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Check Captains Corner for Notes on Drill and related matters

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 October 21, 2015

Shoal Creek KCMO October 9-11, 2015      

The last event of the 9th Texas’ 2015 campaign was fought on the gently rolling, grassy hills of Shoal Creek living history site, KCMO (north of the city, about 1:20 out of Topeka as a point of reference), October 9-11, 2015. Men of the 9th who made the campaign:

Privates Brad Anspach
Nathan Edwards
Chris Hayhurst
Bridger Keyes
Austin Keyes
Wyatt Keyes
Sam Lowery
Braxton Thomas

Captain Brian Cox
First Sgt. Randy Downey
First Cpl. Bob Albert

Present for Battalion staff:  Col. Brad Amend, Major Dave Burnos, Adjutant/Major Chris Shuster, Sgt. Major Gary Sutton, Color Sgt. Shawn Bell, and Color Guard Cpl. Dave Jepsen.

Other units in attendance were the 1st Mo Dismounted, 3rd Mo, 3rd Mo Dismounted, 4th Missouri, and 16th Missouri.

The event was well run with plenty of firewood near at hand, clean, close facilities, close water, and ice provided several times. We were provided a meal on Saturday night which was quite tasty - turkey breast, mashed potatoes with gravy, salad, green beans, cake and lemonade. Seconds were available. Del Warren and others, and the root beer man were on-site for shopping needs. Only one real complaint - given the location in a major metropolitan area, there were large numbers of spectators, but our camps were situated so far from the beaten path that none made it to our camp, and so, we had no chance for recruiting. Parking was close at hand and I heard of no towing of vehicles as at Pea Ridge.

In a change of pace for the 9th, the men “campaigned” it, meaning as near to how the boys of 1861-65 would have done it, without canvas and mostly carrying necessary gear in on our back. And we added to that an issue of raw rations for the mid-day Saturday meal of bacon. lentils, coffee, brown sugar, corn meal, rice. I think we can transition to this for future events.

We fought three (3) battles over the two days against scrappy federals and challenging terrain, including through the period town. Of note, the federals were supported by several artillery pieces to our none. Our cavalry was impressive in number for an event and outnumbered theirs by several.

Capt. Connor’s boys joined us for the Sunday fight. We broke out the Yellow Rose of Texas in song on our way back to camp afterwards along with the Bonnie Blue Flag.

Mother Nature largely cooperated although it was upper 40’s on Friday night and hot during the day, but no precipitation.

We got in some drill on Saturday and had a hotly contested footrace before the Battalion and spectators on Sunday. The 9th’s own Braxton Thomas gave it his best and finished third among five. I think he got a slow start and would have taken it but for that. Captain Keith of the 4th was in there. Kudos to all who ran. There was no cheating.

Homie was awarded to Sgt. Downey, the only real contender, for kicking over a coveted bottle of Boulevard chocolate ale on Friday night.

We had a lively campfire Saturday night with liquid refreshment, some finger food, and much talk of things great and small. Some lads from the 8th Texas (Terry’s Texas Rangers) joined us with some stories and songs. And Col. Amend spent the better part of the evening with us, broke out his fiddle and capably played a few tunes.

The event was well run, the 9th did some things we don’t usually do, no one got hurt, the weather was fair, no real complaints.

The 2015 campaign has now passed in the history books for the storied 9th and we must now look to winter quarters, but with, I trust, great expectations for success against the foe in 2016.

I remain again, your most humble and respectful servant,
Brian Cox
Captain, 9th Texas
1st Missouri Battalion.

After Action Report:    Cowtown, Wichita KS  April 15-17, 2015

The 9th Texas kicked the 2015 campaign into high gear with a successful campaign at Cowtown Wichita KS, the weekend of April 15-17, 2015. We had several new men join us and they all “saw the elephant,” we continued the tradition of four battles over two days, Mother Nature put in an appearance but didn’t spoil any fun, we had spirited opposition, held a near-two hour company meeting, Gen. Lee visited our camp, and no one got hurt. Read on, faithful reader.

Many thanks to Gregor Hunt of Cowtown, the reenactor “roadie” for the event without whom this event would just not be possible or as enjoyable. And kudos to Capt. Jon Goering of the feisty 8th Kansas for again bringing his boys to give us all the fight we could handle.

