Next event: Sept 26-28  Pilot Knob           

 

 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.

 

 

 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 September 15, 2014

Check captians corner for notes on    Hardee's drill and related matters

 

Pilot Knob 2014

Pilot Knot - September 26-28, 2014!

It is not too late to make the march with Pap Price and the 9th Texas to Pilot Knob. MO, where we will fight on the original ground. This is likely the premiere event of 2014, and will be well attended by your fellow soldiers in the First Missouri Battalion, by the federals, by the public, and by a variety of sutlers. For futher details, see the event website, or contact me for further details - see our contact page or check us out on Facebook.

 



Who will join me!

I am, most respectfully,

Your obedient servant,
Brian Cox
Captain
9th Texas, etc.
 

 

after action Report Kingston MO

“A Country, a Country, Divided”

Caldwell County’s Civil War Days Reenactment and Living History Festival

Kingston MO, June 6-8, 2014
 

Generally -

The 9th Texas and the First Missouri Battalion attended the third Maximum Battalion event of the 2014 season at Kingston MO, northeast of Liberty MO. Kudos to the City of Kingston MO and John Deis, reenactor contact, for putting on a well run event. Unfortunately, attendance was relatively low among the companies, and perhaps realized threats of rain on Saturday scared some off.

Who was present -

Soldiers from the 9th Texas in attendance:

Pvt. Nathan Edwards
Pvt. Robert Johnston
Pvt. Tanner Ramsey
Pvt. Aaron Staab
Pvt. Troy Stickelman
Captain Brian Cox
Acting First Sgt. Jamie Ralph

Kudos to Private Jamie Ralph for again stepping up to the role of acting First Sgt., and to new men Robert Johnston, Tanner Ramsey, and Troy Stickelman for attending all three (3) of the first three events of the year.

Other Battalion units in attendance:

First Missouri Dismounted under Captain Lewis Rice
3rd Missouri under Captain Paul Dittemeier
3rd Missouri Dismounted under Captain Tim Ritter
4th Missouri under Captain Daniel Keith
portions of 5th Missouri under Captain Bill Wayne
9th Texas under Captain Brian Cox
16th Missouri under Captain Todd Conner

Battalion staff in attendance:

Brevet Colonel Dave Burnos
Adjutant Chris Shuster
Brevet Major Daniel Keith
Sgt. Major Gary Sutton
Acting Color Sgt. Dave Jepsen

The 9th fell in with the 16th Missouri for the weekend and the combined company was the 4th company in line of march, and part of the left wing of the Battalion. Captain Conner selflessly fell in as a private for the weekend.

The amenities -

Some firewood was provided although as deadfall was near at had, we were well supplied. A water spigot was close and ice was provided once or twice. Porta-potties were almost close enough to touch. Parking was a stone’s throw. It was somewhat of a hike to sutler’s row. As to the latter, 9th friend James Country (Liberty) was present as was the Irish Lady, Susie’s Creations, and a couple of others.

A more than passable meal was provided Saturday night - pulled pork, potato salad, BBQ beans, and cookies. I am still dreaming about those pork steaks provided some years ago. And a beer garden would have been a nice touch. The fried pie vender, present in 2009, was nowhere to be found at this event, although there was a hot food vender and Pvt. Ramsey found its oversize tenderloin sandwich first rate.

The weather -

We went in fully anticipating rain on Saturday which came twice, although most strongly in the morning effectively killing the morning’s activities and delaying the afternoon battle. The sun came out on Sunday and some apparently went down with the heat to a greater or lesser extent.

New equipment -

This was the inaugural event for the new company fly, purchased by me from Fall Creek some time ago, but sticks were slow to put together. I didn’t think it would amount to much until we got it fully up and in my humble estimation, it is first rate, and it did its primary job of keeping out the rain and the sun. That said, I have been reminded that the correct name of this piece of equipment is “beer gazebo,” however, the 9th’s lady friend, Donna Stambaugh, has persuasively suggested the “chicken coop,” and I think that will meet with no objections.

