Our Ft. Stevens living history was another wonderful time full of demonstrations, training, and squad on squad tacticals. Pvt. Hanks and his friend joined us this weekend to try out our unit, share some laughs, and get trained in using multiple firearms. In all, we had a good turn out and we were all very to happy to see Cpl. Spiekerman again.
The height of fun for everyone were the tactical competitions that were carefully planned and ref'd by our amazing corporals. Privates Severson and Cook were squad leaders and the battles that ensued around the fort were entertaining for the public, too. Fighting across the grounds of a historic fort really gave a tantalizing glimpse of how exciting reenacting can be when not stuck on "football field" battlefields. We even got in some hand to hand combat and bayonet charges. If you listen quietly, you can almost hear a mainstreamer yell, "safety violation!" Many event organizers like small, boring fields because "it's better for the public." Well, in our experience this weekend, families would pull over on the side of the park road and walk over to watch us shoot around buildings and the deuce and half tour truck routinely passed by full of visitors. It is possible to have mixed terrain, buildings, and even trees to provide an even more engaging viewing experience. The squad leaders did a good job and each one won a battle. The skipper and I fell in with each squad as either a person to guard or as a wild-card private. We had fun keeping everyone on their toes.
Camp life was quite relaxed with Severson working hard to get a jump on his new role as company quartermaster. Since the 4th of July fell mid-week this year, fort attendance was down but we still worked with some good sized crowds. During the lulls, we shot some more YouTube videos and I worked on figuring out our new audio recording gear. Private Cook and the Skipper enjoyed loading the target rifles as if they were light artillery. It certainly drew in the crowds.
The Battle of Chehalis is coming up soon so be sure to watch the weather forecasts and prepare yourself accordingly. Pvt. Soderling will be filling in for Cpl. Hardway, so we'll be doing extra drill to get the company ready for lots of movement. You still have plenty of time to stock up on rounds and caps on your own. The company ordnance stores are running low so feel free to visit a sporting good store and at least purchase some caps.
Lastly, let's all be sure to keep in touch for a bivouac/live fire camp out. The more everyone is curious and willing to help coordinate, the more likely it will happen. I've ordered sixty more rounds and will be selling them if we have the event.