Monday, March 15, 2010
Gearing Up For "The Big One"
If you've followed the blog at all much lately, you've seen that this is the 145th anniversary year for many of the larger Civil War battles in North Carolina. This weekend is the biggest of them all, the Battle of Bentonville. This event commands the most resources of any event our Division ever organizes. It pulls in staff from literally all over the state, as well as multitudes of volunteers to handle every imaginable task. I won't bore you with all the minutiae, but suffice it to say that this event becomes the focus of the majority of the Division for the better part of a month. There are some staff who will be at Bentonville more days and longer hours than I will be, but this year marks my heaviest involvement ever in this event. I will be in charge of all black powder safety and weapons inspections, as well as on field safety during the battle scenarios. I will be at Bentonville on Wednesday for school day and media day, then will return first thing Friday morning and remain there until the show is over late Sunday afternoon. The weekend will definitely be a busy one with 3,500 reenactors and approximately 30,000 spectators. Should be interesting if nothing else.