Random comments from the Confederate side...
Camps were closed to the public. Why? On top of that, they were so far away from the event (across the street, up a hill, behind a modern barn and wholly out of sight) that the public wouldn't have come up anyway. Simply too far from the main site.
Did the distance from CS camp to Sutlers affect their bottom line much? Maybe.
Trams to and from CS camp to the rest of the event were a good idea, except they stopped at the bottom of the hill. It really wouldn't have taken that much effort to send them the last 100 yards to the top.
Water was very good, porta johns fairly good, though they could have had an earlier clean out each morning. 10AM was a bit late.
Battles were awfully late in the day on Saturday. The 7PM ending time left the folks that wanted to go to the ball very tight on time to get themselves ready.
CS overall command seemed a bit unable to answer questions in a timely manner. However, they were easy to work with on the field.
CS overall division/corps meetings were so late in the evening (9PM) that the divisional generals could not get back in time to have a proper meeting with their colonels.
Battle plans did not seem to match the reality on the ground much at all. Troops out of place, timing way off. Still, Friday's 5PM battle was fantastic and Pickett's charge was adequate. I'll leave my feelings about Saturday's fiasco to you to decide.
Who ever thought it was a good idea to put the artillery park on the side of a hill was daft! I saw a cannon careen down the hill after jumping its chocks and miss a car coming up the hill by mere inches. The cannon ended up in a ditch across the road. I did not wait around long enough to see if it was badly damaged.
The only field we could drill on was too far away to reach quickly and easily.
The marches from camp to the battles were badly handled. Far more stopping and starting than necessary.
As mentioned on this board, charging $40 and not allowing substitutes on grounds was enraging.
Still, my boys had a relatively good time. We have certainly been to worse national sized events. We had 780 men in our brigade and 4 good battalions under one of the best brigade commanders in the hobby, Gen. Willie Huckabee. The Trans Miss made its mark.
That's all I can think of now, but I know I missed something.
Yours in service,
Warner Todd Huston
Col. cmmdng the INDEPENDENT GUARD