150th Commemoration, Battle of Buffington Island
July 20-21, 2013
|Our camp, with us preparing to drill. Courtesy Martin Unrue.|
Buffington Island is Ohio’s only Civil War battlefield, and this was to be the 150th commemoration. Unfortunately, there seemed a lack of interest among reenactors. There were two small groups of Federals, one of the units was members of the 76th OVI. The total Federals matched our numbers of about 12.
It seemed sad to me, as I had heard of spectacular event some years back for Buffington Island, and for the fact that this was the 150th commemoration of the only battle in Ohio. But I looked forward to the time with my friends.
|Awakened by Reveille. Photo courtesy Martin Unrue|
That evening, Capt Sharp took us through some safety issues and training to fix some of the issues encountered at Gettysburg.
Sunday wasn’t much better for rain—most of the morning brought a soaking experience. But we did get a good breakfast from the coordinators. Once the rain finally cleared, we went through the manual of arms. A small crowd gathered, so we switch to a bit of drill, segueing to skirmish drill, firing as we advanced. At one point, we neared the sutlers’ tents, and one of the sutlers popped a few rounds at us through the tent flaps.
It was a slow weekend, but we enjoyed each other’s company.
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