The Journal of the Ninth
Texas Regiment of Infantry:
humboldt 2015 "Burning down
June 5-6, 2015 - After
Many thanks to those who attended the Humboldt KS event,
enduring the heat and humidity, and the several uniform/role changes
throughout the day on Saturday.
Some history of the Civil War and Humboldt can be found at
and our 1st Sgt. Randy Downey is also a wealth of information on the matter.
Humboldt is a small burg about 2 hours generally SSE of Topeka. We were
well-supplied with firewood, our roaring fire started, I am proud to say,
with one match on Friday night. Water and clean facilities were close at
hand, and we had an unlimited budget for victuals, and Sgt. Downey kept us
well-supplied. We dutifully set up our company street as the men arrived
Friday night and Saturday morning.
The uniforms of the day were both federal and bushwhacker. The day started
out with several of us shifting over to Blue to help with the escort of
President Lincoln into the camp. Then, we changed out with the Rebs robbing
and looting and generally raising hell in the facade town set up for the
purpose. We then needed to change to federal blue for some drill - lots of
time on skirmish and stacking arms - and to attend to the trial of deserter
Alexander Driscoll - of which more later - then back to reb for the burning
of the town.
I am proud to say that the selflessness of the boys in the 9th Texas was
once more in evidence at this event, they giving up their time and energy to
bring the sad story of the Civil War to the public. Boys, there is none
finer than the 9th Texas!
The every-several-years event, sponsored by the Humboldt Civil War
committee, was well-attended by the general public and the 9th Texas who
were the main show in town along with the presidents and several speakers
(one man, portraying Frederick Douglass did a tremendous job). Those in
Pvt. Kevin Belt
Pvt. R.C. Browne
Pvt. Chris Keidel
Pvt. Austin Keyes
Pvt. Bridger Keyes
Pvt. Wyatt Keyes
Pvt. Matthew Lafferty
Pvt./President Tom Leahy
Pvt./Chaplain Aaron Staab
Pvt. Troy Stickelman
Pvt./Capt. Greg Traxson (Verdris Milita)
Pvt. Evan Landis (Verdigris Militia)
Captain Brian Cox
First Sgt./President Randy Downey
Acting First Sgt. Jamie Ralph
And a special thanks to Capt. Greg Traxson of the Verdigris Militia and one
of his privates for supporting us on Saturday.
As before, the 9th’s own Tom Leahy made an appearance as the 16th president
Abraham Lincoln and regaled the crowd under the big tent with a first person
monologue on the life and times of Old Abe. A new edition to the program
this year was the 9th’s own First Sgt. Randy Downey who presented as the
Confederacy’s first and only president, MIssissippi-native Jefferson Davis.
A knife fight between the two, I am told, was unable to settle the contest
between North and South, and neither man was able to land a lick on the
There were some tense moments during the day when we were trying to keep up
with the schedule, but I think all went well in the event and the locals
were well-satisfied. But it was sure plenty hot and humid!
The two hight points, perhaps, of the day was the burning of the town and
the trial of Pvt. Alexander Driscoll. I was particularly interested in the
latter. The actual trial of this federal deserter was eliminated this year,
but the 9th dutifully carried out the actual execution, and I can say that
some of this was ad-libbed but all had a basis in accounts of actual
executions. The condemned man was marched to the point of execution and some
of the squad tasked with the execution were wailing at the import of their
task, but I ordered all to be quiet in the ranks. Driscoll was seated on his
own casket, his hands bound behind his back. I had cobbled together a
shortened version of an order of execution and read it aloud. I offered him
a chance to consult Chaplain Staab and a baptism was performed. I then asked
Driscoll if he had any last words and he alluded to demon rum being the
source of his present difficulties. He was offered but declined a blindfold.
