The Black Plume
The 1st Virginia Cavalry, Company D, Dismounted
Number 4, Volume 2
2009 Company D 1st Virginia Schedule
March 28 & 29 Training Weekend – School of the Soldier
Jimmy Richardson’s Farm; Russell County, Virginia
17 - 19
1 – 3
Battle of Bulls Gap,
May 7 & 8 Meadowview Living History, Rob Salyer’s Event
22 – 24
Clinch Valley Days; Living History;
5 – 7
3 – 5
Christmas in July; West
July 10 – 12 Battle at Wise, Virginia
1 & 2
August 14 – 16 Battle of Saltville
16 – 18
6 – 8 Battle of Zollicoffer; Bluff City,
December 5 or 6 Christmas Dinner
Date, Time and Location TBA
The Washington Rifles Website
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Company D 1st Virginia Officer Corp
Captain – Monte Baker
1st Lieutenant – Randy Glass
2nd Lieutenant – William Fox
1st Sergeant – Ronnie Meade
2nd Sergeant – Daniel Cruey
Corporal – Ryan Haulsey
Corporal – Shawn Sturgill
Chaplin – Kenneth “Gator” Gilliam
3rd Business meeting of the Year
3rd and final business meeting of the year will be held on
Training Weekend – School of the Soldier
Directions to the site:
Route 19 toward Tazewell/
the traffic light at
right on Route 67, The
passing E. Dillon (a rock quarry) and crossing a railroad track, turn right on
right on Route 781,
This past month “The Plume” was on the ground to inspect the area where the training camp will be. We will be camping around an unfinished log house with several pieces of horse drawn farm implements. There will be room in the building for those not wishing to stay in a tent. Running water and electrical service is on site. There are three large fields for drill and marching with an unlimited opportunity to maneuver. Each field offers a different terrain to drill on.
After leaving the camp and field area there are miles of dirt roads passing through fields and forest. The area looks just like it would have looked in 1860 and we will have 200 acres of opportunity for a tactical both Saturday and Sunday.
Ms. Janice Busic has agreed to come on Sunday evening and perform in the persona of Confederate spy Belle Boyd for the group.
On Saturday Dr. Gary Crum will perform songs popular with the Confederate troops and the Southern home front at our event. Maybe we can have a soldier’s ball there in the front yard of the cabin. More information about these fine historians can be found in separate articles in this month’s issue of “The Plume”.
The Henry Carter Stuart Chapter 1828 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will sponsor a ladies tea on Sunday.
Camp 840 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is sponsoring a treasure hunt during the weekend event.
Pvt. Richardson is attempting to secure a bluegrass band to join us on Saturday evening.
“The Plume” would recommend that every trooper bring plenty of caps and rounds. This should be a lively weekend. We do love the smell of black powder in the morning. A tentative schedule for the weekend can be found in this issue.
Captain Baker requests that those members that have Union (blue) uniforms
to bring them. We will be taking group pictures as the 13th
Please look in this issue for a tentative schedule of events for the training weekend and a profile on our special guest performers.
Answers to 150 Years Ago in American History
From the February Issue of the Plume
Dan Sickles, future Union General, is acquitted of murder on the grounds
of temporary insanity. The 1st time in
The Comstock silver load discovered near
August 27, 1859 The 1st successful oil well was drilled near Titusville, Pennsylvania by Edwin Drake
John Brown executed by hanging at Charles Town, Virginia for treason
against the state of
Gary Crum, Ph. D.
Dr. Crum is a graduate
Dr. Crum has performed music for over 40 years. He will sing, play instruments, and review the history of the music commonly encountered in the Confederate military units and in Southern homes of the war period.
His brochure contains a long list of war era songs that he can perform along with songs from the antebellum period and prewar songs such as Barbara Allen that had arrived on these shores from the Old Country.
Dr. Crum and wife, Millicent, have made their home in St. Paul, Virginia.
