Ohio State Reformatory
August 27, 2016
With a significant number of promises from the men of meeting Capt Sharp at the Ohio Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, we planned to spend a good portion of the day in drill, fine-tuning our skills for the next couple of events.
But much of that number went AWOL, leaving us with little more than a squad, so any idea of drill was quickly forgotten.
Pvt Steve Winston pitched his tent and started the fire. Sgt Jeff Carte set up a tent and the fly. But as this was a one-day event, most arrived Saturday morning in time for roll-call.
Instead, we spent much of the day in discussion. Capt Sharp spent some time with us working out ideas for first-person impressions. We did have a short drill, but a second drill, planned as consolidated with the Yankee contingent, was canceled when Capt Sharp was called away to assist in convincing a very ailing Doc Gill to report to Q Company.
When night fell, after visiting several scenes of era civilians headed by Elizabeth Topping, a tour of the public came out to meet with us. Capt Sharp gave a talk discussing our life as soldiers while a couple of men stood picket a ways off, and the rest of us just hung around looking busy. Eventually a small Yankee contingent attacked. We pushed them off, and the night concluded.