The Journal of the Ninth Texas Regiment of Infantry:
Updated August 18, 2018
After Action Report: Pipestone, Mn 2018
Campaign at Pipestone MN, August 10-12, 2018, After Action Report
The 9th Texas participated in the campaign at Pipestone MN August 10-12, and
your humble correspondent can say that, although it has been several years since
I was last there, the six (6) hour trip (out of Topeka) was worth the trip for
this bi-yearly event.
Present for the 9th Texas: Capt. Brian Cox, First Sgt. Randy Downey, Pvts. Mark
Isbell and Nathan Edwards. Present for Battalion staff: Col. Chris Visser, Lt.
Col. Chris Shuster, Sgt. Major Gary Sutton, acting Color Sgt. Dave Jepsen.
Weather mostly cooperated with temps at mid-60’s night, and mid-80’s day, and
dry and clear, but humidity both days pushed the discomfort level quite high,
and we had one man go down with the heat on Sunday.
Pipestone is a Civil War “fair” of sorts with an active sutler and food vender
row, many presentations, and a battlefield site gauged for the taters. That
said, the event was attended by approx. 50 infantry both sides, 3-5 artillery
pieces, and battles both days. We invited the Yanks out to fight on Saturday
morning to no avail, but to our surprise, they came out on Sunday and we had a
spirited engagement before driving them off.
Regular battles both days were in the “bowl” which forms the apex of the event,
the Johnnies have the better of it on Saturday and being driven off on Sunday.
As to the latter, we attacked several times but were eventually driven off
through the taters.
I confess that I had forgotten what an excellent event this was.**
I am, your obedient servant,
Captain, 9th Texas
First Missouri Battalion.
**A fuller version of events at the event can be found on the
9th Texas’ Facebook page.
After Action Report: Hulston Mill, MO 2018
After action report for Hulston Mill MO, June 8-10, 2018
The 9th Texas and the First Missouri Battalion have now concluded the first
half of the 2018 campaign with the actions at Hulston Mill MO, an
under-attended, but action-packed maximum battalion event. The 9th survived
the heat and humidity, and the battles, ate well, and lived the life of the
Hulston Mill is an historic state park and campground about four hours out
of Topeka as a point of reference, some 30 miles west of Springfield. The
Battalion has been here several times in the past. I encourage all to strive
to attend this event when it is held again.
Heat and humidity were blistering with temps in the 90’s and heat indices
above that; it was “sweat-through-your-vest” hot. Ameliorating somewhat the
temps was our campsite, nestled partly under the trees in a little
cul-de-sac against the tree line, and with a water spigot spitting distance
away. Of course, nearby lurked the armies of ticks and poison ivy for those
who entered the forested areas.
Present for the 9th Texas: Captain Brian Cox, First Sgt. Randy Downey,
acting First Cpl. Brad Anspach, and Privates Mark Isbell and Daniel Young.
The latter, an army airborne veteran, with some CW artillery experience,
joined the infantry and acquitted himself well in camp, in drill, on the
march, and in the three battles.
Present for Battalion staff: Col. Brad Amend, LC Chris Shuster, Major
Howard Rollins, Major/adjutant Chris Visser, Sgt. Major Gary Sutton, and
Color Cpl. Dave Jepsen.
Other units present in force were the 3d MO under Captain Boone Dodson and
the 4th MO (the largest company) under Captain John Ezell, and Elliott’s
Scouts. Several from the 2d MO fell in with us and fought well.
Amenities were adequate although there was no straw. Wood, including that
brought to the site by Cpl. Anspach, and water, were plentiful. No rations
or bounties were issued but there was a sutler’s row including James
Country, Adler’s and Missouri Boot and Shoe. Facilities were a two hole,
unisex shed adequate for the purpose.
We instituted a company mess for the three main meals, superbly carried out
by Pvt. Isbell in procuring, transporting, and preparing foodstuffs, cooking
and serving, and cleaning up, all without complaint or assistance. Sunday
morning was the topper with scrambled eggs with sausage, fat patty sausages,
grits, and sliced strawberries and bananas. Three such meals at $10 a man
was a steal.
