I'm a sophomore at Penn State- Harrisburg and I am new this year to the hobby. I have always been an American history nut and I've wanted to do this for as long as I can remember, my problem was that none of my family was interested enough for me to be able to get started while I was "at home" but fortunately now that I am "on my own" for the most part and I found friends at school who were attached to Co. I 42nd Miss. who I might add were extremely helpful in getting me started and all too excited for me to fall in with them for my first battle (I had done a few Living Histories). Well, I could not have found a better group of men to fall in with and our civilian ladies are great, I really feel like these guys are an extention of my family and we always have a great time no matter what! My first battle was a local affair at our battalion's spring muster, a couple hundred guys at most and us Johnnies were outnumbered at least 2 to 1 but we ended up taking the field three times that weekend including a dusk tactical in the woods. I was living it up! Man that first volley and I was beyond hooked...my first national size event will be New Market, Va. May 19-20th (This is were I will end up being "Fished")...Needless to say I can not wait, a couple thousand guys forming up with us and against us, oh boy! A little long winded, I apologize for that but I felt like this was the appropriate thread to share my own first experiences within the hobby and how excited I am to see my first large scale action in Virginia!
(Living History) Pvt. Zachary Mark Henson
Company I 42nd Mississippi Volunteer Infantry Regiment
"The last romantic and first modern war."
- Shelby Foote
"If this cause, that is dear to my heart, is doomed to fail, I pray heaven may let me fall with it, while my face is toward the enemy and my arm battling for that which I know is right."
- Major General Patrick R. Cleburne