The battles -

The morning battle was scripted by the local children, the website indicating:

This is a unique event that pits Hamilton and Polo Middle school students against each other in a fictional scenario. The scenario is based upon a fictional turn of history that poses the question: "What might have happened in Caldwell County if General Sterling Price had won the battle of Westport in October, 1864?" Hamilton will be the Union guarding the Hannibal-St. Joseph Railroad line. Polo will be the Confederates and will attempt to penetrate the Union defense to disrupt and overtake the railroad. The students will present their plans to the reenactor Union and Confederate commanders before the reenactment. The reenactors will carry out the plans in a tactical exercise before judges and the public. The judges will base their decision on technical observations, but the public will be able to vote on Facebook with their smartphones and tablets. Who will carry the day - the Union or the Confederates?

I am not sure how that precisely came out, but that said, after the usual push and fall back and push and fall back, the Battalion was pretty well chewed up and with precious little artillery support. Privates Edwards and Stickelman both ran from the line and were shot down.

With the yanks pushing us off the field on Saturday, we went into the Sunday battle with high expectations. And the plan was for the two wings to go in in a pincer movement to trap the federal infantry, and the right wing under Major Shuster went in first, to draw them out, and the left wing including the 9th following. Against all odds, the federal infantry left the cover of their formidable line of artillery support and went after our boys to our left. The Yank infantry was thus exposed on their front and flank - and the left wing had their un-supported artillery to ourselves. At that point, it all went to hell as we received an order to face to the left and go after the infantry. This might have been a good move except for the fact that we then exposed our own right flank to their artillery and one death-dealing canister blast spelled the end for all but two of us.

Flotsam and jetsam -

The 9th and all units bringing sufficient numbers of troops were paid a bounty. The 9th netted $75, which helped make a gunpowder purchase.

Pvt. Ramsey, voted the “homie” at Muster, failed to bring the much sought after icon-of-faux-pas, but I have exercised my discretion to award the same to whomever was in command of the reb forces on Sunday for ordering us to expose our flank to the artillery and go after the federal infantry.

We had little enough time for drill on Saturday with the rain but had adequate time for some company drill on Sunday.

We had a period church service attended by many on Sunday morning which was capably presided over by Lt. Col. Sean Slocum (reb cavalry).

The dance in town was well attended by the 9th - more than usual - and some of the men took pains to tie on an appropriate cravat in case they ran into pretty girls (in the absence of silk or cotton, a little ribbon will do).

Epilogue -

The 2014 season is half over with three (3) events down; July is here; Furloughs are long over and 9th Texas stragglers are directed to return to the unit for the remnant of the campaign as there is hard-fighting ahead.

Some dues remain unpaid, and given that our 9th treasury is perilously low, I would appreciate it if all active duty 9th men got their dues into me asap.

And now, on to Pilot Knob!

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

 

After Action Report - First Missouri Battalion Spring Muster, Shoal Creek Living History Museum, KCMO, May 16-18, 2014

In the second Maximum Battalion event of the 2014/1864 season, the First Missouri Battalion, with somewhat light numbers, traveled to the gently rolling hills and period village of the Shoal Creek Living History Museum, north of KCMO, a 75 minute drive from Topeka, as a point of reference. Many thanks to the folks at the Museum for permitting us the opportunity to have the run of the grounds for the event. I understand that the Museum may be looking at turning this into a biennial event. I wonder if Shoal Creek is ready to assume the role that Mahaffie once held in the Kansas City area?

Those who attended:

I count the 9th’s attendance good vis-a-vis the other units in attendance:

Brad Anspach
Nathan Edwards
Steve Harris (from the 10th Missouri)
Robert Johnston (veteran from 37th N.C.)
Sam Lowry (new man Cowtown 2014)
Tanner Ramsey (new man Cowtown 2014)
Aaron Staab
Troy Stickelman (son of David Stickelman, and new man Cowtown 2014)
Chris Visser
Jim White (new man)
Captain Brian Cox
First Sgt. Randy Downey
Brevet First Sgt./Cpl. Jamie Ralph

Ninth at 2014 Shoal Creek

Work and family commitments kept others away.

Jim White, who I met at Cowtown 2014, was interested enough in reenacting with the 9th Texas to drive up to KC from Wichita on Sunday morning in sufficient time to attend Lt. George’s excellent class on reenactor safety, to receive a furious 45 minute indoctrination on drill and the manual of arms, and to attend a truncated Battalion drill, including stacking arms. Of note, against all odds, he turned up as the front rank no. 2 man during Battalion drill when Col. Amend ran the Battalion through the stacking of arms, and acquitted himself quite well for a new recruit of merely hours length. Who can say, “I did as well?”