She is a member of the Carrington Chapter of the United Daughters of the
Confederacy and he is an associate member of the
Dr. Crum will perform for the 1st Virginia and our visitors and guests at the Training Weekend on Saturday evening on March 28 and at our Church Service on Sunday morning on March 29.
and When was the 1st
historians site the “official” event as to the beginning of the Civil War to be
the attack on
The five hour battle went in the favor of Brown and his men. Pate and his 22 men were captured and held for ransom. Brown agreed to release them when his two sons were released by pro-slavery forces who had captured then about two weeks earlier.
A Local Reenactment Group Has a New Name
Tentative Schedule for the Training Weekend
March 27, 28 and 29, 2009
until dark early arrivals are invited to set up camp on the ground. Pvt. Jim Richardson will be in charge of setting up the camp until Capt. Baker arrives. Friday afternoon there will be a drill for the troops that have arrived early.
Dawn and throughout the morning members and guests will arrive and set up camp. It is ok to come for the day. Camping is not a prerequisite for attending the Training Weekend.
8:00 am The School of the Soldier begins with our first drill
Performance by Dr. Gary Crum of Civil War Music on the porch of the cabin
8:00 am Drill
10:00 am Church Service
11:00 am Company Pictures
12:30 pm Soldier’s Competition organized by the 1st Virginia Officers
Ladies Tea Sponsored by the local chapter of the UDC
Performance by Ms Janice Busic in the persona of Belle Boyd; on the front porch of the cabin
2:30 pm Drill in the field along the river followed by a tactical battle; This battle will allow us to practice many of our skills of maneuver learned in two days of drill.
Capt. Baker will have a short business meeting on the cabin front porch.
Break up Camp
Treasure Hunt at the Training Weekend
The Captain John F. McElhenny Camp 840
Sons of Confederate Veterans
The Camp Commander/Camp Adjutant is James Boyd; 1st Lieutenant Commander is Ronnie Meade: 2nd Lieutenant Commander is Harold Richardson.
State Senator Wants Paid Confederate
black state senator is pushing a bill that would require
ago Senator Ford, an African- American, pushed a bill creating Martin Luther
King’s birthday. He considered the day to be an effort to understand the history
of the Civil Rights movement in
Ford’s new bill will force all counties to celebrate both days. Ford said that
Ladies Tea Sponsored by
The Harry Carter Stuart Chapter 1828
United Daughters of the Confederacy
1828 will sponsor a ladies tea at the training weekend on Saturday, March 28 at
The original Chapter 1828 was chartered at
As was discussed in the February meeting a 1851 Navy black powder pistol has been ordered for a company fund raiser. The total cost will be $144.94. This includes the cost of the pistol and shipping and handling to the home of Pvt. Steven Fox who has agreed to purchase the pistol. The cost will be refunded to him by the company as soon as possible. The pistol is on backorder and should arrive on or very near April 6, 2009. A decision will be made at the March 1st meeting as to the sale price of tickets.
Ms. Janice Busic to Present Program on the Life and Times of Belle Boyd at Training Weekend
At this years Training Weekend Ms. Janice Busic
will perform in The Persona of Belle Boyd. A picture of Belle Boyd, Confederate
Spy, is shown above. Belle was born on
When war came, Ms. Boyd became a Confederate spy. She was placed in the Old Capital Prison for a time but was released to continue her intrigue throughout the war years. After the war she became a writer, an actress and much sought after speaker at Confederate Veteran and Grand Army of the Republic reunions.
Busic is a member of United Daughters of the Confederacy on the record of her
second great grandfather, Benjamin Howell Edwards.
Edwards, from Dickenson County, served with the 21st
graduated from Council High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from
Pikeville College, Master’s Degree from Virginia Tech with further studies and
administrative endorsement from
Ms. Busic researched and wrote an article on Mollie Tynes and that article was published in the UDC magazine. In addition to Belle Boyd she does dramatic impersonations in the persona of Mollie Tynes and Clara Barton. She is currently working on the character of Mrs. Robert E. Lee and plans to be ready to assume to role of Mrs. Lee soon.
helping care for her parents and her husband, Eldridge, Janice currently enjoys
spending time being mother and grandmother. Her oldest son served two tours in
A Message from Rob Salyer
This will be the 17th consecutive year of the War Between the States School Living History Program (at Meadowview). Our program is the 2nd longest reenacting event in the entire East Tennessee/Southwest Virginia area and is surpassed only by (the reenactment at) Jonesville which is in its 18th consecutive year.
have had over 6,000 students come through our living history program in the last
16 years, which has included schools from
We will have the 17th annual event on May 7 & 8. This is tentative and could be moved up into the month of May a bit more if it conflicts with SOL’S.
