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Stribling’s Battery Schedule of Events for 2012
Jan 27-29: Longstreet’s Corps and Alexander’s Battalion annual meetings. (Winchester, VA) Capt Douglass, Lt Favors, SgtMaj Swain will attend both meetings as the battery representatives. Best Western Lee-Jackson Inn & Conference Center, at Exit 313 off I-81, Winchester, VA. Telephone (540) 662-4154.
Jan 29: Battery Planning Meeting. (Douglass Farm, Hume, VA) Maximum participation requested to confirm the battery event schedule for 2010. All arrive by 1:00 and bring your personal calendar and copy of the 2012 Draft Schedule of Events for the annual planning meeting.
TBD – possibly March 10, 17, or 24: Battery Work Day and NCWAA School of the Piece. (Douglass Farm, Hume, VA). Focus is on maintenance of battery equipment in preparation for the 2012 campaign season. Possible NCWAA school for certification/recertification may be held concurrently on Saturday, and Sunday if necessary. Fee for certification is $10.00. Live-firing of small arms, cannon and the mortar on Sunday. Members who desire are encouraged to remain overnight on Saturday.
March 29-April 2: 150th Anniversary Battle of Shiloh reenactment. (Shiloh, Tenn.) (1 gun) This national event is sponsored by the Blue-Gray Alliance and will be the priority battery long distance event for the year. The plan is to depart the farm at 5:00 am on Thursday, March 29 and return on Monday, April 3. Located just a few miles from the Shiloh National Military Park entrance, there will be an opportunity for us to visit the actual Shiloh battlefield. Overall Confederate artillery commander is Col. Robert Beams. Registration fee is $20. For more information see the event website at: http://shiloh150.org/home.
April 14-15: Artillery Through the Ages at Yorktown. (Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA.) (1 gun and Coehorn mortar) The “Artillery Through the Ages” program commemorates the 1862 Siege of Yorktown. The program highlights a sampling of artillery from the 18th century through present day with an emphasis on Civil War artillery to include living history presentations and artillery firing demonstrations. The event coincides with the opening of the new Civil War exhibits in the Yorktown National Cemetery lodge. Powder is provided along with a $250 bounty. We have to provide the primers and roll the rounds on site. POC is Diane K. Depew, Supervisory Park Ranger, (757) 898-2412, or Robbie Smith, historic weapons safety officer, (757) 898-2414.
April 13-14: 40th Annual Northern Virginia Civil War Relic Show. (Fredericksburg, VA) New days (Friday and Saturday) and new location (Fredericksburg Expo Center) This annual show features over 350 tables of the finest Civil War and earlier military effects, memorabilia, relics, books, paper goods, photos, art, and antique weapons. Friday 2-8, Saturday 9-4. For information call Lewis Leigh Jr., (703) 771-3081.
April 22: Grave Marker Dedication. (Warrenton, VA) (1gun) The SCV Black Horse Camp #780 is conducting a grave marker dedication and memorial service for General L. L. Lomax at the Warrenton Cemetery. The original marker was destroyed by vandals over a year ago and has been recently repaired. The ceremony will follow the UDC Ritual Procedure for dedicating the marker and will include living historians, a color guard from the 4th VA Black Horse cavalry, and an artillery salute. POC is Lory Payne, Associate Member Black Horse Camp #760.
April 20-22: NCWAA School of the Piece at Jackson’s Mill. (Westin, WV) Annual certification school located on the grounds of Stonewall Jackson’s boyhood home. Certification or recertification on all positions to include Gunner. Minimum age is 14 for positions 5 & 6, 16 for positions 3 & 4, and 18 for positions 1 & 2. Limited barracks style billeting available. Registration fee is $12.00. Battery POC is Sgt Devor. Deadline for registration is April 1.
???April 28: Brentsville Living History. (Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, VA) (1 gun) This is a one day event with an early war (1861) Confederate living history impression. Other units participating are the 49th VA infantry, 4th VA Black Horse Cavalry, in addition to artillery firing demonstrations. POC is Rob Orrison, (703) 365-7895, or www.pwcgov.org/brentsville .