Those in attendance:

Pvt./Col. Brad Amend
Pvt. Randy Friese
Pvt. Atticus Gianelloni
Pvt. V.J. Gianelloni
Pvt. Robert Johnson
Pvt. Bridger Keyes (new man and saw the elephant)
Pvt. Wyatt Keyes (new man and saw the elephant)
Pvt. Matthew Lafferty
Pvt. Sam Lowery
Pvt. Dawson Manning
Pvt. Jamie Ralph
Pvt. Justin Ralph
Pvt. Aaron Staab (on sick call)
Pvt. Troy Stickelman
Pvt. John Swihart (new man and saw the elephant)
Pvt. Braxton Thomas
Pvt. Chris Visser
Pvt. Jim White (new man from 2014 and saw the elephant)

Captain Brian Cox
First Sgt. Randy Downey
Acting First Cpl. Herb Shemwell
Acting Second Cpl. Mark Gianelloni
Acting Musician Austin Keyes

And many thanks to the men of the the 3rd Missouri, the 4th Arkansas, the 3rd Kansas Artillery, the Verdigris Militia, and McLain’s Battery (federal), all of whom helped make the event successful again.

Amenities - as before, we camped near the trapper’s cabin, opposite the schoolhouse. There was plenty of firewood, apparently purchased for our use, clean porcelain was across the street, as was running water. And we had plenty of hay for the ground. No rations were issued, but five pounds of powder were issued to the 9th for our effort. Sad to say, Ninth friend Del Warren was down with the flu and so was unable to bring his sutlery to the event - damn, that would have been a big plus.

Mother Nature came and went over the weekend, including most conspicuously in sufficient quantity to turn the trenches into a mess, and of all the insults, right as we were breaking down on Sunday with rain and hail. But none got too wet, and we always have the buildings at Cowtown to dash into if necessary.

We were going to try our hand at “first person” on Saturday and I think we mostly thought about that rather than practiced it. But our intent was good, and that said, we did institute a system of passes issued by the First Sgt. for anyone needed to be out of camp. And we also laid out a basic guard mount on the edges of our camp. Reminder for future events - pickets, don’t give up your rifle to anyone other than an appropriate officer!

We also had a period scenario taken from Pvt. Sam Watkins’ Company Aytch, played to perfection by new man Bridger Keyes, and veteran Braxton Thomas - the Cowtown footrace. It seems that one of the two had challenged the other to a foot race, and our boys will bet on anything and so challenges were laid down and bets were taken. The race was to a civilian holding two pieces of paper, each racer to run down, grab one piece and then dash back to the finish line. The boys got off to a good start, but Mr. Bridger, it seems, wanted to seal the deal by taking both pieces of paper and Mr. Thomas had no choice but to try to drag him down on the way back. And the contest was won - at least in terms of crossing the line with part of him first - by Mr. Keyes, but Mr. Thomas lost that part only by inches. Overall, well done!

And we had plenty of drill. The men did very good, but that skirmish drill needs some work including on my part, but we will attempt to drill more on this important part of our repertoire in the future.

As indicated, the battles were four in number. The Saturday battle was a trial as we met in the middle, but got chewed up considerably by their artillery. On the afternoon battle, we fought over the same ground and finally took out their artillery and then pushed them off the field and captured Gen. Grant to boot. The Sunday am battle was “search and destroy,” take a hit and then get back into it. We captured their artillery first but then were caught unawares as the 8th came up upon us. The rest of the fight was fast and furious through the town. The Sunday pm battle was supposed to be a surprise on us with the federals marching around and then launching a attach. Most of our boys saw the ruse and so had cootered up but the fight ended up with most of us going down in the street.

Appreciative crowds watched the battles as in the past, but I think the prospect of rain kept some away. Certainly, we had less foot traffic in our camp than in year’s past.

Our annual company meeting was  held with great anticipation and a number of topics of interest to the rank and file were discussed. Among them was the 9th’s webpage. A committee was set up to study the matter. Mr. Visser reported on the prospect of cheaper powder, and we also set up a committee to investigate our options. Annual dues was also discussed including some concern that the rank and file are not getting value for their money. But no vote was taken to abolish those dues, and so they remain in effect.

Thanks, all, to those who participated and made this a successful event, and I offer my apologies for my lateness in getting this report up.

