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- Feb 23, 2013
- East Texas
Only a couple of weeks ago Throwback Thursday featured scenes from a railroad event held at Scott, Arkansas; at that time, I mentioned that the rolling stock had been soon afterwards moved to Eureka Springs, where the locomotives were featured in the TV miniseries The Blue & The Gray as well as a reenactment held there. Unfortunately, the photo above showing myself serving as adjutant for the event is the only one I have, despite the wonderful setting of trains and the turn-of-the-century station where the tent was located. I have previously described this realistic event in which I actually copied out orders-of-the-day for the several company commanders issued by our commanding officer, Glen Smith. One company was on duty "guarding"' the station; another was in our camp at the end of the two-mile line; a third was actually riding the train as guards against the (scheduled) attack by Rebel guerilla raiders; while still another was "on leave" in town. At the end of the day there was a major assault on the Federal position at the station and skirmish around the locomotives and cars!
However, I did manage to locate three photos taken at the site on a later visit in June, 2001 - above is the wonderful "cabbage stack" wood-burning Engine No. 1; below, oil-burning Engine No. 201, which I saw again last month cab-less and rusting in pieces; and at bottom, the turntable, which the owners were very proud of and which still exists though is in bad need of rehabilitation!
Anyone else having (preferably) old Civil War-related photos, mementoes, or memorabilia from reenactments, living history or other events or vacation or other travel they would like to share is welcome and encouraged to post them here in this weekly thread!