Friday, October 5, 2007

Report Of The Action In The Indian Territory

When General Huckabee heard there was a Federal wagon
train moving along to re-supply Ft. Gibson, he
mobilized the brigade to go intercept the wagons and
return the much needed supplies to Arkansas. It was a
long forced march and the brigade, finally reached the
area around Cabin Creek on the 28th. Some men did
straggle in on the morning of the 29th. The marvh took
quite a toll on the men, and many men couldn't keep
up. The 3rd only had 9 men to fight with. John
'Shopdog; Shoptaw was promoted by the Sgt. Major to be
captain and I was assigned 1st Sergeant duties. We had
Pvt. 'Biscuit' and his brother 'Croissant', Pvt. Joey
Mills, Pvt. Jimmy Walker, Pvt. Leonard Hartsfield,
Pvt. Stephen Wright, and Pvt. Tom Morphew. After a
heavy drill, the men were allowed to rest. Not long
after the rest had been given, scouts reported the
wagon train in sight and the 1st Arkansas led by Col.
Sanders, and a company of the 1st Missouri led by Col.
Amend moved in to position to ambush the yanks. The
battle was a stunning success and we proceeded to
capture the wagons, and drive the Yankees from the
field with few losses of our own. Gen. Huckabee was
very pleased and he allowed the men to enjoy what was
in the wagons. The men of the 3rd did just that. Our
men were seen eating bacon, eggs, beans, and bacon and
eggs, and drinking real coffee. I'm still waiting to
get my peaches. Privates Morphew and Hartsfield found
a wagon with beer; however, and proceeded to disappear
with it immediately after the fight. It took the Sgt.
Major all night to find them and bring them back to
camp. During some evening festivities, some Yankees
sent out a scouting party that was easily repulsed,
but more of an annoyance. Through numerous sources, it
was heard the yankees were massing in Springfield, Mo
preparing for an invasion of Arkansas. Gen. Huckabee
left the evening of the 29th to prepare for the
brigade's return to Arkansas leaving command to Col.
Sanders. The men hadThe Yankees re-grouped and must
have received re-enforcements that night after the
skirmish. They attacked us as we were heading back to
Arkansas. The men were full of fight and promptly
attacked being led by Maj. Alexander. the battalion
was giving them what 'fer until the yanks pulled in a
battery of artillery. We were forced to retire, but we
retired in good order. The men of the 3rd covered the
retreat of the entire brigade and was the last unit
off the field. Privates Morphew, Walker, and Wright
were all wounded in the fight, yet they still were
ready to give the yankees all they had.  The artillery
was too great and we ended up leaving the field and
some of the wagons to the yanks. We did manage to
empty those wagons we left so the yanks had nothing.
We are now marching to NW Ark in the area of Elk Horn
Tavern to await the yankee invasion. I overheard Col.
Sanders say he was expecting it to be around the end
of the month. All passes will be revoked and the
battalion has ordered all men to return to their
posts. It shouldn't be so bad, I hear there will be
supplies and possibly a payroll waiting for us in

In Service of the South,

Matt Krull

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Battle of Bald Knob Missouri

    Pvt. Sevier and I once again represented the 3rd Arkansas in a magnificent bloody battle.  We joined ranks with the 7th Arkansas and luckily survived the horrendous slaughter that the blue devils from the North poured on the boys in Missouri.  General Sterling Price led us bravely into the onslaught and we assaulted the fort several times before a majority of us fell.  I heard from a newspaper man that nearly 1,500 of us Southerners were killed in the battle and only 184 Yankees fell. What a shame but we can hold our heads high because this only demonstrates again that we are brave and scared of little and heroic in our attempts to drive these invaders from our land.  Here are a few pictures that a photographer took of us. This is a different kind of tintype invention and looks like a good way to take pictures.  Salute to the men of the 3rd.  See you all soon. . D.L.  David Loper

