October 26-27, 2013
It was a long year of reenacting, with Monroe making number 18 for 2013 for me. I arrived Friday evening, but no one else from the 1st Tennessee was going to be there that night. The weather was also going to get cold.
Jim Kletzli was going to come in the morning, so I decided to camp in the comforts of home and ride in with Jim in the morning. Normally I might have stayed, but for as many events as I attended, I felt it better to avoid miserable nights for my last event of the year.
So, we arrived Saturday morning, falling in with the 9th KY.
The event was pretty quiet. The cold and winds kept the crowds away all day Saturday, so when we went up against the Yankees, chasing the 7th KS into the woods, it was pretty much for ourselves. The cold was such that this was probably the only event, except possibly for Hurricane in March, that required wearing the greatcoat all day, including during the battle.
Sunday went just as quick, though the weather was better. Spectators showed up and wandered the camps. We formed up for the battle, advancing onto the field. We blasted a few company volleys, when suddenly we realized the 7th KS had taken position behind us. Basically, we were in a crossfire.
It didn't end well. It was pretty clear--the Confederates lost.
But, getting caught like that was a good way to wind the year down.