Added 123 more images from the 155th Battle of Crampton's Gap event courtesy of Erika Burgoyne-Hongell. Erika was asked to be the official photographer for the event. If you would like a high resolution copy or print of any photograph without the watermark, contact Erika at firstname.lastname@example.org here.
Added 67 more images from the 155th Battle of Crampton's Gap event courtesy of Carl Byrd here.
Added 129 images from the event here.
The Schedule has been updated and we have added another food source that will be available for lunch on Saturday and Sunday menu
Good News! I have heard of a group of 10 walkons coming. This will solve our CS infantry shortage!
Calling all CS Troops! We still need about 20 CS Infantry to run our battle plans on 9/16, 4-6pm! A hot dinner will be served directly after the battle!
Registration has been brought back to $25 to insure maximum turnout of all forces. Confedererate Cavalry has been added as well.
We now are taking pre-orders on event shirts found on the Merchandise page. All proceeds go to BPA's preservation efforts.
View images of the Federal campsite on the Hamilton Willard Shafer farm on the Blog here!
New site for CS Camp on original ground across Gapland Road from the Arnold farm! Click on images to see larger photographs.
The initial Event Schedule has been added!
Attention: Reenactors! A cooked dinner will be provided in town after Saturday's battle. This is included in your registration fee! Hurray and register, because the fee will be going up to $30 July 15th!
Harrington Photographic Artists will be at Burkittsville to take your images on Saturday, 9/16.
Battery F, 1st Pa Artillery, will be bringing their 10 pounder Parrott Rifle. The 10 Pounder was more prevalent than the 20 Pounder and used in both armies. Its range was up to 2,000 yards (1.14 miles) with a trained crew. The batteries with the 6th Corps used 3" Odinance Guns.
Due to requests, the registration fee will continue at $25 through the next few months! A meal will be provided Saturday night for that fee and all pofit will go directly to the restoration of the Shafer farm.
Registration Fee will has now been increased to $30!
Registration Fee will go up to $30 on April 1st! Added Source pages for town residents who wish to dress in period fashion for the event.
For a copy of our first seminar for the residents of Burkittsville and how you can participate, click here!
Fee will stay at $25 until April 1st! Reserve your spot now! Fee will go up to $30 April 1st.
Registrations are open! More information to follow. Reserve your spot now! Fee will go up to $30 March 1st.
Just waiting to verify new bank account with PayPal. We will then accept registrations for an early registration fee of $25 through February 28th. The registration fee will then go up to $30. More information about the event will be posted soon.
After serving as commander of the Post at Winchester for about three months, General Steuart found that his wound was growing worse and that he was unfit for the duties of the office. He therefore a furlough of three months, and took his departure for Savannah, Ga. This threw me out of active service, and some time in December, 1862, I went to Staunton and arranged to remain there until such time as General Steuart should be able to take the field.
Here I spent the Christmas of 1862, referred to in the following letter. The picture it gives represents a rare oasis in our Confederate experience.
STAUNTON, December 27, 1862.
We are just through the "festivities" of Christmas and Duncan and I have been wondering how you all enjoyed yourselves on that day. I said "the festivities" of Christmas; they consisted only of a very nicely prepared and beautifully set out family dinner. We had everything that you could think of, except ice-cream and iced fruit, etc. Our plum-pudding too did not have any raisins in it, but cherries made a very good substitute. Shall I give you our bill of fare?--Oyster Soup--Roast Turkey, Ham, Round of Beef, Fresh Beef, Fried Oysters, Lobster Salad--Hominy, Potatoes, Beans, Salsafy, Rice, Dried Fruit --Plum-pudding, Charlotte Russe, Jelly, Pound Cake, and Jelly Cake, Puffs, etc., and Java Coffee! That will do for the Southern Confederacy, where everybody is starving! You must not suppose people generally, however, are so fortunate. Mrs. Phillips is a capital housekeeper, and had large supplies of everything on hand when the war broke out. I only make this enumeration to show you how well Duncan and I fared on Christmas Day. The day was a very happy one to me. We had breakfast about nine, and then family prayers. We attended at the Episcopal Church and heard a beautiful discourse from Dr. Sparrow. I am much delighted with "the dear old Doctor" as he is called. So much learning and piety are seldom found combined with so much simplicity of character and such childlike meekness and love. His prayers and his exhortations are peculiarly delightful. (from A Soldier's Recollections, Leaves from the Diary of a Young Confederate with an Oration of the Motives and Aims of the Soldiers of the South by Randolph H. McKim, Late 1st Lieutenant and A. D. C., 3d Brigade, Johnston's Division, Army of Northern Virginia)