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Fireside reading at Cowtown.

Sgt. Randy Downey

Pvt. Staab and Pvt. Waters before the battle opens.

 

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 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: 

                                              2012  


          

 

The 9th Texas finished the second year of the sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary) of the War Between the States in 2012 with hard-fighting close to home and in distant venues. Against all odds, Mother Nature cooperated almost as much as we could have expected. Here is a summary of what the regiment did in 2012.

Cowtown (Wichita) in April - the 9th along with our brothers in the 2nd and the 8th Kansas spent the weekend in scripted and unscripted scenarios, including a fight through the town on Sunday, to the appreciation of the locals and the amusement of the lads. Greater things are expected for this event in the future. With 14 rifles, this was the high turnout for the season. Of note, we voted in a $20 annual dues.

Jeff City MO in May - where the 9th participated as before in hand-to-hand fighting during an assault on the Yanks’ line, and a good time was had despite the searing heat and humidity.

Humboldt in June - Bvt. Captain Downey capably took command as Captain, and as before, the 9th rousted the locals in their facade town and executed Private Driscoll (reprised again by Pvt. Keidel).

Camdenton MO, Sept. 14-16 - a well-run, much appreciated event, which, unfortunately drew very low numbers from the Battalion. A little rain on Saturday afternoon slowed us but little. Of note, Col. Amend is attempting to bugle calls into our repertoire.

Raymond III in Oct. - the 9th has been at Raymond twice before. This was the Battalion’s main “national” event and proved worthy of the name as Bvt. Captain Downey’s report at ninthtexas.com reveals. Some of the lads had a chance to visit the Vicksburg battlefield, and a number of new hats - a soldier’s prized possession - were purchased at the event.

And Prairie Grove in Nov./Dec. - the event is an old 9th Texas haunt, with unseasonably warm weather this time, “flavored” cherries for refreshment, and “the hill” to contend with in the battles. We also took two months pay and  a powder ration to boot.

The 9th sent a contingent to Shiloh Tennessee in March/April, and an after action report is expected to follow soon. Although the original 9th Texas fought here in 1862, and therefore that suggested some sentimental pull, at the Battalion meeting earlier in the year, it was decided that this would not be a MAX battalion event. The 9th also sent smaller contingents to  Kingston MO in June, Pipestone MN in August,  
Lone Jack MO in August, Lamoni IA in Aug./Sept., and Antietam MD in September.

We saw the unexpected passing of long-time Company C man Jason Gibbens on October 6, 2012. Jason will be missed.

And Rob Matlack tendered his resignation from the regiment and role as 2nd Cpl. due to his taking on new employment in Texas. Your humble servant promoted long-time 9th veteran Mark Gianalonie to 3rd Cpl., and bumped Cpl. Shemwell up one spot to 2nd Cpl.

And on an ominous note, the Battalion was shaken by talk of dissatisfaction with Battalion leadership. The unrest found voice in a vote taken at the Battalion meeting in November to resurrect a set of Battalion rules, a process which is on-going. More on this melodrama in 2013.
     Campaign 2012 has now passed into the pages of history but never forget that each and every one of you makes history whenever we step out onto the field of battle. Never forget, “there is none finer” - 9th Texas! I remain, your most humble and obedient servant, Brian Cox Captain, commanding 9th Texas Reg’t of Infantry 1st Mo. Battalion  9th Texas 2012 Honor Roll:  Pvt./Col. Brad Amend
Pvt./Color Sgt. Shawn Bell
Pvt. David Edwards
Pvt. Nathan Edwards Pvt. Morris Floyd
Courier Atticus Gianelloni Pvt. Mark Gianelloni
Pvt. VJ Gianelloni
Pvt. Jason Gibbens
Pvt. Chis Hayhurst
Pvt. Chris Keidel
Pvt. Jon Ketterling Pvt. Matthew Lafferty
Pvt./President Tom Leahy
Pvt. Sam Lowery
Pvt. Dawson Manning Pvt. Tripp McMillan
Pvt. Tony Mattia Pvt. Jamison Price Pvt. Jamie Ralph Pvt. Joshua Ralph
Sgt. (ret.)/Pvt. Gary Rath Pvt. Aaron Staab  Pvt. David Stickelman Pvt. Brett Sutton
Pvt./Sgt. Major Gary Sutton
Pvt. Braxton Thomas Pvt. Chris Visser Pvt. Jordan Waters
Captain Brian Cox 1st Sgt. Randy Downey 1st Cpl. Bob Albert 2nd Cpl. Rob Matlack (ret.) 2d Cpl. Herb Shemwell
3d Cpl. Mark Gianelloni

 

                         


CIVIL WAR BUFF?

Join us!

There are lots of Civil War reenacting groups in the Midwest, and the 1st Missouri Battalion has some of the finest. And there are some excellent federal units as well, the 8th Kansas among them. Anyone interested in entering into the big, wide, exciting world of Civil War reenacting would not go wrong with any group in our Battalion. If you are reading this, you must be interested.

That said, let me make my pitch for the 9th Texas, a Confederate unit with men mostly from Kansas and Nebraska, and the second oldest unit in the area. They say, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Well, I say, there are no new tricks to teach to my old dogs. As to non-coms and high privates, there are none more experienced, bar none:

First Sgt. Randy Downey has been been reenacting since 1998.

First Cpl. Bob Albert has been in it since 1992.

Second Cpl. Herb Shemwell has been in it since 1997

Third Cpl. Mark Gianelloni has been in it since 1983.

Our own “high private” Chris Visser, who also occasionally steps up to colonel to command whole armies, has been in it since 1990.

Among five (5) reenactors, that’s a century of reenacting experience. Yes, “Been there, done that.”

If you are looking to join a Civil War reenacting unit, I guarantee that you will find no other more experienced (and fun-loving) unit than the Ninth Texas. Give us a try (see our contact page on this webpage for persons to contact for more details).

Your obedient servant,

Brian Cox
Captain commanding,
9th Texas Reg’t of Infantry
First Missouri Battalion

P.S. As captain of the 9th, I have been in it since 1993.



