The latest reenactment I have attended - Charlton Park in Hastings, Michigan (July 21, 22) - was as good as it gets. This event always tops my yearly list of favorites. In fact, the only thing that would have made it better would've been having my wife in attendance; unfortunately, she stayed home to nurse our young daughter, who had fallen ill with a head cold.
Well, as I have been doing in recent postings, I will present a photographic record of our excursion back to 1862 where, by the way, one of the best battles I have seen yet was enacted. It wasn't any particular battle, mind you, but just a taste of what it may have been like to have the Yankees invading a southern town while the Confederate men were prepared to defend that town. Every-so-often I enjoy portraying one from the "other side" so to speak - in this case, a southerner - and it's also a rarity that I present photographs of battles in my postings, but believe me when I say the battles presented at Charlton Park are well worth showing.
And, yes, it's even fun to be a southerner at times as well! (Yes, I do love and respect the south and the wonderful folks that live there).
I hope you enjoy them.
|Here are a few of us civilians.|
|In the early afternoon a few of us enjoyed a luncheon picnic on the village green.|
|This pretty young lady friend of my son joined us for the picnic|
|With my wife and young children out of town, a few friends came over to my house and joined me for supper|
|Just a few doors down the neighbors entertained us townfolk with some fine music|
|Not everyone could attend the barn dance so this was a nice alternative|
|Some of the ladies of the local Aid Society sewed a quilt to send off to the local boys off fighting the war|
|Here, members of the Aid Society show some of the prepared items to send to the fighting boys|
|For the battle, we portrayed southerners, and we watched with keen interest as the Yankees invaded our town|
|Our gallant southern men were waiting and gave the Yankees quite a rousing welcome!|
|The fury arose quickly|
|The smoke from musket and cannon covered the town in sight and smell|
|The Yankees kept on charging and showed no sign of letting up...|
|...and neither did our southern boys|
|The devastation was everywhere throughout our town|
|But our gallant southern men drove the Yankee savages back to their northern territory. Our town was safe for the time being|
|Blue, gray, and the awful color of red were everywhere. The wounded moaned and cried for help|
|Some of our southern women could not tolerate the awful sounds they were hearing and, once the bullets stopped flying, ran to help whoever they could|
|Our once peaceful town was now a scene of mayhem|
|To think we just had a picnic on this green recently|
|The angels of mercy were truly sent from heaven to help these boys|
|Chaos and confusion...which wounded soldier shall I go to help first?|
|These angels of mercy, after spending hours and hours attending to the wounded and dying, needed to get some rest|
|This House of God was turned into a hospital for the men on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line|
And there you have it - our time at the Charlton Park event. I think you can see why this is one of my very favorites of all.
By the way, the Aid Society ladies pictured above are all a part of one of Michigan's finest civilian groups, the Michigan Soldiers Aid Society. There are a few of us men who are also part of this wonderful organization which promotes historical accuracy and authenticity.
Well, I hope you enjoyed the pictures presented here. See you next time...
If you would like to read about previous excursions to Charlton Park, please click the links below:
Charlton Park 2011
Charlton Park 2010