January Recap


What a month!  January was packed with everything and anything from the American Revolution to World War II.  Each month or week depending on how backed up we are we will feature various events happening that month or week.  This is a way for those who are unable to experience an event experience it through the personal experiences, videos and photographs.

~ Enjoy!

Newspaper & Blog Articles of the Events:

Brooksville Raid

Hundreds of Hernando County students gathered at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation off State Road 50 to experience life during the Civil War with live demonstrations, interactive games and samples of 19th century food.  Jackie Barker, fourth-grade teacher at Explorer K-8, said she brought her students to the reenactment as part of a lesson plan about Florida history, a large component of fourth-grade curriculum.

“It’s important to learn about Florida history because a lot of us are Floridians. You’ve got to have pride in who you are,” she said. “We talk about how knowledge is a building block to making you a big, strong person. Everything you know helps you become a stronger, smarter and better citizen in the United States.” read on!

via: hernandotoday.com

Article + Video | Video #2Flickr Image Set

Battle of Cowpens

Reenactors gathered at Cowpens National Battlefield to relive what historians call a turning point in the Revolutionary War.  On January 17, 1781, colonialist forces defeated the British in the Battle of Cowpens. The battle is considered a pivotal moment for the war in the south, according to history buffs.

“The American Revolution … began in places like Massachusetts,” Bert Puckett, a reenactor, told WYFF’s Myra Ruiz. “It began up north, but we finished it down here.” read on!

via: wyff4.com

Article + Pics |   Personal ExperienceEvent Ad

Manassas Blue & Gray Ball

The first commemorative event of the Civil War’s sesquicentennial in the Manassas area was a memorable one.  Some 200 people turned out for the Blue and Gray Ball at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, taking a step back in time.

Highlights of Saturday night’s event included:  Women and men dressed in 1860s-era formal attire.  A social hour that included “Gen. J.E.B. Stuart” leading the gathering in the singing of songs of that area, including “Dixie.”  The Black Horse Cavalry arriving on the scene with lighted torches, and setting up an encampment for the night.  A dinner that featured a menu of the period, highlighted by slow braised pork and butternut squash followed by a dessert buffet including classic scones, Mississippi mud pie and apple crumb pastries.  Period music and dancing to close out the night’s festivities… read on!

via: insidenova.com

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Battle of the Bulge

January 25th through the 28th saw me once again trekking up to Fort Indiantown Gap for the annual Battle of the Bulge reenactment/ living history extravaganza/militaria vendor mall. As usual, it was a large affair with a lot of activities for the WWII living historian. This year, for the first time, I got there on Tuesday and stayed until pack-up time on Sunday morning.  Once again, I was with the Volkssturm and the German hospital. In an event which is full of excellent barracks displays, the hospital is, in my humble opinion, quite amazing. Peter and Kate Gentry have an astonishing array of period equipment and frankly look ready to do an actual surgery if the need arises!

This year, one of our VS members was knowledgeable in the field of radiology and was able to give a mini-workshop to the hospital staff in the 1940′s X-ray equipment which was there. We also had the services of a number of wonderful young ladies portraying helferin or nurses. These personnel took great care of me when I appeared at their facility with a ‘head wound’ for the benefit of the spectators. Also, once again, we were awarded the title of  Best Axis Barracks… read on!

via: The Reenactor Post

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