I want to begin by thanking everyone who attended this years event. We had a great turn out. The Independent Guard was well represented. We had the following companies attend; 44th TN, 1st TN, 5th VA, 5th Ky, 19th VA, 50th VA, and the 10th TN. I also want to thank the 13th Virginia for coming and participating with us. Your always welcome to fall in with the IGB.
The Friday School days program kept everyone busy. Orville said there were approximately 1850 students who attended. Saturdays battles were White Plank Road and Five Forks The morning battle, White Plank Road, had our pickets and artillery attacked by Union forces. The artillery couldn’t fire the cannons so they used sidearms to slow down the Union advance. In doing so, it gave our forces time to form up and move into the battle. We stopped the Union advance and pushed them back up the hillside and into the woods. Saturday afternoons battle was Five Forks. This conflict proved to be very hot and heavy. Our firepower was relentless. After a long struggle, we were eventually surrounded and pushed back into our artillery. Sunday’s battle was Appomattox Station. It was Lee’s final push to break out of the Union siege. I sent us into battle with the Wings attacking from two different points. On occasion, I thought we would be successful. The 5th Kentucky had captured one of the Union Companies and the 44th Tennessee had advance on the Union flank. However, the Union rallied and once again surrounded us and pushed us back. We formed a line of defense and awaited the attack from Union Troops. It was rumored that Generals Lee and Grant were having a meeting at the McLean House in Appomattox. Shortly afterward, General Lee came to us to announce the war was over. He had surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia. After hearing the news, I had our battle colors passed through the ranks so all the men could see and touch the Battle Flag one more time before it was furrowed. it was an emotional moment for all.
The elections this year were for the Adjutant, Sgt. Major, and Ordinance Sgt. Individuals running for these positions were as follows; Adjutant – John Porter Sgt. Major – Dave Julian Ordinance Sgt. – Willy Schnorr The election was conducted after the Sunday morning parade. Those companies eligible to vote by meeting the requirements were, 1st TN, 44th TN, 5th Ky, and the 5th VA.
Since all candidates were unopposed, a motion was made to accept the nominations as made and to elect those individuals. My congratulations to all and I am looking forward to working with you next year. Orville Uggins “Event Coordinator”
This is Orville’s last year as Event Coordinator. Col. Jesse Poe, “Army of the Wabash” and myself wanted to do something special for Orville. Jesse and I plus some of the ladies with the 44th TN went through the camps, taking up a collection to purchase a nice gift for Orville. I want to give Andy Fulks of Fall Creek Suttlery a special thanks for the generous contribution he made. While both armies were formed after Sunday’s battle, we had Orville come to the center of both battalions. Col. Poe, myself, and our staffs presented Orville with the following: Revolver, Holster, Saber, Confederate General Staff collar emblems, Confederate flag, a Union flag and some cash. Also, just in case he started missing us, we included a bag of Civil War toy soldiers complete with rail fencing. Orville has been putting on this event for the past 26 years. It gave everyone great satisfaction to give him these gifts. “THANKS TO ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED!”
Before closing the book on Hartford City 2015, I want to thank all the gentlemen who participated in the saber arch for Ralph and Teresa Downs’s Wedding ceremony.
Also to see the battles on YouTube, go to : The Island Muncie.
Perryville, Oct 7 – 9, 2016
Registration for this event is $12.00 per individual until December 31, 2015. After this date, the fee increases to $20.00 per individual. The registration forms can be found under the Perryville re-enactors website. The events will be as follows:
Friday, October 7, 2016 – All day tactical
Saturday, October 8, 2016 – The Cornfield
Sunday, October 9, 2016 – The bottom House
For more information, you can call Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site at 859-332-8631.
Winter Meeting 2016.
Over the winter, I’d like for each company to think about what events they would want to do next year. Manassas, “National Event”, and Perryville will be the two largest events.
I want to discuss having a battalion drill before the season begins. There isn’t ample time to have a good drill at local events.
With two major events coming up next year, I believe we need it. What I have in mind is picking a central location. Then have companies drill in the morning. Then drill by battalion in the afternoon. Id’ like to do this in late March or early April.
Conner Prairie/Hartford City
Capt. Rob Van 49th Indiana and I were informed this past weekend that Conner Prairie was cancelled for 2016. After considerable work, we were able to move the Hartford City event to that date. So Hartford City will be May 13th, 14th, and 15th in 2016. For more details check out the previous posts.
I also found out this weekend, Sgt. Jim Kletzli and Sgt. Jeff Carte of the 1st TN are both having serious health issues. Jim on returning home from Hartford City was experiencing heart pains. He his undergoing tests to determine the cause. Jeff is having neck surgery. I wish them both well in their recovery. Let’s keep them in our thoughts and prayers.
To all, it has been an honor and privilege to lead you. Have a safe winter.
Your Obedient Servant
Col. Danny Linkous
Independent Guard Battalion