When I was three, my father introduced me to the wide world of civil war reenacting. At the time we were part of the second Michigan volunteer infantry company B. (respectively the “Flint union Greys”) After that unit all but dissolved we joined the Twenty Second Michigan/Eighth Arkansas from our home town of Port Huron. After personalities clashed and we left that unit, We were freelance reenactors until his passing in late November 2001. After that I served as battalion staff level hospital steward until late August of 2002. It was then that I found out that the second Michigan still existed but now as an artillery unit. I remained with them for 5 years before deciding to hang up that hat in January of 2008. That season I worked as an independent reenactor flexing my muscles as a hospital steward at brigade staff level once again. At Walcott Mill my last official event of the 2008 season I was invited by (at the time) First Sergeant Norfleet of the Michigan Cavalry brigade to join the following season as the brigades bugler in training. I did that steadily for 3 years until last season when I opted to attend Gettysburg 150 as a hospital steward and the other events as simply a regular dismounted trooper. I’ve been training still as a bugler and in the last year I’ve been training to ride so that some day I would be able to ride with the brigade.
I have made many choices in the hobby, some easy, some not so much. They have formed me as a person from some one who I have been ashamed of, to some one who I am proud to be. I still have rough edges to deal with. I still need to improve me as a reenactor. I will continue to do so. Luckily I have strong people who have my back. Wonderful friends, people I love as an extension of my self. People like my dearest friend in the world Tabetha, who I truly consider to be my other half. You’d know her as Connect Thru Strength who’s blog you can find over on my people I follow list. I recommend you give her a read. Then there’s our first Sergeant Tim, who has been nothing but encouraging of me. There are many others too many to list. I have flirted with the idea of a civilian persona but I’m not sure at this junction how far down that rabbit hole I wish to walk. Only time, and each next decision will tell.