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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Something new?! What?

Well I haven’t been very active posting stuff on my blog as you have seen. I have been busy with other things and have been a slacker. The good thing is that I have been walking around Civil War battlefields, reading a slew of Civil War books, painting miniatures, playing games and writing some articles for Wargames Illustrated.

I have a ton of photos from my travels to post and I’ll do that soon. Some pics I’ll add a comment but probably not all. If you see something that looks unfamiliar send me a comment if you’d like to know what it was.

 I usually spend one week a year travelling around and doing a lot of walking the fields. Sometimes it is with friends and sometimes by myself. On one of my solo trips I actually wanted to test the theory that Gettysburg might be haunted. I was thinking, if you wanted to speak to the dead or meet a ghost you’d need bait. If you are going fishing you can’t catch fish without a worm. So I came up with what I thought was a good idea! I went into a quiet spot along Stony Hill on a Tuesday when there should be no excess amount of visitors in April. Perfect spot for an encounter I thought. I didn’t want to spook a ghost. (pun intended)  I brought with me what every Civil War soldier’s ghost might be drawn towards: coffee in a tin cup, hardtack cooked in bacon grease, cooked bacon and a speaker playing Civil War fife and drum music on my Ipod. So I found a nice small rock to sit on and waited silently for over two hours. Perfect, right?!

Well… it was less than successful. I sat there all alone and only saw a black snake (and he was huge!), a National Park Police car patrolling the park, two guys in a car touring (and looking at me strangely), a few birds, a few squirrels and a chipmunk. After what I thought was enough time if there was going to be some sort of encounter I got off my little rock ‘chair’, stretched my back and legs, dejectedly gathered my belongs and sadly walked back to my car parked near the Wheatfield. I ate the hardtack, bacon, swallowed the coffee (after fishing the bugs out of it) and called an end to my experiment. I guess I didn’t have the right bait. Damn.

As for miniatures I must make an effort to take more photos of my collection especially during games. I usually take a few pics early in the game or just after the set up but then I get into the flow of the battle but forget all about the camera. I hate that but it is what it is.

So… what are you up to?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

What happens to the money that the Civil War Trust receives?

Watch this video. It show some of the ways your money generously donated can make a big difference.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Battle of the Wilderness 150th Anniversary

On May 5-6th 1864 the battle of the Wilderness was fought.It was the beginning of Gen. U.S. Grant's Overland's Campaign. It was also the beginning of the end for Gen. Robert E. Lee's army of Northern Virginia.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Civil War in 4 - Religion

A pic from a recent game

Another good video to watch

Part of an artillery exhibit showing limber and Napoleon

Sighting a Napoleon on the Antietam battlefield

30 lbs. Parrott rifle showing the siege carriage 

Close up showing elevating screw

Monday, February 17, 2014

Civil War in 4 - Soldier's Life

Here's another new video. Very nicely done. Check out all of the Civil War Trust's videos like these.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Animated Antietam Map

Union troops try to flank the Rebs.

Have you seen the Civil War Trust's animated Antietam map? It's pretty good and it is a nice overview of the battle. Here's the link:

While there try and donate to help save some battlefield. It's good for you and the future!

Fredricksburg Dec. 1862 after Union bombardment and occupation of the town
from the NPS Visitor's Center