 
 

 

    ACTION AT VICKSBURG!2012

 

The intrepid travelers from the Ninth Texas arrived at the Downey Ranch on the Thursday morning, prior to the reenactment.  Present for duty were Bob Albert, Morris Floyd, Shawn Bell, Baxter Thomas, Brad Amend, and myself.  Waiting for transport in Ft. Scott was Dave Jepsen.  While the initial plan was to only take one vehicle, an examination of the gear to be packed and the amount of seating in the Expedition led to a decision to take two vehicles.  After a quick stop in Ft. Scott to pick up Mr. Jepsen and top off the fuel tanks, we were on the road.  The trip to Mississippi proved to be mostly uneventful, with the exception of a stop in Lake Providence, LA to sample the local cuisine.  The lakeside restaurant had previously been scouted by First Cpl. Albert on an earlier trip South with his family.   The menu included a large amount of fried Southern specialties, quite heavy on the fish and seafood.  Some of the group was hesitant to sample the “gator balls”, fearing a relationship to the high plains “mountain oysters”.  However, the breaded balls of ground gator proved to be as tasty as the catfish and shrimp!  The author was somewhat disappointed with the jambalaya as it proved to be a bit dry for his taste.  Overall the food was very satisfying.  Of special note was the seasoning that was available for purchase.  Bob bought a container for his personal use and I believe that it ended up being tried on almost every dish cooked on the campfire during our stay.   
The group pulled into Raymond sometime after dark and experienced a quick and easy registration process.  Instead of separating all the names by unit designation, they had simply arranged them in alphabetical order.  This was a simple yet effective trick that should be emulated at other reenactments.  The Ninth pulled into the campsite via a well laid out, one way road. We were located in a stand of tall pine trees on a slight slope, with the staff located on the tree line.  Other battalions were located in the meadow close by.  We were just next to the wagons and teamsters.  These included a team of four humungous oxen. Stumbling onto these large steers in the middle of the night was quite an event. These beasts were extremely well trained.  One of them wandered from his camp and was sampling the grass further down the encampment.  When the teamster arrived, he merely told the bovine “You know better, get back home!”  The ox turned, looked at his master and ambled back to his allotted spot without any further guidance.  Later on both Privates Ralph (Jamie and Josh), plus Private Nathan Edwards arrived to swell our numbers.  In addition to these stalwarts, we were folded in with the Fourth Arkansas for the weekend.  The members of the 4th attending were Capt. Arbaugh, along with Privates Williams, Ream, and Keller.  Due to the unfortunate absence of Captain Cox, I was brevetted Captain of the Ninth and Bob Albert acted as First Sgt.                     
On Friday morning we heard shots in the distance as those who had arrived early on Thursday and slept on their arms that same night, fought and marched towards the camps.  We set up our campaign styled haven and settled in.  Later in the morning, the Ninth hit the sutlers in mass.  It was like drovers hitting Dodge City after weeks on the trail driving cattle!  Young Mr. Thomas purchased his own musket for use in the field.  Clearwater Hats happened to be in attendance and this proved to be an expensive treat for the Ninth.  Mr. Floyd, Mr. Downey, and Mr. Albert all purchased new chapeaus and in addition, Mr. Jepsen also ordered a new hat.  The balance of sutler row was then closely examined for bargains and we headed back to camp.   It was determined that neither Baxter nor Nathan had seen the Vicksburg battlefield or the preserved wreck of the Cairo.  As the rest of us had toured the sights in previous visits, we sent them on their way to take advantage of the opportunity.  Sometime later in the afternoon, word was received by the battalion that Yankees had infested the “town” of Raymond and were harassing the civilians encamped there.  An “ad hoc” company was assembled from the First Missouri and placed under the command of Captains Keith and Schuster.  Word had been given that there would be only twenty or so of the Federals and we probably shouldn’t overwhelm them with numbers.  As a result of this caution, only around thirty-five or so volunteers marched off to the rescue.  On arrival at the town, a common occurrence of the weekend was initiated.  We waited on the Federals. We actually waited for a quite a considerable time, before crossing the bridge into town.  Once there, it was discovered that the numbers of blue bellies that was reported did not include all the Yankee Cavalry or the dismounted troopers with pistols and repeaters!  After a rather sharp engagement and almost getting flanked numerous times, we retired across the bridge and returned to camp.
On return to the camp, the Ninth assumed picket duty for the evening.  This included directing traffic and maintaining the one way direction of travel so as to facilitate better access for all.   We did this in the proper fashion with a reserve at HQ and review of all stations by NCO’s.  While making my rounds of the posts on duty, I was accosted by a reenactor who seemed to feel that I was the individual personally responsible for not having enough outhouses and also seemed to feel that it was acceptable to yell at me for how disgusting the facilities were.  After attempting to educate him as to the location of the other facilities in the area, he continued with his tirade.  In the end, I had to rather forcibly inform him that I had nothing to do with the arrangements and to take it up with the provost or the Generals headquarters if he wasn’t satisfied.  A prime candidate for Motel Militia if I ever saw it!  Most of our watch passed uneventfully.  There was one individual of note that had trouble accepting that just being a member of the XXX XXXX Brigade did not automatically allow him to drive a quarter to a half mile the wrong way on a one lane road in the dark, against the traffic, but he was the exception.
Saturday morning dawned and Captain Arbaugh took his turn at commanding our little detachment.  The First Missouri Battalion was the first in the barrel to galvanize, so we marched off in the blue suit to assault the foe.  Marched is the key word.  During the march, one of the teamster’s servants left his master and joined the column, so that “Mr. Lincoln’s soldiers” would save him from bondage.  We continued marching on to do battle and after a hefty barrage by the artillery we waded through a slough and climbed steep muddy banks to get at the rebels.  The scenario called for us to be repulsed after crossing the creek, fall back, and attack across the creek again.   Some of the Confederate Cavalry thought that bottling us up in the creek bottom instead of following the planned scenario was the thing to do.  This resulted in some ridiculous amount of standing and looking foolish in front of the crowd by both sides.  One neat point of the engagement was that they allowed the reenacting artillery to set up directly in line with the guns permanently set in place by the park system.  It made for a very impressive gun line.  After the final charge through the creek, we marched all the way back to camp in order to change uniforms.  There was little time to relax and we marched right back out as the boys in grey.  We marched a bit further this time and initially engaged the Federals out of sight of the crowd.   We were to push them back and on the last push, take extensive casualties.   At this point the Federals decided to stay in one place and not move.  Finally the engagement came to somewhat of an end and we marched back to camp for the second time.   After the battle, we had a pleasant surprise.  Pvt. Jamie Ralph’s sister had attended the battle and picked up some goodies for us to snack on!  Root Beer floats in the Mississippi woods!  It was greatly appreciated!  There is a rumor that the special Cajun seasoning purchased in Louisiana was even tried on the ice cream.
Sleeping out was cool but comfortable during the night.  The smoke from the fire went straight up through the pines and allowed maximum utilization of the fire.  Most of us had no trouble drifting off.
Sunday dawned and it was the author’s day to act as Captain.  The morning was spent packing out extra gear to the parking lot in anticipation of a quicker departure from the event.   The event management did shut down access to the camp by vehicle on midnight on Friday as advertised and parking was out of sight of the main camp as advertised.  However their method of stopping traffic was to put yellow traffic tape across the gates.  This wasn’t especially effective.  Things weren’t too bad on Saturday, but Sunday morning the amount of cars in camp was atrocious.  I was proud to note that the First Missouri Battalion did it the right way and either packed their gear out, or waited until after the last battle on Sunday.  As a matter of fact, the Fourth Missouri repeatedly reminded the other encampments of this fact with a loud “No cars in camp!” bellowed in unison numerous times during the morning.  It was well received by our battalion, but much less so by the offenders.   Kraut and oysters were available at lunch, for those of the Ninth who wished to participate.  It has been said that the lingering effects of this lunch were felt well into the afternoon and evening.
In the early afternoon we once more marched off to do our duty.  We moved through the woods, down the railroad cut, and then emerged behind a large redoubt and earthworks.  At this point we were formed in rank forward of the works.  The Yankees eventually sent out skirmishers, which we engaged.  When things got hot we were marched behind the works and took our places in the trenches. One of the battalions was inexplicably left exposed and eventually retreated over the works and into the entrenchments. At some point the Union regiments were formed and were merely standing in place.  Finally we saw why they were waiting.  Another battalion had moved up through the trees to aid in the attack.   As the blue hordes finally made their way forward, the First Missouri Battalion readied their special surprise.  Colonel Amend had researched period grenades and had three different types ready to toss or roll down the earthworks banks.  Really impressive were the fake cannonballs with working fuses that were handmade by the Colonel.  I understand that there were some wide eyes when these rolled down [on] the attackers.  
After the attack was finally repulsed, we were dismissed and allowed to straggle back to camp.  After taking down the staff tents and changing garb, we were ready to hit the road back home.  Other than a couple of missed turns, things went rather well.  It was noted that at our first fuel stop in Mississippi, the convenience store had THREE types of pickled eggs for sale.  Naturally the author had to try the red ones!  We stopped for supper while in Louisiana, but settled for Applebee’s instead of something exotic. After sunup the next morning, we made it safely home and ready to start preparing for Prairie Grove in December.

