Friday, April 30, 2010

Confederate Reunion Grounds 2010

Sorry for the delay of this AAR.

I went up to Mexia on Thursday as school day started bright and early on Friday. I stayed at my favorite B&B there, the Hamilton House. Checked in at the B&B and then out to the reunion grounds to check in with Dixie.

Friday was busy...over 1100 kids from 9-2. My station was on textile production. I had cotton and wool, pictures of flax and silk worms. We talked about the process of home production and why it became necessary during the war. After the kids left I changed and visited with the camels.

The forecast for the weekend was not promising. If you listened to the Dallas and Waco stations it was pouring rain, but the system seemed to go right around the CRG and we had very little rain, but it kept a lot of people away, I think. Saturday the site opened to the public. The first order of business was officer's call and the flag raising. I kept busy all day working and listening to the Chautauqua and ladies' tea. Dr. Donald Frazier spoke on his book Fire in the Cane Field and his new book to come out Of Love and War: The Civil War Letters and Medicinal Book of Augustus V. Ball. Stephanie Hilgert Ford spoke on the history of women on the battlefield and I gave a severely edited version of my Texas during the Civil War paper.

The battle was in the afternoon. I'm sorry, but if you've seen one or two...The reeanctor dinner was held after the site closed for the public. As usual, the local home school kids use the dance at this event as their prom. They try really hard with their period clothes, bless their hearts. Some do a very fine job. Time Was played for the dance. I didn't stay much passed the grand march, too tired.

Sunday I didn't dress out. The weather wasn't nearly as cooperative, having come in Saturday night with a vengeance. It was a bit sloppy on Sunday, had a bit more rain in the morning but the rest of the day stayed fairly dry, but again weather kept most spectators away. I spent the day accompanying Dixie, making the rounds, talking to people and getting more pictures. The battle was in the early afternoon and I left shortly after.

Pictures are here.

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