Privates Stickelman (Troy), Ramsey, and Lowry - all of whom “saw the elephant” at Cowtown 2014 - have proven to be good soldiers and valuable additions to the 9th.

We spied Mr. McMillan in civies watching Battalion drill.

Battalion staff in attendance:

Col. Brad Amend
Lt. Col. Mike “Mississippi” Williams
Major Dave Burnos
Adjutant Chris Shuster
Sgt. Major Gary Sutton
Color Sgt. Shawn Bell
Color Cpl. Dave Jepsen

Other companies in attendance:

First Missouri under Captain Steve Montgomery
Third Missouri under Captain Paul Dittmeier
Third Missouri (Dismounted) under Captain Tim Ritter
Fourth Missouri under Captain Daniel Keith and Brevet Captain John Ezell

Amenities:

Amenities were somewhat spare. Of note, neither straw  nor firewood was provided, however, the 9th brought much of the latter and there was plenty of deadfall. Clean porcelain was near at hand. Parking was a stone’s throw away.

Sutler James Country and 9th friend, Del Warren, attended.

Classes:

In a break from the norm, Col. Amend instituted classroom training in addition to stepped up drill at the event. Recognizing the length of reenactor patience and energy after a day of activity, classes were kept short,  and to the point, from what I observed. Presenters included:

Tying the cravat - by Dr. Cravatsky, aka Color Sgt. and always amusing and irrepressible Shawn Bell, on the history and proper tying of the Civil War cravat.

Cartridge rolling - by Col. Brad Amend. An easy way to upgrade your impression. None does it better.

Saluting - by Sgt. Major Sutton - offering another excellent way to improve your impression and resurrect proper military protocol in the camps.

Cigarettetiquette - by Major Burnos - the proper use of tobacco by the reenactor.

Dressing the part - by Chris Visser - quite a virtuoso presentation here by Mr. Visser on proper dress for the Missouri State Guard but also a far-ranging exposition on proper uniforms for the reb reenactor generally. Kudos to Chris for the excellent presentation.

“A stitch in time” - sewing by seamstress extraordinaire and Battalion Adjutant Chris Shuster.

And in a class which should be at every event - an excellent prevention on safety concerns by Lt. George - The topic extends well beyond firing and extends to taking a hit, loading, positions of the soldier on the line, hand-to-hand, etc. I  have sent around a copy of his handout as well as the MCWRA safety rules for infantry.

I can’t refrain from noting that, of the seven (7) presenters, all of four (4) are 9th Texas boys - Col. Amend, Sgt. Major Sutton, Color Sgt. Bell, and Mr. Visser.

The weather:

Mother Nature was generally cooperative although there was some very light drizzle on Friday night and temperatures were somewhat cool; there was no substantial moisture and no excessive heat on the weekend.

Drill:

We spent plenty of time in both company and battalion drill, but even with that, it is quite frankly never enough for the modern Civil War reenactor, especially with soldiers coming and going as the season progresses, and only 5 or 6 events of a season. But, as they say, there is nothing like actually doing it, and doing it again, and again …

Col. Amend reinforced some familiar and not so familiar movements in the Battalion, including:

Forming a battle line from a column of companies, on the right by file into line, marching by the flank, passing an obstacle.

That said, constant review of Hardee’s is also necessary even for the seasoned reenactor. A case in point at the muster - Col. Amend announced that our usual manner of step in common time of Left, Left, Left, etc., has been all wrong according to Hardee’s School of the Soldier, no. 100, Part first, lesson three (find Hardee’s at drillnet.net/1862/1862.htm) which provides as follows:

“The instructor will indicate, from time to time, to the recruit the cadence of the step, by giving the command one at the instant of raising a foot, and two at the instant it ought to be planted, observing the cadence of ninety steps in a minute. This method will contribute greatly to impress upon the mind the two, notions into which the step is naturally divided.”

From where I stand, I don’t think this more than a formal change as the proper step of the company or battalion on the march is more a function of how rapidly/slowly the cadence is given and not so much in what is said. But Hardee’s is what we profess to use, so Hardee’s is what we will follow.

Special recognition:

Pvt. Jamie Ralph stepped up in the absence on Sunday of First Sgt. Downey (and any corporals). Despite all that I have written in the past about the way to obtain rank in the 9th, I can say that selflessness and attention to detail are essential. Mr. Ralph has that (in addition to being a little contrary at times!).

