Monday, August 24, 2009
Fun at Bentonville Battlefield
I went to Bentonville Battlefield on Saturday, the trip having two purposes. First, was to assist the site with their living history program. Second, was to gather all of the 19th century instructors for the upcoming artillery certification class and go over some details. The instructors crewed Bentonville's 3-inch ordnance rifle and conducted three demonstrations for the public over the course of the day. We also talked about the upcoming course, made sure we were all on the same page in terms of how the drill will be taught, and took step-by-step photos of the misfire procedure for inclusion in a PowerPoint I am putting together. The PowerPoint will go step-by-step through the whole drill and misfire procedure for firing a 19th century artillery piece. This will be burned onto a CD and placed in every student's class materials folder. Hopefully, we will eventually do CDs for 18th century artillery and both century's small arms as well. For those that are visual learners this should be a big help. Though we endured some pretty heavy thunderstorms, we accomplished all that needed to be done and got all our demonstrations in as well. All in all, not a bad day!