We also finally got off the ground roll calls at 12 noon and 5 pm, in
addition to that early in the am, and a truncated field shaving scenario.
Other than the heat, there were only two main drawbacks for the event.
First, was the wholly unrestricted parking permitted reenactors and
civilians. We had a row of reenacts parking in plain sight, and a civilian
camper 50 feet away. I expressed my disdain to Capt. Ezell who promised to
convey this to the event organizer.
The other was the federal presence. Although there were numbers of federals
on Saturday, such were not the numbers we had anticipated when Camdenton was
cancelled and the Battalion picked up Hulston Mill. In fact, the federals
were down to some eight troops on Sunday, the latter eventuality resulting
in the 9th volunteering to go Blue and support the Yanks. Against all odds,
perhaps, that lead to the best fight of the weekend in a Ride with the
Devil-type assault by the rebs on the several period cabins on the site,
after we had been pushed into them from open ground.
We did get our butts handed to us in the two battles on Saturday, including
by the substantial federal artillery presence. Of note, some ground charges
were laid and fired off to excellent effect, two 9th men taking impressive
The Battalion fought as Missouri State Guard on Saturday and generic rebs on
The 9th got in drill on several occasions, including practicing skirmish
twice, and the men readily picked up on this difficult maneuver. Salient
points: deploying on the line you are on (by the flank); deploying forward
(on the file); firing/ceasing firing; advancing; moving in retreat. I
encourage those who wish to study further to secure a copy of Hardee’s or
you might also want to consult the excellent summary at
We also had some excellent discussions including with Battalion staff about
how we can secure more rifles at Battalion-wide events. I reiterated my
belief that securing in writing the event suggestions from the various
companies prior to the Battalion planning meeting might be helpful. In
addition, I also suggested that Battalion staff needs to find some way to
enforce greater attendance by the sundry units at previously-scheduled
Battalion max events, such as this one.
We also had considerable interest in a live-fire winter quarters to reprise
those held twice in the past on Sgt. Downey’s land near Yates Center KS. We
can tentatively scheduled this, weather and promised attendance permitting,
for February 2019. Some issues to consider: molding minie balls, securing
targets to fire at, sanitary facilities, and the possible building of one or
more wooden huts.
We have had a good season thus far, and I look forward to more hard-fighting
in the second half of the year. And now, On to Gettysburg:
I am respectfully,
Captain, 9th Texas Reg’t of Infantry
First Missouri Battalion
After Action Report: Cowtown 2018
Cowtown, April 27-29, 2018, After Action report
I can state that the 2018 Cowtown event was a resounding success; even
Mother Nature cooperated with us this year. Weather was near perfect with
highs during the days of 70’s and at night of high 40’s-low 50’s. There was
only a small smattering of rain on Sunday morning.
Those who attended:
Captain Brian Cox
First Sgt. Randy Downey
First Corporal Jamie Ralph (from injured leave)
Acting First Corporal Brad Anspach
Pvt. Nathan Edwards
Pvt. Robert Johnston
Pvt. Bridger Keyes
Pvt. Wyatt Keyes
Pvt. Braxton Thomas
Pvt. Kevin Belt
Pvt. (Lt. ret.) Carl Rader
Pvt. Gene Hainstock
Pvt. Chris Hayhurst
Pvt. Mark Isbell
Pvt. (Sgt. Major) Gary Sutton
Pvt. (Major) Chris Visser
Pvt. Chris Keidel
Thanks to the 3d Missouri and the Verdigris Militia for substantial
reinforcements. Also aiding the 9th was a man from the 4th Mo., one from the
2nd, and one from the 4th Arkansas. Again, unfortunately, the rebs had no
Present for the Yanks were the game lads from the 8th Kansas and the
Missouri Irish Brigade, a tube from the 2d Kansas Light Artillery, and
Captain Seba’s McLain’s battery.
