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- Feb 23, 2013
- East Texas
This week Throwback Thursdaydepicts an "old friend" of sorts that I was reunited with or at least got to visit this fall - none of the reenactors pictured, but rather the full-scale reproduction mountain howitzer and limber! The gun itself was made-to-order for the captain of our battery, Glen Smith; he completed the job by constructing the carriage and limber, which were then mounted on correct-size antique wagon wheels. Following several years of use at events like this by-invitation-only living history encampment on a portion of the original Confederate defense lines at Corinth, Mississippi, Glen donated the gun and limber to the Prairie Grove Historic State Park in Arkansas. This October before the leaves completed turning I made my first visit there in a decade or more, and was happy to see our old gun in a prominent place by the door just inside the Hindman Memorial Hall Museum there. (Unfortunately, my camera failed about this time, so I have no photos from my visit.) Pictured above, our gun crew at Corinth included from left-to-right: an unknown Rebel infantryman, David Cejka with ramrod, Glen stepping down into the trench, Michael Hubbard standing with hands on hips, Yours Truly in red fireman's shirt, and Dr. Richard Bruce Winders, now former curator of the Alamo in San Antonio. For additional photos of this living history event from May, 1978, please see:
Reenacting The Siege of Corinth, Mississippi, May, 1978 | Reenactors Forum - Join, Drill, See the Elephant (civilwartalk.com)
Anyone else having (preferably) old Civil War-related photos, mementoes, or memorabilia from reenactments, living history, or other events or vacation or other travel is welcome and encouraged to share them with us in this weekly thread!