A number of individuals inquired during the Shenandoah 1862 preservation march and living history program on the weekend of June 12-13 whether Zangroniz Photography would be posting online any results from the weekend.
All told, I shot slightly over 650 images over the two days. That number will be reduced to about half (a lot of them, frankly, are repeats, or attempts to accomplish on a second, or third (sometimes fourth!) try what I should have been able to do right the first time but couldn't.
Sometimes, it’s uncanny how alike reenacting and photography can be (right, officers?)!
There will be a gallery with highlights the Saturday activities, one with the Sunday actions.
You will be able to find them at the usual place: www.zphotos.smugmug.com, with the galleries probably labeled something like: 10ShenSat and 10ShenSun.
We will present the usual smorgasbord of battle scenes, camp scenes, relations between the military and the scant civilian “contingent” and even some illustrations of the merchant community and their authentic wares, including the novel period peddler’s cart built expressly for this event by the enterprising Wayne Hutzell.
Even the Federal artillery will have its moment in the limelight… they deserve it for their herculean effort to get a full-bodied bronze Napoleon to the top of that steep hill on Sunday, to try to keep the screaming Confederate hordes at bay. The Federal artillerymen weren’t successful, but the boys in red piping sure put in a bunch of dents in the gray ranks, as the Rebels swarmed through the thick, humid jungle to rout the Boys in Blue.
A small bunch of locals, mostly landowners who generously offered their land as our playground, witnessed the end of the Sunday battle --and they were mightily impressed. One woman and her husband started discussions --on the spot-- to allow their farm to be part of a future scenario. They were introduced to one of the event organizers to pursue further discussions.
A retired doctor and his wife had purchased one key property to keep it from becoming the base of yet another needless housing subdivision. Both were seen trailing the troops non-stop, furiously taking still photos and video. Though their farm was flying the Confederate battle flag atop a huge pole, they magnanimously allowed the vanquished Federals to stop there after the Saturday action, to rest and water down. “This is probably the first time there’s been so many folks in blue wool here since the 1860s,” the lady of the hourse admitted to a news reporter.
That’s mighty significant progress on two important fronts, folks –two sets of locals who “get it.” That’s what this march was meant to help.
And yes, rest assured that Zangroniz Photography will include in its image display a generous sampling of the "Bathing Beauties With Bikinis in the River" incident. That’s all that can be said about that for the time being…
Also, rumor has it that one top commander’s Outrageous (Red) Underwear Show will be unveiled, for the entire world to save for possible future blackmail.
So please stay tuned to this channel. More… as they say in the news business… to come…