I am most respectfully,
Your obedient servant,

Brian Cox
Captain, 9th Texas

After Action Report:  Hulston Mills 2015

Sgt. Randy Downey, Ninth Texas, First Missouri Battalion

Dear Capt. Cox:

Attending Hulston Mills and representing the Ninth Texas were Sgt. Randy Downey and Privates Jamie Ralph and Nathan Edwards.   The site has an original relocated grist mill along with several cabins for an ambiance dating back to the nineteenth century.  The working museum/park is literally out in the country, on the back roads, and down in the holler.   It was reported that those who wished to use the modern method of checking in with the boss at home (or contacting their parole officer for all I know!), had to hike about a half mile uphill to find a signal strong enough to power a wireless telegraph.  As the park doubles as a camping spot, water points were plumbed conveniently throughout the area.  The downside to this was a pop-up camper at one edge of the confederate camp.  Unfortunately, parking was also quite visible to the camp, but with the well-drained and shaded campsite could be somewhat ignored by looking in another direction.  The firewood was stored under roof in a small shed and was dry and combustible even after the rains.  The area was well drained and I saw no problems with folks getting mired in the mud.

Due to our low numbers at the event, the Ninth was folded in with the Third Missouri.  This author acted as Second Sargent in the combined company for the weekend.  Captain Rollins was blessed (or cursed as the case may be) with three First Sargent’s in this assemblage and performed ably as a leader.   The cavalry was involved in some Order Eleven scenarios that we did not take part in.  The battles were very basic, due to the size of the area, but the commanders handled us well.  The organizers were determined that the skirmishes would take place rain or shine and definitely held to this philosophy.  The “Battle in the Rain” was quite an experience.  The smoke from the muskets and cannons held close to the ground and rather more muskets went off during the downpour than I expected!  Overall, I found it one of those experiences that will be pulled out and discussed around the campfire during future campaigns and in retrospect, quite enjoyed it.  The Boys in Blue actually managed to field more soldiers than the Confederates for this event.  There were ample target available.  “The Crows” were camped on the opposite side of the grounds from the Battalion and were in attendance on Friday evening and Saturday but when staff sent a runner over on Sunday for morning report, it was found that they all had beat a strategic retreat and not a one was to be found.  Also on Sunday, the battalion staff, to a man, doffed their insignia and braid, to pick up muskets and fight in the ranks.  Command was then assumed by Captain Keith of the Fourth Missouri.

The campfire discussion and roundtable was as enjoyable as ever and quite entertaining.  However, there was an example of mob violence to mar the fellowship of the camp.  While the good Major Schuster was foraging supplies in a nearby town (please be sure and ask the good Major the name of the establishment that they frequented!), a lynching occurred!  The Major’s chair was convicted of crimes against humanity and hung by a rope from a tall tree!  Some had advocated that the offending chair be burned, but it was felt that the rope was a more humane alternative.   Saturday evening a quite tasty meal was provided for those who wished to partake.  It was a chance to set down with old friends and catch up on happenings.  I was able to converse with some friends from the Eighth Kansas and the lovely Miss Donna S.  It may be noted that Captain Keith did not set his hat down while she was in the vicinity!  I was also able to talk to the talented Bob Serio of Missouri Boot and Shoe, who was in attendance and taking orders. The Ninth had a reenactor from California (a retired Navy man, originally from Missouri) who fell in and camped with us while home visiting family.  “Johnny Reb” had a fine impression and we hope that we see him again!  It may also be stated that at this event,  the battalion staff  had one of the ugliest washer women that this correspondent had ever seen!

All in all it was an enjoyable small event that I would be happy to attend in the future.


Your Obedient Servant,

Sgt. Randy Downey





Camdenton MO May 29-31, 2015 - After Action Report

Neither rain nor mud nor angry federals could dampen the fighting spirit of the 9th Texas and the 1st Missouri Battalion at Camdenton MO, May 29-31, 2015, reenacting the Battle of Monday’s Hollow (for an account of which, see Read on, faithful reader.

