring. I believe it has regained that original "don't miss" status.

This year, we were camped back out in the field like in the past. While spraying for mosquitoes never happened, the spraying for poison ivy was evident and effective. The mosquitoes are a problem but a little precautionary measures go a long way.

We had two battalions, one commanded by Craig DeCrane and the other by newcomer Rob Van. Both handled their troops without incident and did a magnificent job. Their staffs performed their tasks and it was rare that the Brigade staff had to get involved. When I say Brigade staff, I mean Keith Harrison who has the stoic, reliable Chief of Staff down to a science.

The tacticals both days ended in a draw but the guys had a good time and demonstrated great tactics and response to orders. More judges are needed for the tacticals so give that some consideration for next year.

There were really no negative occurences other then a scene involving a former reenactor whose vehicular visit to the camp resulted in a lot of hard feelings toward the only vehicle that made it into our camp for the entire weekend. I have never seen so many bridges burned without the Engineers  present.

Paul Davis and his Great Lakes Battalion were there in force and were a very welcome addition.

On Sunday, the men were taught "Street Fighting" then proceeded to use it to perfection against our adversary, Nick Medich. It was great to see Nick and even better to watch that rolling column move up the streets in the village.
All in all, it was a great event. We could use more Yanks next year as well as some that will volunteer to act as judges for two hours each morning.

Thanks to all for their efforts.

Col Dave

 

To the Guard:

I want to extend a very big thank you on behalf of the Atlanta Campaign Inc and me personally for your attendence at the Atlanta reenactment this past Sept. Because of your participation this past event was a tremendous success. We surpassed all expectations. The Guard has been and again was a huge reason this happened. Our total donation made this year was a little over $8600.00 and brings our ten year total to over $25000.00. Our total reenactor count was 2007.

As usual you guys were great. The battles were very well done on both sides. Working with the Guard staff was easy and efficient. Again, THANK YOU for being part of the 145th Anniversary Atlanta. I look forward to the next time we work together on the field.

Your Most Obedient Servant,
General Earl Zeckman, Commanding
Union Forces, Lovejoy, Ga.

Gentlemen of the Guard;

First and foremost, all should congratulate Will Eichler on the birth of his daughter. Baby and Mother are doing fine and Will is about to learn the true meaning of sleep deprivation. A truly joyous occasion for the Eichler's.

ATLANTA

This was a pretty dandy event. The Union fielded four battalions, including the Guard battalion led by Chris Kubacki. BTW, Chris awoke Sunday morning to a kidney stone, was rushed to the hospital, passed it and was back in camp by 9 am. It brings to mind an old Army commercial that talks about they do more by 9 am then most people do all day....kind of applies here, too.

The 1200 confederates battling our 450 conducted themselves well and even galvanized one battalion for one of the four battles. Ask Rob Van and the 49th, who were there in force, about the swamp....turns out the secret flanking route they were sent on included a waist deep swamp.

Keith Harrison, Tom and Tom (another inside joke) and Carl did an excellent job on Staff. It was great to see Marvin, the Division flagbearer from Gburg, Earl Zeckman, the overall commander and true friend of the Guard and the many friends who ventured to the event. Steve Smith of the 30th Indiana and a bunch of the 3rd Michigan under Marty Walker and Dave Baughman were there.

All in all, it was a great way to honor the men who fought on that very field, 145 years ago...to the day.

Thanks to all who supported the efforts of the Guard.

2010

The year ahead will be discussed at the annual meeting in November. Please have some idea as to what your unit wants to support when you show up at Conner Prairie.

There is an event at Land between the Lakes next November. It is not a tactical like the first event there.

There will be a wargame at my house following the meeting.

Until then, I remain your most obedient servant,

Past Events 2009

      Cumberland Guard Meeting November 7, 2009
     

Civil War Days (Hartford, Indiana)

49th Indiana and 50th Virginia Hosting.
<<http://www.angelfire.com/in3/34IN/>> This is the 20th year for this event. You can register on line at this website.

October 9-10, 2009
      Atlanta, Georgia September 4-6, 2009
 
 
Jackson, Michigan August 28-30, 2009
   
East Tennessee Civil War Campaigns May 1-3, 2009
 
 
Billie Creek, Rockville, Indiana June 12-14, 2009

 

Cumberland Guard Annual Meeting --- 2009

The umpteenth annual Cumberland Guard Meeting was well attended. Many topics were discussed and issues addressed. We were treated to a perfomance of Dan Dygert, a magician who has headlined in Vegas. If you were not there, there is no way to explain his amazing tricks...like raising a metal cup and there is a small green ball, putting it back down over the ball and immediately raising it up and there is a lime, putting the cup immediately back over the lime and raising it and there is a lemon. He picked up the lemon and put it back in the cup....but it was too large to fit in it.