May 18-20: N-SSA 118th National live-fire competition. (Fort Shenandoah, Winchester, VA) Uniformed competitors in member units competing in muskets, mortars, and cannon. Largest Civil War live-fire event in the country. For those who eventually want to live-fire the gun competitively, it is recommended that you attend this event and learn all you can about live-firing. Free admission. For information see: www.n-ssa.org.
May 19-20: 148th Anniversary Battle of Spotsylvania reenactment. (Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA) (2 guns) ***Longstreet’s Corps Event. Living history, firing demonstrations, possible tactical and night firing on Saturday. One battle with dug out gun emplacements on Sunday. This small event is a prelude for the 150th Anniversary event in 2014. Artillery limited to 6 guns per side. $150 per gun bounty. For information see http://spotsylvania.org/2012.htm.
May 27: SCV Memorial Day Artillery salute. (Warrenton, VA) (1 gun) Artillery salute at Colonel Mosby’s grave at the Warrenton cemetery. Muster at the cemetery at , ceremony and salute goes at . For information contact the President of the Black Horse Chapter U.D.C., Alice Bowley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laurel Scott, email@example.com .
???June 2: Manassas Civil War Railway Festival. (Manassas, VA) (1-2 guns) Living history encampment with infantry, cavalry, and artillery firing demonstrations as part of the Manassas Civil War Railway Festival. One gun & limber will be a static display and the gun and limber will be part of the firing demos. Camp and demos will take place in front of the Manassas Museum. This is a good recruiting opportunity. POC is Lory Payne (703) 257-8247, LPAYNE@ci.manassas.va.us.
June 9-10: 150th Anniversary Jackson’s Valley Campaign. (Middletown, VA) (1-2 guns) ***Longstreet’s Corps Event. Reenactment of the Battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic to be held on the Cedar Creek battlefield. Battles both days with living history and educational demonstrations and programs. Artillery bounty. Proceeds benefit the Cedar Creek battlefield. Hosted by the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation. For information and registration call (540) 869-2064 or see the CCBF website: www.ccbf.us .
July 6-8: 149th Anniversary Gettysburg reenactment. (Gettysburg, PA) (1 gun) This is a three-day event featuring battles each day (cavalry in the morning, all combat arms in the afternoon), mortar live-fire competition, living history activities, Independence Day artillery salutes. Location this year is on Pumping Station Road south of the town of Gettysburg. Registration fee is $10 by December 31, $15 until March 15, $15 until June 1. $25 fee for walk-ons. No substitutions after June 1. Confederate Commander is Gen. Dave Cornett. Federal Commander is Gen. Allen Baldwin. For information call (717) 338-1525. Registration packets are available on-line at http://www.gettysburgreenactment.com/ .
Aug 3-5: 150th Anniversary 2nd Manassas reenactment. (Middletown, VA) (2 guns) Reenactment to be held on the Cedar Creek battlefield. Battle of Brawner’s Farm on Friday evening. Battles Saturday and Sunday, living history demonstrations and programs. Artillery limited to 20 guns per side by invitation only and no walk-ons permitted. Artillery participants must be NCWAA certified. Hosted by the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation. For information and registration call (540) 869-2064, or see the CCBF website: www.ccbf.us .
Aug 18-19: Sully Plantation Civil War encampment. (Chantilly, VA) (1-2 guns) Campaign camping, living history, camp life, firing demonstrations, skirmishes. Recommend this be a battery campaign camping event. Sully Plantation Historic Site Events and Marketing Coordinator is Barbara Ziman, (703) 708-0861.
National Civil War Show.
Aug 25-26 or Sept 7-8: Gettysburg living history. (Gettysburg NMP Battlefield, PA) ** Alexanders Battalion Event (1 gun) We will portray one of Alexander’s Battalion batteries along with 3 other guns from the battalion. Firing demonstrations, camp life, camping and firing on the original battlefield (Pitzer’s woods on Seminary Ridge) approximately 200 yards from the original Stribling’s battery firing position on July 3, 1863. Excellent living history experience. Also there is a possibility that a USFAA school certification may be held concurrently.