The event site is about 2 1/2 hours southeast out of KS as a point of reference, near the Osage Beach/Bagnell Dam area. We knew that the trip would bring winding roads once we left the main highway, and a certainty of rainfall. My little van team arrived first for the unit, at the location of the Missouri Trapshooters Association. The site was not too hard to find and the organizers had signs up directing. We were rained on along the way and it poured continuously on us as we attempted to set up camp. Soldiers of other units had arrived earlier, set up and so sat out the rains in relative dryness. Thanks to the three, including Captain Keith of the 4th, who helped us in the driving rain. We were able to get the fly up but that was about all and so spent a  very poor, damp night in the truck. At one point, the wind picked up something fierce and blew the rain in horizontally. The fly held and proved ample shelter on the weekend for the additional rains on Saturday. But the ground was moist and muddy through the weekend, and there was standing water to traverse in many spots on and off the field, even on the cement sidewalks. Temperatures were a little cool on Saturday night and inexplicably as well on Sunday morning.

Ninth Texas men present for the campaign:

Pvt. Bridger Keyes
Pvt. Austin Keyes
Pvt. Wyatt Keyes
Pvt. Mike Keyes
Pvt. Troy Stickelman
Pvt. Scott Simmons
Captain Brian Cox
Acting First Sgt Bob Albert

By the end of the event, the 9th was down to three stalwarts.

Present for Battalion staff:

Col. Brad Amend
Major Chris Shuster
Acting Major Chris Visser (on leave from the 9th)
Sgt. Major Gary Sutton
Color Sgt. Shawn Bell
Color Cpl. Dave Jepsen

Units in attendance for the Battalion in addition to the 9th Texas:

1st Missouri
2nd Missouri
3rd Missouri
3rd Missouri Dismounted
4th Arkansas
4th Missouri
5th Missouri
16th Missouri
Elliott’s Scouts

I saw Captain Broski of the 10th Missouri helping with the Reb artillery.

Many thanks to the Keyes family - father Mike, and sons Bridger, Austin, and Wyatt - to Scott Simmons, and to Cpl. Albert and Pvt. Stickelman for making the event with a long trip in and in the face of certain rain.

The 16th Missouri under Capt. Todd Conner fell in with us, and we had our company for the weekend. We had some company drill Saturday morning and we will continue to work on a couple of sticking points - skirmish drill and fixing bayonets.

Saturday’s battles were two in number with one followed on the heels, 30 minutes later, of the other. We were man-handled by the Yanks in the first but then reversed the matter on the second and were pushing them when the whole 9th went down in a canister blast.

Sunday’s battle was a generic stand-up fight and we were doing good work against the Yanks when they chose to surrender and there it ended. Kudos to the 3rd Missouri for donning the Blue suit for the contest.

The ground was a little unusual - faithful reader, recall the owner of the grounds - covered with broken clays and plastic cartridges.

I also extend kudos to Brevet Major Visser for competently handling the left wing and taking a major league hit on Sunday.

Kudos as well to the event organizers for keeping porta-johns clean and supplied. We had an issue of free ice Saturday night, water was not far off, and there was plenty of firewood until Sunday morning.

Bits and pieces - there was a dance Saturday night, and a night artillery fire demonstration. There was a whole row of sutlers including 9th friend Del Warren of James Country and a whole row of food venders for the hungry or thirsty soldier. The Outback, I believe, catered the Saturday night meal and there was an officer's soirée (cigars and wine) at 5 (I’ve got to say again - it is the rank and file who make the event, and something should be done for them, e.g., a beer garden).

The men of the 9th tried singing The Yellow Rose of Texas in camp on Saturday night. We need a little work but it was a good effort. I note that Mr. Stickelman and Mr. (Wyatt) Keyes both pulled out their harmonicas and played quite well. Music has been absent from the 9th camp for too long.

The “homie” was awarded by me in default of any other viable candidate for a minor medical emergency for Pvt. Stickelman which necessitated a trip to the local first aid station - a little too much paper in the ear to guard against the noise. Kudos to the aid station staff person who had the paper out before I even know that he was going in.

We were on our way home at 2:40 pm, well satisfied for a well-run event.

I am, your most obedient servant,

Brian Cox
9th Texas
1st Missouri Battalion



humboldt  2015  "Burning down the town"

 June 5-6, 2015 - After Action Report 

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 attendance:

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 other.

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 pretty well.

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 our hands.

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.

Brian Cox
9th Texas



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 grounds Sunday.”

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,
Brian Cox
Captain, 9th Texas

Prairie Grove ARK, Dec. 5-7, 2014 - After Action Report:

Prologue -

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.
Read on, faithful reader....