I then returned to the line of fire and gave the order to fire. Twelve
muskets barked out their report and six leaden missiles found their mark,
knocking the prisoner backwards into his own casket. The wounds were not yet
fatal as the man struggled to sit upright. I had no choice but to approach
and dispatch him with a pistol shot to the head. The matter was done. I
remarked to the crowd that such was the fate of deserters. I think that went
Thereafter, we changed back into reb gear for the burning of the town and
all went well here and I think that the men enjoyed themselves. Some of the
kerosine from the torches was dripping down and at one point, I thought that
it was going to be a problem but the fire did not follow the path down onto
Flotsam and jetsam -
Home was awarded to Pvt. Keyes for getting his finger stuck in one of the
jugs used as a prop in the facade town.
I can say that the 9th is acquiring quite a wardrobe of clothing for new men
and potential new recruits. I urge any veteran or any retired 9th man who
would like to contribute gently-used items, to contact me. I think brogans
or boots are the number one item which we need more of, followed by large
sized jackets and pants.
Pvt. Lowery is putting his CW skills to good use, this time making tarred
ground cloths and I obtained one for these of the unit.
That is all I have to report.
After Action Report - Garnett KS
March 20-21, 2015:
The 9th Texas got an early start on the 2015 campaign with a living
history in uncharted territory in Garnett KS. March 20-21, 2015.
Kudos to Pvt. Jeff Finn, City Clerk/Finance Directory Kristie
Kinney, the City of Garnett and Anderson County Jr./Sr. High School
for putting on the event.
Soldiers of the 9th in attendance: First Sgt. Randy Downey, First
Cpl. Bob Albert, Privates Kevin Belt, Troy Stickelman, Bridger
Keyes, Sam Lowery, Col. Brad Amend, and your humble correspondent.
Thanks all for supporting the event.
I quote the following from the Facebook page of Kristie:
“The Anderson County Historical Society hosted an informative
program for the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War in a
living history event this past weekend.
Pvt. Jeff Finn with the 8th Kansas Infantry; Captain Jon Goering of
the 8th Kansas Infantry; Commander Alan Van Loenen of the 3rd Kansas
Artillery; Capt. Brian Cox of the 9th Texas Infantry; and Capt.Gary
Burton of the Farris Battery did an awesome job on the program.
Randal Durbin, with the 8th Kansas Infantry who played General Grant
and Lane Smith, who played General Lee gave outstanding performances
in a play of Gen. Lee surrendering to Gen. Grant at Appomattox.
“A special thank you to Jeff Finn, reenactor with the 8th Kansas
Infantry, who helped me organize this event, and a special thank you
to the 3rd Kansas Light Artillery for giving me a once in a lifetime
opportunity of firing your cannon!
Thank you to all the reenactors who came to Garnett and put on a
great show; to the citizens who came out to learn the history of
this four year conflict of our nation; and to Anderson County
Historical Society board members Richard Miller, Shirley Roeckers,
Ivan Mader and Paul Phares for all of your help Friday and Saturday.
Thank you also to Paul Phares for helping me clean up the school
I might also add that we had some good discussions about company
business, and we also welcomed into the unit new man Bridger Keyes
from Ft. Scott. Pvt. Keyes proved to be a quick and willing study,
and we were able to get him fully suited up for the event. I also
met his father and mother and three brothers, and the men of the
family also expressed an interest in joining up.
Kristie and the City are looking at possibly expanding the event for
2016, and I think that the 9th will fully support that.
I am, most respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Captain, 9th Texas
Prairie Grove ARK, Dec. 5-7, 2014 - After Action Report:
The 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Prairie Grove ARK was fought the
weekend of Dec. 5-7, 2014, to conclude the 9th’s and the First Missouri
Battalion’s 2014 campaign on a high note. This event, perhaps, among all the
campaigns in the 9th Texas’ storied history, is the one most frequently
attended, including the last time in 2012. The actual battle was a tactical
draw but strategic defeat for the rebs as the yanks remained in possession
of the field, and Confederate fortunes in NW Arkansas declined after the
battle. But the 2014 event was a huge success, and the Sunday battle was the
literal anniversary of the actual battle, fought December 7, 1862.
Who was there - the Battles - Drill - Camp life - Homie -
Ninth Texas Regiment of Infantry
The 9th Texas
capped a successful 2014 campaign, ending the fourth year of the
Sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of the Civil War.
