2014 Opens April 25 Cowtown Wichita

 Gettysburg 2013

 

Fireside reading at Cowtown.

 

Sgt. Randy Downey

Pvt. Staab and Pvt. Waters before the battle opens.

 

Just for Fun; comics, drawings and outtakes.

 

 

 

 

2009 season after action reports all can be found here!

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 Sgt. Shively looking exceptional in Federal Blue!  

 

Priv. Driscoll awaits execution at Humboldt.

 

Sgt. Bell installs the Ninth's ceiling tile at the Tip On Inn.

 

The Ninth applies the torches to the town!

 

Pvt. Shemwell tries to calm the civilians!

 

Three comrades enjoy the Humboldt event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

The Journal of the Ninth Texas Regiment of Infantry: 

                  Updated  April 20, 2014

Check schedule for updates and links   

Drill notes Vol. III - Things every soldier, officer, non-com, and enlisted man, needs to know or refresh on - commands.

I have taken this from the text of Hardee’s (see, e.g.,drillnet.net/1862/1862.htm) with some annotations by me given the reality of reenacting practice - these are noted by asterisks (**). I have also deleted those portions of the manual which are not actively used by the 9th or the Battalion   ( In the Captain's Corner)

First event of the 2014 campaign - Civil War Day at Cowtown, Wichita, KS, April 25-27, 2014

The 9th Texas, one of the oldest Civil War reenacting units in the Midwest, active since 1984, will commence its 2014 season with Civil War Day at Cowtown, Wichita KS, April 25-27, 2014. Cowtown is centrally located in downtown Wichita at 1865 W. Museum Blvd., phone 313 219 1871.The 9th will be joined by the 4th Arkansas and Verdigris Militia, and will fight four (4) battles over two days, Saturday and Sunday, of varying scenarios, both on the open field and house-to-house in the town. Battle-tested Yankees, including artillery, will oppose the rebel forces. An authentic Civil War camp will be set up and open to the public, and soldiers will be available to talk to the public about the life of the Civil War soldier and the hobby of reenacting. And we will also be taking applications for new members to join us in America's most exciting and rewarding hobby. Come join us!

FRANKLIN NATIONAL EVENT, NOV. 14-16, 2014 - REGISTRATION UPDATE
 
Men, here is the official word from Col. Amend on registration for Franklin in November:

They are wanting registration done by company, paid for by company. Neither done on an individual basis. This is a radical departure from how we normally have registered. But as I specifically asked this question, this is the reply I received. So all companies planning on attending need to be ready.

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What this means is that anyone wanting to go must forward a $10 check to me immediately. I will then issue a check to the event organizers for the whole company (of those who have paid) along with our unit registration. We do not have a drop dead day yet nor the date on which the registration window opens, but I don't believe that is far off.

You all have my mailing address, but if not email me and I will get that to you. Make your checks payable to me.

I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but this odd manner of registration is not at the instance of either the 9th or the Battalion.

YOS,

Brian Cox
Captain, 9th Texas, etc.

 


                             ATTENTION TO ORDERS!!

Men, please see the dispatch below from Col. Amend and Major Shuster. A couple of points bear highlighting.

First, the registration window for Franklin TN, Nov. 14-16, 2014, our "national" event for the year, is tight. As such, I need to get numbers to Major Shuster of those who plan to attend by this coming Friday, February 21. I recognize that November is a long way off but I need to report our numbers, so, please let me know asap. I will update our Facebook post on this event as well.

Second, we need to really push the first two events of the year for new recruits, those being Cowtown, Wichita KS, April 25-27, and the Battalion muster at Shoal Creek, KCMO, May 16-18. Events this year will not get any closer to us than these two events. If everyone can concentrate of getting one or two new men to the event(s) - either a potential new recruit, a family member, friend, co-worker, or old veteran who might like to "re-up" - we should easily be able to put twenty men in the field. This is the responsibility of every man in the 9th.

YOS,
Brian Cox
Captain, 9th Texas, etc.

 

Battalion Dispatch #3, 2014

To all Battalion Company Commanders and Battalion Staff,
Gentlemen,

The season is a ways off yet, but there are some things we need to be thinking about.

1. We will be registering for Franklin soon. To that end I need each company commander to submit to the battalion adjutant the numbers you are expecting to bring to Franklin by Friday, February 21st. These must include any civilians that are planning to attend. Once I receive final instructions for registering, I will forward them to you. It is imperative that you be prepared to register as soon as you get the word. Since this event is limiting numbers, we want everyone to go that wants to go. If you take too long in registering, there is the real possibility that you will miss out. There is also a $10 per person fee for this event.

2. There is currently research being done on general guides and camp markers. General Guides are something we have not employed for quite some time. We are currently researching size, color and design in an effort to be as correct as possible. Camp markers are smaller sized flags used to mark the boundaries of a regiment or brigade. We are trying to see if they were used on a company level. And if we can verify this, we will authorize each company to have one in an effort to help troops find their company streets when first arriving at an event. We will post more on this as our research continues. Anyone having any information is encouraged to submit what they know.