In addition, special thanks to Captain Keith and Lt. Rollins for bringing extra gear for our new man, Tanner Ramsey. Friendly competition and rivalry between companies is healthy but recognizing that we are all in this together is essential.

Homie was awarded late in the day on Sunday to  new man Tanner Ramsey for his spontaneous, realistic facial “hit” on Saturday night.

In commemoration:

The Battalion fired a commemorative volley after a short presentation by Captain Ritter on the short life of one of his ancestors, killed in action helping defend his home and kin 150 years ago to the day.

Battalion news:

Following Battalion drill on Sunday morning, Col. Amend announced that some reorganization is afoot with the Trans-Mississippi Brigade and that other units may be joining the First Missouri Battalion in coming years. This is certainly good news. Col. Amend also alluded to the retirement from active duty of the much-liked Col. Robbie Sanders of the First Arkansas Battalion, a sister unit. Big shoes to fill!

Final note:

The 9th commenced the 2014 season on a high note with four (4) new men at Cowtown. If that pace is continued through the season we can easily expect to field a 20 man company at every event - a goal to strive for. With that goal in mind, I encourage, each man to look to his own efforts at bringing new men into the ranks. This is the responsibility of each and every man in the unit. If I am not aware of any efforts you have made to bring new men into the ranks already, I plan to have a chat to find out how I can assist you in stepping up your efforts. No man - “fresh fish” to 20 year veteran - is exempted from this obligation to the unit.

And now - on to Kingston!

I remain most humbly, your obedient servant,

Brian Cox
Captain
9th Texas

 

New update in Captain's Corner

Drill notes V - Things every soldier, officer, non-com and enlisted man, needs to know or refresh on - position of the soldier, including facings (that is, turning movements of the soldier).....   (read on)

Drill notes Volume IV - Things every soldier, officer, non-com and enlisted man, needs to know or refresh on - forming up....

Cowtown Civil War Day(s), April 25-27, 2014 - the War of the Rebellion comes to Kansas:

boo9th Texas Civil War reenacting


The 9th Texas continues its proud tradition of partnering with the City of Wichita and Cowtown to bring Civil War history to the folks with its annual participation in Civil War Day(s) at Cowtown, an 1870’s-style western town perfect to give the modern reenactor a measurable change of scenery.

Weather:

Mother Nature smiled on the event at Cowtown for the most part with daytime temperatures on Saturday in the high 80’s and Sunday in the high 70’s with but little rain Saturday night and a brief drizzle Sunday morning, doing no harm. I received a report from Major Shuster that the Plattsburgh MO campaign of the rest of the Battalion was terminated on Saturday due to reports of adverse weather conditions.

Present for duty:

Brad Anspach
Shawn Bell (First Missouri Battalion Color Sgt.)
Kevin Belt
Justin Hill (second event)
Robert Johnson (first event with the 9th)
Matthew Lafferty
Tom Leahy
Sam Lowrey (saw the elephant here)
Jamie Ralph
Tanner Ramsey (saw the elephant)
Chace Rieble (saw the elephant)
Aaron Staab
David Stickelman
Troy Stickelman (saw the elephant)
Braxton Thomas
Chris Visser
Brian Cox
Randy Downey
Bob Albert
Herb Shemwell

Family and other commitments kept some soldiers away from the campaign.

Participating units:

The 9th Texas was privileged to serve with the following units at Cowtown 2014:

8th Kansas under Captain Jon Goering
Verdigris Militia under Captain Greg Traxson
4th Arkansas under Captain Jim Arbaugh
McLain’s Battery under Captain Don Seba
Robinson’s Light Artillery under Captain Jim Robinson

Each unit was well led and contributed to the overall success of the event. I can say from my perspective that this event had more than the usual amount of improvisation in battles and required an ability of the troops and their respective commands to pull that off safely, creatively, and historically accurately. That this was accomplished is truly a testament to the abilities of all involved.

9th Texas takes aim

The battles:

As before, participating units fought four (4) battles over twenty-four (24) hours with barely a gasp for air and provisions, excepting only the brief respite of Saturday night. While plainly no competition with what the lads of 1861-65 had to endure, every man who participated in this event can stand proud for a tough job, well done.

The “trench warfare” campaign begun in 2013 was improved in 2014 with longer, deeper trenches. Saturday morning found the federals on the assault against entrenched rebels who were, against all odds, killed, captured, or forced to flee. Afternoon found the federals in possession of the field and leisurely playing a game of rounders when the rebs attacked and turned the tables from the morning battle.