Who was there - the Battles - Drill - Camp life - Homie - Epilogue -

Ninth Texas Regiment of Infantry

2014/1864 retrospective

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.

The 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

1st Missouri Battalion with Ninth Texas  advances on the field-

 (Photo courtesy of  Dan Esarey

Battle of Prairie Grove

Dec 5-7


Pilot Knob 2014

After Action Report:  Pilot Knot - September 26-28, 2014
Captain Brian Cox

9th Texas at Pilot Knob 2014







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 cause.

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 morning hours.

Who was there -

The 9th had an excellent turnout for the distance, as follows:

Privates Kevin Belt
Carl Bishop
Alex Easton (saw the elephant)
Nathan Edwards
Atticus Gianelloni
Tony Mattia
Jamie Ralph
Joshua Ralph
Justin Ralph
Tanner Ramsey (4th event for the year)
Scott Simmons (saw the elephant)
Aaron Staab
Troy Stickelman (4th event for the year)

Captain Brian Cox
Acting First Sgt. Bob Albert
Acting First Cpl. Herb Shemwell
ActingSecond Cpl. Mark Gianelloni

I 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 -

Col. Brad Amend
Brevet Major/adjutant Chris Shuster
Brevet Major Ron Ulrich
Sgt. Major Gary Sutton
Color Sgt. Shawn Bell
Color guard 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.

Other companies in the Battalion in attendance:

2d Missouri
3d Missouri Dismounted
3rd Missouri
4th Missouri
5th Missouri
9th Missouri Sharpshooters
10th Missouri Company E

The amenities, weather -

There 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.

No 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.

Bitches -

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.

That said, 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 extra privilege.

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 having withdrawn.

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. 

During 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!

Kudos to 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.

And Lt. 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 Braveheart).

Everything else -

As 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 matter.2012 Pilot Knob explosion of Fort explodes

             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.

We had 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.

Epilogue -

The season is now more than half over with still some hard fighting to be done in distant venues in Tennessee and Arkansas.

The Battalion planning meeting will be held November 1 in KCMO. And the second edition of the company newsletter will be out soon.

I am, most respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Brian Cox
9th Texas, etc.


after action Report Kingston MO

“A Country, a Country, Divided”

Caldwell County’s Civil War Days Reenactment and Living History Festival

Kingston MO, June 6-8, 2014

Generally -

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 year.

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 weekend.

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 extent.

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 indicating:

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 Confederates?

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 down.

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 federal infantry.

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 will do).

Epilogue -

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 ahead.

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!

Brian Cox
Captain, 9th Texas, etc.


After Action Report - First Missouri Battalion Spring Muster, Shoal Creek Living History Museum, KCMO, May 16-18, 2014

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?

Those who attended:

I count the 9th’s attendance good vis-a-vis the other units in attendance:

Brad Anspach
Nathan Edwards
Steve Harris (from the 10th Missouri)
Robert Johnston (veteran from 37th N.C.)
Sam Lowry (new man Cowtown 2014)
Tanner Ramsey (new man Cowtown 2014)
Aaron Staab
Troy Stickelman (son of David Stickelman, and new man Cowtown 2014)
Chris Visser
Jim White (new man)
Captain Brian Cox
First Sgt. Randy Downey
Brevet First Sgt./Cpl. Jamie Ralph

Ninth at 2014 Shoal Creek

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?”

Privates Stickelman (Troy), Ramsey, and Lowry - all of whom “saw the elephant” at Cowtown 2014 - have proven to be good soldiers and valuable additions to the 9th.

We spied Mr. McMillan in civies watching Battalion drill.

Battalion staff in attendance:

Col. Brad Amend
Lt. Col. Mike “Mississippi” Williams
Major Dave Burnos
Adjutant Chris Shuster
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 Ritter
Fourth Missouri under Captain Daniel Keith and Brevet Captain John Ezell


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.

Sutler James Country and 9th friend, Del Warren, attended.


In 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 camps.

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 excellent presentation.

“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.

The weather:

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.

That 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 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.

Special recognition:

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.

In commemoration:

The 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.

Battalion news:

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!

Final note:

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 Kingston!

