Hartford City: After Action Report

Upon the conclusion of the event of my first time as overall Confederate commander and holding for the first time the highest office I have ever held, I wish to open my remarks by expressing how proud I am to be in service to the Independent Guard Battalion.  Men of the battalion: you proved yourselves as soldiers of excellence.

Although not without its moments of frustration, this past weekend at Hartford City is among my top best experiences, and I hope all of you also had an excellent and memorable experience.  You made that possible, and I look forward in anticipation to the encounters we face in the future.  Thank you for your efforts.

Since we are a battalion, I want to make use of battalion maneuvers as much as practicable.  I was very pleasantly gratified with how well you executed maneuvers at drill, which gave me the confidence to use these maneuvers in battle.  There were even a few times we executed maneuvers we hadn’t drilled, and yet you delivered those maneuvers with the skill of veteran soldiers.  I will continue to expand our abilities of what we will use in battle, and I hope you gain the same pride in the Independent Guard that I have.

Our next event is Spring Mill in Indiana June 10 and 11, and I wish to remind everyone that the park will hold very strongly to the restriction of not allowing any vehicles to our campground prior to 5 pm.  You may come and set up camp Thursday evening, however.  Due to the size of the area and the reduced time frame for set up, I ask that if you normally bring trailers you consider reducing your gear for this weekend to reduce congestion during setup and tear down.  The 44th TN will be in possession of a gator for some limited assistance in transporting gear from the parking lot, but please do not abuse this privilege.

Your Humble Servant,
Russ Judge
Lt Col, commanding
Independent Guard Battalion

 

After-Action Report by Capt J.R. Sharp

From the Command Tent

As we approach the first event of the season, I am looking forward to a good year for the battalion.

At Hartford City, we are going to try a few new things.  Sgt Major Tim Coomer has been contacting each of your commanders about getting volunteers for picket duty.  The Yankees have already planned to post pickets, so it seems prudent to post some of our own.  The idea of this is to add a level of immersion and not a level of conflict.  I am working with the Federal commander to establish a certain “rules of engagement” to prevent any kind of conflict such as what occurred in the past at other events.  We will have a procedure in place should a Confederate soldier wish to visit his comrades in Federal camp, or vice-versa.  And I may just send a company out to harass the Federal pickets, as well.

The schedule for pickets are tentatively from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and 9 am to 2 pm on Sunday.  This will be adjusted based on the number of volunteers we receive.  Anyone on picket duty is excused from parade and drill.  Due to the schedule constraints of the battalion, we will more likely have a schedule that works around the battles, namely starting 11 a.m. (after the morning battle) and concluding at 3:30 pm (before the evening battle) on Saturday.  I will likely have pickets retired on Sunday at 1:30 pm to allow them time to be ready for the afternoon battle.

The Federals have also invited us to participate Sunday in a friendly tug-of-war game before pay call.  If there is sufficient interest, we will send a team.  Any one interested, please see Sgt Major Tim Coomer once at Hartford City to volunteer.

May your time at Hartford City be good and memorable.

Your Humble Servant,

Russ Judge
Lt Col, commanding
Independent Guard Battalion