At this point, I have a few final thoughts on the reenactment.  
Registration was easy, quick, and painless.  The earthworks were great and the experience of defending them was enhanced by Col. Amends grenades. Our actual camp area was comfortable.   Water was well piped throughout the camp and battlegrounds in an unobtrusive manner.  I really got a kick out of the old hand pump that was rigged to dispense water by Confederate Headquarters.  At least a couple of sutlers with specialty wares were in attendance for our perusal.  The battlefield was spread out over some distance, but we still marched a lot less in those three days, than they did in one!  I would much rather have an excess of ground than not enough!  Wood was adequate and while we could have stood to have a few more porta-johns, the amount did suffice.  I enjoyed having the wagons and teams in the area.  For those of us who campaigned it, the proximity of the “mixed” camp was a little too close for comfort. Normally I don’t expect to hear babies crying in the middle of the night at a reenactment. The battalion across from us in the meadow literally had some indoor (tented) toilets and showers.  There were tent complexes with wood cabinets and dining tables.  I also saw cooking being done on propane stoves.  I was reminded of Lt. Carl Rader of yore, looking at a civilian camp and seeing Sodom and Gomorrah!  The only place that I have seen to rival this level of camp gear has been the artillery camp at Pilot Knob!   One of my biggest complaints of the event was the garb of the campers.  I don’t believe that you could look in that direction without seeing someone in modern clothing morning, noon or night.  If you are going to theme camp where others can see you, please do it in period clothing!  I personally don’t get as riled up over the gal troop issue as some folks. I’ve seen some really good impressions.  However, don’t wear jewelry, fingernail polish, or eye shadow!!!! In addition if you are portraying a man, expect men to say and do the things that guys do when they get together in groups.  I saw more gal troops at this event than I’ve ever seen in one place before.  I might say that our Color Sgt. and First Cpl. received some rather evil looks for a simple two word greeting of, “Howdy Ma’am!”  For fairness sake, I must mention the bare chested gentleman in a hoopskirt that I saw in the Artillery Camp on Sunday.  I’m really not sure that I care to speculate on the occurrence at this time!  I certainly didn’t stay around to inquire of the whys and wherefores! The numbers, especially of Federals, were less than I would have wished.  The reenactment was at least held on a sufficient amount of ground and was larger than other events that I have attended this year.  A valiant effort was made to restrict vehicle access to the camp but I honestly think that the only way to keep the idiots from driving in would be full time pickets or guards at the gates.  This would be similar to what we had in [Corinth] several years ago.  I would also say that communication appears to have been an issue.  I really wondered if both sides were reenacting the same scenario part of the time!  At least twice I literally would not have been surprised to see a flag of truce while the opposing commanders figured out “what the heck” was going on!  Overall, I did enjoy myself.  The weather was fine, the company was good and despite some rough spots, I could tell that significant effort had been put into the affair.
Your Obedient Servant,
Bvt. Captain Randy Downey


             

DEATH OF A SOLDIER...

Most tragically, Private Jason Gibbens unexpectedly departed this life the evening of October 6, 2012. Mr. Gibbens was a company ‘C’ man from back in the day, and renewed enjoyment of the hobby with the 9th in recent years. He was a loyal and capable soldier and always of good cheer. His steady presence on the field of battle will be missed.

Please join me in extending our most humble prayers and condolences to the family of Mr. Gibbens for their loss and our thanks to our most merciful Father for permitting us the time that we did have with him.

Respectfully,

Brian Cox
Captain, commanding
9th Texas Reg’t of Infantry
1st MO. Battalion


 

CAMDENTON, MISSOURI   MAX EVENT   SEPT. 14-16

The maximum battalion event at Camdenton MO, September 14-16, 2012, met with unanimous approval as a very good event. The event endeavored to reenact the Battle of “Monday Hollows.” An account of the affair ca be found at http://www.mocivilwar.org/articles/show/254:

Camden County’s important battle took place at what’s known as “Monday’s Hollow”. On the 13th day of October, 1861, a fight took place on the Wet Auglaize in Camden County, called Shanghai, (or Henrytown), (or Monday’s Hollow) between companies A and C, of the Sixth Missouri (Federal) Cavalry, commanded by Captain T.A. Switzler, and a rebel force commanded by Major M. Johnson. The Union troops came suddenly upon the rebel outpost, captured it, and compelled the guard to reveal the situation of his comrades, where they were hiding in ambush, awaiting the passage of the Union troops. This was done without alarming the concealed enemy. By the aid of this knowledge the Federal troops were enabled to surprise and attack the enemy from the rear, so that those who planned received the surprise planned for the Federal troops. The result of the fight was killed; sixty-two Confederates and one Federal, and thirty-seven Confederates captured—a decided victory for the Union troops.
Hmmm, well ok, but our two battles had little resemblance to this history.

