Sunday, April 7, 2013

Civil War Reenactment

I've been looking forward to seeing this Civil War reenactment for quite some time now.  Sponsored by the  Southern California Civil War Association (SCCWA), the event was also supported by Scout Troop 202 , the city of Chino, and the surrounding communities of which I'm proud to be a part of.  So luckily for me, the event was just five minutes away.  As an added bonus my son drove out from Los Angeles to attend, his new stomping grounds.  The weather was perfect for this type of event and we timed it just perfect when a couple of P-38s took off over us as we passed Chino Airport on the way to the park.  The Planes of Fame had an event I skipped to see the reenactment.

The battle was a reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg but I'm not sure how accurately the battle was depicted. Not that it really mattered that much to me.  I was pleasantly surprised by the scale of the battle and the event.  There was also quite a few children involved and you could tell this was a family hobby for many of the participants.  Very cool.

The event included mounted cavalry, infantry and artillery.  One of the highlights was the cannons being hooked up (I'm sure there is an official term for this) to the horses and then pulled on to the battlefield.  The authenticity of it all enhanced by the soldiers in charge barking orders.  There was also a war correspondent with what seemed to be a branch hanging out of his bag and I'm wondering what the branch is. I didn't get a chance to talk to him and ask.

We had a great time and I'm finding the reenactments are something I have been enjoying very much when I get the chance to see them.  Hopefully, there will be a bunch of WWII reenactors like last year in the local Air Show in early May.  I have quite a few picture of these on my blog and hope to add more.

On a side note, I seem to be having an internal, OCD struggle with re-enactment versus reenactment.  It appears both are correct and it is common to see a hyphen between two vowels?

Here are some pictures I took in no particular order:

Monday, April 1, 2013

The World's Most Provocative Piece of Terrain

After pushing the literary boundaries of the blogosphere with my previous  Hunter S. Thompson inspired post, it was only a matter of time until I would reveal a terrain masterpiece from my past to turn the gaming and art worlds upside down...literally.

I bring you The World's Most Provocative Piece of Terrain (capitalized on purpose):