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  • NJ Rebel
    Sep 10, 2002

      I am glad to see you will be doing a stint at the National Civil
      War Museum later this year. That should be a real treat for you!

      Hope to be able to sip a cool one with you this time... and maybe
      you can even see me in gear... let me know if you can and I will
      try to see if it is possible to meet.

      Your humble servant,
      Gerry Mayers
      Pvt., CS Signals,
      Longstreet's Corps

      A Proud American by Birth, Southern by Choice!

      "I know of no fitter resting-place for a soldier than the field
      on which he has nobly laid down his life." --General Robert
      Edward Lee

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "John Furey" <antietam@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2002 11:08 AM
      Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Reenactment of Antietam

      > Kevin
      > And also "marched" me up the Gap last year at the Muster.
      (remember I was going
      > to the Cardiologist the next week). I still made it up though
      with Pete Chittick
      > (7 yrs. older).
      > I am grateful to know men like you and Gerry and Tom, it was
      not that long ago
      > that i even knew there was an Antietam.
      > John
      > "Rawlings, Kevin" wrote:
      > > Dave,
      > >
      > > >From having been chairman of ACWCC during the the Antietam
      and Gettysburg
      > > 125th re-enactments, I can tell you that the registration
      fees that came in
      > > during the early days of event advertising was used to secure
      many of the
      > > logistics of the events; ie., porta-potties, firewood(we
      never charged for
      > > it), straw, water tankers, event bond and insurance, buying
      and renting of
      > > tools and heavy equipment, re-enactor insurance(we covered
      all re-enactors
      > > during the Gettysburg event), payment to the landowner for
      rent of his
      > > property, ICE, and various other sundry things. We were a
      > > organization, the groups running now are not. They are for
      profit with paid
      > > staff and workers. All of ours were volunteers. We were able
      after all the
      > > bills were paid to donate $2,000.00 to SHAF in 1987 and
      $5,000.00 to GBPA
      > > for the 1988 Gettyburg event for battlefield preservation.
      > >
      > > After my working in the re-enactment field and several
      > > conversations with the new "king" of re-enactments Donny
      Warlick (he
      > > basically told me the re-enactment mentality has changed,but
      I don't see
      > > much of that), I gladly only do living histories at
      historical sites. You
      > > can only get some bright spots of authenticity at such large
      events where
      > > youcan have authenticity control at historic sites in smaller
      numbers. But
      > > that is another lengthy e-mail in itself. I've lost my desire
      to participate
      > > in the circus atmosphere of these grand events. But that is
      just my feeling.
      > > Unfortunately it is the early money raised by registration of
      > > units that get the event preparations moving. I too have been
      appalled by
      > > the rising cost of event attendance. Many of us that attended
      the 135th
      > > Gettysburg in my artillery unit during the event looked at
      one another and
      > > said "What the hell are we doing here and what were we
      thinking!" and
      > > decided not to do any more re-enactments. Those are just my
      feelings (as
      > > well as the other members of the unit) and mine alone. I'm
      just tired of the
      > > politics and the other bs that goes along with these large CW
      > >
      > > During the 125th I worked on 1st Manassas (1986), Chairman
      for Antietam
      > > (1987), & Gettysburg (1988), and began work on Chickamauga
      but left before
      > > the big huricane debacle that September of 1988 for a for
      > > re-enactment organization called Napoleonic Tactics. I've
      done small events
      > > for the several preservation groups I belong to over the
      years and the
      > > Sharpsburg Heritage Festival, but I am retired now from doing
      this. I'll
      > > participate only as I've done my time in hell. It'll have to
      be something
      > > reaaly special to get me back out to work on an event.
      > > I hope I answered one or two of your questions.
      > >
      > > Kevin Rawlings
      > >
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