Civil War Reenacting Part 1

Well, the last few weeks have been full of events, Civil War events that is. First, just over two weeks ago we went over to Pilot Knob, Missouri for a fairly good sized Civil War Reenactment. Mom spent the week before sewing and made me a new shirt and Emma a new dress. She also made bonnets for both Emma and Katie. Early Friday morning we all loaded up in our packed up van and headed off. It was a little over eight hours there so we had a long drive ahead of us. We made it there in fairly good time only having to stop for gas and lunch. We stopped at a McDonalds and on our way back to the van we saw people feeding ice cream cones to their dogs! Upon arriving we set up Mom’s new wall tent over in the civilian camp and then headed over to find the Confederate military camp so we could get Dad set up. After getting Dad’s dog tent set up, (which looked almost comparable to a dog house if it were next to Mom’s tent) we went and put a few things together in our tent and then visited and waited until the rest of Dad’s unit got in. We said hello to the guys and I helped supervise the digging of the fire pit while they all set up. Then it was off to Subway across the highway for dinner and back to camp for an early bedtime.

Saturday morning dawned bright and early. Mom and I got up early and got ready for the day. While we were doing that, a person who shall remained unnamed did not make it out of our bed in time to get to the restroom. Needless to say there was much confusion and excitement, which followed. We all finished getting dressed and Mom packed us up some breakfast in my haversack and headed us all up to Dad’s camp. Fortunately she had seen a laundromat next to Subway the night before so she dropped us off with Dad and went over to wash out our bedding.  Emma, Katie and I enjoyed our breakfast of rolls and apples in Dad’s camp and then Emma and Katie played dolls. When Mom got back we all headed back to our tent to finish cleaning up the tent. There were some kids in the tent next door so I played with them some off and on. Dad joined us for lunch and then after the battle we headed up towards his camp to take lemonade and pound cake to the guys in Dad’s unit. On the way to get water and to Dad’s camp we had to stop almost every two or three feet because people wanted to take pictures of Emma and Katie! You can see whether you agree…

We finally made it to Dad’s camp as they were getting back. I think they enjoyed the lemonade and pound cake. After that I went with the guys while they got a period picture taken. I stood guard at the top of the hill to make sure no one walked in the fort while they were trying to get the picture. The girls stayed back in camp and also took the opportunity to get a few photos. Here’s one of Emma.

Sitting by Dad's Tent

Playing Dolls

The rest of the afternoon was spent visiting in Dad’s camp and playing with our neighbors. After that we had dinner and then headed up to the dance. I watched Emma and Katie while Mom and Dad danced. During the dance they blew up the fort. It was really bright! We all had a good time and then we headed back to our tents for bed. We were all tired so it didn’t take us long to drift off. That night it rained so Sunday morning was cool and wet. We slept in a little later and got dressed. The people in the tent across from us shared their breakfast of bacon, eggs and biscuits with us. So between that and our oatmeal we ate pretty well! After that we headed to Dad’s camp for church and then back to ours for lunch. Emma was cold so she bundled up and played dolls in the tent where it was warmer. She cooked and fed her dolls quite well over on our bed. Here she is:

Katie on the other hand was more interested in lunch…

This time we got front row seats for the battle. We enjoyed watching the Confederates charge up the fort. Dad even ended up carrying the flag towards the end of the battle. As you can see below Katie enjoyed watching so much that she fell asleep amid the cannons and then gunfire.

After the battle it started to rain. Here we all are waiting for Dad to get back with the van so we can pack up and leave.

We loaded up in the rain and then were back on the road again. It was a much longer drive back. We stopped for dinner and then watched movies. After that we had to take a second nap and got home really late. After letting my dogs out one last time (who I think were glad to see us), it was off to bed. We had a good weekend and found out that somewhere around 20,000 spectators had been through there. No wonder it seemed like hundreds of people wanted to take our pictures…

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