I write this report with more alacrity than the last one, so draw nigh, faithful reader and hear the tale of Camdenton 2012.

The event site is in central Missouri in beautiful Lake of the Ozarks country about 3 hours out of Kansas City. The other business of the site is the location of the Missouri Trapshooters Ass’n, and broken clays and spent shells were much in evidence on the grounds. The site was readily accessible and was no problem getting in or out. Parking was a scant 1/4 mile from the camps, but plainly out of sight to us.

I do not recall that the Battalion has been here in the recent past but if the local community supports it again as they did this time, I am sure that we will gladly support it again.

Present for the 9th were the following loyal stalwarts:

Pvt. Mathew Lafferty
Pvt. Jamie Ralph
Pvt. David Stickelman
Pvt. Braxton Thomas
1st Sgt. Randy Downey,
And your humble correspondent as captain

Unfortunately, the event conflicted with the 150th anniversary reenactment of Antietam MD, and several of our number were present for that (as good as Camdenton was, I can’t fault you).

Present for the Battalion: 1st Dismounted under Capt. Ritter, 2nd Mo. Under Capt. Ulrich, 3d Mo. Under Capt. Shuster, 4th Mo. Under Capt. Keith, 10th Mo. under Captain Broski. Of note, Capt. Dime Hollingsworth, of the 9th MOSS, selflessly fell in with the artillery on Saturday and in the ranks on Sunday.

We had a total of about 45 reb infantry, and somewhat 1/2 half of that federal. We had about 6 cannon to their 2 or 3. There was a smattering of cavalry.

The 9th fell in both days for drill and battle with our brothers in the 1st Missouri Dismounted under Captain Ritter, who were also our neighbors in camp. Capt. Ritter proudly told me of his three sets of two generation soldiers (i.e. dad and son) in the unit, including he and his own son.

Of note, Col. Amend has instituted the new practice of having a Battalion bugler signal various commands. As always, the Battalion was a quick study to pick up on this new, for us, way to communicate to the soldiers on the field.

Mother Nature reminded us of her presence with rain on Saturday, hot sun for part of Sunday, and 2-blanket cool temps on Saturday night, but to no harm. Indeed, although we had a good out-pouring of rain, the contest on Saturday was delayed but an hour, to 2 pm. The muddy grounds left by a wet week and this rain was no more than a mild nuisance - although an inappropriately planned “hit” would get you wet and muddy.

There were no reports of chiggers, ticks, or mosquitos. Wood was supplied although somewhat of a hike to it; ice was free and supplied several times over the weekend; water was quite plentiful in large plastic “Culligan” jugs; the porta-potties were close to the 9th’s camp, and were kept fastidiously clean; straw was in ample supply. Dinner was provided by the Outback on Saturday night, with chicken breasts as the main dish (I am still dreaming of those steaks from previous events), and was quite good with great cheesecake to top it off.

Several sutlers were present including the 9th’s friend Del Warren of James Country (Liberty MO), as well as several local artisans, and a number of food venders. The site for these was fairly conveniently placed along a low ridge, where the trap shooters set up, about a 1/4 mile away from our camp. This was also the spot from which the spectators viewed the two battles, giving them a good view of the action.

The 9th waited out Saturday’s rain under the fly of our neighbor, the 1st Mo. Dismounted, and we broke out the cards to pass the time. At one point, I thought I had a winner with three jacks on a big pot, but newbie gambler Pvt. Stickelman took me with a full house.

The Saturday battle was relatively generic, the Battalion going in on successive assaults in two wings, to get chewed up, as some Reb commanders did 150 years ago, by the Yanks.  Only complaint here - the outnumbered Yanks were out in a line of battle on open ground, that is, not behind fortifications; by all rights, our greater firepower should have taken the day but we did not. Of note, Pvt. Lafferty attempted to run in fright during the battle, but as file-closer, I shot him down, and he dutifully took a good hit. Captain Ritter did a fine job of leading our consolidated company.

Kudos to the Battalion color guard for the weekend- Color Sgt. Bell, Sgt. Steve Dotson, and Cpl. Dave Jepsen. Fine job!

Later, after the battle and cleaning of weapons in camp, and as per an apparent “new tradition,” an officer’s soiree (that’s Missourian for “wine, cheese, and cigars”) was held courtesy of the host unit, I believe, and Sgt. Downey and I faithfully attended, although I suspect that we are more beer men.

Breakfasts in our camp were largely capably handled by Pvt. Stickelman, who was able to put together very decent fare of fried bacon, eggs, and corn meal mush. That, and a strong cup of brew, is all a soldier needs in the morning.

There was ample battalion drill on Sunday morning, much needed, and the first command for the Battalion to fall in by company into line, was flubbed again this year by the troops, however, not by the 9th. Thereafter, we were directed to do some company skirmish drill which we dutifully did. Good to have an experienced hand at the helm as is Col. Amend, a 9th alum, I am proud to confirm.

Church service were held Sunday morning with Capt. Keith delivering a rousing “streets of gold” sermon. Well done.

Sunday morning’s Battalion parade was marked by the presentation of a flag - Missouri Battle Flag (white cross, with 15 gold stars, on blue field with red border) - to Gen. Sterling Price, sewn by the ladies supporting the 4th Mo. Gen. Price was portrayed, as before, by the inimitable Lt. George, whose head now liberally sprouted white hair (including some aggressive sideburns). Spitting image.

As I have noted before, Missourians certainly love their history, and despite Saturday’s rain, there were ample and appreciative crowds on hand both days, and some of the folks even made their way into the 9th’s camp to endure some of my impromptu talks, including for a representative of a local news station who taped the whole thing.

Following the Saturday battle and dinner, we did a little shopping at sutlers’ row, then retired to the camp for a little conversation and some liquid refreshment. Of note, our newly-found sous chef Pvt. Stickelman helped Pvt. Lafferty prepare an apple cobbler which turned out well and was worth the wait. Congrats, men.

There followed some relatively brief night fire by the artillery, this time not pointed in our direction. And then came the call by Capt. Keith for volunteers to raid the federal camp. After some thought, I nixed any participation by our boys. But that skirmish went on for some time. I did not hear who came out on top.

Thereafter, some of our number and some from Battalion staff, including Col. Amend, stayed up to trade stories (including much talk of military miniatures, a common interest among Sgt. Bell, Cpl. Jepsen, and the undersigned), and other talk.

The intensity (and fun) level of Sunday’s battle the next day was ramped up by the addition of hand-to-hand between the galvanized 4th Mo. and the Battalion’s 2nd Mo., and it was carefully rehearsed ahead of time, as it should have been. At the appointed time, the 4th advanced, then ran toward our line in a doomed attempt, as they were outnumbered and paid the price. All looked excellent, however, including one Yank I observed who appeared to have been struck by one of our own and literally flew backwards to the ground. Kudos, sir. And then, some of the federal force to our left also charged against us in an invitation to engage them hand-to-hand as well, although this was wholly unscripted. Against all odds and much to my surprise, two of the federals came at me in sequence, but, thankfully, went down without much of a fight. And I butt stroked one to ensure that he did not rise again. A spirited effort, but unwise as unscripted hand-to-hand is dangerous at best.

