Wednesday, August 05, 2009

the 58th NCT and Chickamauga

There have been several times in my life when I have had the opportunity to work with the National Park Service and do living history programs on battlefields. This past weekend, I had the great privilege to portray a member of the 58th North Carolina Troops at Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Park. We were camped out at the Snodgrass cabin, not too far from where the regiment would have camped on the night of September 20, 1863. Saturday’s slate of interpretive programs went great. We had good crowds each time, and many of the spectators asked good questions and few even hung around for quite awhile. Saturday evening it started to rain, and many of us bunked in the Snodgrass cabin. The original cabin was used as a field hospital during and after the battle. The cabin itself is not original, but it is re-constructed on its original foundation. Some talked about hearing that “bump in the night” but, to be honest, between the fellow snoring on one side of me and another fellow on the other side cussin’ at the fellow snoring, well, I did not hear much. We ran through one part of one of our programs on Sunday morning for a couple of people, but it continued to rain, so we were cut loose. I spent the next hour and a half just riding around the park and talking pictures out the window.

Speaking of pictures, here is our mess for the weekend. All of these fine fellows were from the Old North State.

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