Monthly Archives: August 2010

CIVIL WAR SKIRMISH: CARTER’S MANSION AUGUST 26-27, 2010


Cannon Corp

This weekend, the 2nd Civil War Skirmish took place at the Carter Mansion. It was a different feel than living in the  18th century but the smell of black powder and camp fire was familiar.

A small group of Militia members dressed in itchy Confederate kit and demonstrated infantry and gunning skills to a rather impressive crowd on Friday and Saturday. Chad Bogart, CJ Davis, Jason Davis’s father, Jason, Randy and Sterling Curde and Jeff Johnson formed the nucleus of the troops. On Friday, Ronnie Lail, Tim Massey, Sherry Hyder and Monique Johnson, ranger at Warrior’s Path Park were there and on Saturday, John Large,  Mike Coon, Ramona Invidiato, Dave and Sherry Shook, and Monique Johnson, came out and had fun.

Mr. Davis was the leader of the cannonade group. He has das monster cannon in his personal  collection (it’s size escapes me but it’s BIG) and the men explained out to clean out and swab the barrel, load powder and ball and let it rip. They did some precision marching, learned their right from left foot, talked about medical issues , the roll of  young boys in the service during the War years and let the children join in for some hands on experience.

Forage Stew and other great eats

CJ made a great Forage Stew for lunch; it was a venison stew rich with veggies, fresh bread , hard tack for those who wanted a jaw breaking experience, salt pork, goobers and for dessert, Ramona dragged in a 12 inch deep dish apple- rum raisin pie. The public shared in the vittles and there were no left overs.

There was a skirmish both days. A hungry gang of Confederate soldiers were foraging in the Carter’s garden  for food and there was an angry confrontation between them and the Carters and their neighbors who were sympathetic to the Union cause. It ended up with shots being fired on both sides.  For a small, in house event, there was plenty to see and do and I was impressed by the number of people who came to watch and experience. There were some familiar faces in the crowd; Ken and Retha and John Cornett and his wife came.

This was the first time I ever saw or participated in a Civil War event and it was a lot of fun and I will definitely do it again.  Check out the Webshot album, Civil War Skirmish 2010, in Webshots for more pictures.

The “Boss” and Molly 80 years late

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MILITIA CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS FOR THE FORT TREE


RAG ORNAMENT

To the Washington County Militia,

Greetings all. Even though its still summer and the weather is hot, its time to think about our Christmas events at the park. As you know Sherri Hyder has spearheaded the Militia Christmas Tree decorating for the tree exhibit at the park for the month of December. Attached is a list of Christmas Tree ornaments that we would like to have made for the Militia Tree. Sherri will be at the park this Sunday with recipes and directions for the making of these ornaments. Anyone wishing to participate can visit with Sherri this Sunday and she will be happy to instruct you on what to do. These ornaments will be used on the tree and will also be available for purchase during the annual Christmas Craft show at the park this November. All proceeds will go toward the Militia.

Take Care,

Captain Bogart

ITEMS TO MAKE FOR THE MILITIA

CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE

Yarn dolls                                                                                            Cloth bows

Yarn angels                                                                                         salt dough ornaments

Cornhusk angels

Wool Roving Angels

Pinecone ornaments

Candles

St. Brigid’s Cross

Applesauce Ornaments

Dried Fruit

            Apples

            Oranges

Cinnamon Sticks

Stick Ornaments

Candle Ornament made of wood

Wooden stars

Nails and other blacksmith products

Quilted ornaments

Dried Vegetable ornaments such as peppers, beans, etc.

Rag Strips

Raisin/Currant ornaments

Popcorn strung

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Guillespie House Descendant Speaks About Its History


Every night I monitor this blog site and I approved a comment that is worth reprinting as a post in full. The writer, Gerald Jack,  somehow saw the blog about Doug  and Donna Ledbetter’s get-together and wrote about what he knew about his  ancestor and original owner of Doug and Donna’s house. It’s just too bad he lives in California. I am printing it here in full.