Only a short time later, the lads were back at it on Sunday morning, the battle put off an hour until 10 am at which time all units went on a search and destroy mission to find the enemy. This was a wild and wooly affair with no regular formations and no idea where or when the enemy might pop out. This was a time for caution and aggressiveness at the same time. There apparently were some words spoken back and forth about “hits” taken or not taken, but all is forgiven now.

The afternoon battle Sunday was “scripted” by officers following the morning battle, and in the interests of getting the artillery into it, we had to move the locus out of the town. And get into it they did! The 9th advanced through the town with the anticipation of pushing the federal infantry from the field. We knew that the federals still had artillery in action but did not know where. I sent the Verdigris lads around to the left to find its location but they arrived too late and would have been checked in any event by skirmishers sent out by the 8th. As we advanced to the edge of town elbow to elbow in two ranks, Captain Seba’s artillery piece unexpectedly revealed itself by rolling away an obstacle and annihilated almost all of the 9th with a close range canister blast (of course, the 9th knows how to take such a hit). After a suitable few minutes as casualties, we resurrected and continued the battle pushing the Yanks into their trenches. However, their artillery fire and massed rifle volleys proved too much and the 9th was all but destroyed on the field.

The food and amenities:

Cowtown is easily accessible from major highways in the area and is in the backyard of the 9th Texas and 8th Kansas. Water, clean porcelain, and wood were in ready supply. I suggested respectfully to reenactor “roadie” Greg Hunt that a powder ration would be a great incentive to and reward for attendance by the troops.

New men:

In a new turn for the 9th, five (5) new men joined the ranks of the unit for Cowtown:

Robert Johnston (veteran from the 37th North Carolina)
Sam Lowrey
Chace Reeble (veteran fur trader)
Tanner Ramsey
Troy Stickelman

I have seen many new men over the years in the 9th, and indeed, remember my own many mistakes in my earliest years as a private, and I can saw that these new men stood the test of camp, drill, and battle exceedingly well. Kudos to you, men!

Getting all those new men outfitted with gear for the event was a little challenging, however, with borrowed equipment, some new purchases, and some clothing previously purchased from the estate of Gen. John Beck, we were able to get the job done.

For those of you reading this report who have not joined a Civil War reenacting unit, the beauty of the hobby is that you don’t need to lay down a dime to try it as, for the first few events, the unit can endeavor to put a uniform on your back and gun in your hands.

Flotsam and jetsam:

Greg Hunt reprised his Road to Valhalla role as Gen. John Marmaduke by conducting an impromptu inspection of the troops on Saturday night. Unfortunately, the federals caught wind of the matter and were able to insinuate a group of Yankees into the 9th’s camp and take him prisoner. It is unknown what terms were struck for his eventual surrender but it is understood that he was released with that magnificent frock coat intact.

As before, the 9th commandeered the town’s saloon for a lively game of poker on Saturday night with Sgt. Bell being the apparent winner on the night. Other soldiers led by Private Thomas were able to set up a cartridge rolling operation. Others were able to relax and discuss the events of the day while Sgt. Tom Robinson and Greg Hunt and his beautiful wife sang and played on guitar and banjo.

We were able to distribute a copy of the 2003 New Soldier’s Handbook (2003 edition) to those who did not have one (and a copy can be found at ninthtexas.com under the link for “recruitment”). We also distributed much needed supplies to the troops and I anticipate that this will be an annual occurrence. We also collected dues for the 2014 campaign with only a few holdouts remaining (remember - no pay, no play).

We had a couple of medical emergencies on Saturday afternoon and night but all are ok.

My only complaints:

Last year, James Country was able to attend, but not this year due to the competing event at Plattsburgh. Active recruitment of one or more sutlers would contribute greatly to the success of the event.

Unlike many other events, foot traffic in the 9th’s camp was somewhat limited. Part of the enjoyment of Civil War reenactments is when the folks have a chance to talk to the soldiers both about the life of the Civil War soldier and the business of reenacting, and it certainly is for me. That said, I did speak to one new man who contacted me after the event and expressed an interest in joining up.

On to the Spring Muster (Hodge Park, KCMO, May 16-18, 2014)!

I remain,

YOS,

Brian Cox
Captain
9th Texas, etc.

 

New Pictures can be found on Facebook: 9th Texas Civil War reenacting

 

 

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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