Of note, 1st Sgt. Downey was breveted to Captain for the battle, and did a fine job, as I knew he would. Indeed, his commanding voice on the field coupled with an occasional curse for the men to get back into line, would have been just like I expect it would have been 150 years ago.

The 9th’s traveling award for the “best” faux pas of the event, Homie, recently unexpectedly disappeared but was resurrected at the event in the form of a rubber hen in purple lingerie (with the usual squawk when you squeezed her) supplied by Sgt. Downey. After a straw vote on Sunday morning, the outcome of which was not in doubt, Capt. Keith of the 4th Mo. Was awarded the honor for his “hit” during Saturday’s battle - I will not to editorialize this - face down in a mud puddle, spread eagle, hat still atop his head.

The Sunday battle, despite its frenzy, was over in little more than 1/2 hour and we were on the road again by 2:30 and home in Topeka by shortly after 7 pm, well-satisfied by the event.

I remain, your most respectful and humble servant,

Brian Cox
Captain, commanding
9th Texas Reg’t of Infantry
1st Missouri Battalion
Trans-Mississippi Brigade

Important news:

Registration for Vicksburg MS has been extended to October 8. Men, if you plan to attend, you need to register immediately. http://friendsofraymond.org/

Battalion meeting is now set for Nov. 3, 2012, commencing at 10:30, at a location TBA but hosted by the 2nd MO. Although this meeting is only mandatory for captains, non-coms are certainly encouraged to attend, and routinely do attend, and anyone can attend but it is best to consult your captain. Col. Amend advises that important issues and scheduling will be considered.

Possible events for 1863 - Gettysburg (all should push for this), Ft. Leonard Wood MO, and possibly Chickamauga GA.

Sgt. Bell reports that the last of the trilogy of films by lone Chimney, the Road to Valhalla, is taking applications for extras. I will get out the application for extras to the rank and file.

 

JEFFERSON CITY  MAY 4-6, 2012



The 9th Texas joined the 1st Missouri Battalion for the May 2012, rotation of the Jefferson City MO event, in searingly hot and humid weather. That said, the event went pretty well, with only a few complaints. Read on, faithful reader.

Jeff City is about 2 1/2 hours out of Kansas City and south of Columbia in Binder Park, somewhat challenging to find if you don’t keep your eyes open.

Present for duty for the 9th Texas:

Jason Gibbens
Matthew Lafferty,Tripp McMillan,Aaron Staab
Braxton Thomas
Chris Visser
Sgt. Randy Downey,Cpl. Herb Shemwell,Brian Cox

Pvt’s Braxton Thomas and Matthew Lafferty continue to make great strides as soldiers, and we welcome their joining the unit.

We out-numbered the Yanks by three times their number.

Water from a spigot was a short hike, and porta-potties close at hand, as was the tree line. Wood was a little problematic, and 1st Sgt. Downey and I had some real problems getting the green, moist wood to start despite the application of copious amounts of straw. Fire finally started about 11 pm on Friday night. No rations were issued, but a pork steak dinner with beans and other extras was provided on Saturday night as promised.

There was live entertainment and some talks during the day. And I understand that Pvt. Staab attended and was asked to dance at the Saturday night affair. First Sgt. Downey and I had some serious discussions about the future of the 9th.

Mother Nature cooperated on the moisture side, but the heat (90’s day) and humidity combined to make these not just a sweat through your vest hot, but a sweat through your pants hot. And the 9th just had no shade in camp, something your faithful correspondent will rectify, hopefully by the next event, with a new fly.

Remarkably, there were no chiggers; and a single report of a tick.

We fell in both days with the 9th MOSS and the 1st Dismounted. Good soldiers everyone.

The 9th was proud to participate in the hand-to-hand which was planned as at the last Jeff City; as before, this was rehearsed ahead of time and generally came off without a hitch and looked great. There are some pictures posted at various pages on Facebook. The battles both days were generally frontal assaults by the rebs on the federal line, studded with obstacles and artillery, and then a routing of us from the field.

Well, the heat was the worst, but the handling of the night artillery fire on Saturday night was a little problematic. Some pyrotechnics, added to the gunpowder, was intended to be an added spectacle. As it turned out, the 9th’s camp was on the edge of the Battalion’s camp, and directly in the line of fire. However, the cannon were turned a little to the side before the firing began and so no harm was done.

In the event, it was truly a heady experience to witness the guns blasting away generally in your direction (and imagining, if that is even possible, of the carnage that ensued from canister at short range trained on massed ranks of infantry).

The 9th’s mascot Chicken assumed his usual position overseeing the camp, but his absence was noticed on Saturday, and word trickled in that he had been kidnapped and that by an officer or officers of other units, a most dishonorable deed. To their credit, however, the culprits owned up and returned the Chicken to his home. The return notwithstanding, the poor fowl was returned with a hangman’s noose around his neck. A open insult to the 9th. Don’t mess with Texas!

Homie was awarded, after a straw vote on Sunday morning, to Pvt. Staab for numerous offers to participate in various activities sans clothing. Not surprisingly, no takers.

Jeff City is history now, men, but always keep your head up and remember of the 9th Texas - “There is none finer.”

Respectfully submitted:

Brian Cox

Captain, commanding
9th Texas Reg’t of Infantry
1st Missouri Battalion

P.S. I tender my most humble apologies for the lateness of this report, however, modern day work duties and family issues kept me from pen and paper.
 


       LAMONI, IA - After Action Sept. 1-3, 2012  by Pvt. Aaron Staab
 

[Ed. Note - although a small event, this one is big on activities and well advertised and run. Lamoni is a small burg about two hours north out of Kansas City. Elements of the 9th have gone to the event in the past and had good times. Many thanks to Pvt. Staab for penning this report.]

[Event organizer] Doug Jones puts on a quality event every time. There is not a want for any of the basics like wood, water, ice or sutlers. [New man] Nathan Edwards and I were the only Texans there.

Our consolidated battalion was about 50 rifles strong led by [3d Missouri Captain] Christian Shuster and [4th Ark. Captain] Jim Arbaugh. Dismounted/mounted cav formed their own [battalion] with 50 to 60 soldiers. We were outnumbered by artillery 8 to 3.

The drive up Friday night was very unnerving. The rain brought out all of the idiots on the road. It took 3 hours to get from Topeka to KCMO with all of the wrecks. It rained all the way to the Iowa line, very hard at times. KC got 7 inches Friday night.

