The Battle of Cheney turned out to be a wonderful event. Everyone was excited to be back to reenacting with larger numbers again. The days were full of training, drilling, and comradery. We were happy to welcome the 79th NY to fall in with us for drill and battle. We were also happy to welcome new recruit Pvt. House-Higgins as our new runner. In addition to being a great soldier, he also managed to take prisoners with only a sword scabbard. Cpl. Severson also took out the remnants of a secesh company with only his pistol. We were also happy to welcome Pvt. Izzard. Pvt. Izzard was an incredible help around the camp, great on the field, and wonderful company for the weekend.
In addition to camp life, we also had the opportunity for some important recognition and ceremony. Pvt. Severson received his warrant as corporal, several soldiers earned their corps badge, and Cpl. Hardway was distinguished with the Sharpshooter Medal of Honor for her years of service prior to retirement.
Additional surprises included a visit from Cpl. Soderling (2nd USSS Co. D ret.) who, showing up in time for drill, took charge for a company stress test. Though retired, Cpl. Soderling still has all the fire and knowledge to keep the enlisted at their fighting best. We are proud of the hard work, dedication, and commitment of our incredible NCO corps. The deepest thanks from all of us to everyone who could make it and contribute to making such great event.
The weather was cool and damp making for a rare, comfortable treat on a Memorial Day weekend. Something I'm sure will not return for the Battle of Union Gap later this month. Prior to Gap, we encourage everyone to train, hydrate, and thoughtfully plan out their diets for what will likely be an incredibly hot weekend.