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!
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!
It was another lovely weekend for the event and I enjoyed every minute of it!
I woke up late on the Sunday (the last day of the reenactment) and I mean *late*. It’s very unusual for me to be up after 7:30 at events, but for the first time in my life it happened. I woke up at 7:50…the horror. Anyway, it was nice to be able to sleep in though! Especially since I was starting my first day as a Confederate soldier! Yes, that’s right you did hear correctly! I got to be a soldier!!
I woke up and got dressed in pants, a man’s shirt (that was wayyyy to big for me- it looked like a dress) suspenders and a Confederate army coat and a hat. It actually took me about the same amount of time to dress as a soldier as it did to dress like a lady. It was those suspenders I swear it was!
The guns and are neatly stacked with the colors resting upon them. They are waiting for the moment the men grab them and assemble to do battle with the Yanks.
I am the soldier who is covering their ears in the back. I was trying to get accustomed to the gunfire. After 5 minutes I was fully accustomed and having a blast!
Our brave flag bearer ended up perishing at the beginning of the battle. With his last breath he passed on the colors to me. I followed our brave troops, stopping to help the wounded get comfortable and to pray for the dying. Some of our men became scared and deserted us, others lay dead and dying towards the end. When the battle was nearing an end this 1st Sergeant and I were all that remained of our company. We helped rally the rest of the Confederate soldiers. The cry of “Rally to the Colors! Rally to the Flag!’ could be heard all around. In the midst of destruction we all stood proud, proud to be standing, proud to be a Confederate, proud of our great nation.
Excuse the porta johns in the background and my weird facial expression, but this is what I looked like as a soldier! It was hot, but a lot of fun! I hope to do it again soon!