ON 2015, WE TOOK A LITTLE TRIP…….. WRITTEN BY BUCKY SIMERLY

Bloodshed

Bloodshed

On Monday, January 5, 2015,   at approximately 8:30 the First Regiment of East Tennessee Militia left Elizabethton, Tennessee, headed for New Orleans. We stopped by Horseshoe Bend National Military Park and Fort Mims; both are in Alabama. We arrived in New Orleans Tuesday    around 1 pm, where we promptly began sitting up camp after our site was shown to us. Our home for the next five days was where the American troops had camped 200 years before, just behind Line Jackson. On Wednesday morning , everyone headed toward the downtown area where  some headed to the National WWII Museum while others headed to the French Quarter.

Thursday   was a big day at the park with it being the actual anniversary of the battle. The National Park Service had ceremonies, dignitaries, and speakers on site. With many people present and park service activities done for the day, we went into action, talking and telling people about the role of the East Tennessee Militia during the War of 1812 and life in the backwoods.

Friday, January 9th,   was a school day with over two-thousand school kids at the park watching demonstrations and asking questions. Some of us had the opportunity to go the grand opening of the exhibit “From Dirty Shirts to Buccaneers” at the Cabildo Museum. What a day!

On Saturday, we continued to demonstrate more 18th – early 19th century  living skills and talked to the public. We were well received by the people of New Orleans, and they seemed interested in what we had to say. Many found it hard to believe that we had come all the way from East Tennessee.

We had the honor of participating in the flag ceremonies each day. Once again. we were the largest group camped at the event. I believe everyone had a good time and enjoyed the trip in spite of  the cold weather and wind.

Sunday, January 11,   was the day to pack and leave for home. As fast as we set up, we tore down and readied to leave the park by 9:30. Home and showers were 720 miles away.

It was not all peaches and ice cream; we had our share of problems and upsets, but we overcame them all with a smile on our faces and songs in our hearts and arrived safely back home. (ed. Note.: I bet they were singing “In 1815,   we took a little trip

Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip

We took a little bacon and we took a little beans

And we caught the bloody British in a town in New Orleans…..”.

 

PICTURES SAY A THOUSAND WORDS /COURTESY OF DOUG WALSH

HORSE SHOE BEND MONUMENT

RIVER VIEW HORSE SHOE BEND

HORSE SHOE BEND

HORSE SHOE BEND

FORT MIMS

FORT MIMS

mims2

ICE COLD MILITIA

ICE COLD MILITIA

REGIMENT LOOKING GOOD

REGIMENT LOOKING GOOD

kneeling line jackson

READY TO POWDER THE ALLIGATOR'S BEHIND

READY TO POWDER THE ALLIGATOR’S BEHIND

....Old Hickory said we could take 'em by surprise If we didn't fire our muskets 'til we looked 'em in the eye We held our fire 'til we see'd their faces well. Then we opened up with squirrel guns and really gave 'em ... well    Yeah, they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn't go. They ran so fast that the hounds couldn't catch 'em Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.**

….Old Hickory said we could take ’em by surprise
If we didn’t fire our muskets ’til we looked ’em in the eye
We held our fire ’til we see’d their faces well.
Then we opened up with squirrel guns and really gave ’em … well
Yeah, they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles
And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn’t go.
They ran so fast that the hounds couldn’t catch ’em
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.**

battle

OFF TIME FUN IN THE FRENCH QUARTER

OFF TIME FUN IN THE FRENCH QUARTER

champagnehouse of vcoodooboom brits 2 moreline

"FROM 16 TO 75, THOSE TENNESSEE BOYS LIKE THE GIRLS",  BUCKY SAID

“FROM 16 TO 75, THOSE TENNESSEE BOYS LIKE THE GIRLS”, BUCKY SAID

THE AUTHOR IN THE FOREGROUND LOOKING FIERCE.

THE AUTHOR IN THE FOREGROUND LOOKING FIERCE.

Yeah, they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles
And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn’t go.
They ran so fast that the hounds couldn’t catch ’em
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.**

We fired our cannon ’til the barrel melted down.
So we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round.
We filled his head with cannon balls, and powdered his behind
And when we touched the powder off, the gator lost his mind.

We fired our guns and the British kept a’comin.
There wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and they began to runnin’ on
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

 

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About Ramona

I'm a retired high school teacher and an observer of human nature. Living history is my passion, especially 18th century reenactment. I love life, have fun living and look forward to every day; until it kicks me in the butt. Then there's the next day to look forward to. I'm a transplanted Yankee, born in New Jersey, living in East Tennessee and have a mother who I adore and who lives with me. I've been described as being a good listener, with a quirky sense of humor and one who walks on her own path. My friends mean a lot to me and I cherish all the people who I meet.
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2 Responses to ON 2015, WE TOOK A LITTLE TRIP…….. WRITTEN BY BUCKY SIMERLY

  1. Larry Lee says:

    Hi! I really enjoyed the images from Horseshoe Bend, and New Orleans. I was a living history volunteer at the Bend, and Fort Jackson for many years till health problems sidelined me. We portrayed 39th Infantry Regiment, Tennessee Militia Infantry, and Militia artillery. I’m hoping to get back into the reenacting game since my health has improved. My brother and I are currently working on a pre war (1770-1775)colonial frontier militia impression and plan on attending Rendezvous that accept that time period, and we’re still researching and procuring equipage. I think that now we just want to develop a personal without the strictures of an organized unit (both of us are Army Combat vets) but we want to do our best to present the public with a correct impression. At least I already know some drill 🙂

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    • Ramona says:

      So glad to hear that things are to a point that you can get back into something you enjoy. If you and your brother are ever up this way, please come to one of our events, especially May Seige. We have a long hunter camp you would absolutely love!! A lot of people come and set up for the week, like a vacation. Hope to see you and thank you for your service.

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