I remain most humbly, your obedient servant,

Brian Cox
9th Texas


New update in Captain's Corner

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Cowtown Civil War Day(s), April 25-27, 2014 - the War of the Rebellion comes to Kansas:

boo9th Texas Civil War reenacting

The 9th Texas continues its proud tradition of partnering with the City of Wichita and Cowtown to bring 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.

Present for duty:

Brad Anspach
Shawn Bell (First Missouri Battalion Color Sgt.)
Kevin Belt
Justin Hill (second event)
Robert Johnson (first event with the 9th)
Matthew Lafferty
Tom Leahy
Sam Lowrey (saw the elephant here)
Jamie Ralph
Tanner Ramsey (saw the elephant)
Chace Rieble (saw the elephant)
Aaron Staab
David Stickelman
Troy Stickelman (saw the elephant)
Braxton Thomas
Chris Visser
Brian Cox
Randy Downey
Bob Albert
Herb Shemwell

Family and other commitments kept some soldiers away from the campaign.

Participating units:

The 9th Texas was privileged to serve with the following units at Cowtown 2014:

8th Kansas under Captain Jon Goering
Verdigris Militia under Captain Greg Traxson
4th Arkansas under Captain Jim Arbaugh
McLain’s Battery under Captain Don Seba
Robinson’s Light Artillery under Captain Jim Robinson

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.

9th Texas takes aim

The battles:

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 battle.

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:

Cowtown 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.

New men:

In a new turn for the 9th, five (5) new men joined the ranks of the unit for Cowtown:

Robert Johnston (veteran from the 37th North Carolina)
Sam Lowrey
Chace Reeble (veteran fur trader)
Tanner Ramsey
Troy Stickelman

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 your hands.

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 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.

My only complaints:

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 joining up.

On to the Spring Muster (Hodge Park, KCMO, May 16-18, 2014)!

I remain,


Brian Cox
9th Texas, etc.


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., 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

The 9th 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!

Men, here is the official word from Col. Amend on registration for Franklin in November:

They are wanting registration done by company, paid for by company. Neither done on an individual basis. This is a radical departure from how we normally have registered. But as I specifically asked this question, this is the reply I received. So all companies planning on attending need to be ready.


What this means is that anyone wanting to go must forward a $10 check to me immediately. I will then issue a check to the event organizers for the whole company (of those who have paid) along with our unit registration. We do not have a drop dead day yet nor the date on which the registration window opens, but I don't believe that is far off.

You all have my mailing address, but if not email me and I will get that to you. Make your checks payable to me.

I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but this odd manner of registration is not at the instance of either the 9th or the Battalion.


Brian Cox
Captain, 9th Texas, etc.


                             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 9th.

Brian Cox
Captain, 9th Texas, etc.


Battalion Dispatch #3, 2014

To all Battalion Company Commanders and Battalion Staff,

The season is a ways off yet, but there are some things we need to be thinking about.

1. We will be registering for Franklin soon. To that end I need each company commander to submit to the battalion adjutant the numbers you are expecting to bring to Franklin by Friday, February 21st. These must include any civilians that are planning to attend. Once I receive final instructions for registering, I will forward them to you. It is imperative that you be prepared to register as soon as you get the word. Since this event is limiting numbers, we want everyone to go that wants to go. If you take too long in registering, there is the real possibility that you will miss out. There is also a $10 per person fee for this event.

2. There is currently research being done on general guides and camp markers. General Guides are something we have not employed for quite some time. We are currently researching size, color and design in an effort to be as correct as possible. Camp markers are smaller sized flags used to mark the boundaries of a regiment or brigade. We are trying to see if they were used on a company level. And if we can verify this, we will authorize each company to have one in an effort to help troops find their company streets when first arriving at an event. We will post more on this as our research continues. Anyone having any information is encouraged to submit what they know.

3. Our spring muster is still several months away, but we need to be giving some thought to it as well. Civilians are welcome to attend the muster. While the battalion will not be offering any civilian activities, there is nothing to say they cannot organize something for themselves. We are also checking into the possibility of getting permission to house them in some of the buildings on site. So if you have civilians who may want to attend, please contact Maj. Shuster and make him aware of how many you may be bringing. Again, we don’t have permission yet, but are working on it.