A great portion of the discussions were about local events that conflict with each other. A solution was not found but units with contact with conflicting events need to let them know of the conflicting dates.

We then discussed the transfer of John Latschar, superintendent of the Gettysburg battlefield to a desk job.

The newly formed alliances were the next topic. There is the Eastern Alliance made up of eastern (duh) Union organizations. Then, the Blue/Gray Alliance was discussed. This is a western organization and the only "blue" unit is the First Federal Division. The discussions were mostly about if we should pursue joing the alliance. The group was very adamant the answer is NO. Thus, I have advised the powers that be that I have been directed to terminate all discussions regarding joining. We will attend the meetings and Jim Dedman volunteered to accompany me to the first one in January. Anybody else that wants to go is welcome.

The November of 2010 event origionally set at Land Between the Lakes has been move to a location east of Memphis on the Tennessee/Mississippi border. The group voted unanimously not to attend.

It was also agreed there is no National event for the Guard in 2010 and our time and resources will be spent locally and preparing for the 150th series that is fast approaching.

For 2010, the Guard events are:

Billie Creek

Hastings...although the problems of 09 were discussed and our trust is they will be resolved

Jackson

Hartford City

There is a May event at Conner Prairie that will be supported by several Guard units and consideration should be given to including it in your schedule.

A new event which will be an encampment and drill weekend will be at a place called Prairie Creek near Muncie, Indiana...about 30 miles north of Indy. This event is scheduled for September and the exact date will be determined.

Craig DeCrane of the Black Hat Battalion extended an invitation to all at their Living History encampment at Antietam, next to Dunkers Church!!!! It will be in mid to late October. Now this event should be given consideration...how often do you get to camp on the Battlefield?

Thanks to Stan Hurt  for arranging the meeting site. It was great to see Jim and Betty Dedman who lost three horses in 2009. They are gearing up with new horses and plan to be at a lot of the 2010 events. Jim discussed an event at Danville, Illinois that includes a money, food and liquor ration. WOW

The meeting concluded with three cheers and a tiger for the Guard...and me saying, "Wear those light blue ribbons".

I swear, the Guard is as strong and viable as it was at the beginning. The comradeship, the desire to help out our pards and the drive to improve our impressions never fail to awe me.

2010 is my 40th year in the hobby and never would I have thought the Guard would develop into the finest, toughest, best drilled organization in the country.

Good job, pards.

I read several passages from period diaries of soldiers. It discussed Confederate lancers, a square formed by the Union at the Battle of Val Verde, in Arizona the the phrases:

1. Six shooter for revolver

2. Cockelrums for officers

3. Fandago for party

We got a good laugh out of it but I emphasised that by research, especially diaries, we learn more about how they really did things and spoke then any history book.

One book actually gives the dimension of a camp, street width, etc.

The annual Guard wargame was held afterwards at my house. Tom E and Tom B of the 7th Michigan played for a while but had a long drive home. FYI The French beat the Austians/Russians. Plan to attend next year.

Colonel Dave

Atlanta, GA --- 2009

This was a pretty dandy event. The Union fielded four battalions, including the Guard battalion led by Chris Kubacki. BTW, Chris awoke Sunday morning to a kidney stone, was rushed to the hospital, passed it and was back in camp by 9 am. It brings to mind an old Army commercial that talks about they do more by 9 am then most people do all day....kind of applies here, too.

The 1200 confederates battling our 450 conducted themselves well and even galvanized one battalion for one of the four battles. Ask Rob Van and the 49th, who were there in force, about the swamp....turns out the secret flanking route they were sent on included a waist deep swamp.

Keith Harrison, Tom and Tom (another inside joke) and Carl did an excellent job on Staff. It was great to see Marvin, the Division flagbearer from Gburg, Earl Zeckman, the overall commander and true friend of the Guard and the many friends who ventured to the event. Steve Smith of the 30th Indiana and a bunch of the 3rd Michigan under Marty Walker and Dave Baughman were there.

All in all, it was a great way to honor the men who fought on that very field, 145 years ago...to the day.

Thanks to all who supported the efforts of the Guard.

Jackson, Michigan---2009

This is an easy review of the Jackson event...everything went fine once the weather cleared on Saturday morning.

Done

Seriously, it is difficult to recall any event that went as smooth and on schedule as this past Jackson.

