Saturday, May 10, 2008
Today I attended an artillery certification course sponsored by Andrews' Battery and the National Civil War Artillery Association. The course was held at the Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield and lunch was graciously provided by Wayne County Tourism. I knew most of the artillery units present, but there were a few that I was not familiar with. Even though the historic sites in our division are authorized to only use the National Park Service drill, the volunteer artillery units that attend our programs all use the NCWAA drill. That being the case, I think it's important for me to be certified in their drill so that I fully understand both. I think it shows that I am not closed-minded and am willing to learn how they do things. I may not like everything about their drill, but I certainly don't dismiss it as many others might. All in all, it was an enjoyable day and those who had a hand in planning and conducting this course should be thanked and commended. They did a good job and I'm glad I was there.