Weird Coincidence at 150th STRI
The weather for the 150th Stones River event at the battlefield park in Murfreesboro was just like what was recorded in late 1862/early 1863, meaning cold, wet and miserable. There was one strange moment on Monday. We were doing infantry demos in the rocks at the Slaughter Pen and the park ranger was giving his talk about that part of the battle. He said, "...the weather 150 years ago was just like it is today, except it was sleeting."
As soon as the ranger said that, we began getting pelted with sleet which continued for the next five minutes. The sleet also rounded the weather out nicely because we had already experienced hard rain, light rain, freezing rain and snow. Everything except the rocks was a hog wallow.
The park was even weirder than usual about BP rounds. They had to be just so, 60 grains Goex FFg. They had to be in arsenal packs, etc. Well, when I left on Monday a couple of my remaining rounds were soaked through so I left them behind. Todd Watts apparently felt mischievous and tossed them in the fire where some civilian woman was drying out her feet. They were in there a long time, Watts said, then all three went off at once. This startled the poor woman who fell backwards off her seat into the mud. Sorry I missed that particular highlight. Todd blamed me, of course.
Last edited by Craig L Barry; 01-02-2013 at 12:08 PM.
Craig L Barry
Author: The Civil War Musket: A Handbook for Historical Accuracy