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Christmas Party

Posted by 2nd Sgt. Simpul on November 24, 2012 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (2)

Who is coming?

Tactical

Posted by Coffee on July 10, 2012 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Howdy Fellow Texans,

I wanted to say a few words about the tactical on June 9-10, this year. I had the honor representing the 4th Texas this year and had very good time. Upon my arrival, I was disappointed to see that I was the only member of the 4th who made it there. CB from the 1st Louisiana was there, and thus I was not the ONLY confederate. However, before delving too much further into this discourse, I wanted to commend Jim Munson for his hard work in providing an outstanding venue for a tactical. Had there been greater numbers, the terrain could have been used to greater advantage.

Because of the lack of confederate presence, it was decided that we would be evenly divided into two forces. The colors of the objectives were silver, and the other blue, (pleasing to my sensibilities as a Dallas fan!). The dividing of the forces worked out well once we determined everyone's various levels of experience. I was assigned to the silver force. During the initial encounter with the blue force, it was quickly determined that the blue force had the initial advantage of training and experience. This was later resolved in the evening session. Most of the silver force was killed or captured in fairly short order, but I was able to evade the remaining blue force and capture their object. I was then able to evade capture for the next three to four hours, and was able to present the objective to a referee. What I didn't know, was that at some point in the morning, the rest of my silver force was galvanized into the blue force in an attempt to locate me! I was quite surprised to see part of my force joined with the blue force trying to flush me out! My saving moment came when the coordinator called a break in the action for lunch and to re-organize.

The afternoon/evening session was much more evenly divided, and a lot more shooting and fighting was accomplished. I had a grand time ambushing federals that afternoon, and my surviving partner (the First Sergeant of the 79th), and I won the afternoon when were able to kill all of the remaining opposing force from a very good elevated position of cover and concealment.

I was not able to stay for Sunday's session and due to the low over-all numbers, we chose not to make it an all night endeavor. The negatives of the event, were that the weather did not cooperate this year and the numbers were low, due I think partially to the weather, but also to the parade event in Portland. As a remedy, it was discussed amongst us hardy few that it might be better to schedule next year's tactical in August, when there are no conflicting NCWC events, and the weather should certainly be warmer and dryer!!

In conclusion, I would earnestly encourage everyone to attend the tactical next year. It is a great opportunity to put your experience and equipment to the test, or to get a whole new perspective of our hobby. If the numbers are large enough, we may also be able to battle on into and through the night!

Deo Vindice!

Coffee

News from Winter Quarters

Posted by Gattman on March 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (2)

Congratulations to Sgt Major John Kirkpatrick!

Obviously, we will be replacing the 1st Sgt pending word from Captain Bosshardt. Whoever takes that position will be expected to fulfill the responsibilty with respect to the legacy of the position, and to lead the men by example.

In other news, Corporal Monson of the 4th Texas band will be performing bugle calls for the entire battalion this year. Soldiers will learn the bugle calls as they are played but the most interesting for us is that when the Colonel wants to summon the Texans, the bugler will sound The Yellow Rose; we, in turn, will respond with a hearty yell.

Another WQ development is a new drill maneuver for the company to attack artillery. We worked this out with them so that we all know what to expect. Essentially, rather than charging the gun head-on (as Hood would have, with 50% casualties), the two platoons will wheel forward away from each other, turn to column of 2, dash up the hill (around the 75' cone) and upon reaching the flank of the guns, will execute a right/left flank and then charge bayonets. When artillery sees this move being executed they will not reload, and will withdraw the powder box so we can keep shooting at them if we want.

It's going to be a fun year!

Gettysburg 150th Reenactment?

