It's at this business meeting where we vote for the events we plan to have our unit attend, and there sure are plenty of 'em to choose from for 2011. With the 150th at hand, it seems as if everyone has the bug to commemorate the anniversary of the worst war ever fought on U.S. soil.
Maybe it would help it along if they did!!
According to our attendance sheet, I attended 14 events in 2010. That's 14 21st Michigan events. In actuality, I also attended four events with the other reenacting group I belong to, the Michigan Soldiers Aid Society (MSAS).
But, that's still not everything!
There were also 10 events I attended independent of any unit.
That's 28 total events - slightly more than every other weekend for the year!
So, you might think, "His poor wife! Stuck in that corset and living the drudgery of a Victorian woman on her husband's account!"
To which you would be wrong.
I am blessed to have my beloved almost as excited at participating in living history as me, especially now that she knows how to use her spinning wheel and walking wheel. Out of the 28 events that I attended, she joined me in all but maybe seven or eight.
And now a new "season" of time traveling is creeping up. But, I'm stuck in this v-e-r-y ---- s-l-o-w time of year for reenacting.
I am getting the shakes.
I must be addicted!
By most accounts in the Civil War reenacting world, this year will be 1861, and most of the events are geared to that time.
To help authenticate this journey through the past, I purchased numerous replicas of the Harper's Weekly newspaper - a couple from each month of 1861, as well as from '62 through '65. A prop to keep it real, and it's neat reading the first-hand accounts.
There are also numerous new events that I am looking forward to doing, including civilian-only events, where I can continue to practice my living history.
Yeah, I'm really getting excited!
Now, if only the weather would cooperate...wait! What do you mean it's only January?!?
Well, I guess that's why I created a pretty authentic parlor in my home...to help pull me through these bleak, cold, dreary winter days.