First Posted: 11/21/2009
Visitors to Horne Creek Living Historical Farm in Pinnacle got a taste of the Civil War on Saturday when the 38th North Carolina Troops, Company B, held an encampment, drill, and recruitment.
For the encampment, company members set out tents and blankets to create a Civil War camp atmosphere. Women were present to cook food relevant to the era over a fire.
We try to be as authentic and accurate as we can afford to be, said 1st Lt. John Siemers of his group of reenactors.
The group also demonstrated a drill, mail and pay calls, ration issue, and bobbin lace making.
The men and women of the 38th North Carolina Troops wear period-specific clothing, all made of wool. They educated the spectators about the clothing that people would have worn during the Civil War era.
Bobbie and Doug Smith came from Winston-Salem to see the troops. Bobbie said they had seen the group at the corn shucking held at Horne Creek and wanted to come back to see them again.
Were very impressed by it. They do a wonderful job … I think its important for people to remember history, said Bobbie.
In addition to the men dressed up as soldiers, Debbie Meadows and Andi Vann-Jensen were on hand to prepare cornbread and beans for the soldiers. They also demonstrated bobbin lace making. Siemers said theyre always looking for more women to join the group.
Also during the event, the company dedicated its new replica flag representing when North Carolina seceded from the Union. Siemers said their company is the only one to have this flag, and this was their first event to use it.
Were mighty proud of it, he said.
Company members camped out at the farm on Friday night in tents and on quilts in the cold weather in preparation for the day of events.
We do it to let the company know what it was like, said Siemers.
First Sgt. Jerry Roberts has been with the 38th North Carolina Troops for 15 years, and he said they have slept in all kinds of weather.
The weather was warmer by Saturday afternoon, but Lisa Turney, Horne Creek Farm site manager, said the event wasnt as well attended as she would have liked.
I think the cold weather and economy are definitely impacting our programs, she said.
Turney hopes to have the company back in the future for more events. She will probably ask them to come to Heritage Day in the spring.
They do a really good job, and they are a really good group to work with, said Turney.
She believes that the subject of the event will draw more people in future years. Turney said, People are interested in the Civil War era, and here theres a nice tie-in.
Three of the Hauser sons served during the Civil War. The Hausers were the owners of the Horne Creek property at the time. The troops did a three-gun salute in honor of the three.
During the event the company tried to recruit new members. The company has around 15 members.
Siemers said its a good hobby to have, but he added, We take it pretty seriously.
He said they like to teach people the correct history of the war. Siemers said, We like to stick to the facts the good, the bad, the indifferent. Most of us had ancestors who fought in the war.
Siemers said the company members come from all walks of life. They participate in events such as the one at Horne Creek around once a month. While the group is based in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, they accept new members from all over. The group falls under the Army of Northern Virginia.
Those who are interested in learning more about the 38th North Carolina Troops can visit 38thnct.com or call 441-5407, 830-6325, and 699-4243.
Contact Meghann Evans at [email protected] or 719-1952.