The Journal of the Ninth Texas Regiment of Infantry:
Updated August 6, 2016
Attention ALL Ninth Texas Members:
9th Texas Planning Meeting -
Saturday, July 30, 2016, KNEA building, Topeka KS.
All - here are highlights from the meeting which was attended by: Col.
Amend, First Sgt. Downey, Sgt. Major Sutton, Color Sgt. Bell, Privates Jamie
Ralph, Visser, Edwards, Anspach, Staab, Mattia, and your faithful
1/2. Upcoming events and matters:
Pipestone MN - Aug. 12-14 (contact Mr. Visser)
Pawnee City NE - Sept. 23-25 - local but pound of powder per man as bounty
(contact Mr. Visser or Mr. Edwards)
Perryville KY Oct. 7-9 - Max Battalion event - registration is low for the
Battalion so all who plan to attend should get registered asap **
** see the link at http://perryvillebattlefield.org/
Battalion planning meeting - November 6 - location TBD - all are welcome,
but not required for the rank and file. But of vital importance is that any
events you think we should attend in 2017 should be brought to my attention
asap so that we can get them on the calendar.
Prairie Grove ARK - Dec. 2-4 - Max Battalion event
Shiloh TN 155th - March 31-April 2, 2017 - ??
Cowtown Wichita KS - April ??, 2017 - 9th Max and company meeting
1. We reiterated the obligations of all members - officers, non-coms, and
rank and file - participation, communication, and recruiting. All of these
spring from the key concept of each man’s need to step up to promote the 9th
and the hobby.
2. We discussed the 9th’s use of communication tools - Facebook
(including (9th Texas Members Only), the website, email, and phone. The
phone tree will be revived and we will see how that works. Of note, we will
institute the “create event” function on Facebook to keep all updated.
3. As to recruiting, in discussing the prospect of joining with new
recruits, it is important to note that a new man needs to be motivated to be
a reenactor, must be able to make the events, and must be physically able to
endure the rigor of campaign. In addition, it bears stressing that new men
are expected to begin to acquire their own gear as time and finances permit.
4. Perryville KY upcoming was also highlighted. See the link at http://www.perryvillebattlefield.org/
The battalion will collapse into a single company with most officers and
non-coms to shoulder a musket. Registered attendance for the Battalion is
low, so please register asap and let me know of your plans to attend. In
addition to the registration fee, there will be a $3 surcharge at the event
for water wagons.
Col. Amend advises to have at least 120 cartridges for the event, and will
provide updates as those become available. Saturday is said to be a very
long time away from camp.
5. Instituting a reliable method for acquisition and distribution of
powder remains problematic. I am sorry that I was unable to solve that
problem. Looking forward, Mr. Visser will take charge of a pre-payment
system whereby he will take orders and payment from all who desire to
purchase, then make a bulk purchase from a vender, then make distribution at
6. 9th Dues ($20 per man per year) remain due and owing for the 2016
year. Dues paid at the meeting were Brad, Nathan, Randy, Jamie, and Aaron.
Please send me your check asap.
7. We also discussed several Facebook sites where used CW reenacting gear
is available, including Civil War Reenactor Trade Blanket, and Civil War
Trader Buy-Sel-Trade. There may be others. Good chance to pick up a deal on
8. Finally, I announced my anticipated retirement from the Captain’s
position with that formal date TBD. We have laid appropriate groundwork for
an orderly transition.
I am, most loyally,
Your obedient servant,
Captain, 9th 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,
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)