3. Our spring muster is still several months away, but we need to be giving some thought to it as well. Civilians are welcome to attend the muster. While the battalion will not be offering any civilian activities, there is nothing to say they cannot organize something for themselves. We are also checking into the possibility of getting permission to house them in some of the buildings on site. So if you have civilians who may want to attend, please contact Maj. Shuster and make him aware of how many you may be bringing. Again, we don’t have permission yet, but are working on it.

4. We will be having a very ambitious schedule for our muster weekend. We will be very busy with blocks of time for company and battalion level drill. This schedule will be posted when it has been finalized. Additionally we will be having some classes and seminars Saturday evening after supper, so I would encourage everyone to forgo the temptations the city offers and stay in camp Saturday evening. We will be listing a number of different topics from cartridge rolling and packaging, sewing, first person, period correct foods, dressing the part, displays and free handouts. Classes/seminars will be listed so the troops can get signed up ahead of the event. If any class/seminar receives less than three sign-ups it will be dropped. So if there is a specialty that you would like to see addressed, or have something you would be willing to lecture on, please contact me. Please bring all new recruits that you have whether or not they are completely outfitted. This is a learning weekend, and it is more important to have them there, than to have them completely fitted out.

I hope everyone is doing okay in winter quarters and are ready to get back into the field. I look forward to seeing you all on the parade ground soon.

Submitted, February 17, 2014
C.M. Shuster, Major
1st Missouri Battalion

B.W. Amend, Colonel
1st Missouri Battalion

 

 

                                   

 

     THE BURDEN OF COMMAND

Thoughts on the position of Colonel, his duties,  advice for men and officers, the recent election, and etc.

Colonel Brad Amend,
First Missouri Battalion*

(as interviewed by Brian Cox)

Brad Amend, Colonel of the First Missouri Battalion has done it all. 2014 will mark his 30th year in the hobby with his home unit being the 9th Texas, the latter stationed primarily in Kansas and Nebraska. Brad hails from El Dorado Kansas and is presently employed as a school teacher. He started his reenacting career at the rank of private, and has held in order:  corporal, 5th sergeant, 1st Sergeant, 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lt. Colonel and his present rank of Colonel. And there have also been several brevets to General once Brad held staff officer rank.

Brad was initially appointed colonel in 2006 when then-Colonel Moody unexpectedly resigned. 2014 will mark Brad’s eighth year in as colonel, and with the election held in 2013, that will extend to 2016, with another election to be held in that year for the next term to begin in 2017.

From private all the way up to general, all soldiers on and off the field have their roles, and Brad’s role as colonel is no different although it may have its own set of special duties. The duty of the colonel on the field is to command the battalion. This entails knowing battalion maneuvers, and being able to think in the manner of the day, and tuning out modern thought processes. A commander must always set a good example for the troops if he is to expect the same from them. It is best to stay calm and collected, even when scenarios are “busted,” or other unanticipated things crop up. It is his job to give the troops the best battle experience he can, because that is a big part of what we all reenact for. And Brad cautions:  always be on the lookout for a flank to turn!

And off the battlefield at an event, the colonel must always set the best example he can both in deportment, dress, and equipment. He must be prepared to go to the higher-ups for his troops if they are short on firewood, water, or any of a number of things that sometimes aren’t up to the level that they need to be.

Outside of the event itself, the Colonel’s job is to coordinate getting the companies to the events with the biggest numbers possible. He also passes on information he receives either from Brigade or Division. The Colonel also chairs the annual Battalion planning meeting held in November of each year. And he also acts as liaison with other units, including the federals, to try to get us all together as much as possible.

Whenever a dispute arises between companies or individuals, it is the Colonel’s role to be the calm voice of reason, and try to get things worked out to the benefit of all. And Brad suggests that it sets a good example to “tote a musket” at non-battalion events as often as he can.

The best advice Brad can give anyone in a leadership position, especially when dealing with volunteers (and all reenactors are), is to lead by example, and to never ask the rank and file to do anything you are not willing to do yourself. The Colonel should always be available to the men, whether at the event or at home. If it is important enough to someone to bring it up to Brad, then Brad feels is should be every bit as important to him. Brad feels that he should always try to find the middle ground in disputes, but realizes that you may not be able to make everyone happy, and so, good advice is to simply do your best. And you should never do anything that will be embarrassing to the men.

Brad also has some advice for new men. The new man should take his first year as an opportunity to observe every little thing at events. This is the best way to learn, and the new man should never be shy about asking a question. The only dumb question is the one not asked. And it is very important to always listen to the veterans in your home unit, including always getting their opinion before buying something. There is nothing more aggravating than buying something neat at the sutlers, and then finding out that though it may be period correct, it isn’t correct for your unit’s impression. Any “old vet” can tell stories of some of the things they have bought but never ended up having a use for. And the new man should never be in a hurry for rank. Take your time, and remember the most fun you will ever have at an event is at the rank of private. You only have yourself to look out for, and are never responsible for leading a water detail, forming the company, or commanding in the field. The new man should also read everything he can find on the Civil War. And above all, study your drill manual. Carpool as much as you can. And learn to roll and package your own ammunition as that adds so much to your impression.

