This, "National Event," thing is idiotic. This is a hobby, folks will only go to events which give them what they want from their hobby; ergo, 3 Gettysburg events (yes, at least 3, there's living histories in the park too, don't forget.). Nobody cares about numbers, or "national events" only what in their eyes is, "event quality," biggest bang for their buck, if you will, these days. The days of showing up and doing as you please, are beginning to disappear, I hope. The "masses" are speaking with their feet.
"Grumpy" Dave T.
"Yet, despite these small numbers, Kernstown was one of the most decisive engagements of the war. The Confederates, Under Jackson, though soundly defeated, ultimately lost the most. As historian Bruce Catton observed: ‘The victory meant nothing at all, whereas the mere fact that the battle had been fought meant a great deal.’ Indeed, the ramifications of this odd little affair reached all the way to President Lincoln."