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Warning: Long editorial about my observations the past weekend at Dade Battle Reenactment. I posted some of this on the Southeastern group yesterday.

Also, a lot of the photos have orbs in them. And during daylight. I am sure that some of it is caused by lighting and dust, and I have never put much thought into them. I do not care to get into a discussion about what they are.

We have finished our Dade Battle reenactment of the 175th anniversary of the battle.



Warning: Long editorial about my observations the past weekend at Dade Battle Reenactment. I posted some of this on the Southeastern group yesterday.

Also, a lot of the photos have orbs in them. And during daylight. I am sure that some of it is caused by lighting and dust, and I have never put much thought into them. I do not care to get into a discussion about what they are.

We have finished our Dade Battle reenactment of the 175th anniversary of the battle.



And sadly, there are some of our friends who are no longer with us. They have gone to join Major Dad and the Seminole warriors, and have their own campfires in the sky. One of our well known warriors, Chobee, was buried just a few miles away at the National cemetery among the many graves of our veterans.

And one of our event founders, Dr. Ray Giron, will soon join them. (I was looking for a photo to post of him here, but could not find a good one.) Ray was instrumental in starting the annual reenactment for Olustee, the largest battle in Florida during the Civil War. Ray also helped start Natural Bridge and the Dade Battle reenactment. Ray has been fighting cancer. I saw some tearful reactions from some of my friends, who were saying their goodbyes to Ray. I don't know how long Ray has, but am deeply saddened. I have lost too many of my friends and family the past few years.



Now, more about my observations and the event.

The Burney-Watt camp made the best camp award. What did it was the star fire. Everyone brought a log to add to it. It made the fire the center of the camp where everyone gathered around, like it should be.

And Swamp Owl won the award for best outfit. It is partly because of his effort over the years to support the event. He was the first Seminole there, and his sons and grandsons have now participated. Also for the outfitting, we were discussing the difference between what a warrior would have worn in battle, and some of your outfits which are Green Corn formal dress. Maybe this is something you should consider for the future when on the field?



For myself, I wore the more rugged outfit during the day. Plain coat and leather leggings. Not much decoration. Saturday night I wore the fancy coat, red wool leggings, more beads and fancy stuff. I wore that for the Saturday memorial ceremony and the fun we had at the Marshall tavern. Interesting that the public did not see me in my fancy clothes.



And it was great to have the Seminoles / Jumper family with the horses again on Saturday.



Unfortunately, some things never change. There were a few who were wearing what I thought were some pretty bad outfits. No wonder, that many of the tribal members don't like reenactors. But I will save that discussion for another time.

And who invited the bible / king James group? And why do they need to try and proselytize reenactors? Most of these reenactors are old souls who know who they are and don't need to be confused by shallow fundamentalists.

As we know, the park is in need of volunteers and money to have future events. Money is tight and we don't see it changing for the near future. You can help by joining the society. If everyone joins the Dade Battlefield Society, then that will pay for our black powder for next year.



As we did the battle reenactment again, it really felt invigorating for me. Almost as if I felt the first time I participated.

So I asked myself, would this be the last Dade Battle reenactment for me? I think I would be kidding myself to say that I could stay away from it. I should know; I have quit several times before!



If budget cuts forced the event to scale back further, would you come? If we would not get any meals, would you still come? If all they had was the battle reenactment itself and we had to provide our own powder, would you still come? I think I would. So, ask yourself, what is your reason to come to the event?

And as a final note, I even got to talk history with some folks this past weekend, which I did not get to do last year.

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the hammock
Current Mood:
contemplative contemplative
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On January 7th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Had a great time and thanks !
Just wanted to say I had a great time as a "viewer" this weekend, you guys are great. i posted some of my photos on the facebook page but figured I would put my photo blog addy here too, reenactors can right click and save any of the photos they like, my gift back to you guys.
Thanks,
Greg Urbano
http://thecitruslens.com
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On January 7th, 2011 09:55 am (UTC), seminolewar replied:
Re: Had a great time and thanks !
Thanks Greg!
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