History, Living History, Reenacting, School Day

Civil War Weekend @ OWHSP 2018

Hello friends and hello first post of 2019! I hope your New Year has been off to a great start! I took quite a long break from blogging, but I promise that this year I’m getting back into blogging on the regular. That’s one of my goals for this year. (;

Last November I volunteered at Old Washington Historic State Park for the annual Civil War Weekend event. I volunteered in the 1836 courthouse. During the Civil War the city of Washington became the capital for the Confederacy. The courthouse was also used as a schoolhouse for many years, and in one of the rooms upstairs it is still used to demonstrate a one room schoolhouse. I spent most of my time up there giving tours and lessons from the 1850’s. The school children loved getting a 19th Century school lesson!

Upstairs in the 1836 courthouse
Inside the school room
A sweet little girl drew this for me after her “lesson’ (:

I posted the above photo on Facebook, and one of the ladies I know commented on the post and told me that the Ladies Auxiliary met at the 1836 courthouse during the 19th Century to work on sewing projects. I found that so fascinating that the next day I brought some material and cut out a new 1860’s cotton day dress!

A 19th Century selfie
Some of us ladies after the battle on Sunday

It was another lovely weekend for the event and I enjoyed every minute of it!

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Chloe's Cottage, Reenacting

Civil War Weekend at OWHSP 2017

Here are some pictures from the civil war reenactment at Old Washington Historic State Park last November:

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Since I was the only lady not dressed out on Saturday night I was put on chili making duty…..that way none of the ladies got their dresses dirty. (;

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The sanctuary of the Methodist church, this church has the oldest Methodist congregation in the state of Arkansas!

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Some young soldiers drilling for Sunday’s battle.

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I was having fun taking some black and white photos and this was one of my favorites.

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Soldiers getting ready for the  battle….and the ones in the back are visiting.

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The artillery!

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Lastly a photo of my dear reenacting and sewing friend.

I did a bit of an awful job of taking pictures at this event, and I do apologize for that. I shall be more diligent at future events!

Civil War Dancing, Reenacting

Reenacting Memories….Part 1

I don’t remember how I got started in reenacting, but I used to go to quite a few events. I would do a mixture of camping events and day events. I wanted to share a few pictures and stories from these events with y’all..

2014 Battle of Pleasant Hill…

My first camping event was the Battle of Pleasant Hill 2014. When my dear friend Sarah and I first arrived the guys were still being very busy and putting up tents and getting all the firewood they thought we would need for the weekend.

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This is what our camp looked like when we arrived!

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Tents…

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Tents…

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Our tent!

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A group of friends attempting to start a fire.

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Back to the tents…

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Again with the tents…

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Even more tents and campfires!

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Shortly after we unpacked our home for the weekend Sarah changed into one of her dresses. I decided to opt out and still wear 21st century clothes since the event didn’t start until the next day.

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Here she is being very helpful and sewing buttons on one of the guy’s coats. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat and have taken pictures while she sews buttons. That’s now a tradition- the men come to her to sew on their buttons that just keep falling off, and I sit and take pictures. I think it’s a pretty good tradition if I do say so myself. (;

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This event is what started our tradition of always bringing tea and having mini tea parties. It’s a nice thing to do in the afternoon while waiting for the battle to start. The battle at Pleasant Hill is always really neat and fairly long- which is nice!

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Soldiers having a meeting before the battle.

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Starting to head out to the battlefield.

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Spectators beginning to follow the soldiers to the battle.

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All units starting to come together.

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Waiting for the battle to begin.

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Part of our group went to the woods.

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The drummer boy.

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Fighting the Yankees!

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Battle surgeons tending to the wounded.

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Deciding what to do about this one.

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The remaining survivors walking the field to see if they can find any wounded soldiers.

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Ladies visiting while dinner cooks.

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Helping do the dishes before we get ready for the ball.

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This look on my face…I have no explanation for. I think someone said something that caused me to give this look…or it could be the fact that I touched wet food. Who knows? Anyway on to the ball! There were *a lot* of people at the ball and it became *quite* crowded. Sarah and I only stayed for a few dances, but we still had a lot of fun!

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Making new friends!

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Wearing our blue ball gowns!

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We woke up on Sunday to it POURING rain outside. Everyone quickly got dressed and tried to break camp when the storm let up. Here are the guys all huddled together under one of the remaining tent fly’s. After we broke camp we all went into town to eat at Denny’s. We were still in our 19th century garb and we were wet and muddy, but we still had a fantastic time!

2016 Battle of Pleasant Hill…

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In 2016 when I went I made a put together lunch that was quite delicious if I do say so myself. I made a chicken and rice dish in my dutch oven. The ladies who enjoyed it with me agreed that it was the fire, the cast iron, and (of course) the fresh rosemary that made the dish perfect.

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After lunch we ‘chilled out’ aka. we went and relaxed/took naps in our tent. While two of us took a nap one of the ladies was busy making our dinner. She made a very yummy beef and vegetable stew.

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Later on the group went to the ball, then came back and had campfire visits. Campfire visits is when we go visit the campfire of good friends and sit and talk for hours to catch up. They’re a lot of fun and a great way to spend the rest of the evening before bed.

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Here are some other pictures I took of the event:

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I already posted about this event so I didn’t put too many photos on this one post…the links to the other posts are as follows:

Battle of Pleasant Hill Part 1

Battle of Pleasant Hill Part 2

Battle of Pleasant Hill Part 3