Civil War Photo Contest
Featured Book Reviewer
- Feb 23, 2013
- East Texas
This week's Throwback Thursday pays one last visit to my old reenacting friend Iris Welch, here above AKA Private Stumpy. As previously noted, Iris had pestered me to include her in one of our infantry drills, which I had naively hoped would "cure" her of her desire to be a soldier; unfortunately, I think it only whetted her appetite! At our next outing in April, 1988 she came along onto the battlefield at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana - not exactly a bastion of hardcore reenactors - so I hoped I wouldn't draw too much flack as Captain of the company for allowing her to join in. Although her husband Tony was said to have remarked "She's got 'em strapped down," Iris still made a less-than-convincing soldier, drawing another comment from a spectator, "I didn't know there were female soldiers," or something like that. Below for @JPChurch is another likely more pleasing version of Iris, attempting, despite the satin ball gown and the makeup she insisted on wearing, to impersonate a proper Nineteenth Century Lady at Dallas' Old City Park.
Anyone else having (preferably) old Civil War-related photos, mementoes, or memorabilia from reenactments, vacations, or other travel they would like to share is welcome and encouraged to do so in this weekly thread!