The two battalion commanders, Tom Emerick (in his first large battalion command) and Craig DeCrane, the seasoned veteran, did a fine job. Jim Newkirk managed the artillery with his usual finesse and the cav. folks did their usual expert task on Sunday when they were blue.

The 8th Michigan Medical was their typical efficient selves, even providing a bandage to my poor heel after puncturing it with a nail that went through my shoe.

The Brigade staff, from Keith Harrison, Matt Merta down, were supurb. Never did I ever have to intervene to get something on track or correct a situation....a delight in the eyes of all who command.

And then there is the men...the men who tolerated amazingly heavy rain on Friday to perservere and the resulting mud throughout the weekend. The men who shivvered in the mornings and sweated in the afternoons. And all without so much as one complaint. That's the stuff us westerners are made from.

The rebs were numerous and did a great job of keeping to the scenarios and being great sports in portraying Saylor's Creek and their resultant surrender on Sunday.

My heartfelt thanks to the 7th Michigan for the honor they bestowed upon me on Friday with a plaque thanking me for 25 years of service at the event. It took me to tears.

What a glorious reunion it was too. Chuck Peterson showed up after 20 years!!! Think about that, kind reader.

The spirit of cooperation and support given by all of the participants was beyond reproach. That event could be used as a model for all events, east, west, north and south.

In closing, I am certain I have overlooked some folks who deserve mention. I beg their forgiveness and trust they know of my gratitude for their contribution to an extraordinary experience.

I will see many of you at Atlanta this weekend, others at Hartford City and many of you at the Annual Cumberland Guard meeting in November at Conner Prairie.

Yours in service,
Colonel Dave

 



Past Events 2008


 
    Atlanta, Georgia November 7-9, 2008
 
 
 
Cumberland Guard Meeting October 25, 2008
 
 
Hartford City, Indiana October 10-12, 2008
 
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania July 4-6, 2008
 
 
Hastings, Michigan July 18-20, 2008
Jackson, Michigan August 22-24, 2008

 


Gettysburg 2008 Images from 145th Gettysburg - July 2008

by Dave Shackelford

This is a difficult after action report to write. So many people contributed to the success of the event, so many made sacrifices that went above and beyond the call of duty. I hesitate to mention any names because I will fail to mention some very worthy folks who deserve to be named for their efforts.

But.....here goes:

Planning-this was a well planned event. Attending three meetings prior to the event (including the trip when Jim Dedman and I drove in a blizzard on a police-closed I-70), the planning was extensive and contingency plans existed for every possibility. It paid off during the event!

Registration-This was effortless for me and I heard no complaints from anyone.

Campsite-WOW!-It was, in my opinion, the best location possible. I regret the 1st Brigade encountered some poison ivy in portions of their camp. My walk through their area in the early spring did not reveal any problem...probably because it was too early for it to bloom. My apology to anyone who was affected. (On the other hand, the field we drilled in was covered with milkweed, the juice of the plant cures the effects of poison ivy. Nature always provides our needs.)

Camps-They sure looked like an army on the march. No company streets and lots of shebangs reflected a Division who was told to halt and pitch their camp. Good job, lads. I personally saw few modern items and thought everyone pitched in to maintain a military appearance.

The 3rd Division-Smaller than planned due to various causes, the 3rd had nothing to apologize for. The two brigades functioned well and it was difficult to tell that they had never done this on such a scale before.

3rd Division flag-That beautiful flag that flew at headquarters and on the battlefield was provided by Keith Harrison, at his own expense. The brigade commanders were asked to take up a collection from volunteers to help offset the cost. Hopefully, some of you felt the pride that flag stirred inside you and gave a little donation. If you still wish to chip in, send it to me and I will get it to Keith. Thanks goes to Marvin who carried the flag without faltering. He really demonstrated unfailing loyalty.

Division staff-You guys would be amazed to know the details Keith, Stan and Jim had to deal with. Granted, it was all military oriented and mostly authentic, but the volume and the never ending reports were burdensome, though necessary. They really did a great job. Jim had tire troubles on the way home and it took 20 plus hours.

Old/new friends-Did you know we had troops from England, Germany and Sweden in the ranks? Men traveled from 14 states to march with the 3rd. Many new friendships were created and old ones renewed. The 2nd Wisconsin arrived enmass by bus. Boy, when they walked into camp it was a sight to behold. It seemed like there was no end to the column of new arrivals.

Ticks-I pulled 6 off of me and many folks had to deal with the little critters. I am not aware of any major problems-but they were a constant threat and nuisance. Mobile dandruff.

