Report Of action of Company A at St Charles Mo.
On the instance 6th 7th & 8th of September members of the Fifth Missouri Inf formed in the city of St Charles MO. Present were Capt L Dietzel, 2nd Sgt C Crane, Pvt Rec S Steer, Pvt Rec J Jones.
Sgt Crane, Mr. Z Crane and I arrived at the Site located on the banks of the Missouri river at about 10:00 pm. We set up camp and attempted to locate any members of the Fifth but were unable to do so. The next morning Pvt Rec S Steer, Pvt Rec J Jones arrived in camp. At about 8:00 am the officers call was held and I was appointed the field commander for the confederate forces. The infantry consisted of the 11th Mississippi numbering about 11 and the Fifth numbering 3 with one guy named Chuck falling in with us. The limitations on the site were about 40 feet in the middle of the field for us to play in due to all the cannon about 10 pieces due to there safety zone. Things would get fun out there.
Pvt Steer had just purchased his entire kit and was itching to come out and play. But due to family obligations he had to wait until later in the day. We were not sure about what we were going to do for food but to our surprise the event was going to feed us three prepared meals for the weekend. At about noon we were fed a fried chicken dinner and very good it was!
At about 1:00pm we formed up “he he” all four of us and marched off to the starting point for the battle. We were in reserve until the artillery and cav engaged then we entered the fight. For such a small event and low numbers it went very well. At about 3:00 pm Pvt Rec S Steer arrived and dressed out for his first event. Supper was held on a barge on the Missouri river the food was first rate! We spent the evening sitting under the fly talking it up and enjoying the nice weather. On Sunday Sgt Crane drilled the men and prepared them for the battle in first rate military order. Our camp was graced with the presence of Pvt Rec J Jones Mother whom stayed for the day. After a another chicken dinner which was as good as the 1st the men were drilled a little more in preparation of the up coming fight. The battle went about the same less the Capt of the Fifth was killed leading a flanking movement upon the federal right. This move drove the federals back from there works but the great loss of our men caused us to pull out of the fight.
This was a great event, nice site with historic buildings, along with being fed very well. I will suggest we make this a yearly event. We were able to hand out several packets to folks interested in reenacting. All I can say is I had a very good time.
Perryville event preparation
By L DietzelAt this time the Perryville event will be a campaign stile event this may change. Prepare to be wet if it rains, and it may be chilly at night. I know we in the fifth don’t melt. So my suggestion would be pack your gear so you have what you need with you after a day of fighting it could be a long walk back to civilian camp. So,” what do I need to do?” You may ask, the following is a basic guide for packing.
The first thing you will need is a good size blanket with twine or small rope to tie it up with or a proper pack. The less is better is a good rule of thumb to follow because stuff = weight and weight = pain. The basics are a change of underwear, socks for each day (socks are very important), extra shirt if you wish. Personal gear tooth brush and powder, talcum powder (very important), moleskin, gum blanket and or poncho, gloves and stocking cap, a shelter tent if you wish with extra rope, you can carry wooden stakes if you wish or just rig it in the field. You may wish to split the shelter with a pard, less weight to pack and that is the way is was to be done. You may add items as you see fit.
Remember the weight thing well it still applies. Where do I put my food? Well you know that little black bag you have all your junk items in? Yes the haversack! It is intended for you to carry all the food items for the next several days. First take all the stuff from the sack and if you need it all put it in your bedroll or pack.
Ok here is the good stuff. Food stuffs to take- beef jerky, slab bacon salt or smoke cured you have to get it through the butcher, Dried beans or rice, hardtack, dried fruit, potatos sweet or normal your choice, tined oysters, apples, hard cheese, Seasonings. You may just want to pack up some MRE’s it not quite accurate but they work. The tin cans of soup and stew will get heavy real quick so you may want to limit the number of them. Here are some food stuffs the real boys may have cooked up on the fire.Desecrated vegetables- dehydrated vegetables issued in pressed blocks You can make your own by dehydrating vegetables of your choosing and placing them in to a poke bag.Salt Pork- Slab bacon is the close to what the real stuff was like. Do not get the packaged stuff in the meat section but this is uncut blocks from the butcher make sure it is cured. Cut into manageable squares and wrap in a cloth or wax paper.
Coffee beans-carry in a poke bag and crush as you need. Pain in the tookes to do.
Essence of Coffee- a tar like mix of pre made coffee just add to hot water.( instructions are in the web site)
Hardtack pudding- crush a couple (may take several) hard tack up into a powder and add water until a pie-crust consistency. Next roll in dried fruit as you like. Wrap the mix into a clean cloth and boil for one hour. You may want to add sugar or spice as needed.
What do I cook all this fine grub in? Well if you want to lug around a 10 inch iron skillet you can but a tin plate, cup with a bale, and or canteen half, along with a knife, fork and spoon, will do you fine.
The cartridges you will need for a good two days of fighting about 120 rounds should do. Pack these in a large plastic zip lock bag to keep dry and place in your bed roll. don’t forget to put a bunch in to the cartridge box. Extra tin of caps in the bedroll may be handy. Pack your musket cleaning kit also a small fold up cleaning rod and patches small amount of oil or bacon grease (after eating) will do in a pinch to get the rust off.
Well this will get you a good start on the way to being ready for Perryville. If any one has other tips you may like to post them on the Fifth’s web forum so we all can read it. Good luck and see you on the field.
Mexico MO Living History Graceland Historical Park
September 28 - 29, 2002Folks I think this will be similar to the Columbia Living history so we will have a better idea of what we will need for this one after Columbia. Please try to make this event we need to get some good drill in for our new guys before Perryville. It is hard to drill with only three or four guys on the field, just does not work. So make a effort to attend thanks! This should be a fun event to do! I don’t know how to get there but Mexico MO is not a large town, the event is located at the Graceland Historical Park on Muldrow Street there is Mexico. Should be easy to locate.