There was a light rain overnight, but that was not enough to cause any trouble. With the threat of storms the campaign event was canceled.  [Ed. Note - the campaign event is a real plus for this event where the soldiers march out with everything they need for 12 hours on their back including raw rations, with Yanks on their tail until morning. Great fun.]

Saturday was very overcast all day which kept it cool, but [we] did not get a drop of rain all day. We marched a mile or so out to downtown Lamoni around 7am for a fight through the streets. Our numbers were much greater. We had 15 or so cav to none [for the federals]. Dismounted cav [numbered] 25 to [their] 5. Infantry was pretty even at about 20 per side.

We ... pinned [down] the blue bellies downtown pretty easily. The fight lasted about 20 minute and was about like any fight in a modern town. Hard to get too excited about [it], but we still had a good time marching through the back yards of the residents to get to the battle. That was about the most real feeling of the weekend just thinking about soldiers traipsing across private property. We were not kicked off any one's property fortunately.

We took the field Saturday, but were decimated by the artillery on Sunday.

Saturday night was very quiet in camps, so about ten of us headed into town and for a time took over The Bar. We had our run of the joint, but at 11 or so, a hundred or so college students filed in. ... I  had a very enjoyable evening hanging out there with the boys of the 4th Ark and 3rd Mo.

I spent a fair amount of time this weekend in the civilian camp where I had my meals. [I] tried a cabbage stew recipe for lunch saturday which was great and a sausage/ cinamon apple sunday morning.

The event fed us a decent pork sandwich meal Saturday night.

In summation, it is great to have a recovery day before going back to work and not having to burn a vacation day. I would go back again.

[Respectfully Submitted,

Pvt. Aaron Staab
9th Texas Reg’t of Infantry]
 


 

               KINGSTON, MO  June 1-3, 2012

(Kingston 2012 was not a maximum battalion event, but three stalwarts from the 9th attended. Here is a short after action report from Pvt. Staab):

The event was a good one, although numbers were not great. Elliot's Scouts were the only ones that had to “go blue.” The organizers gave out plenty of rations and we had another great meal on Saturday night. The event should perhaps should have been a Max Battalion event. This event was a good event the last time (in 2009) and they put out written surveys for us to tell them how to improve it and they acted upon it. Last time we were without sufficient fire wood and parking was basically in camp. They did a great job improving on these. Messrs. Tripp McMillan, Chris Visser, and I fell in with three me of the 4th Arkansas and the 16th Mo. We had a good 45 minute fight on Saturday with lots of good action and reaction in the tactical Sunday.

Respectfully submitted:

Pvt. Aaron Staab
9th Texas


Attention to Orders - Rank Structure -        effective immediately:

Men, most of you already know that Cpl. Rob Matlack has accepted a new job in Texas and therefore has tendered his resignation as Second Corporal in the 9th Texas. With great regret and unavoidably, I have accepted that resignation.

Cpl. Matlack has been stalwart 9th soldier since 1997, and has provided not only a light heart, but also attention to detail, to propriety, to dignity, to soldierly bearing, and to scholarship. Although a relatively young soldier, Cpl. Matlack was clearly headed for higher rank. He will be greatly missed. I can only say that I am glad that Texas got him!

Although Mr. Matlack’s shoes will be difficult to fill, I have determined to maintain the 9th’s rank structure of three (3) corporals and one (1) sergeant. When the 9th regularly puts twenty men (20) in the field, I will reconsider, as necessary, that arrangement.

As such, and although there are many capable men in the 9th, I have tendered the rank of Third Corporal to Mark Gianelloni,  and he has accepted the promotion. Mr. Gianelloni has been reenacting since 1983, and a member of the 9th since 1992. From where I stand, he always puts the 9th above himself and never fails to be of good cheer. I have impressed on Mr. Gianelloni the responsibility that rank carries, and he accepts the charge.

This promotion is effective immediately, and I will expect the rank and file to accord to Cpl. Gianelloni the respect that his stripes command (unless he gets too big for this britches!). Please join me in extending congratulations to Cpl. Gianelloni for his promotion. (Cpl. Shemwell will move up to 2nd Cpl.)

Respectfully submitted:

Brian Cox
Captain, commanding
9th Texas Reg’t of Infantry
1st Missouri Battalion


  REPORT OF ACTIONS AT HUMBOLDT KANSAS

Near Indian Territory

Humboldt, Kansas

Brevet Captain Randy Downey

June, 2012

The correspondent pulled into Camp Hunter Park Friday, in the mid-afternoon, ready to lay out the company street for the Ninth Texas. The site of the Civil War Days was carpeted with grass and dotted with numerous large shade trees. It is said to be placed on the same spot as the Civil War era Camp Hunter. It is one of the most comfortable spots that the Ninth frequents.

On arrival, I scanned the area for the promised amenities, yes there was straw in place and a whole rick of hard wood stacked conveniently close for our use. The reader will please forgive me for spending so much time speaking on the quality of the wood supplied. However, the last few engagements that the Ninth has participated in have supplied firewood that could only kindly be referred to as sub-standard. It is hard to light a log that is still oozing moisture out of the cut ends! This wood was cured, split, and ready for immediate use. It also left a very satisfactory base of coals for cooking.

At this time I noticed that the building fronts for the burning were not yet in place. Shortly after, I was conscripted to help move the fronts and pull the supply trailer into place. When this labor was completed I was able to take myself to the local mercantile and acquire rations for the reenactors sustenance. A fire was built and several of the men drifted in for the evening, this included some of our favorite opponents, members of the Eighth Kansas. It was a great pleasure to have their assistance for the event!

Saturday morning dawned and we prepared our breakfast and greeted the new arrivals. Pvt. Chris Keidel was present for the morning and it was good to see him back in the ranks. We had the addition of a new recruit, Sam Lowery, who was sporting a finely sewn period shirt and union trousers of his own making! Due to an unexpected family emergency, Captain Cox was unable to attend the event. As a result the following brevet rank was used for the weekend, Captain Randy Downey, First Sgt. Bob Albert, and Cpl. Gary Sutton (Sgt. Major). Enlisted men attending for the Ninth Texas were Privates Matt Lafferty, Chris Keidel, Sam Lowery, J. Thomas, Dawson Manning, Jamie Ralph, Shawn Bell (Color Sgt.), and Brad Amend (Col.). Also falling in with the Ninth was Pvt. Garret Pierce of the Second Kansas. Pvt. Leahy was on detached duty and portrayed President Abraham Lincoln for the event.

In attendance for the Eighth Kansas were First Sgt. Randy Durbin, Todd Meek, Mark Brown, Logan French, Tom Hardy, and Tyler Heusinkueld. Captain Goering was reputed to have been laid low by sickness.