Hello, My name is Gerald Jack of San Gabriel, California. My great great great great grandfather, Colonel George Gillespie’s 1792 stone house is in Limestone, TN. It is one of the first stone houses built in Tennesse and is listed in the National Historic Houses. Col. George Gillespie’s daughter, Martha Gillespie, married my great great great grandfather Jeremiah Jack who lived on the Nolichucky in 1778. Davy Crockett was born in his log cabin on adjoining property across Big Limestone Creek from George Gillespie property and directly across from the land owned by Jeremiah Jack. I wish I could have been at the celebration. The following is taken from J. G. M. Ramsey’s “Annals of Tennessee” Ramsey says that the rapid emigration to Nollichucky had caused such a shortage of food that, during a short period of comparative peace with the Indians, Jeremiah Jack and William Rankin of Greene County (with perhaps two companions), undertook a trip into the Indian country to barter with the natives. They stocked their canoes with the homemade clothing so dear to the redskins and descended the French Broad and Holston Rivers (now called the Tennessee). “They reached Coiatee without interruption. The warriors of that place refused to exchange or sell the corn, and manifested other signs of suspicion, if not of open enmty. They entered the canoe and lifted up some wearing apparel living in it, and which covered their rifles. This discovery increased the willingness of the Indians to trade, and they began to show a disposition to offer violence to their white visitants. The beloved woman, Nancy Ward, was happily present, and was able by her commanding influence to appease their wrath, and to bring about friendly feelings between the parties. The little Indians were soon clad in the home made vestments brought by the traders — the canoe was filled with corn, and the white men started on their return voyage well pleased with the exchange they had made, and especially with the kind offices of the beloved woman. On their return, the white men landed and camped one night, a mile above the mouth of the French Broad, on the north bank of the little sluice of that river. Mr. Jack was so well pleased with the place, that he afterwards selected it as his future residence, and actually settled and improved it on his emigration to the present Knox county in 1787″ I would loved to have taken a canoe ride down the Nolichucky and experienced what it was like for Jeremiah Jack. Seven of my family, including me, attended the May 20, 2010, in Charlotte, North Carolina, unveiling of the $525,000 bronze statue of Captain James Jack on hoseback, delivering the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on May 20, 1775, 14 months before Jefferson’s July 4, 1776 Declaration. North Carolina was the first colony to declare it’s independence from England. We had a great time. SR President Terry Davenport of Morristown, TN attended. I’m a member of the board of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of California. Last September we hosted the Trienniaal in Glendale, CA and voted in Terry Davenport as President of the General Society of the Sons of the Revolution. Captain James Jack is my first cousin six times removed. Jeremiah Jack is a nephew of Captain Jack’s father, Patrick Jack Jr., a tavern keeper in Charlotte. The first thing the British did when they came to Charlotte was to burn down the tavern as it was known as a “Hornet’s Nest” for conspiring against the British. I enjoy receiving the e-mails. I wish I lived closer to attend the gatherings. Best regards, Gerald “Jerry” Jack

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Davy Crockett Days, August 14-15


Diana O'Neal and Little One

Crockett Days was a huge success this past weekend at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park celebrating Davy Crockett’s birthday August 17, 1786.  Many of the Washington County Militia were there to help with the festivities.  In spite of  the blistering heat, everyone enjoyed the many scheduled events .  Mark Halback, Park Ranger at the Birthplace, did an awesome job of putting this event together.

Steve

Steve Ricker was there to demonstrate frontier life and all the necessities including his flintlock skills and birchbark canoe.  Chad Bogart brought out his musical instruments playing tunes from long ago.  Art Lang and Cathy Ciolac entertained visitors with tunes on the front porch of the Crockett Cabin. An auction of period items which helped raise money for the Crockett Education Fund.  Fellow re-enactors held demonstrations at their tents as well with Carter’s store, weaving, making dogbane cordage, Cherokee story telling, frontier life, and black powder demonstrations.  Topping off Saturday was a camp feed featuring burgers and hotdogs cooked by Mark Halback with other covered dish items provided by the re-enactors.

Sherry and Randy canoeing

Later that evening Randy Curde and I made our way to the river to enjoy a canoe trip down the Nolichucky.  Sunday proved to be as equally entertaining starting with the Sunday morning service held in the time period fashion (forgive me, the ministers name slips my memory)  He did such a good job that I felt the Lord’s forgiveness for all the cussing done as we put up our tents in the blistering heat on Friday evening.  We missed Mike and Ramona as she was rendered speechless from laryngitis and Sherri and Nat Hyder as his father unfortunately was hospitalized with mini stokes.  Let’s keep them in our prayers.  No wonder that David and I think this is one of our favorite events! Thanks to Tim Massey and Gail Ellis for the pictures.

