2013 Year in Review

As I look back on the year, our company has had its ups and downs. The year started with a great start at the Battle of Round Mountain in Yale, OK. I wasn’t able to attend, but I heard from many in the company it was a great event. I’ve included some pictures courtesy of Ford Fitch.

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A few of us went to Pleasant Hill, LA to check out the re-enactment for the first time. We meet Company E Friday night and helped everyone setup camp. Saturday we participated in some drill, of course, a parade and one battle. Sunday the artillery really came out to play. We had horse drawn artillery with pyrotechnic charges around the battle field. We had several pushes and retreats with Confederates actually retreating at appropriate times. Almost all of the re-enactors were Confederates; they were really nice and pleasant to our company. We enjoyed real Southern hospitality!

For the most of the Spring and the Summer we were saving up for our big trip to Gettysburg. The company didn’t help with saving any money though. Brett and Jim contributed above and beyond to rent us a 15 passenger van and we hauled the company gear in the Trent’s trailer. On the way there, we stopped at Fort Negley and saw the wonderful visitor’s center and then climbed to the top of the fort. We met up with Company E on Wednesday at registration and toured the Gettysburg National Park. Some rode and some walked to Little Round Top. There we saw and all took a picture next to the 20th Maine monument, who we were going to portray later.

2013 Gettysburg - Company A around the van

Company A traveling to Gettysburg to participate in the 150th anniversary.

2013 Gettysburg - Company at 20th Maine Monument

Company E and A in front of 20th Maine monument.

Above is a video produced by Sergeant Mario Mora featuring our company at Gettysburg.

For the re-enactment, we participated in many battles with our brothers in Company E and the Muddy River Brigade. We had a lot of fun with some work in between like clearing our campsite of rocks resulting in a huge pile. We got to make many new friends and re-connect with our old friends. On the way home, we got a flat on the trailer tire in the middle of nowhere Tennessee. The trailer’s fender was rubbing against the tire which had gone unnoticed. Luckily we were able to find a tire shop and they welded the fender and Jim bought a new tire for the trailer. Here are some pictures from Cedric Whittaker, Chris LeBlanc and Kat Bennett taken at Gettysburg.

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The final re-enactment of our season was Honey Springs in Checotah, OK. We arrived in camp Friday night and was setting up in the dark again. Luckily I had established a fire pit before the sun went down so we just had to gather firewood and kindling to start the fire. Saturday morning we setup the officer’s wall tent and then did some drill. The battle went well with the company fighting in the woods trying to flank the Confederates. After the battle we got some root beer and settled in for the night. Sunday morning we had some new recruits and got them outfitted and trained. Then we broke down camp and dressed in our Native American impression. The Sunday battle was pretty similar but we deployed as skirmishers and scouted the Confederate position then retreated. We then acted as a reserve company for the main push of Federals. Here are some pictures taken at Honey Springs.

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Sincerely,
Eric Baudais
1st Sgt., Terr. BN, 2nd CO, Co. A