Brad also has some advice for veterans. Don’t ever believe that you know it all. The advances in uniforms, equipment, and drill in just the last 10-15 years tell us that you can never stop learning. If you start having that burnt out feeling, try something new. Whether it is a new uniform, new socks, or a new hat, keep things fresh. Again, carpool as much as you can. Learn to roll and package your ammunition if you do not already, as it adds so much to your impression.

Brad also has some advice for company captains:  Always set a good example, and never ask your men to do anything you are unwilling to do yourself. A good captain should constantly study the drill manuals both company, battalion, and brigade.  A good captain should always carry a loaded revolver (unless you are doing a particular impression). If the men have to “dirty” their weapons, you should show them that you are not above that. A good captain will drill his troops, and get them to the point where they are well-versed in company drill and battalion evolutions. A good captain will keep  up good communications. A good captain will always strive to get the largest number of men to the events. He should build on showing military courtesy in the company, and it will spill over everywhere. And a final note - a good captain should learn the different “carries” for the sword.

As to drill, clearly drill is important. Everyone should have manuals for study and review, at the very least, right before an event. One should drill at home, drill at events. It is important for the captains to remember to not use the men as a training tool for themselves. Rather, the captain should have the maneuvers to be drilled down pat before stepping out on the drill field. If you don’t know or are not sure, ask!

As to the roles of Battalion staff, they are supplemental to the Colonel in running the battalion. At events, they serve as wing commanders, and the adjutant is invaluable in working with the Sgt. Major in keeping paperwork flowing in the right direction (e.g., morning reports, weapons inspection reports). When the Colonel is unable to make an event, they each step up a rank and keep the battalion operating. Battalion staff is very important on the drill field in helping to spot any problems that crop up, and to offer advice or instructions for the men in their wings during drill. Outside of events, staff should help keep communications up and running within the battalion.

As to the recent election (November 2013, for colonel), Brad is glad that it is over so that the Battalion can now get back to reenacting. Brad says that he is humbled to be elected, and will continue to do all that he can to live up to the trust placed in him.

(*Ed. note - the First Missouri Battalion is a closely-knit organization of eleven (11) companies, each commanded by a captain (1st Mo.; 2nd Mo.; 3rd Mo.; 3d Mo. Dismounted; 4th Ark.; 4th Mo.; 5th Mo.; 9th Mo. Sharpshooters; 9th Texas; 10th Mo.; and 16th Mo. The Battalion itself is part of the Transmississippi Brigade.

The Battalion staff at present includes Lt. Col. Mike Williams, Major Dave Burnos, Adjutant Sam Looney, Major Chris Schuster, Color Sgt. Shawn Bell, and Sgt. Major Gary Sutton.)
 
 

      RECRUITING EFFORTS FOR THE NINTH

                   

The 9th Texas finished a recruiting effort at the RK gun show in Topeka KS January 18-19, 2014 (many thanks to the folks at RK for a reduced rate and an excellent spot). We brought some uniform parts and equipment, business cards, and some photos of past campaigns, and spoke to dozens. Sometimes it is a tough sell, but most were appreciative of our efforts and many expressed real interest in America's great tragedy, the Civil War. And we got a few nibbles from those Civil War buffs who thought they might like to step onto the field with us later in the year. Thanks to Aaron Staab, and Mark and Atticus Gianelloni for participating.

I again remind all that recruiting new men into the ranks is an on-going effort and the responsibility of every soldier.

YOS,
Brian Cox
Captain, 9th Texas
 


  ATTENTION TO ORDERS!!

 

First Missouri Battalion 2014 Spring Muster has been set.
 
Men, please see the following from Col. Amend and Major Shuster:

Official 2014 1st. MO Battalion Spring Muster will be held on May 16-18, 2014 at Shoal Creek Living History Grounds located in Kansas City, MO. Battalion staff has confirmed date and booked location with Shoal Creek site staff. Site will provide running water and access to bathrooms on site. Firewood and straw will NOT be provided so the battalion and individual companies will be responsible for providing what is need for the men. Shoal Creek site staff will provide after hours gates keys and access to site during after hours for those who need during set up and take down times Fri. evening and Sun. day. No vehicles will be allowed on site grounds during hours of public operation (pending emerging). More information on event will become available as we draw closer to date.

Submitted, January 13, 2014
C.M. Shuster, Major
1st Missouri Battalion

B.W. Amend, Colonel
1st Missouri Battalion

 


                   

 

                   9th Texas 2013/1863
                 Year End Retrospective


The 9th Texas commenced the third year of the sequiscentennial (150th) anniversary of the War Between the States - that is, campaign 2013 - with our traditional season kick-off and regimental meeting at Cowtown (Wichita KS) in April where four battles over two days (a first) were had. We had a season high twenty-two (22) men for the event.

Read on........

         



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