Crockett Cabin

(MOLLY NOTE: Thanks to Sherry shook for this great article. Thanks also to Gail Ellis and Tim Massey for these wonderful photos)

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HEADS UP! BUNCHES OF INFO FROM CAPT. BOGART!!!


Walnut Grove Plantation near Spartanburg, SC. On the way to Guilford Courthouse.To the Washington County Militia,

For those who heard the Colonel’s request to be at the Meeting of the Friends of Sycamore Shoals. That meeting is not tonight but next Thursday the 19th.

Take Care

Captain Bogart

Chad also sent the following events which are special invitations to the Militia. I don’t know about the others but I understand that Musgrove Mills and Walnut Grove are wonderful events and can you can only participate if your group has an established rep. We’re coming up in the world, boys!

Doe River Gorge “Father – Son Challenge”

Sept. 10 – 12 (for sons ages 8 – 12)

Oct. 8 – 10 (For sons ages 13 and up)

Please call 423-725-4010

This is a Father – Son retreat dealing with all things outdoors. The coordinator thought it would be interesting to have historic hunting, fishing, trekking, and firearms presented. Expences will paid for your supplies. I told him that if someone could attend they would personally contact them.

Dedication of the Piney Flats Village

Sept. 11

Please call Mrs. Hunigan 423-538-6388 or Mrs. Pierce 423-538-6235

This is an all day celebration in which Piney Flats, TN will be dedicated as a “Historic Village” They would like to have both colonial and native re-enactors present. Again, if you can attend please personally contact these ladies.

Musgrove’s Mill

August 14 – 15

This is a personal invite from Captain John Moss of the South Carolina Rangers.

 

Walnut Grove Plantation

Spartanburg, SC

October 2 –3

This is also a personal invite from Captain John Moss of the South Carolina Rangers. John has been put in charge of this event, and from what I hear it’s a really nice event.

John and his group have been really supportive of our new unit so if you can attend I’m sure he would be personally grateful.

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The Carter Mansion Celebration; August 7-8


Having dunyet, Dave (Doan)?

What a fantastic weekend to have an event at the Carter Mansion!!! Yes, it was hot but with the low humidity, not nearly as uncomfortable as it could have been.  Saturday was hugely busy and  there was a great turnout by the public and Militia. I saw two new faces who dressed out this weekend; Dave Doan and Amy Aprile. That was a pleasure. When the colors were raised at 10 AM , there were people all over to honor the flag and the memorial to the Carter family at the nearby cemetery. The Watauga Fife and Drum showed out, let me tell you, with the variety and beauty of their playing. All day, there were demos; flint knapping,  dying with natural materials, soap making, slatting a chair bottom, cooking, brick making to show how the colonials made the bricks  for the house and what to do with gourds.

Throughout the day, people got to take a guided tour of the Carter Mansion. Thanks to the generosity of a local man who donated furniture for all the rooms , the house is now well furnished- about 90 percent original and looks WONDERFUL. My favorite piece is in the main hall, a large chest dated 1747.

At 12 PM, Sherry Hyder served the best tasting Brunswick stew/ soup, corn bread, fresh fruits, peach pie and other dessert goodies. Sooooo good and fresh tasting.

At 1 PM on both days, Joh Carter  directed  the Colonials to repel the Tories who were trying to take the deed books. The scenarios were very exciting and people really took it seriously. Retha and Ken took some wonderful pictures and they are posted to an album in Webshots called Carter Mansion  2010. Check out the ones of Doug Ledbetter and Sherry Hyder and Sherry Shook and “Chief” to see just how seriously people took this scenario.

Look at the body language of Doug Ledbetter. One determined fighter!

 What was really rather neat was the training exercise called “Fix Bayonets” where the members and anyone interested had to try to bayonet an apple suspended from a tree. Richard Ellis won the honors (and he didn’t even use the Earl Slagle Jab!).

James Garland and Cpt. Bogart regaled the audience with a medley of tunes played on handcrafted and period instruments. It was really wonderful- I was impressed by the variety of instruments can play, especially the banjo, and all the music that fellow knows. Finally the colors were retired at 4:30 and you could really tell that the public  was reluctant to go home.

The evening proved  to be relaxing and Sunday was pretty much an easy day with Worship service at 11 AM and skirmish at 1 PM.

It was a jewel of a muster and everyone had a good time. By the way, check out the corned beef recipe on the ” Let’s Burn Something” site. I actually corned venison using that recipe and kept it marinating for over 10 days. Mike, April Aprile, Dave and Sherry, I  and a guest didn’t die from it and it was totally delicious. Try it out sometime.

