We missed the hail and rain on Saturday....it all went south of us.....apparently some of it hit you....
The Ruggles battery fire on Saturday AM was better than the G135 pre Pickett's Charge extravaganza.....and better than the A135 Sat. PM show. I didn't hear anything down your way, but my focus is always on bugle calls in the immediate vicinity. The rifle fire in the Hornet's Nest Woods was amplified by a 'bowl' in the woods and echoing off of the terrain\trees. Spooked the horses and a buddy of mine had to do an emergency dismount from his rearing\panic-ing mount.
Weather was great. Logistics fell apart from the Friday 'small amount' of Rain. 'roads' turned into car\truck stalling quagmires...which impeded water replenishment. roads churned by the DOZENS of Artillery Trailers\Duallies mired the portalet cleaning trucks..... Water Shortages (once every 'cook' had filled their 5 gallon blue buckets and someone forgot to close off a spigot) and overflowing sinks with zero toilet paper (those that didn't follow the decades rule to BRING YOUR OWN TO ALL NATIONAL EVENTS, soon hoarded ROLLS of toilet paper) were huge blemishes on the event.
Plentiful ticks (deer ticks especially), mosquitoes (geez, it was MARCH), spiders (thankfully no brown recluse), fire ants, and two snakes in our camp.....
6,000 reenactors, 23,000+ spectators on Saturday alone, Purdy looked great, lots of fun at the dance for some, great fields for the battles, awesome battle ON the Fallen Timbers battlesite....and I didn't get thrown from my mount. I come to National Events to see long lines of infantry and cavalry.....and hear thunderous artillery.....and a decent 'reenactment' of the scenarios attempting to be portrayed. The Marine Band sounded great, the train ride well received (from reports).
The WIG looked super as the 15th Iowa after a 6.5 mile march.....superb leadership MOUNTED (neat to see)....and awesome skirmishing on Sunday. The Nightly Tattoo's were excellent...and the WIG's superb field music's elevated everyone's performance levels. Loved the camp of Sibley's, and the Hardee Hats with an Eagle pinning up the brim. Hats off to Iowa!!
All in all a fun time. What's next.....McDowell....
Mark Way deserves the accolades for his HUNDREDS OF HOURS of work.....and 24/7 herculean level efforts during the events.....he personally turned problems into cake. Thank you Mark!
Horniste! Blas das Signal zum Angriffe!
"But in the end, it's the history, stupid. If you can't document it, forget about it. And no amount of 'tomfoolery' can explain away conduct that in the end makes history (and living historians) look stupid and wrong. "