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Encampment at Pittsburg Landing Event Update 2-6-07

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  • Encampment at Pittsburg Landing Event Update 2-6-07

    Planning for the Encampment at Pittsburg Landing event on April 13-15 is going great. The webpage has been updated

    and covers the following new information:

    - 8th Illinois Research page now has a link for "Hare's Brigade's Movements at Shiloh"

    - Roster of registered participants has been added (dated 2-5-07)

    - We now have a Regimental Surgeon, David Furukawa
    Bugler, Matt Grubb
    Staff Clerk - Chadd Wilson

    - Living History Guidelines have been updated. These are critcial for all participants to read. We have a defined LH vision for the event and we need everyone to understand it prior to the event. This will make for a unique experience for both the reenactor and the spectators.
    This page will also explain how the Regimental Sutlery and PayCall will work.

    - All participants will be assigned a first person name from the actual roles
    of the 8th Illinois. These will be posted and updated on the "Roster" page
    as we get closer to the event.

    - We still need full-time commissary volunteers (male, civilian impressions allowed), a couple more wall tents and A-frame tents and a bit more cooking gear.

    - Again note that early registration ends on February 14th! For those that
    register early, you will be entered into a drawing to win a free wetplate
    sitting and wetplate from Wendall Decker and we also some other items
    to raffle off as well. So if you are planning to attend, register early!

    Jim Butler

    "these tents were shelter for up to 12 men; but in fixed camp use, as many as 20 men were made to share one tent. In cold or rainy weather, when every opening is closed, they are most unwholesome tenements, and to enter one of them of a rainy morning from the outer air, and encounter the night’s accumulation of nauseating exhalations from the bodies of twelve men (differing widely in their habits of personal cleanliness) was an experience which no old soldier has ever been known to recall with any great enthusiasm. Of course the air was of the vilest sort, and it is surprising to see how men endured it as they did."
    from Billings, Hardtack and Coffee (courtesy of Tom Ezell)
    Jim Butler