...It was a very tough last couple years for Camp Chase Gazette, no doubt about it. The editor (Ed Hooper) was terminated, not because the magazine was garbage but because he was hauled off to jail. Reece Sexton has taken over the Courier and Gazette, Connie Payne is still at the helm of the Citizens Companion. Reece is an honorable guy, a reenactor, knowledgeable and so on. If you know Reece you probably have a good opinion of him. I like the guy.
The "continued on page 22" trick was a particularly grating aspect of publishing there...especially when the article was not found continued on page 22, but somewhere else entirely...or not. All print media, not just magazines, but particularly magazines are struggling at the moment. Civil War Historian included. I would agree with the advice posted about giving it a try. It is a wonderful publication and I have been a subscriber and reader since Vol 1 # 1.
I have signed on to do a monthly column for The Gazette called FROM THE ORDNANCE DEPARTMENT, my first post-Watchdog endeavor. The first column will be "Reenacting with a Flintlock" which to my thinking is an undercovered topic in a under represented but often used weapon early in the Civil War. Not sure that makes it worth a subscription, only the reader can decide that. I do know many of the things mentioned as complaints in the open letter are being addressed, and time will tell.
I have had my differences with Lakeway, to the point where we moved The Watchdog over to CW News. But I was willing to give them another shot. It's a decision you have to make for yourself, as to whether there is value in a magazine devoted to being "The Voice of Civil War Re-enacting." Like I said, time will tell.
Craig L Barry
Author: The Civil War Musket: A Handbook for Historical Accuracy