annual meeting of the Sixth Ohio was held on February
2, 2002 at FortMarkijohn in Canton,
Ohio.Despite the groundhog’s predictions, the day
was clear and bright, and even “Doc” showed his enthusiasm for the
at approximately ,
and our numbers were swelled by the many partners who joined us
for the day.
of the Treasurer’s Report was followed by the dispatch of a foraging
party to scout the vicinity.The
troops remained to hold the fort, and business commenced in earnest.New members were introduced and welcomed, and
since all had attended the required number of events, all were voted
in for full membership.The
command structure was established, and well deserved.The traditional award for most active new member was bestowed
on Trooper Hinterlang,who
had managed to slip his mount across the border a total of five
times in 2001—he looked most distinguished with his new feedbag
on his head!The remainder
of the unit preferring a more traditional method of sustenance,
a small feast was provided by our host (on plates), and was much
was provided by Trooper Waldrip, which consisted of pre-WW II cavalry
was followed by discussion and debate of the year’s campaign schedule.Spring training was set for the weekend of April 5-7, 2002, with the requirement
that proof of a current negative Coggin’s test must be provided
on arrival.Vaccination for
West Nile Disease was also suggested, as the disease is spreading.A very strong recommendation was made to put
in as much saddle time as possible, with a group trail ride or two
discussed as possibilities before April.
meeting was officially adjourned at the conclusion ofbusiness, and the troop was dispatched
to rejoin the foraging party.Apparently
a herd of steers had been procured, for much steak was enjoyed that
few hardy souls turned out on January 26 to celebrate McKinley Day.The ceremony included a ride to the McKinley
monument, and the laying of a wreath on the President’s grave to
commemorate his birthday.The
plan was to set up an informal living history camp, but vague rumors
imply a cavalry demonstration may also have been included.Just who was that mysterious trooper carrying the
to all those promoted in our ranks!
outstanding talents of our commanding officer have been recognized,
and he has been voted line commander for Company B of the USV Cavalry
Battalion.As such, he has been elevated to the rank of
Lieutenant.The size of our
unit has also grown sufficiently to support a commissioned officer,
so we are now under the command of Lieutenant Hopes.
post which was vacated by our new lieutenant has been filled by
another strong leader within our group.Sergeant Markijohn will continue in his role as adjutant,
in addition to his new rank. Other troopers will assume a few of
his extraneous tasks.
Poustie will remain in the position he fills so well (aside from
“Sue’s” saddle), assisting the newer members
of our group to learn drills and procedures.
position of “Safety Officer” was created to address the increasing
concerns about risks in the hobby.The new Corporal Oakley will hold that position, which will
also include policing for inauthenticity.
training camp will be held for all troopers of the Sixth Ohio on
the weekend of April 5-7, at FortHayes in Burghill,
Ohio.FortHayes is a full-size
replica of a mid-nineteenth century military fort being created
by Trooper Yeager and his family onthe former estate of Colonel Edward Hayes of the 29th
Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
Hayes came from a family with a military history as long as our
country’s.Titus Hayes, his great-grandfather, wintered
at Valley Forge with General Washington.His grandfather, Richard, came to Hartford,
Ohio in 1804 and became very
influential in the cattle trade with Philadelphia.When the War of 1812 broke out, Colonel Richard
Hayes commanded the Third Regiment, Fourth Division Ohio Militia,
with his two sons mounted as messengers.
the fourth generation, Edward Hayes heard the call to arms after
the First Battle of Bull Run, and leaving his aged parents and young
family, raised part of a company to join the 29th OVI
in 1861 under Colonel Lewis Buckley.After a rocky start, he distinguished himself
in battle, fighting at Kernstown, PortRepublic, Chancellorsville,
Gettysburg, LookoutMountain, and the Atlanta
Campaign, rising to the rank of Colonel before he was discharged
on disability in 1864 after a severe shoulder wound.
the war, Colonel Hayes returned to Ohio
and served as CountyTreasurer
until 1870, then joined the Post Office Department in Washington,
D.C..He died suddenly in
1899 while attending a reunion of the 29th Ohio Veterans
at the Warren fairgrounds,
very near his old home in Burghill.
historical connection with the 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry
comes through the Warren
fairgrounds. The 6th .OVC first mustered in 1861 at CampHutchins at the fairgrounds
in Warren, and would
have trained extensively throughout the surrounding area, probably
including the Hayes property.Perhaps
Trooper Yeager can clarify this—he is living in the former Hayes
residence, and has done extensive research into the family and lands.
The accompanying Photograph is of the 29thInfantryMonument
at Gettysburg.Captain Edward Hayes was promoted to Major in
the week following this battle, then to Lieutenant Colonel in October
to the present--the replica fort currently consists of a fifteen-stall
shed row, a corral, and several small buildings, a few of which
may be available for bunking (unheated).Drinking water and modern (but rustic) facilities are available.
those attending training for the first time, pack warmly!Don’t be fooled by balmy April days--the nights
are still freezing.Make
sure your boots and saddles are well broken in, and your horses
have some miles on them.Come
ready to ride!
are being asked to have their horses vetted prior to training camp,
and the original and a copy of their negative Coggin’s report available
April 5-7 Burghill,
Battle of Kelly’s Ford—All-cavalryevent reenacting the March 17, 1863 clash of William Averell
and Fitzhugh Lee.One of
the early large-scale cavalry fights.
May 17-19Sacramento, KY
Battle of Sacramento--Reenactment
held on the actual site where Nathan Bedford Forrest’s cavalry engaged
Crittenden’s Army of the Ohio
on December 28, 1861
June 7-9To be determined
Morgan’s Pre-ride—Trial ride and promotion of the
route intended for the Morgan’s Ride event planned in 2003.
enlistment of so many new troopers means we also have a group of
new family members joining our activities.I don’t know how much interest there is among our non-military
friends in participating in living history.I have been struggling for the past year to wade through
the vast amounts of reference material, sutler products, and strong
opinions, to appropriately dress my two young boys and myself.It’s been fun!I would love to share any information I’ve discovered.I can be reached at the editor’s e-mail address, or by telephone
at the number listed in the Sixth Ohio roster.
references I’ve found particularly helpful:
Who Wore What—a book on women’s clothing of the
What Children Wore (or Wished They Could)
in the Era of the Hoop—a book of fashion plates and pattern
descriptions for kids.
–Internet source of sewing patterns, including period riding habits.
SOLDIER has been an informative, entertaining newsletter, ably
written from the perspective of a seasoned veteran and very active
reenactor.As your new editor, I must bring a different
perspective—that of a recent recruit still exploring the ins-and-outs
of our hobby, the challenges of the Civil War, and the challenges
of escaping for a weekend away.I hope that as I become more familiar with both reenacting
and editing, this newsletter will reflect those improvements,
however your suggestions and corrections are always welcome.
need your help.At events
where neither I nor my personal representative can attend, I will
need you to jot down your thoughts and observations.Even at events we do attend, the comments of others can add
depth and humor (my sources will remain confidential!)Don’t count on the other guy to do it—he probably won’t.Just fire off a line or two.My e-mail’s always on duty!!