1st Michigan Engineers-these guys never cease to amaze me. As you know, they built the Dave Shackelford Memorial Bridge and the Alan Baldwin Memorial Approach. It really made it much easier to cross the creek for the two Brigades to interact. They also brought a field forge and was seen using it to make metal items that were needed at the time. Their conduct in the battles was flawless and reliable.

Brigade commanders- Will Eichler and Craig DeCrane did such a fine job, it was tough to remember they had never been Brigade commanders before. I apologize for any impatience on my part...I simply forgot that was your first time because of the fine manner you handled your troops. Will had to leave early Sunday and Tom Downes took over 1st Brigade and it was his first time as well. Craig, You were right regarding that bet we made on Sunday and I owe you a beer.

Division drill-You guys made reenacting history with your three Division level drills. Never before has that been done. Division reviews and parades, yes. But the drills you did were the first for the hobby and will set the standard for other organizations. The square on Sunday was simply awesome. As I told you, there were at least 13 squares formed in the real war and that drill showed you the time it takes to get one formed. Now imagine a couple of thousand cavalry galloping at you.

The massed volleys were beyond description and demonstrated what a real regimental volley would have sounded and looked. It certainly gave me a...um, uh,.....typical male response to a stimulating experience.

Battles-well, we had our share of action, that's for sure. All in all, they went well and without serious problems or injuries. I am told the counter-attack on Sunday was to simulate the success the 8th Ohio had in pushing the Confederates back....but because they overlapped the position of our  8th, we had to make the attack as we did. Sometimes the effort to replay historical events have to be more by concept rather than literally. I notice on the reenacting forums that everyone is trying to take credit for burning the Bliss Farm prior to Pickett' Charge. Rest assured, it was our 8th Ohio and the entire venture under the command of Tom. The other units were there to support the 8th because they were there historically.  

The road-a rough and rutted road outside our camp caused at least two debilitating injuries. Our Division clerk, Don Everett and the captain of the 2nd Wisconsin both were hurt when they fell on the road. The organizers response was to bring in a bulldozer, a front end loader and several loads of gravel. It looked like a major road construction project and within an hour of bringing it to the attention of the army commander, we had an interstate-like lane running to the battlefield.

My second star-many laughs were the result of several good-natured folks providing several versions of stars to play along with my indignant demand for my second star as a result of promotion to Major General. Thanks for the pranks and laughs.

General Baldwin-I am telling you guys, this man went out of his way to make us "westerners" feel welcome and comfortable. On Friday night, when a TP shortage struck our 11 portajohns, he pulled a 20 out of his pocket, gave it to one of his staff and ordered them to go to Wal-Mart and buy some. He called me at 10 PM that night to tell me the purchase had been delivered to our camp. Think about that...the Army Commander taking the time and effort to address our problems personally. He is a good friend and deserves your thanks...he certainly has mine.

Army Staff-these fellows did an exemplary job of providing support to the various Divisions in the course of the weekend. I was even able to convince one of them that battalions have spaces between them. Thanks, fellows, for all that you did.

Guard duty-everyone chipped in and pulled their weight in providing guards for Division Headquarters. Many fell prey, though, to the question of "Will a guard surrender his weapon if asked by a Division staff officer or commander?". Let's just say that many learned not to relinquish their weapon to anyone while on duty. My apologies if anyone was embarrassed by their blunder..it was an effort to test their resolve and meant to be somewhat good-natured training. Probably the most amazing incident was when the Sergeant of the Guard emphatically told the guards to not give up their weapon to anyone, including the General. While he stood there and within a minute of his speech, the guard gave me his musket upon request.

RJ Samp-bugler extraordinaire-This man moved and motivated the Division with his bugling all weekend. It is one thing to move a Division but another to have such a talented man to move it by bugle! Thanks, RJ, for your efforts, injured knee and all.

Authenticity-Personally, I never observed any blatant violation of the authenticity standards of the event. While far from perfect, I feel like it was a dramatic improvement from the past and a good sign for the future. Most, if not all, seemed to appreciate the prevalent attitude of the hobby of improving your impression. All are urged to never cease your efforts to improve your personal impression.

Personal sacrifices-The most moving story came from a member of the 19th Indiana, Company A who learned his father passed away. Efforts to obtain a rental car or a flight were unsuccessful. After consulting with his family members, this unselfish man refused to make the other 8 men who drove out to the site to have to give up their experience. Please keep his loss in your prayers. I still tear up when I think of his anguish.

Summarizing the AAR, I am sure I have left out some folks who deserve much praise. There is likely to be a supplemental report issued soon. Thank you for all that you did. Never forget the pride in our hearts as the 3rd Division marched onto the field.

Former Brevet Major General, now just plain old Colonel, Dave.

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