Sept 1: 150th anniversary Battle of Chantilly (or Ox Hill). (Fairfax, VA) (1 gun). All day event (rain or shine), living history and firing demos. This would be a Federal portrayal of 1st Rhode Island Light, Battery D and/or 1st Pennsylvania Light, Battery F. Those were the two most actively involved artillery units at the battle. (No Confederate artillery units directly engaged in battle.) We're also trying to set up, as part of the event, a "march in" by reenactors representing all the units, Confederate and Union, involved in the battle. The event will be held at Ox Hill Battlefield Park in Fairfax. POC is Sgt Devor. (More details to follow)
Sept 14-16: 150th Battle of Antietam reenactment. (Sharpsburg, MD) (2 guns) Event to be held in Washington County Maryland, features battles at the Cornfield, Dunker Church, Sunken Road, Burnside’s Bridge, and the timely arrival of A. P. Hill. Registration is $15 until June 30, $25 until August 15. No substitutions after August 15. For information see the website: www.150thAntietamReenactment.com . Registration forms, ALHES1776@yahoo.com, Home Front General Store, or Regimental Quartermaster.
Oct 6: Fort Ward Civil War Artillery Day. (Alexandria, VA) **Stribling’s Battery Event. (3” Ordnance Rifle, 24 lb Coehorn Mortar) One day living history program, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., cannon drill and firing demonstrations, ordnance display, civilian impressions, etc.). One gun and mortar portraying Battey C, 1st Conn Heavy Artillery will fire from inside the restored bastion. Female civilians can participate but must have a specific period impression to portray (e.g. laundress, officer’s wife, nurse, etc). For information see www.fortward.org and click on the icon for reenactors to take you to the program registration for the event. POC at Ft. Ward is Susan Cumby or Wally Owen (703) 838-4848.
Oct 7: Learning Tree Farm living history. (Delaplane, VA) (1 gun) The Learning Tree Farm annual picnic features a variety of educational activities for kids including Civil War cavalry demonstrations, living history camp, period cooking, ordnance display, artillery driver display, and artillery firing demonstrations. Large bounty for artillery (The bounty will help defray the cost of a new limber.) For information phone (540) 364-0484.
Oct 5-7: N-SSA 118th National live-fire competition. (Fort Shenandoah, Winchester, VA) For those who want to live-fire competitively, this is the event to participate in. Uniformed competitors in member units competing in muskets, mortars, and cannon. Largest Civil War live-fire event in the country. Free admission.
Oct 13: Warren County Festival of Leaves. (Front Royal, VA) (1 gun) One day living history event the weekend before Cedar Creek. Just one gun and minimal crew, set up a fly and provide the ordnance display and recruiting station. As of right now, there would be no firing demos, but I would like to. Should be a 6 to 8 hour event and we would be working with the Warren County Historical Society and the Warren Rifles. POC is Sgt Devor. (More details to follow)
Oct 20-21: 148th Anniversary Battle of Cedar Creek Reenactment. (Middletown, VA) (2 guns) Best mid-size event of the year held on the original battlefield. Longstreets Corps will be in Command. Artillery limited to 15 full-scale guns on each side. Express registration $15 until August 23, $25 after. Walk-ons $30. For information, and registration call Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation at (888) 628-1864 or web site www.cedarcreekbattlefield.org .
27th Annual Capital of the Confederacy Civil War Show.
Rememberance Day Parade.
Dec 7-9: 150th Anniversary Battle of Fredericksburg. (Fredericksburg, VA) (2 guns) *Corps Sanctioned Event. The activities planned for “Fire on the Rappahannock: the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg” reenactment and living history will commemorate the December 1862 Battle at Fredericksburg, VA. Friday December 7 is planned for an education day in the Federal and Confederate camps, Saturday December 8 will have reenactments of the Federal troops crossing the Rappahannock, street fighting in the town and the assault on Marye's Heights as well as various vignettes concerning the plight of the civilian populace and events that occurred throughout the region during the time of the battle. Sunday December 9 is set aside for the official NPS Commemorative Program. The 'Committee' has been meeting monthly and is putting in place a website for future communications and registration is expected to be open in early March 2012. You can expect future announcements regularly. Sponsored by the 150th Fredericksburg Battle Commemorative Committee, supported by 47th Virginia, Company I and 28th Massachusetts, Company B. Website – www.Fredericksburg150.org (Under Construction)