August 17-18, 2007
The Ninth supported the Watkins Museum
in Lawrence the weekend of August 17-18, 2007, for its
annual Civil War on the Western Frontier activities. Although their activities
extended over a two week period, we participated in their Civil War encampment
on Saturday in South Park opposite the Douglas County Courthouse and bordering
the retail hubbub of Massachusetts Street. The site and location present great
opportunities for a larger event on the lines of Mahaffie, but that will take
considerable efforts and time to realize.
Present for duty were Herb Shemwell, Brad Anspach and his wife Kim, and your
humble correspondent for the 9th, and Steve Slater and his lady friend, and
Cpl. Rick Gardner and his son of Jackman's 16th Mo. Also present was Charles
Walthall who, with his son, presented an artillery impression and also set up an
Although enemy forces under Gen. Mosquee and Col. Chigg made repeated and
determined attacks on our camp throughout Friday night, we survived to meet the
next day's activities. The civilian presence through the night in the environs
of South Park was somewhat unusual, but thankfully no homeless wanted to join us
in our tents. In addition, the park's water sprinklers opened up on us later
in the night and gradually advanced to effective range of our camp. Pvt.
Shemwell performed picket duty and stopped the assaults with some carefully
placed firewood scraps.
A free pancake and sausage feed considerably brightened our outlook on life in
the morning and our numbers began to swell as our comrades began to arrive.
We were welcomed by appreciative crowds and were able to explain the life of the
Civil War soldier and conduct some firing and drill demonstrations. We also
handed out some recruiting material for the 9th and welcomed a new recruit, Tate
Bartlett, who we have apparently rescued from a Yankee outlook.
Although our turnout was thin, I am optimistic that our numbers will increase
for BloodyDawn movie from Lone
The 9th displayed its
continuing support of historical
preservation this summer with its
assistance to the producers of a
film version of Tom Goodrich's
Bloody Dawn, about the raid
on Lawrence in August 1863 by
Quantrill's raiders (for those old
enough to remember, Tom fell in with
the 9th at Topeka's Railroad Days in
1993 as a raw recruit). Check out
the website of Lone Chimney Films at
The weekend of August 12, 2007,
Shawn Bell, Evan Andrews, Bill
Luther, Tom Leahy, and your humble
correspondent helped Lone Chimney
Films complete their film recreation
of that fateful event. Bill was one
of the Lawrence male unfortunates,
Evan played a raider who escaped
lynching by the enraged citizens by
shaving his beard and donning female
garb, Tom expanded his considerable
skills at historical impression by
recreating the infamous Quantrill,
your humble correspondent was a
dusty, dirty raider, and Shawn was
the make-up man and all around handy
man on the set.
Although the pay was negligible, and
the weather was blazing, a good time
was had by all!
I understand that the 9th assisted
in earlier "shoots" and will try to
have more details later.
Our profound thanks to Lone Chimney
Films for permitting the lads of the
9th to participate in this important
event and to add our our already
bulging film credits.