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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 June 18, 2018

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 soldier.

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 casualties.

The Battalion fought as Missouri State Guard on Saturday and generic rebs on Sunday.

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 6thtx.org/skirmish%20drill.htm

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,
Brian Cox
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 artillery support.

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 privates.

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 this flexibility.

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 were addressed.

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 foot traffic.

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,
Brian Cox
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 artillery.

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 Hulston Mill!

I am respectfully,
Brian Cox
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,
Brian Cox
Captain, Ninth Texas

 

Farewell, old Friend - Cpl. Mark Gianelloni retires from the 9th Texas

With great sadness, I report that our own Corporal Mark Gianelloni is seeking greener pastures and relocating with his family to South Carolina.
                                                                
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 missed!

I am most respectfully, your obedient servant,

Brian Cox
Captain
9th Texas

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)

 


       



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