To start the festivities, a procession was held through the grounds. It was headed by a carriage carrying both Abraham Lincoln and John Brown. The Ninth and the Eighth properly presented arms, but it must be said that the author heard several invitations to the theater being offered to the President.

Shortly after the procession a reenactment of the first raid on Humboldt was held. Members of the Eighth joined the Ninth in plundering the town and rousting the citizens. Displays of soap making, a children’s museum, and other displays were on hand. James Country, a period Sutler, was on hand for browsing. Numerous speeches and talks were given under the big tent. Both John Brown and Abe Lincoln were in attendance to educate the audience. The Ninth’s own Gary Sutton laid out his soldiers gear and belongings in the camp and expertly explained their use and how they related to the Civil War Soldier. A demonstration of field amputation was given and appeared to be greatly appreciated.

In the afternoon the Ninth and Eighth combined and gave a demonstration of period drill that was quite well received. The Brevet Captain greatly relied on the expertise of First Sgt. Albert during this event and called for Pvt. (Col.) Amend to provide commentary to the crowd. Later, the Blue was donned and a squad formed for the execution of Pvt. Driscoll. Pvt. Driscoll was executed at Camp Hunter for sticking a knife in a comrade, deserting after the fact, and possibly most important, stealing the Colonels favorite horse to leave the area. First Sgt. Durbin of the Eighth took charge of the combined platoon, had the men reverse arms and then marched poor Pvt. Driscoll to his doom. A mixed firing squad sealed the privates’ fate. It may be noted that Driscoll’s boots were removed prior to his insertion into the coffin.

The finale of the day was the burning of the town. Torches were lit, the home guard was captured and pillaging was rampant. Churches, the masonic lodge, and the homes of widows were spared. Only one civilian casualty was reported and none of the Union men were executed. Humboldt fared much better than its counterparts in Missouri under Lane’s tender administrations!

Following the events of the day, the Ninth retired to its campsite and proceeded to prepare supper. Potatoes, peppers, mushrooms, and the like were peeled and fried in bacon grease. Pork steaks were cooked and consumed with gusto. Private Ralph’s sister and brother-in-law were visiting from the West Coast and dropped by with extra refreshments and the makings of root beer floats! About the time that the pork steaks were done, this correspondent was called away from camp to take care of a breakdown at the ranch. Upon returning, I found the Ninth

engaged in the obligatory card game for confederate scrip. I then sat back, observed the boys at play, and enjoyed a small dose of liquid libation. In the morning we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast of eggs and bacon, enhanced by the addition of doughnuts and assorted breads that had been left us by one of the local venders. It was truly tasty. We then took our leave of each other and parted until the next campaign. There was quite a bit of rations left and most of this was donated to the local food pantry.

The event was a change of pace from our usual routine of battle reenactment. It was held on the actual site of Camp Hunter and depicted Border War events that took place close to home. I have heard nothing but positive comments locally and personally wish to thank all those who took the time to help and participate in this event.

Your Obedient Servant,

Randy Downey

 


          Mankato KS Event July 21-22, 2012

Men, Battalion Color Sgt. Bell reports about about a small event in Mankato KS the third weekend in July (Mankato is in Jewel County, about 35 miles west of U. S. Hwy 81 on U. S. Hwy 36; that’s a little over 3 hours out of Topeka, as a point of reference, to the northwest). The event is a “threshing bee” festival. They have a parade on Saturday & Sunday, and they are working on getting us a fire pit. There will also be food venders there. They just want us to set up camp and explain what it is that we do in the hobby and explain the day-to-day life of a Civil War soldier, and maybe do some drill. If you have any other questions you can text or call Sgt. Bell.


    Recruiting effort - Gun Show, Topeka, July 14, 15, 2012

Men, the kind folks at RK Gun Shows have again comped us a table for their Topeka Gun Show, July 14, 15 (that's Saturday and Sunday), at the Kansas Expocenter, 17th and Topeka Blvd. Guns shows have been a great recruiting effort in the past, and should prove the same in the future. So, if you have an extra afternoon, please pitch in if you can to support our efforts (and get in and enjoy the show for free as well!).

Please let me know if you can help out.

YOS,

Brian Cox
Captain, 9th Texas
 


 

                            9th Texas Annual Dues

Men, at the regimental meeting at Cowtown in April 2012. We voted in a $20 annual dues. This will go to support our tremendous webpage and to purchase necessary supplies. This is really a small price to pay for membership in a great organization. Please do your part and mail your dues to me as soon as possible.

YOS,
Brian Cox
Captain, 9th Texas

 


      

Cowtown, April 20-22, 2012, After Action Report

Cowtown (Wichita KS) was a very good event, and well attended, the weekend of April 20-22, 2012.  Cowtown is an 1870‘s style town with plenty of structures to play in, near the heart of Wichita KS, and home to our Company A. There was some buzz about bigger things to come for the event in the future, and that is reason to look forward to and plan for the event. Read on, faithful reader.

The event was very well-attended by the 9th. Present for duty:

Brad Amend (private/Colonel)
Jim Arbaugh (private/Captain 4th Ark.)
Shawn Bell (private/Color Sgt.)
Nathan Edwards
Atticus Gianalone (courier)
Mark Gianalonie
VJ Gianalonie
Chris Hayhurst
Tom Lahey
Jamie Ralph
Aaron Staab
Braxton Thomas
Jordan Waters
Cody Williams (4th Arkansas)

1st Sgt. Randy Downey
1st Cpl. Bob Albert
2nd Cpl. Rob Matlack (and family)
3d Cpl. Herb Shemwell
Captain Brian Cox

This turnout, at seventeen (17) rifles, was excellent.

Braxton Thomas, nephew of Cpl. Albert, took the field with us and “saw the Elephant.” Pvt. Lahey has been away from the ranks for too long and he joined us for the weekend as well.

Some old 9th Texas veterans also stopped by on Saturday afternoon: Lt. (ret.) Carl Rader (with his engaging wife Donna), and Lt. (ret.) Bill Nestleroad. Mr. Rader has been continuously look for new recruits for the 9th. And former 9th Captain, Brian Albert, up from Texas, also stopped by, as did Sgt. (ret.) Mike Haberkorn, down from Topeka, with his several grandkids and lovely wife Barb.

Thanks to the 4th Arkansas lads who made the long trip down (Capt. Jim Arbaugh and Cody Williams) and fell in with us. Some great looking frock coats on those boys!

