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October 2003

2003 Up Coming Events

October 17-19

Dollinger Farm, Minooka, IL

November 9 Color Guard Ceremony – Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, IL
December 6  Christmas Party, Joliet, IL, 6 pm


It’s time to think about the rank elections.  With some new guys in the unit we feel the need to explain that anybody can run for any position.  Don’t worry if you don’t think you’re qualified for it.  We’ll train you.

To help you better understand the duties involved, here is a thumbnail explanation of each:

Corporal – They have three functions:

  1. To head up minor work details (fetching wood, filling canteens, etc.).
  2. Helping the sergeants keep the battle line straight.
  3. Keeping the men in your section of the line quiet and focused unless at rest.

Second Sergeant – Two main duties here:

  1. He’s the left guide for the company.
  2. When our left flank is covered, he falls back into the file closer rank and handles any problems with muskets.

First Sergeant – Is in charge of running the company.  Handles all administrative duties.  It’s true, the officers command but the sergeants are in charge.

First Lieutenant – Is in command when the captain is not there or takes command of half the company if the company is split in two.  He must attend all officer meetings at events in case something happens that the captain is away and he needs to take over.

Captain – Commands the company.  This includes attending all event officer call.  Takes all the heat for everything that goes wrong from being camped to far from the sutlers to rain.

If this doesn’t scare you off, think about running for one of the positions.  It would be nice if there was a race for each of the ranks.

Chaplains Corner
By Chaplain Jerry Kowalski

There are times when I think of weddings and am reminded of the scene in a “Robin Hood” type movie where the bishop performing the ceremony starts out with (cleft pallet and all) “Marrrwidge…” and is then cut off by the evil villain trying to hook up with the good guy’s main squeeze.  I try hard for this not to happen at ceremonies with which I am involved.  Although the temptation is there.

This fall there will be an exchange of Wedding Vows at Marengo and renewal of vows at Princeton and Minooka.  This is where I stand theologically on the matter.  Marriage is a sacrament conferred by the husband and wife (here read man and woman) upon each other.  It is witnessed by the clergyman and the community.  The relationship is between the man, the woman and God.  The community can do a lot to help make or break a marriage, but ultimately it is the three of them and the relationship they have with one another that determine the success they enjoy.  The role of the state in this matter is to keep track of who is on first, and what is on second.  Estate matters and taxation are the realm of Caesar – but God wants the hearts and minds of His children.  My role is to remind you of this simple fact; God loves you, and wants you to be happy with Him in this life and in the next.  The partner He has given you is to be a help along the way.

Civilian Honors at Lockport

Alicia Leicht won the overall youth division at the ladies fair for flower arranging.  Vicki Brown’s friend Ashley also won 3rd place in floral arranging.  Beth Gough took 3rd place in cooking.  Diane Gough and Mary Gutzke took 1st place in cooking.  Kudo’s to all who took part.  Thanks to Jerry Kowalski for his left over sweet potatoes that were the main ingredient in the winning “Sweet Potato Pone.”

Let’s try and take all the places next year.  It’s fun and easy to do.

If I’ve missed anyone please let me know, we want all our people to be recognized for what they’ve done.

Spider Back Up Info

Last month we told you about the spiders being reproduced by Dennis Anvil.  Some of you have asked for some back up on it, if it was really found in the field and so fourth.

It just so happens that in last months issue of the Camp Chase Gazette they have the last part of an article on washer women traveling with the armies.  The photo on the first page shows a camp, in the field, and in the lower left hand corner is a spider on the ground with a large soup spoon leaning against it.  Talk about timing.

It’s a useful bit of mess gear and a steal at the price.

Fall Out
By Ken Gough

By the time this comes out there will really be just our event left at Dollinger Farm.  The end of another season.  What have we learned?  Isn’t that the real reason that most of us reenact in the first place?

When most people read about the Civil War, the picture in their minds eye is 2-D.  They can see the movement of the troops and if the author is really good can see the smoke and hear the noise of battle.  How much further can they go sitting in their armchair.

We as reenactors can sit in that same chair, read the same book, and are carried away with the same sights and sounds of battle.  But wait.

Close your eyes.

Isn’t that the sulfur taste of black powder in your mouth.  The top of your uniform sleeve is turning dirty white from all the times you’ve mopped your face with it.  You have a burn on the inside of your wrist where it touched a hot barrel instead of the fore stock.  We may not know the terror of battle but we can “see” so much more.

How about camp?  Think back, isn’t that the taste of coffee with a faintly “tinny” flavor?  Don’t burn your lip on the rim again.  How about the spot of rage you felt when Pvt. John Doe walked past and dumped three coffee cups over when he tripped over the end of a log.  And you were so looking forward to that coffee.  Think about all the nights spent trying to sleep in sweat soaked clothes, the whine of mosquitoes in your ear, knowing you won’t be dry by morning.  When you did get up you saw all that orange on your musket and dress parade is in a couple hours.

When I think about it, we must have a very large screw loose.  But we do “see” so much more in that damn book.


Saturday morning at Dollinger Farm Mark Zurek is taking the unit photo.  We would like it if all of our members, military and civilian, were at the old red barn across the street from the house at 9 am sharp.


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