The 9th has once again
made history with its 32nd year of existence (1984-2014) and every soldier can
take great pride in his own, and the unit’s actions this year.
We commenced the
season at Cowtown in our own backyard in Wichita KS in April, fighting four
battles over two days with estimable opponents the 8th Kansas under Capt. Jon
Goering. Five (5) new recruits joined the 9th for the campaign, and we achieved
our season peak at twenty (20) men.
Next on the
calendar was the Battalion Spring Muster at Shoal Creek KCMO in May. The 9th
donned the blue and made an attack on the reb camp, much was learned during
classes on sundry topics of soldier life, and Col. Amend helped the boys knock
off the rust in drill.
unit then survived the heat and rain at the 150th Kingston MO event in June.
The high point of
the season, perhaps, was the 150th at Pilot Knot MO in September, where the 9th
and the Battalion reprised Pap Price’s disastrous attack on Ft. Davidson.
We capped the
season, as in many past years, with the event at Prairie Grove AR in December.
The 9th received its long-overdue pay and some supplies, enjoyed a box of
goodies from home, witnessed some discipline for soldierly misconduct, and went
head-tohead with some determined yanks during the fights.
Other events with
fewer numbers during the season were Pipestone MN in August (where the 9th’s own
Chris Visser took command of the rebel forces) and the “national” event at
Franklin TN in November.
Rank structure in
the 9th and the Battalion remained constant. As noted, we also put new men in
the field, and others are waiting in the wings to join the 2015 campaign.
With a look back at
the year concluded with satisfaction, and great optimism for the future, I
remain, most respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Brian Cox, Captain
Ninth Texas Reg’t of Infantry
Recruiting NOW for the Ninth Texas
Regiment of Infantry.
Repel Northern Aggression!!!
Inquire Here. Captain Brian Cox, Commanding
(Photo courtesy of Dan Esarey
Battle of Prairie Grove
Pilot Knob 2014
After Action Report: Pilot Knot -
September 26-28, 2014
Captain Brian Cox
The event -
Pilot Knob MO September 26-28, 2014 was likely
the premiere event of the 2014 season, drawing
some 1400 reenactors and some 35,000 spectators
(Saturday) for the reenactment of the fateful
assault by Price’s Missourians on Fort Davidson.
Kudos to the Missouri Department of Natural
Resources and the Friends of Fort Davidson for
putting on a well-run event and letting us have
the run of the place for the weekend. And a
hearty, “well done!” to all the lads of the 9th
who made the long “march” in and stepped up to
make the charges on the fort.
Who can say
much more of the history than to note Pap
Price’s bloody, failed September 27, 1864,
frontal attack on Fort Davidson. The assault on
the works, still impressive a century and a half
later, surrounded by a moat, containing
determined troops and a determined leader, in
the person of Gen. Ewing (late of Order no. 11
infamy), was bound to fail. Musketry and cannon
fire from elevated prepared positions thus
prevailed even over southern elan, nay even over
massed ranks of men out-numbering the defenders
10 to 1. It was not really hard to figure that
outcome, but we honored those who stepped up to
do it and the brave boys inside the fort who
shot them down, both acting out of duty to
And, faithful reader, there were
here at the reenactment three (3) Battalions of
federal infantry to our two ( 2), so there were
relatively more rifles turned our way when we
made the assaults in 2014.
It was all of
six (6) hours to get on-site out of Topeka (a
couple of hours south of St. Louis), as a point
of reference; others’ drives were somewhat
longer, somewhat shorter. Kudos to the men who
were unable to get away until late on Friday
night and thus not get in until the wee early
Who was there -
The 9th had an excellent turnout for the
distance, as follows:
Privates Kevin Belt
Alex Easton (saw the elephant)
Tanner Ramsey (4th event for the year)
Scott Simmons (saw the elephant)
Troy Stickelman (4th event for the year)
Captain Brian Cox
Acting First Sgt. Bob
Acting First Cpl. Herb Shemwell
ActingSecond Cpl. Mark Gianelloni
cannot help note the conspicuous service of
Privates Troy Stickelman and Tanner Ramsey, both
new men this year, young men at that, not yet
fully equipped, both of whom have attended every
one of the 9th’s events thus far this year. I
note that we have veterans on the rolls who have
not attended any events at all this year.