WE REALLY COULD USE SOME HELP AND PARTICIPATION, AS THE LAST 2 YEARS WE HAVE HAD A HARD TIME GETTING ENOUGH PEOPLE TO DO THE LIVING HISTORY [BUT WE HAVE MANAGED].
Selected Web-sites for March
How to Live Like a Soldier in the Field
By: Cpl. Of Reserves Shawn Sturgill
common site that comes to mind when one thinks of a Civil War Reenactment is the
Confederate Soldiers on Campaign
In the Confederate Army, a good item to use for shelter would be the Confederate Issue tent fly. I know that at this point, most of you are thinking about the large tent porch seen at most events. This is not what I am talking about here. The item I am discussing is similar to a Federal Issue Shelter Tent Half. I am unsure of exact dimensions, but it is virtually the same size as the Federal Tent Half.
Confederate Soldiers on campaign usually had to use only what could be carried in a bed roll or knapsack. Some of the basic essentials would include the following:
2. Ground cloth
3. Tent Fly (Not necessarily an item that was used or available all the time.)
These are the basic items used for shelter and sleeping by Confederate Soldiers on campaign. On occasion, soldiers may have just a blanket, or just a ground cloth.
I am not saying that everyone portraying a Confederate Soldier MUST campaign, but I do believe that if you are physically able(I realize that many are not), and if you have a desire to more accurately portray your ancestors, that you should at least give it a try.
Another part of living like a Confederate Soldier on campaign is eating ration that are carried in a haversack, and then prepared over a small campfire. (Some items may not need to be cooked at all) I know that this sounds crazy to some of you. Living for a weekend eating only items that can be carried with you. But I will tell you, it can be done. I know how eccentric carrying raw meat like salt pork sounds.(And yes, actually eating salt pork sounds crazy too)But when wrapped in enough cloth, it should be fine. I generally try to carry items that do not need to be cooked. Some may not be your typical rations, but eating out of your haversack looks good (and more importantly, it’s authentic) all the same. Here is a list of good items to eat at events:
Bacon-I like the pre cooked bacon at Wal-Mart
Boiled Eggs-Absolutely DO NOT leave them in your haversack after an event-it’s disgusting
These are not the only items to eat at events, just some of my favorites. Once again, I am not saying that you MUST eat rations, it just adds to the overall impression like campaigning.
Federal Soldiers on Campaign
There aren’t too many differences between Federal and Confederate Soldiers on campaign. The main two are that 1) An additional ration for Federals is hardtack. And 2) Federals used Shelter tent halves. That is mainly what you need to know about Federal Soldiers on campaign. The rest of the info about how to live like a Federal Soldier on campaign is basically the same as Confederate Soldiers on campaign.
Thanks for reading,
Shawn M. B. Sturgill
An article from the Associated Press in the February 16th
issue of the
The article does not list the names of the brilliant historical minds that took part in the survey but does say that they are “academics.” Also there is no information about their backgrounds, the area of the country in which they live or their IQ score.
A Message from Shawn Sturgill
is a list of prices for all of the items that I am currently producing.
Everything is entirely hand sewn.
Confederate/Civilian Haversack: $20
Poke Sack-Small: $3
Poke Sack: $5
Pritchard Pattern Knapsacks: $40
I am about to try my hand at making Federal Haversacks. I will let you know when I complete my first one. I may have it at the Meeting on Sunday (
A Message from Ben Pile
sent a message to “The Plume” saying that he would have a Confederate kepi for
sale at the March 1st meeting of the
to Offer History of
How appropriate that March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day.
A Message from “The Plume”
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John Pelham marker
Major John Pelham C.S.A. commanding the Stuart Horse Artillery was mortally wounded at this
site in the