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Friday, July 27, 2007

3rd Ark Trivia

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Monday, July 23, 2007

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Sunday, June 3, 2007

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


 I stand here on this dusty road,                  My General, Marse Robert,
My rifle by my side.                                    He led us very well.
They say we must surrender                        I know that if he asked us to,
And yet I'm filled with pride.                       We would follow him through hell.
 In knowing deep within my heart,              Although, this day will surely be,
 I gave my Southland all,                            The worst for our brave men.    
 Like every man who took up arms            At least we'll all be going home,
And answered Freedoms' call.                   To be with Kith and Kin.
 I've worn the gray most proudly                 Throughout the years that follow,
And loved our banners dear.                      This tragic fateful day,
 To give them up and walk away,               We'll be proud of our fair flag
The thought brings me to tears.                   And how we wore the gray.
—Lee W Murdock Sr

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Monday, May 21, 2007

5 3rd Arks

I just came across this pic in my camera when I was deleting old files. Shiloh 07

Thursday, May 17, 2007

School of Dying

Schools Of The Civil War Reenactor

Thomas R. Fasulo
13th Indiana Volunteer Infantry

Q: How do you know when to die?
A: We go to Dying School.
Actually, the proper name is School of the Dead, but usually we just call it Dying School. This school is held at most major events, but slots fill up quickly. This is one of the reasons most Civil War reenactors preregister for events up to a year ahead of time. Most never commit the faux pas of registering at the last minute, or just showing up on the first morning of the event.
At Dying School, students are taught how to die according to the various projectiles. There are separate courses on Rifle Balls, Solid Shot, Shell, Canister, Grape-shot, and others. Until a reenactor has a Basic Certificate from Dying School he or she is not allowed to die in a reenactment. If someone without a Certificate dies, and is caught, they are punished by being immediately transferred to a cavalry unit or to Brigade Staff, as no one is ever allowed to die in those units.
Once a reenactor has learned to die alone, he or she then moves on to the final course required for the Basic Certificate from the School of the Dead. This is the ever popular Die In A Bunch Course.
Some hardcore reenactors take additional courses at Dying School and receive an Advanced Certificate from Dying School. These courses cover dying from Diarrhea, Sexual Diseases, Heat Stroke, and that famous cause of so many Southern deaths - a High Cholesterol Heart Attack. Graduates of the first two advanced courses have the right to wear stains on the front or back of their trousers. They wear these stains as a badge of honor. The advanced course on High Cholesterol Heart Attacks is becoming more popular as it permits reenactors to die in garrison or in camp anytime they wish to without having to wait for a shot to be fired.
There is even an advanced course for officers. This is the I Just Tripped Over My Sword Again So I Might As Well Lie Here And Let People Think I Did It On Purpose Course.

Q: Are there any other schools reenactors have to go to?
A: Yes, there are several.
One of the most important is the School of Breaking and Running. Although a Certificate from the School of Breaking and Running is usually not required to attend a reenactment, it is highly prized. This school awards certificates in five different levels, with Level 1 being the most basic and Level 5 the most advanced.
Although not required, reenactors should really try to obtain a Level 3 Certificate in Breaking and Running. Most Confederate reenactors never have to have a Certificate beyond Level 3 unless they intend to participate in reenactments of the Battles of Chattanooga or Nashville. Then a Level 5 Certificate is required.
Most Union reenactors try to obtain a Level 3 or 4 Certificate, especially if they participate in early war reenactments. However, some late-war battles, such as the Battle of Olustee, require Union reenactors to have a Level 5 Certificate in Breaking and Running before they can register.
(Note: An exception is made for Union reenactors portraying units of the 54th Massachusetts or the 35th U.S. Colored Troops. Members of these units are not required to have a Certificate in Breaking and Running at any level. There is an historical reason for this. At Olustee these units did not break and run.)