I note also new men Alex Easton of Topeka
and Scott Simmons of Pittsburg both of whom saw
the Elephant at Pilot Knob and fought well. And
Private Bishop was back in the ranks with us.
First Sgt. Downey was out on sick leave, but
promises to be back with the unit soon.
Present for Battalion staff -
Brevet Major/adjutant Chris Shuster
Brevet Major Ron Ulrich
Sgt. Major Gary
Color Sgt. Shawn Bell
Cpl. Dave Jepsen
Lt. Colonel Williams
was out with a hand injury and Major Burnos’
wife was down sick. We missed their presence,
but others - including 2nd Mo. Captain Ron
Ulrich - stepped up to assist.
companies in the Battalion in attendance:
3d Missouri Dismounted
10th Missouri Company
The amenities, weather -
was plenty of land to camp on, plenty of
firewood, plenty of straw (and then some) and
water close at hand. You could drive in to
unload and reenactor parking was a short walk
away. Cars were kept out of the camps following
Saturday morning early. Porta-potties were about
the same distance as the tree line.
rations were issued, but we were promised a tin
of caps per man. Due to a counting error (we
learned that the person tallying the number of
caps needed failed to add an extra ‘0’ to the
number needed), we were issued instead somewhat
less than two tins of caps for all of the 9th.
No complaints mind you.
Mother nature was
hot and humid both days, and a little cool at
night, but there was no rain, so I count that a
plus. I saw no tics, and felt no chigger bites
and there were no other varmints about other
than those in blue. The Battalion’s “alarm
clark” in the form of stern Sgt. Major Gary
Sutton was fully operational, at 6 am on
Saturday, 6:30 am Sunday.
Not rally much to complain about here.
Sutler’s row was plenty big (missing C and D
Jarnigan, and Missouri Boot and Shoe who were
promised), there were food venders a’plenty if
that was your deal, the weather cooperated,
there was no fee, other than MCWRA membership,
and there was at least a nod at getting the
promised caps in our hands.
from the Battalion standpoint, Col. Amend took
care to set out the line of march prior to the
event and to similarly designate the layout of
the camps. Should have been easy enough to
follow through, and thanks to those who arrived
early and attempted to do so, but the 9th’s
space was not nearly large enough for the usual
array of rank and file tents on both sides of
the company street. Just a point to note for the
future - each street needs 25’ of leeway
according to the colonel.
Let me add
this, and this is probably not the organizers’
fault - the officers’ Saturday night soiree was
repeated again this year with cigars and wine
and hobnobbing with the big bugs. I say, turn
this into a beer garden for the men - those are
the ones who make this and all events the
successes that they are. Officers don’t need
That said, on the way to
the soiree, I bumped into two gentlemen from
company E of the 10th Missouri who, it turned
out, were members of the 9th Texas back in the
day, and I mean back to 1983. Their names
presently escape me but they promised to send me
some old 9th Texas newsletters and other flotsam
and jetsam which will help on the continuing 9th
Texas history project (faithful reader, do you
remember when I began this project some seven
(7) years ago?).
the Battles -
There was not much from where I stood to
distinguish the two battles - Saturday v.
Sunday, except the federals were mostly out of
the fort on Saturday and we got a little closer
on Sunday. Both days, the 9th was “dead on the
field” and literally down to the last man on
Sunday as Pvt. Justin Ralph and I were literally
the last men fighting before the lip of the
moat, the rest of what was left of the Battalion
I can say that our
artillery did good work, firing over our heads
most of the time. The dirt road behind us as we
advanced served as the “safe” line beyond which
we should not retreat.
Saturday’s battle, I took a quick look over to
our right flank behind the spectator’s line and
there was literally a solid ocean of faces
watching the battle. Although that’s not why we
fight, Missourians love their history and I hope
we put on a good show for them!