Brad Amend, 9th alum and colonel of the 1st Missouri Battalion, showed his selfless spirit by falling in as a private for the event

Other units (or parts thereof) in attendance:

8th Kansas under Captain Jon Goering
2nd Kansas (“Verdigris militia”) under Captain Greg Traxson
Elliott’s Scouts under Brevet Captain Bob Green
McClain’s battery
2nd Colorado
2nd Volunteers (U.S.)
Holmes Brigade
77th Pennsylvania

Capt. Goering of the 8th was overall commander for the Yanks, and your humble correspondent did similar duty for the rebs.

Many thanks to old friend and sutler James Country (and Del Warren) out of Liberty MO for making the trip down to satisfy reenactor shopping needs. In addition to running the sutlery with his wife Jean, Del can take care of all your gunsmithing needs.

Crowd turnout was excellent on Saturday although I do not have numbers yet from Mr. Hunt. Last year, of course, we set a single day attendance record for the venue. I cannot speak for the event organizers, but there is no reason from where I stand that this cannot be turned into a weekend-long event along the lines of the recently-deceased and much-missed Mahaffie event in Olathe.

Kudos to Greg Hunt of Cowtown for ensuring that the event ran smoothly and that reenactor needs were met. Nice guy too.

The men stood up well for drill on Saturday morning of in excess of an hour. Much less, of course, than the lads of 1862.

The battles, for the most part scripted on an ad hoc basis, were quite good and provided a variant at each turn:  Saturday battle behind fortifications including trenches; Sunday morning in the streets, buildings, and camps; and Sunday afternoon a stand-up affair in the main street. I hope the boys enjoyed the variety. Unfortunately, the crowds missed the best battles in my opinion which were the two on Sunday.

On Saturday, although some pyrotechnics were planted near the confederate trenches, the federal cannon failed to show although the crew did, so that was somewhat of a bust. One charge was fired off during the Saturday fight and it was well executed, with a satisfying blast of noise and smoke (from the bag of cement placed atop) - but you were left wondering what caused the blast.

Most reenactors parked on the other side of the venue so that we did not have the same problem with restricted access to vehicles prior to close as in years past. Mother Nature also cooperated pretty well, with excellent temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s day and a little cool at night but no one suffered as a result. And wonder of wonders - no rain!

While no rations were issued - that would have been a nice touch - there was plenty of firewood, both supplied and deadfall, and two restrooms with clean porcelain were near at hand, as was ample potable water. Parking was a stone’s throw away, behind walls, so we never had the annoyance of cars in the camp such as plagued us last year.

As the men trickled in on Friday night, and camp was set, we determined to forage at the local Braum’s and a good time was had catching up. Saturday night, by contrast, was not the 9th’s finest as a couple of our number fell ill, including Mr. Matlack with an ailment of as yet unknown origin. However, there was some card playing the saloon, with big pots spread around. Later, Cpl. Albert found a Faro table and instructed the lads in the finer points of the game.

The scenario for a Sunday morning fight was hatched Saturday night between Capt. Goering of the 8th and your humble correspondent. Rather than the 9th launching an attack on the federal camp, the federals were to attack the 9th’s camp, one company frontally at 9 am, and then when that drew our attention, a second company to attack our rear at the same time. Only 1st Sgt. Downey for the 9th, and Captain Traxson for the Militia were aware of the plan. This kind of fight is great fun what with all the ready-made props (i.e. the buildings), the chance for insults/challenges to be hurled at your opponents at short range, and generally fierce, furious action. The downside is that there is generally less fire control than in a line of battle. But there were no mishaps, and I credit that to veteran soldiers on both sides who viewed safety as their first priority.

There was talk that Cowtown has created somewhat of a buzz among other units with some talk of even greater numbers in the future. I heard that the Arkansas Battalion may come in alternate years. To that end, a Standing Committee on the Conduct of Cowtown has been created for long-range planning. I hope that some of our Missouri brothers can attend in the future, and they are certainly welcome.

The Wichita eagle still has a note about the event - http://www.kansas.com/2011/04/16/1811319/cowtown-hosts-civil-war-re-enactment.html

In addition, Cpl. Matlack’s after action report can be found at http://spiff45.blogspot.com/2012/04/after-action-report-wichita-kansas.html

By unanimous acclimation, Pvt. Staab takes home the Homie (at least in spirit, as its last whereabouts are unknown) for antics on Saturday night the most notable of which was his talking in German. Pvt. Staab later claimed that language is foreign to him.

A brief company meeting was held Saturday afternoon, and some points determined:

1.    We have now instituted a $20 annual dues, going first to the website maintenance fee, and thereafter into the company account held by the undersigned to be used for the purchase of needed company supplies, etc. This is a very small price to pay.

2.    There was no agitation for change in the rank structure, therefore it will continue through 2012. As all will recall, the 9th provides for rank by appointment, not by election.

3.    Any additional events - please get those out to me for posting and emailing to the men.

Absent further notice, Cowtown in April of every year will be the default regimental meeting. Of note, the Battalion meeting for campaign 2013 will be in November of this year.

Men, always remember, years down the line, you can look back on these days with your Brothers, and know that, whatever we have been through, good times and bad, “There is none finer.”

I remain, your most humble and obedient servant,

Brian Cox
Captain, commanding
9th Texas Reg’t of Infantry
1st MO Battalion


 


                          HUMBOLDT KANSAS IN DANGER !!

Humboldt (KS) Civil War days - June 8-10, 2012 - is next on the calendar. Check your bushwhacker and federal impression. More details to follow here and on the 9th's Facebook page.
 

            


        

Men, excepting only those going to Shiloh in March, the first event of the season is in our  own backyard, in Wichita at old Cowtown, at 1865 West Museum Boulevard, Wichita, KS 67203 (316 219-1871) the weekend of April 20-22, 2012. Regimental business will be addressed, as necessary, at the event.

I have been in touch with the coordinators and there is room for all. Scenarios will likely be worked out on-site, but you rebs bring your blue and you Yanks your grey, as there should be room for about any scenario. Maybe even some Border Ruffian/Red Legs scenarios!

In addition to the 9th Texas, our brothers across the Mason-Dixon Line, the hard-fighting 8th Kansas under Capt. Jon Goering, will be in attendance, and also the artillerymen of McClain’s Battery. I hope that the men of the 2nd Kansas and the 4th Arkansas will also be able to attend. And, as a special treat, James Country, will be there for all your shopping needs.

There will likely be no rations but there are obviously ready-made props with the various structures, and porcelain, water, firewood, and dry places to bunk in case of rain are readily available. Last year we set a single day attendance record for spectators so there should be plenty of opportunity to talk to the folks (and ham it up a little to boot). That said, the site is not far from whatever local cuisine moves you on Friday or Saturday night.

A head count would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the undersigned to let me know that you plan to attend.

I remain, your most humble and respectful servant,

Brian Cox
Captain, commanding
9th Texas Reg’t of Infantry
1st MO Battalion
 

 


          


 

                                    


 

         



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