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Life in a War Zone, the Civil War in Montgomery County, MD

Here’s a nicely produced history of the Civil War in Montgomery County, MD. It is a 6 part production of Montgomery College that lasts 46:51.

Civil War Video “Life in a War Zone: Montgomery County during the Civil War”

In conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Heritage Montgomery has produced an Emmy Award-winning 60-minute documentary film, Life in a War Zone: Montgomery County during the Civil War.

Shot in high definition, the video beautifully tells the story of Montgomery County in the 1860s and the effect the Civil War had on the daily life of its citizens. Montgomery County was strategically located next to the District of Columbia and in the path of major troop movement to and from the Confederate state of Virginia and the battles of Antietam (in Sharpsburg, Maryland) and Gettysburg (Pennsylvania). Thousands of Union soldiers camped in Rockville and Poolesville for extended periods. The war had a significant impact on the county and its residents for the duration of the conflict and beyond. The film uses historic and contemporary images, beautiful photography, first-person accounts and a stirring soundtrack to tell the story of the war years in Montgomery County.

Act’g, Maj. Gen. Chris Anders will resign his post April, 11, 2015; taps Col. Richard Watters to command

BREAKING NEWS(02/05/15): Act’g. Maj. Gen. Anders Resigns!

Friends, Comrades and Fellow Reenactors,

For the past 29 years I have truly enjoyed organizing, participating and in general associating with the best people on the planet. From the 125ths through the 150ths, I have never found a greater group of folks to call my friends. From serving in the CMF, to organizing the Liberty Rifles, the Chesapeake Volunteer Guard and finally the Southern Division, I hopefully have built and created friendships that will last a lifetime. And to serve those friends, over the past 17 years I have been proud to team with all of you to organize such events as-

Fire on the Mountain
Summer of 62
To the Gates of Washington
War on the James
Burkittsville, 1862
Morton’s Ford
Return to Manassas
September Storm
At High Tide
Ball’s Bluff
McDowell
Shenandoah 1862
Bedford Officer’s School
Maryland my Maryland
Down the Valley
Boys of ’61
Campaign Before Richmond
Lee Takes Command

And no matter how hard we worked to build the “perfect” event…..the events would have never been the success they were without the level of dedication each and every participant demonstrated. To that I owe all of you my deepest appreciation.

However, the time has come that I hand the reins over to fresh leadership. As I move on into a new direction, I wanted to take a moment to deeply thank all of you for your friendship and the trust you showed by attending the events we organized. For in the end, it is the organizers duty to make the investment the participants make to attend worthy. To me truly it was about serving the hobby and those who came before. To accurately and historically portray those men and women who sacrificed their all for what they believed in. To truly honor and remember them. For the hobby is not really about us, it is about them.

Through the years, I have been blessed to partner with other leaders such as George Heffner, Kevin Air, Mike Lavis, Dave Pridgeon, Danny Snyder, Doug Dobbs, Jeff Stepp, Bob Minton as well as many others. On numerous fields across our Republic, I have been blessed to share campfires with true friends….some old, some new….but the fellowship was always the best part. There comes a time when you have to make hard decisions. When your life takes you in a new direction and I find myself in that position. For if I cannot serve you in the manner that you deserve, then it is time for new leadership.

On April 11, 2015 I will officially resign command of the Southern Division. It is one of the hardest choices I have had to make, however I know it is the right choice. Colonel Richard Watters, who has served faithfully as the Southern Division’s AAG will assume command on that date. And one could not find a more worthy successor. Over the past 6 years, Dick has served faithfully, helping me organize and lead event after event. His dedication and vision has enabled our events to reach their full potential. There is no one I trust more. It is very hard to lead an organization or organize events. It is far from being all “glory and fun”, and is mostly just plain hard work….work that is often underappreciated and unseen to the thousands of participants. And to be quite frank, often you just piss people off. And now I ask each of you to dedicate yourself to working with Mr. Watters. It is not an easy mantel he is assuming, nor one to be taken lightly. However, his hard work and dedication, not to mention vision, will continue to propel both the Division and the hobby forward.

I want to thank each one of you again, for it is because of each of you that I truly enjoyed this hobby for the past 29 years. There are a few events on the horizon that I will be participating and perhaps organizing, but I can no longer dedicate myself every day to the hobby, and you all deserve someone who can. I will be leading the Federal Forces for the “Crossroads” tactical this May in Gettyburg and there is a good possibility of an event in 2017 commemorating the 151st Seven Days Campaign (held on the same site as Campaign Before Richmond). In closing I just want to congratulate my friend Dick Watters, and also wish him the best, for this hobby is a very demanding one for someone in a leadership role. Sometimes there is just not enough Jameson. I hope perhaps one day to see you all in the field again, but until then, I would hope the hobby will continue it’s progress forward. To respectfully and honorably present to the public and each other, the sacrifices of our forefathers.

Pards,

S. Chris Anders
chrisanders35@gmail.com

andersstanding

150th Sailor’s Creek – 1st Announcement

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The Southern Division is proud to announce that The 150th Commemoration of the Battle of Sailor’s Creek is now a reality. After “fits and starts” and a major set-back, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Southern Division have combined forces to organize the event. As in the 70’s, 80’s, and early 90’s the event will be held on the original ground. It will entail a four mile moving rear-guard action over the original route that will culminate in the accurate portrayal of the action at Sailor’s Creek.

At this time, the event is limited to 500 total participants. It will be a ‘Campaign’ oriented event, i.e. shelter halves or flys only. Participants should have the appropriate mind set. Confederate States forces will represent Crutchfield’s, Tucker’s, and Moore’s brigades, and Kershaw’s division in historic proportions by prior arrangement with the host unit. United States forces will portray the 2nd and 3rd Brigades of the 1st Division, 6th Corps. Event registration is $10. The event website is currently being constructed and will be fully functional in January. In the interim the public FaceBook group 150’thSailorsCreek has been created to disseminate information.

Interest on the CS side is very high, and at this point we have room for more high quality Federals.

A Walk With Death -Civil War Short Film by Logan Fulton

Definitely worth the nine minutes!

 

 

The Blue and the Grey by Francis Miles Finch

By the flow of the inland river,
Whence the fleets of iron have fled,
Where the blades of the grave-grass quiver,
Asleep are the ranks of the dead:
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgement-day;
Under the one, the Blue,
Under the other, the Gray

These in the robings of glory,
Those in the gloom of defeat,
All with the battle-blood gory,
In the dusk of eternity meet:
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgement-day;
Under the laurel, the Blue,
Under the willow, the Gray

From the silence of sorrowful hours,
The desolate mourners go,
Lovingly laden with flowers
Alike for the friend and the foe;
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgement-day;
Under the roses, the Blue,
Under the lilies, the Gray

Sadly but not with upbraiding,
The generous deed was done,
In the storm of the years that are fading
No braver battle was won:
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgement-day;
Under the blossoms, the Blue,
Under the garlands, the Gray

No more shall the war cry sever,
Or the winding rivers be red;
They banish our anger forever
When they laurel the graves of our dead!
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgement-day;
Love and tears for the Blue,
Tears and love for the Gray.