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HEADS UP! CAPT. BOGARD’S MISSIVE ABOUT AUGUST MUSTER THIS WEEKEND


To the Washington County Militia,

I hope this finds everyone well. I apologize in advance for such a late notice on our upcoming event. As many of you know, the outdoor drama here at the park invades every facet of life, and I have been overwhelmed in the tidal wave of it all. But, enough about that. This weekend will be the Carter Mansion Celebration. This is always a nice event relaxing event, not to mention a beautiful place to muster. Nice camping area near the river, and brunswick stew for lunch on Saturday. The only downside is that the house is not available for sleeping quarters due to extended security measures.

There are restrooms and potable water at the Carter House but no shower facilities. The basement at the park will be open for anyone wishing to drive down from the Carter House for a shower.

I have attached a schedule for the event. There will be a small skirmish both days so bring cartridges. Looking forward to seeing you all soon. Please let me know of any questions or concerns.

Take Care,

Captain Bogart  

* Carter Mansion Celebration *

Schedule of Events

S A T U R D A Y,   A U G U S T   7th

 10:00 – Militia Inspection: Raising of the colours followed by grave decoration and mourning of arms.

 

11:00 – Carter Mansion Tour: Take advantage of this guided tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house and witness frontier elegance first hand. Hear about the Carter family and their many contributions to the history of our community, state, and nation.

 

12:00 – “Echoes of Independence” – The Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums perform tunes from the American Revolution!

 

1:00 – “Skirmish at the Mansion” – It was the summer of 1781, John Carter and John Sevier, who had access to the settlement’s deed books, confiscated the lands of all Loyalists living nearby. When these Tories learned of this, they plotted to kill Carter and Sevier; take the deed books; and restore their lands. The wife of one of the conspirators, however, was friendly with John Sevier and warned him of his danger.  John Carter fled and took the true books with him, leaving fake copies in his office. He hid the books in the forest and died of smallpox soon afterward, taking the location of this buried treasure to his grave…We will interpret this sequence of events as a skirmish at the house of John Carter. It is unknown whether or not shots were actually fired in this event, but we hope the public will truly enjoy this exciting reenactment.

1:30 – “Rousing Tunes of the Revolution”Join members of the Fifes and Drums for a glimpse into the musical culture of the colonial frontier.

 

2:00 – Carter Mansion Tour

 

2:30 – “Fix Bayonets” – Witness this 18th century training exercise used by colonial troops to hone their skills with this feared military weapon.

 

3:00 – Traditional & Old Time Tunes: Award winning musicians James Garland & Chad Bogart perform a delightful set of time honored melodies on hand crafted instruments.

3:00 – Carter Mansion Tour

 

4:30 – Retiring the Colours – The militia closes the day’s activities by lowering the flag. Camps close to the public. Join us tomorrow for another day of living history, entertainment, and family fun.

 

 

S U N D A Y,   A U G U S T   8th

 

10:00 – Militia Inspection: The Militia kicks of the day’s activities by raising the colours.

 

11:00 – Worship Service: All are welcome to join us for divine services on the grounds of the Beautiful Carter Mansion. In the event of inclement weather services will be held inside the mansion.

 

12:00 – Carter Mansion Tour: take advantage of this guided tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house and witness frontier elegance first hand. Hear about the Carter family and their many contributions to the history of our community, state, and nation.

 

1:00 – “Skirmish at the Mansion”: It was the summer of 1781, John Carter and John Sevier, who had access to the settlement’s deed books, confiscated the lands of all Loyalists living nearby. When these Loyalists learned of this, they plotted to kill Carter and Sevier; take the deed books; and restore their lands. The wife of one of the conspirators, however, was friendly with John Sevier and warned him of his danger.  John Carter fled and took the true books with him, leaving fake copies in his office. He hid the books in the forest and died of smallpox soon afterward, taking the location of this buried treasure to his grave… We will interpret this sequence of events as a skirmish at the house of John Carter. It is unknown whether or not shots were actually fired in this event, but we hope the public will truly enjoy this exciting reenactment.

 

2:00 – Carter Mansion Tour: take advantage of this guided tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house and witness frontier elegance first hand. Hear about the Carter family and their many contributions to the history of our community, state, and nation.

 

3:00 – Camps Close to the Public – Thank you for joining us at the Carter Mansion.

 

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