Posted by Darin Richardson on January 6, 2012 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (4)

Ok, I know that very few Texans actually read this blog, but I was wondering about the 150th Gettysburg reenactment.  I am planning to register for it as soon as it becomes available.  Question is: Are we going to attempt to go back as a unit, or is it an "every person for themselves" thing?  If we want to go back as our own company, then we need some sort of group consensus and coordinate, and nominate someone to be the trip planner or leader or something.  If we do not come to some sort of decision by Willamette Mission, Erika and I will just register ourselves.  We may have room to take one more person with us, since we are driving back there.  We would be willing to haul weapons, powder, and caps in our trailer for a group who wants to go and meet us there.

McIvar

Posted by Renee McGee on September 27, 2011 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Just wany to say how great the event was.  Everyone helping each other,   first time we didn't  have to worry about having enough wood(thanks John for the cooking fire wood run) .   I really liked the laid back schedule.  Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Christmas Party.

Renee McGee 

Re Lt Gattman's. . .

Posted by Richard Monson on September 7, 2011 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I was asked if I was a General.  I think you know how tempting. . .  Fishing is at its best when you are reeling 'em in

Re Lt Gattman's pice about Berns work

Posted by Jay on August 29, 2011 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Howdy Ell Tee.  A fellow Texian who oddly enough is in Texas. I am only with you in spirit being long since too old & lame to participate in the field.  Besides, if you'll check our site's forum, you'll observed I was killed at Gettysburg anyway...

But in reference to the Lt's comment:

"You will hear all about their great-great-odd granduncle who fought in some Indiana regiment--steady!---whom, you will note silently, any righteous Texan would have aimed to kill."

Let's not forget that with the exception of Longstreet's jaunt west, the Texas brigade would have had but few opportunities drawing a bead on a member of an Indiana regiment.  More likely a New Englander or New Yorker who might have escaped the 5th at 2nd Mannassas or the tough so and so's of the iron Brigade.

Still, it will be good to go a second round of that work again.


We must also be prepared to keep tempers and a straight face as circumstances dictate, of the rather odd questions that can come our way.  I recall on one occaission a gentleman (old enough to know better) on observing the prevalence of Star devices among us hesitatingly asked is we were, umm, Communists! )8^{( (This was before the fall of the Berlin wall.)  We hastened to reassure him that it was the Lone Star of Texas and to get away from that relieved individual before he got injured. (Many of us had served in the armed forces and took some exception to the comment, ignorant or not.)

C'mon let's bring this to life - say something

Posted by Richard Monson on August 13, 2011 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (3)

Our Webmaster is working to keep this moving as are some others.  I enter to see what is going on and say nothing.  I think I should say something when I sign in.  I am guilty of not helping to make this site alive - are you?

Looking for pieces for my basic kit

Posted by . on June 22, 2011 at 12:56 AM Comments comments (1)

my name is jake richardson, i was at mt. pisgah in may. i was the younger new guy. anyways, i am working on finding places to get items for gear, i already know most of the websites: milk creek, fall creek, two flags, but i was wondering if anybody had any pieces of gear they were willing to sell me for not to extraordinary of a price, im looking for everything for my basic kit. i do have a couple items, its a "long" list:

                                                                                                                 1.Canteen

                                                                                                                 2. CS plate with fork and spoon



                                        call me at 503-366-2757,  or email me at [email protected]

Texas brigade Books at Affordable Prices on Amazon.com

Posted by Darin Richardson on April 2, 2011 at 12:59 AM Comments comments (2)

Fellow Texans,

Amazon.com has a variety of books, both original and reprints, of Hood's Texas Brigade.  I recently bought the one written by J.B.Polley, Hood's Texas Brigade: It's Marches, It's Battles, It's Achievements, for only $26, and there is one on there for $19.99.  The Chaplain Davis book is very affordable, and I just purchased From Gaines' Mill to Appomattox, which tells the history of Company E of the 4th Texas written by Harold Simpson.  Just type "Hood's Texas Brigade" in the search area on Amazon.com and they will come up.  I am still waiting for Simpson's Hood's Texas Brigade: Lee's Grenadier Guard to go down in price, since that one is kind of spendy because it hasn't been reprinted in many years.  Just thought y'all might want to know.


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