Col. Amend who spent considerable time putting
together his lighted shells and ketchum
grenades, both apparently in use in the battle
150 years ago. However, the latter were
apparently nixed by the Yanks as they could not
document their authenticity.
George of the 4th Missouri reprised his role as
Gen. Pap Price - nice job!
In a nice
touch after the Saturday battle, both sides
formed up each opposite the other then advanced
menacingly only to give the other a cheer and a
hearty handshake for a job well done (ala
Everything else -
before, the Fort was blown at 8:30 pm on
Saturday night. From my perspective, it was
clearly a couple of large explosions, but not
really impressive. It appeared that they had a
drone over head filming the matter and perhaps
we will see some more impressive footage of the
Video of explosion 2014
According to Col.
Amend, the Battalion fielded 139 men, and there
were 35,000 spectators on Saturday, and the
sutlers were making money had over fist. I
checked with Jean Warren of James Country on
Sunday and she said that there were masses of
customers but no one was buying.
much drill including company drill, both days. A
point to remember, on “guides post,” the first
Sgt. needs to step out and face to right or left
depending on our location vis-a-vis the colors.
We also need to remember the new cadence - one
two, one two.
season is now more than half over with still
some hard fighting to be done in distant venues
in Tennessee and Arkansas.
planning meeting will be held November 1 in
KCMO. And the second edition of the company
newsletter will be out soon.
I am, most
Your obedient servant,
9th Texas, etc.
Report Kingston MO
“A Country, a Country, Divided”
Caldwell County’s Civil
War Days Reenactment and Living History Festival
June 6-8, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Captain, 9th Texas, etc.
After Action Report
- First Missouri
Battalion Spring Muster, Shoal Creek Living History Museum, KCMO, May
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?
I count the 9th’s attendance good vis-a-vis the other
units in attendance:
Harris (from the 10th Missouri)
Robert Johnston (veteran from 37th
Sam Lowry (new man Cowtown 2014)
Tanner Ramsey (new man
Troy Stickelman (son of David
Stickelman, and new man Cowtown 2014)
Jim White (new
Captain Brian Cox
First Sgt. Randy Downey
Sgt./Cpl. Jamie Ralph
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?”
Stickelman (Troy), Ramsey, and Lowry - all of whom “saw the elephant” at
Cowtown 2014 - have proven to be good soldiers and valuable additions to
We spied Mr. McMillan in civies watching Battalion
Battalion staff in attendance:
Col. Brad Amend
Lt. Col. Mike “Mississippi” Williams
Major Dave Burnos
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
Fourth Missouri under Captain Daniel Keith and Brevet Captain
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.
Country and 9th friend, Del Warren, attended.
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
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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
I remain most humbly, your obedient servant,
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 -
Cowtown Civil War Day(s), April 25-27, 2014 - the War of the
Rebellion comes to Kansas:
boo9th Texas Civil War
The 9th Texas continues its proud tradition of partnering with the
City of Wichita and Cowtown
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.
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.
Shawn Bell (First Missouri Battalion
Justin Hill (second event)
Johnson (first event with the 9th)
Sam Lowrey (saw the elephant here)
Tanner Ramsey (saw
Chace Rieble (saw the elephant)
Troy Stickelman (saw the elephant)
Family and other commitments kept some soldiers away
from the campaign.
The 9th Texas was
privileged to serve with the following units at Cowtown 2014:
Kansas under Captain Jon Goering
Verdigris Militia under Captain Greg
4th Arkansas under Captain Jim Arbaugh
under Captain Don Seba
Robinson’s Light Artillery under Captain Jim
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.
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
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:
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.
In a new
turn for the 9th, five (5) new men joined the ranks of the unit for
Robert Johnston (veteran from the 37th North Carolina)
Chace Reeble (veteran fur trader)
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
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.
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
On to the Spring Muster (Hodge Park, KCMO, May 16-18,
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 -
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
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!
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
Captain, 9th Texas, etc.
THE BURDEN OF COMMAND
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
I again remind all that recruiting new men into the ranks is an on-going effort
and the responsibility of every soldier.
Captain, 9th Texas
ATTENTION TO ORDERS!!