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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 12/07/2004 13:36:26 EDT
Subject: RE: Official Re-enactor Indifference

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Dave,

Even though I'd like to answer yours with some comments of signallists using Sibley tents in 1864... I'm glad to that you've asked about Rob Hodge, campaigning re-enactors and availability the Confederate supply waggon [a 19th c. sp'g]....

On July 16, 1864,... "members of the 21st New York Cavalry swept across what is now Loudoun Valley’s campus to intercept the Confederate wagons at what was then known as Heaton’s Crossroads. During the ensuing battle, Union forces captured 200 wagons and 150 prisoners.

Hearing the attack, Confederate generals Robert E. Rodes and Stephen D. Ramseur counterattacked, recapturing 118 wagons and all but 54 of the men who had been captured.
Nonetheless, the 300 members of the 21st New York sent back 37 wagons full of booty Early’s troops had taken in Eastern [? misprint of typo perhaps] Maryland to their headquarters in Harpers Ferry, W.Va."

Source: The 348th Civil War Trails Marker dedicated on Tuesday, August 26th, on the campus of Loudoun Valley High School place by a Virginia Civil War Trails Commission http://www.loudoun.k12.va.us/news/2003_2004/september/civil.htm

I'd also like to mention that on the eve of many engagements, excepting ambulances for the most part, canvas tentage was nowhere to be found near the battle lines.

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