Growing up in the 60's, cavalry was a popular theme in film and television. I was hooked and my first reenactments were in my backyard while wearing my cub scout uniform and swinging a plastic sabre. Fast forward to 2006, when I was cast in the role of a Union infantry major in a small, indie short film "Lone Elm". I loved finally getting a chance to don an ACW uniform. Even though it was close to 100 in both heat and humidity, I had a blast. The reenactors were so helpful and knowledgeable that I was intrigued enough to start attending a few events.
Last summer we took a road trip vacation to Williamsburg, Washington DC, Gettysburg and Springfield, Ill (Lincoln Library and Museum). My boys were showing an interest so while at Gettysburg (we stayed at Lee's Headquarters), I bought boots and a forage cap from Dirty Billy. Several thousand dollars later, my boys and I go camping, with an attitude. The ACW was such an enormous event in our country's history, that it must not be forgotten by new generations. We endeavor to learn more and to honor the sacrifices made by all those who stood up to be counted.
I hope my boys will remember these days together long after I'm gone and do something similar with their children.
How can you know where you are going if you dn't know where you've been?
Gary Lee Bradford, Captain
9th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, Company F
On patrol of the Kansas - Missouri Border