It was good to see Mr. Hainstock fall in for the campaign. Retired 2d Lt.
Carl Rader also fell in with us for the fights on Saturday. And Retired
Major Brian Albert, Retired 2nd Sgt. Mike Haberkorn, and Private Morris
Floyd also dropped by. We received donation of equipment from Floyd and
Carl. We also had some discussion about the meaning of Beck’s 4th Extra
Battalion which was inscribed on a camp table donated by Carl. Apparently,
this was an invention of former 9th Captain and later general John Beck
describing the then-Missouri Battalion as an additional unit of the brigade
which was often the fourth Battalion, hence the name.
Present for Battalion staff were Sgt. Major Gary Sutton, Major Chris Visser,
Major Howard Rollins, and color Cpl. Dave Jepsen all of whom fell in as
The event followed the usual format: battles Saturday were at 11:30 and
3:00 with action in around the trenches and the fights generally reversed
from morning to afternoon; Sunday battles were the tactical at 9 am and the
concluding battle at 1. Cowtown presents the opportunity to configure
battles of radically different style from an assault on structures, a fight
in and for the trenches, house-to-house, and more. We took full advantage of
The (hopefully now) traditional footrace (pulled from Company Aytch) had six
entrants this year: three from the 9th, two from Verdigris, one from the
10th Mo, and one from the 3d. Despite a tight run, Wyatt Keyes edged his
brother to claim the title and bragging rights. There was an unsuccessful
attempt to throw the race by some rascals.
We also had a spirited 9th Texas annual meeting at which a number of issues
On Saturday night, we were treated to senator’s stew with cornbread by the
ladies of the Verdigris Militia. It was excellent, and I went back twice.
Many thanks to the ladies of the Militia who put together this feast!
In addition, the Missouri Irish Brigade set up in the saloon with
substantial libations and some finger food - quite a treat. While there, I
had some serious conversations with their Captain (Kevin Christiensen) about
how they run their company and I garnered a number of ideas.
My only regrets: we did not have roll calls at noon and at 5 on Saturday,
we did not set out a picket. Also - no saloon gals, and considerably less
Many thanks to the units attending, to the City of Wichita for continuing to
permit us access to the side, and to Greg Hunt, the reenactors “roadie” and
special friend of the 9th Texas.
I am, respectfully,
Captain, 9th Texas Reg’t of Infantry
First Missouri Battalion
After Action Report: Kingston tactical 2018
After action report, Kingston MO, May 18-20, 2018:
The 9th Texas and the First Missouri Battalion commenced the Battalion’s
2018 campaign with some hard-fighting at Kingston MO, northwest an hour or
so out of KCMO. The event featured very good, dry weather, rugged woodlands
to fight in, and hard-fighting with the federals, in a series of judged,
tactical (that is, no spectators) fights, every bit of four or better over
the two days. Pickets were placed out for several hours on Friday night.
Although we had the edge in cavalry, we were outnumbered in infantry and
Present for the 9th Texas:
Captain Brian Cox
Acting First Sgt. Brad Anspach
Acting Second Corporal Nathan Edwards, and
Privates Aaron Staab, T Stick, Mark Isbell, and Dawson Manning. The 9th was
joined in the effort by elements of the 4th Missouri and the 4th Arkansas.
Present for Battalion staff were Colonel Brad Amend, Lt. Col. Chris Shuster,
Major/Adjutant Chris Visser, Major Howard Rollins, Sgt. Major Gary Sutton,
and Color Cpl. Dave Jepsen.
Other units participating were the First Missouri under Captain Steve
Montgomery, the Third Missouri under Captain Boone Dodson, and Elliott’s
Scouts. I was very disappointed that other units in the Battalion did not
turn out for this previously-scheduled, maximum Battalion, and novel event.
You were missed and missed out.
Mother Nature largely cooperated with mostly sunny conditions, a little hot
and humid on Saturday morning, and a light rain only starting in earnest
after we broke camp. Of note - ticks and poison ivy were everywhere.
