J.D.R. Hawkins

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Reenactment Saved

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As of last week, it seemed that a staple in the Civil War reenacting world, the annual Battle of Gettysburg reenactment, had been cancelled next year. The organization that has been sponsoring the event, the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee (GAC), posted on their website:

The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee (GAC) would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to all the reenactors, visitors, and local staff that have participated in the Annual Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactments for the past 25 years; making those dusty old history books come alive. We are honored to have hosted over 100,000 reenactors, 500,000 visitors, and provided well over 1000 community staff positions. GAC has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to many worthy community organizations and supported our community economically. At this time, GAC does not anticipate organizing or hosting a 157th Reenactment.  Please refer to Destination Gettysburg’s Event Schedule for a wide array of historical, cultural and entertaining events in the Gettysburg and Adams County area throughout the year.”

How sad to end a well-participated event after doing it for 25 years. According to GAC’s Operations Manager, Randy Phiel, reeanactors’ aging demographic and varied visitor interest indicates “the hobby is declining somewhat.” He also said reenactments are most successful every five years, so spreading them out may build anticipation and visitor interest.

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Fortunately, someone has come to the rescue. According to The Washington Times, a veteran Civil War reactor from Pennsylvania plans to take over the 2020 reenactment next July. Dustin Heisey, who has been participating in reenactments since he was 14 years old, says he wants to keep the tradition alive.

“My primary focus is, let’s bring honor back into our hobby and, we’re portraying these men who sacrificed so much for their country, I want them to be remembered and I think it should be done every year,” Heisey told The (Hanover) Evening Sun.

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https://gettysburgreenactment.com

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/sep/8/gettysburg-reenactment-saved-reenactor-after-organ/

 

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville

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This weekend marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville. In commemoration, a reenactment of one of the last major battles of the Civil War took place near Four Oaks, North Carolina. The event also featured lectures, living history displays, sutlers’ tents, and soldier encampments. Thousands attended the event, which was expected to be the largest crowd to attend a Civil War reenactment in North Carolina.

The Battle of Bentonville took place near Four Oaks on March 19-21, 1865. Union General W.T. Sherman, on his rampage across the South, ripped through the state, dividing his army into two as it headed north from Fayetteville to Goldsboro. Confederate General Joseph Johnston tried to stop Sherman’s advance, but was unsuccessful when the two Union forces reunited. The battle led to Sherman’s ability to capture Raleigh on April 13.

Many spectators expressed their appreciation for the event, including Leon Dockery. “I’ve never been to a reenactment and I was curious about how that worked … I wanted (my children) to be exposed to more than what they may hear from me or read in a textbook,” he said.

More Photos

As promised, here are more pictures from last weekend’s Civil War reenactment at Pipestone, Minnesota. I hope y’all enjoy them! 

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More Cool Videos!

Hi y’all. Since I’m still working on a submission for my writing class, I will entertain you with a couple more videos that I took while at the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg reenactment. I hope you like them!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQC8_RHc30g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJOTMxM9EDk

Exciting Videos!

Hi everyone,

Since I’m in a writing class this week, I’m going to cheat on my blog by posting some more videos of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg reenactment. Hope you enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-WhmxQ2-sE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i8cdM2sw_I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vjnMdX7GGU

Gettysburg 150th

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(J.E.B. Stuart posing with one of my books)

My trip to Gettysburg was amazing! I met so many great people there during the course of four days, including other authors, local celebrities, and reenactors. From what I was told, the event drew over 300,000 people. The battles were awesome, and the dance on Saturday night was so much fun!

While in the author’s tent, I met Jeff Shaara, as well as Dan Nance, whose painting is featured on the cover of one of my books. I also met Abraham Lincoln, General Robert E. Lee, General Custer, and General J.E.B. Stuart!

While at the reenactment, I obtained enough footage to make a book trailer or two for my Renegade Series. Thanks to everyone for your continued support! Because of you, I sold out of books and received numerous orders. The event was a huge success!

Battle of Collierville (pt. 2)

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As promised, here are more great photos of last weekend’s 149th anniversary Civil War reenactment of the Battle of Collierville in Collierville, Tennessee.

I would like to extend a special thanks to Lee Millar for inviting me, and to everyone who attended.

I had a great time talking to people about my new novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, the sequel, A Beckoning Hellfire, and my Renegade Series.

I had so much fun at this event that I encourage everyone to attend next year’s reenactment. Personally, I can’t wait!

Three Civil War Reenactments

Last weekend marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. For the occasion, numerous events were scheduled to take place at Antietam National Battlefield Park near Sharpsburg, Maryland. The battle, which transpired on September 17, 1862, was the bloodiest single day in American history. Over 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or missing. Last weekend, hundreds of spectators and reenactors transcended upon sacred soil to recreate the terrible ordeal.

Another reenactment that took place last weekend was the 150th anniversary Battle of Farmington near Corinth, Mississippi. The original battle, May 3-5, 1862, occurred following the Battle of Shiloh, when Confederate troops were forced southward by the Union army. The result was a skirmish near Farmington, Mississippi, followed by a clash at Corinth, which happened October 3-4, 1862.

Next weekend, the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Collierville will take place at Schilling Farms in Collierville, Tennessee. Four minor battles took place in Collierville over a three-month period in 1863. The two largest battles were on October 11 and November 3. The battle on October 11 was the largest land battle ever to be fought in Shelby County. This weekend, special events are slated to commemorate the battles. For more information, please visit: http://colliervillebattle.org/

Virginians Have All the Fun

It’s times like these I wish I lived in Virginia. Sure, Mississippi is nice (and hot!) in the summer, and there are lots of Civil War events slated for next month. But the place to be right now for Civil War action is in Virginia.

Some reenactments that have recently transpired include a depiction of J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry riding around McClellan, which took place in June. How much fun that must have been! Last weekend was the 150th Battle of 2nd Manassas/Bull Run in Middletown, Virginia. With the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States in full swing, there are plenty more events coming up.

Tomorrow will be the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Mountain in Culpeper County. August 17-19 is the reenactment of the Battle of Saltville, as well as a Civil War show in Richmond. The weekend of August 24 will be the 150th Second Manassas Anniversary Event, and the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Kettle Run at Bristoe Station Battlefield Park. At nearby Sharpsburg, Maryland, the 150th Battle of Antietam-Sharpsburg is scheduled to take place the weekend of September 14-16. And the 148th Battle of Cedar Creek is slated for October 20-21 in Middletown, Virginia.

The daddy of them all will be the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. I strongly recommend reserving your hotel room now. (I went online to reserve one yesterday and they were all sold out in Gettysburg and Hanover, and half were sold out in York.)

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