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Civil War Baseball

Civil War All Stars

This little beauty came from the August 1965 issue of Civil War Times and was authored by Jay Luvaas. Hope they don't mind me posting it. Just too good to pass up.
Union All Stars
Manager - U.S. Grant. Has good success with the two-platoon system; has developed well-balanced team. Possibly a bit lax in enforcing training rules.
First Base-"Cump" Sherman. Watch this boy burn up the base paths. Reminds old timers of the "Georgia Peach" Good at digging them out of the dirt; consistent hitter. Not popular with all fans.
Second Base - George Meade. Good pivot man. Team captain. Always dangerous at the plate. Would attract more attention with a favorable press.
Third Base -"Fighting Joe" Hooker. Whiffs a lot since he was beaned at Chancellorsville. Plenty of natural ability; sometimes clutches under pressure. Good power, but a sucker for an outside curve.
Shortstop - "Phil" Sheridan. Larcenous base runner. Able to go from either side. Real sparkplug of team's offense. Dangerous in the clutch.
Right Field - "Speedy" Burnside. a real "wall climber," which led to injuries last season at Fredericksburg. Has developed a rifle arm. Led the league in strike-outs last season.
Center Field - Jim Wilson. One of the least publicized players in the league. A strong arm and plenty of speed. A good pull hitter. Candidate for rookie of the year.
Left Field - George McClellan. Plenty of natural ability, but slow on the base paths. Probably brought up from the minors too soon.
Catcher-"Rocky" Thomas. Real key to team defense. Good arm; plenty of power. Base runners don't take chances with this one.
Pitcher -"Win" Hancock. Fireballer; tough with runners on base. The best of a weak staff.
Pitcher - Bill Rosecrans. Has good stuff, but experiences difficulty staying ahead of the batter.
Pitcher - "Chief" Custer. Rookie of the year his first full season in the majors. Hasn't been the same since the last series with the Indians!
Middle Relief-"Come to Papa" John Buford. Good with the changeup, continually has batters chasing the Seminary Sinker Ball, a favorite of his.
Closer- Joshua Chamberlain. Calls his overpowering fast ball the swinging gate. Been known to use the inside portion of the plate with great advantage, some cases beaning opposing hitters.
Confederate All Stars
Manager - Robert E. Lee. Aggressive; not afraid to take risks. Lee gets along well with both the players and the front office, but who was it that said "Nice guys don't finish first?"
First Base - "Frenchie" Beauregard. Slick fielder. Has tendency to swing at bad pitches. Has never quite lived up to preseason notices.
Second Base - "Joe Johnston. Good field, no hit. Can make the double play. Has been peddled to several clubs because of his uncertain temperament.
Third Base - "Texas John" Hood. Good at the hot corner; hangs tough at the plate. Provides plenty of batting muscle when not on disabled list.
Shortstop - "Jeb" Stuart. Can play any position, best at short. Good range, often hits for the circuit. A real crowd pleaser.
Right Field - "Ranger" Mosby. Hits well to all fields; excels at hit and run. Really shines when playing in his own field.
Center Field - "Wizard" Forrest. A tough competitor. Covers lots of ground in center. Can hit the long ball. An umpire baiter.
Left Field - "Bill" Hardee. A real student of the game. Dangerous at the plate. One of the most underrated players in either league.
Catcher - "Pete" Longstreet. A steady influence. Plenty of power at the plate a tough competitor and a good pull hitter. Seems to have trouble hitting in Yankee Stadium.
Pitcher - "Stonewall" Jackson. Best righthander in the league. Blazing fast ball. Uses dust-off pitches. Can usually go the route. Chances for a successful year may well rest on Jackson's arm.
Pitcher - "Brax" Bragg. Control pitcher; good for a couple of innings. Would probably work better on a different club.
Pitcher - A. S. "Mormon" Johnston. Master of the curve ball, but sometimes has trouble with control.
Middle Relief - A.P."Red" Hill. Good set-up man when his temper doesn't get in his way. Refuses to pitch when Longstreet is catching. Sometimes feuds with other pitchers.
Closer - "Baldy Ewell" Capable fast baller. Has trouble reading signals, sometimes has problems with power hitters.

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Friday, May 11, 2007

The 1stSgt needs your help

The 1st Sgt needs your help in finding a name for his "shop".  Many have seen this haven of Civil War supplies and equipment.  If you need it to borrow,he has it,except recipe,(Lori won't let him share her stash).
Please help him in this endeavor. If your name is used for the quartermaster shop you will be given special privileges at the next event.

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Making cartridge packs

You all wanted to know how to make those pesky cartridges stay togethor when you were making packs.  Well here it is

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

video of Jefferson

Hey here is video someone made of Jefferson 07. Who even see yersef.

click on this to see the video