The Audrain County Historical Society’s Heritage Festival is one that is small but growing. It is held at Graceland Historical Park on Muldrow Street in Mexico, Missouri. There will be historic and modern crafters and four areas of historic interpretation: American Indian, Early Missouri Fur Trappers, 1860’s Civil War Town, and Old West.
We will set up our town with streets and basic amenities including straw, water, wood, and outhouses. There will be modern food vendors and set up may begin on Friday afternoon.
Saturday night will feature a first person candlelight tour of Graceland and all four historic period camps. Living historians are encouraged to help with the tours through the house and employment opportunities in the period town. We need all sort of different “employment” of the period so do try to present some type of occupation. We all want to dress nice any chance we get, but how often do we have the opportunity to share an occupation at an event? However, if you wish to dress in your finery and not present an occupation in the “town”, I encourage you, ladies, to bring your supper/ball gown and ,you, gentlemen, your fine suits. Please plan to do a little something in the house. General Grant is even expected to make an appearance! “Steve Fink I need you there!” The city of Mexico will provide security throughout the weekend.THIS IS NOT A BATTLE REENACTMENT; however, infantry drilling, recruiting tables, stump speeches, and the like, would be highly encouraged, as would any impromptu situations pertaining to the period. Thank you for sharing your love of the antebellum period and the War Between the States with the public. It is our responsibility to keep history alive and to teach the old ways to those who do not know.
Marker dedication Mount zion church June 2 2002
The Fifth Missouri Conducted honor guard duties for the Confederate memorial day dedication held at the Boone County Court House and also the dedication of a monument for the Battle of Mount Zion in rule Boone county. Present were Capt L Dietzel, 2nd Sgt C Crane, Cpl M White. The Monument is of the same type placed at Lexington MO and Piolt Knob MO for the honor of the Missouri state guard.
The fifth Missouri Inf. web site
You may want to check the web site over the next two weeks. I will be posting information about Perryville event when I get it. Also there will be car pool info posted soon.
Perryville Event info
The following folks are registered to attend the event. If you missed the deadline and are not registred let me know we have three open slots. You will not be allowed to pay at the gate so you need to be given the registration info so you can get into the site. If you have room for someone to ride with you let me know or if you are needing a ride let me know. Looks like Thursday night will be the departure date.
The following people have spaces available for carpooling:
Larry Dietzel 3 seats taken,
Steve Fink 3 seats available
PERRYVILLE Camping Guidelines
Historic Scenario – The majority of the civilians inhabiting the town of Perryville and the surrounding farms at the time of the battle simply left the area while the battle was ongoing. Therefore, the historical scenarios that will be created to use on the battlefield will be specifically designed to deal with the aftermath of battle and the ensuing hardships visited on the local citizens. These impressions can include local or national aid groups, refugees that are migrating through the area to either escape military encroachment or are returning to areas that the military formally occupied. Additionally, there are many documented accounts of local farm families trying to deal with the destruction of their structures and land as well as families of soldiers who have come to the area to retrieve a wounded or deceased soldier. All of these impressions are appropriate and are encouraged for Central Kentucky during the fall of 1862.Civilian participants should have an appropriate and functional impression that will conform to the above stated scenario. Civilian Guidelines –These guidelines were created to enable all civilian participants as well as the visiting public to experience a unique historical re-creation. These guidelines will be strictly enforced within the civilian living history area. Civilian Campsite – In order to assure the comfort and safety of participants period tents shall be used in an orderly fashion within the civilian living history area. This area will be open to the public and should reflect 19th century aesthetics. Anachronistic items are strictly prohibited within the civilian living history encampment. The following items are expressly prohibited: hay bales used as furnishings, modern folding chairs of any type, visible modern food packaging, visible coolers, enamelware of any kind, military flags, electronic devices, pets (animals used as livestock are welcome, please see specifications regarding horses under cavalry guidelines.) Modern vehicles other than during specified unloading and loading times. Civilian Attire – Appropriate period attire only. The following items are prohibited: modern eyeglasses, modern footwear, modern hairstyles, obvious cosmetics, and modern jewelry including wristwatches. Participants in the civilian living history are required to be in period attire the entire time the area is open to the public. Military Interaction – Interaction with the military is encouraged in the historical scenarios that are being developed for the event. However, the following items are strictly prohibited: military flags, stacked military arms or accoutrements unless they are in conjunction with a pre-determined civilian scenario, and military elements residing in the civilian camp. MIXED CAMP GUIDELINES Mixed Camp Guideline – In order to accommodate everyone who wishes to participate in the event a mixed camp has been established for individuals who find it desirable to camp as a family unit or a mixed civilian/military unit. The following guidelines were adopted to ensure the best possible experience for the participant as well as the visiting public. These guidelines will be strictly enforced. Mixed/Military Dependent Campsite - In order to assure the comfort and safety of all participants period tents may be used. Campsite shall be laid out in “company street” style. The following items or activities are strictly prohibited: modern tents, modern pop-up chairs, visible sleeping bags, visible coolers, electronic devices, and visible modern food packaging. Mixed Camp Attire - Appropriate period attire only. The following items are prohibited: modern eyeglasses, modern footwear, modern hairstyles, obvious cosmetics, and modern jewelry including wristwatches. Participants in the civilian living history are required to be in period attire the entire time the area is open to the public.
Firing weapons in camp is strictly prohibited. Vehicles may only be in camp during specified loading and unloading times.