4. We will be having a very ambitious schedule for our muster weekend. We will be very busy with blocks of time for company and battalion level drill. This schedule will be posted when it has been finalized. Additionally we will be having some classes and seminars Saturday evening after supper, so I would encourage everyone to forgo the temptations the city offers and stay in camp Saturday evening. We will be listing a number of different topics from cartridge rolling and packaging, sewing, first person, period correct foods, dressing the part, displays and free handouts. Classes/seminars will be listed so the troops can get signed up ahead of the event. If any class/seminar receives less than three sign-ups it will be dropped. So if there is a specialty that you would like to see addressed, or have something you would be willing to lecture on, please contact me. Please bring all new recruits that you have whether or not they are completely outfitted. This is a learning weekend, and it is more important to have them there, than to have them completely fitted out.

I hope everyone is doing okay in winter quarters and are ready to get back into the field. I look forward to seeing you all on the parade ground soon.

Submitted, February 17, 2014
C.M. Shuster, Major
1st Missouri Battalion

B.W. Amend, Colonel
1st Missouri Battalion






Thoughts on the position of Colonel, his duties,  advice for men and officers, the recent election, and etc.

Colonel Brad Amend,
First Missouri Battalion*

(as interviewed by Brian Cox)

Brad Amend, Colonel of the First Missouri Battalion has done it all. 2014 will mark his 30th year in the hobby with his home unit being the 9th Texas, the latter stationed primarily in Kansas and Nebraska. Brad hails from El Dorado Kansas and is presently employed as a school teacher. He started his reenacting career at the rank of private, and has held in order:  corporal, 5th sergeant, 1st Sergeant, 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lt. Colonel and his present rank of Colonel. And there have also been several brevets to General once Brad held staff officer rank.

Brad was initially appointed colonel in 2006 when then-Colonel Moody unexpectedly resigned. 2014 will mark Brad’s eighth year in as colonel, and with the election held in 2013, that will extend to 2016, with another election to be held in that year for the next term to begin in 2017.

From private all the way up to general, all soldiers on and off the field have their roles, and Brad’s role as colonel is no different although it may have its own set of special duties. The duty of the colonel on the field is to command the battalion. This entails knowing battalion maneuvers, and being able to think in the manner of the day, and tuning out modern thought processes. A commander must always set a good example for the troops if he is to expect the same from them. It is best to stay calm and collected, even when scenarios are “busted,” or other unanticipated things crop up. It is his job to give the troops the best battle experience he can, because that is a big part of what we all reenact for. And Brad cautions:  always be on the lookout for a flank to turn!

And off the battlefield at an event, the colonel must always set the best example he can both in deportment, dress, and equipment. He must be prepared to go to the higher-ups for his troops if they are short on firewood, water, or any of a number of things that sometimes aren’t up to the level that they need to be.

Outside of the event itself, the Colonel’s job is to coordinate getting the companies to the events with the biggest numbers possible. He also passes on information he receives either from Brigade or Division. The Colonel also chairs the annual Battalion planning meeting held in November of each year. And he also acts as liaison with other units, including the federals, to try to get us all together as much as possible.

Whenever a dispute arises between companies or individuals, it is the Colonel’s role to be the calm voice of reason, and try to get things worked out to the benefit of all. And Brad suggests that it sets a good example to “tote a musket” at non-battalion events as often as he can.

The best advice Brad can give anyone in a leadership position, especially when dealing with volunteers (and all reenactors are), is to lead by example, and to never ask the rank and file to do anything you are not willing to do yourself. The Colonel should always be available to the men, whether at the event or at home. If it is important enough to someone to bring it up to Brad, then Brad feels is should be every bit as important to him. Brad feels that he should always try to find the middle ground in disputes, but realizes that you may not be able to make everyone happy, and so, good advice is to simply do your best. And you should never do anything that will be embarrassing to the men.

Brad also has some advice for new men. The new man should take his first year as an opportunity to observe every little thing at events. This is the best way to learn, and the new man should never be shy about asking a question. The only dumb question is the one not asked. And it is very important to always listen to the veterans in your home unit, including always getting their opinion before buying something. There is nothing more aggravating than buying something neat at the sutlers, and then finding out that though it may be period correct, it isn’t correct for your unit’s impression. Any “old vet” can tell stories of some of the things they have bought but never ended up having a use for. And the new man should never be in a hurry for rank. Take your time, and remember the most fun you will ever have at an event is at the rank of private. You only have yourself to look out for, and are never responsible for leading a water detail, forming the company, or commanding in the field. The new man should also read everything he can find on the Civil War. And above all, study your drill manual. Carpool as much as you can. And learn to roll and package your own ammunition as that adds so much to your impression.