The novelty of the event was that each side’s command staff received orders
during the course of the day advising as to required movements/objectives
which inevitably led to a collision between the two sides. In addition,
judges imbedded in the ranks were to call out casualties, those to return to
the “medical” tent to sit things out for a bit. As of this writing, I am
still waiting to see how our company did. We were under Lt. Col. Shuster’s
command and Captain Dodson had his own separate company. Col. Amend stayed
in camp to receive and send dispatches. From where I stood, we had our asses
handed to us mostly on Saturday, with a third effort bringing no contact. We
eventually prevailed in the fight on Sunday, encountering a federal rear
guard which we bested with a “rolling thunder.”
Overall, the spontaneity of the event was superb: we were
sent out with certain objectives with no idea where the other side was, and
with additional orders received by courier in the field. That challenge was
compounded by the rugged, heavily-wooded terrain, and the heat and humidity.
It bears noting that every soldier should take steps to read up on the
duties of the rank above his, given the inevitability of the need to step
up. That eventuality appeared this weekend when Private Brad Anspach capably
stepped up to take on the important job of First Sgt. Kudos to Mr. Anspach
for a job well-done.
On a side note, most of the Battalion went in to Polo MO for dinner Saturday
night at the Red Rooster, which just happens to pass for the 9th’s mascot,
the rebel chicken of defiance (see the related photo).
Many thanks to all who survived this endurance-testing event. And now, on to
I am respectfully,
Captain, 9th Texas Reg’t of Infantry
First Missouri Battalion
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Corporal Bob Albert retires
I am sad to report the retirement of
9th Texas First Corporal Bob Albert, after several decades as a reenactor
with the unit; his first year in was 1991. Bob was a reenactor's reenactor,
first rate in drill, impression, leadership, and knowledge. Known for his
ready sense of humor (some might say his biting sense of humor), Bob had
just as ready a smile, and was known as a brother from the lowliest private
to the top rank in the Battalion. It is, of course, the rare reenactor who
could take on the duties of a private and those of the top officer in the
unit, all in the same day, and be happy to do it, but that was Bob. Bob was
also one to both set a good example and to instill in us a desire to achieve
it as well. And the 9th and the First Missouri Battalion, indeed Civil War
reenacting as a whole, will be the worse for our loss of Bob.
Please join me in wishing Bob best success in his future endeavors, and
letting him know that he will always have a home in the 9th Texas, wherever
and whenever that might be.
I am, most respectfully,
Your humble servant,
Captain, Ninth Texas
Farewell, old Friend - Cpl. Mark Gianelloni retires from the 9th
With great sadness, I report that our own Corporal Mark Gianelloni
is seeking greener pastures and relocating with his family to South
Mark has been a Civil War reenactor for thirty-two (32) years,
setting or close to setting a record for the 9th, and has been in
our ranks since approximately 1992. Mark was recently promoted to
Third Corporal of the 9th and served creditably in that role during
recent campaign. Mark was also the owner/operator of Longwood
Sutlery, bringing quality goods to the rank and file at the lowest
possible price, as many of you can attest. His sons VJ and Atticus
also fell in with us and served as good soldiers. And I would be
remiss if I failed to mention Mark’s faithful wife Sarah without
whose consent and support we would never have had Mark in the ranks.
I remember Mark as a capable reenactor and friend, with a ready
laugh or smile. Mark never had a bad word to say about others, was
always full of stories about events of long ago and could just as
readily discuss current events and politics as he could the history
of the War. I was impressed by Mark’s faithful attendance at Sunday
Mass even while attending out-of-town events.
Mark promises to stay in touch (and has, as his Facebook posts
show), and I hope that we will see him again on some field at some
future national event.
We are worse off without you, and Cpl. Gianelloni - you will be
I am most respectfully, your obedient servant,
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9th Texas Civil War reenacting
Drill notes Vol. III
- Things every soldier, officer, non-com, and
enlisted man, needs to know or refresh on -
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)