Brad also has some advice for veterans. Don’t ever believe that you know it all. The advances in uniforms, equipment, and drill in just the last 10-15 years tell us that you can never stop learning. If you start having that burnt out feeling, try something new. Whether it is a new uniform, new socks, or a new hat, keep things fresh. Again, carpool as much as you can. Learn to roll and package your ammunition if you do not already, as it adds so much to your impression.

Brad also has some advice for company captains:  Always set a good example, and never ask your men to do anything you are unwilling to do yourself. A good captain should constantly study the drill manuals both company, battalion, and brigade.  A good captain should always carry a loaded revolver (unless you are doing a particular impression). If the men have to “dirty” their weapons, you should show them that you are not above that. A good captain will drill his troops, and get them to the point where they are well-versed in company drill and battalion evolutions. A good captain will keep  up good communications. A good captain will always strive to get the largest number of men to the events. He should build on showing military courtesy in the company, and it will spill over everywhere. And a final note - a good captain should learn the different “carries” for the sword.

As to drill, clearly drill is important. Everyone should have manuals for study and review, at the very least, right before an event. One should drill at home, drill at events. It is important for the captains to remember to not use the men as a training tool for themselves. Rather, the captain should have the maneuvers to be drilled down pat before stepping out on the drill field. If you don’t know or are not sure, ask!

As to the roles of Battalion staff, they are supplemental to the Colonel in running the battalion. At events, they serve as wing commanders, and the adjutant is invaluable in working with the Sgt. Major in keeping paperwork flowing in the right direction (e.g., morning reports, weapons inspection reports). When the Colonel is unable to make an event, they each step up a rank and keep the battalion operating. Battalion staff is very important on the drill field in helping to spot any problems that crop up, and to offer advice or instructions for the men in their wings during drill. Outside of events, staff should help keep communications up and running within the battalion.

As to the recent election (November 2013, for colonel), Brad is glad that it is over so that the Battalion can now get back to reenacting. Brad says that he is humbled to be elected, and will continue to do all that he can to live up to the trust placed in him.

(*Ed. note - the First Missouri Battalion is a closely-knit organization of eleven (11) companies, each commanded by a captain (1st Mo.; 2nd Mo.; 3rd Mo.; 3d Mo. Dismounted; 4th Ark.; 4th Mo.; 5th Mo.; 9th Mo. Sharpshooters; 9th Texas; 10th Mo.; and 16th Mo. The Battalion itself is part of the Transmississippi Brigade.

The Battalion staff at present includes Lt. Col. Mike Williams, Major Dave Burnos, Adjutant Sam Looney, Major Chris Schuster, Color Sgt. Shawn Bell, and Sgt. Major Gary Sutton.)



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 participating.

I again remind all that recruiting new men into the ranks is an on-going effort and the responsibility of every soldier.

Brian Cox
Captain, 9th Texas



First Missouri Battalion 2014 Spring Muster has been set.
Men, please see the following from Col. Amend and Major Shuster:

Official 2014 1st. MO Battalion Spring Muster will be held on May 16-18, 2014 at Shoal Creek Living History Grounds located in Kansas City, MO. Battalion staff has confirmed date and booked location with Shoal Creek site staff. Site will provide running water and access to bathrooms on site. Firewood and straw will NOT be provided so the battalion and individual companies will be responsible for providing what is need for the men. Shoal Creek site staff will provide after hours gates keys and access to site during after hours for those who need during set up and take down times Fri. evening and Sun. day. No vehicles will be allowed on site grounds during hours of public operation (pending emerging). More information on event will become available as we draw closer to date.

Submitted, January 13, 2014
C.M. Shuster, Major
1st Missouri Battalion

B.W. Amend, Colonel
1st Missouri Battalion




                   9th Texas 2013/1863
                 Year End Retrospective

The 9th Texas commenced the third year of the sequiscentennial (150th) anniversary of the War Between the States - that is, campaign 2013 - with our traditional season kick-off and regimental meeting at Cowtown (Wichita KS) in April where four battles over two days (a first) were had. We had a season high twenty-two (22) men for the event.

Read on........