1st Pennsylvania Reserves, Co. D

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News & After Action Reports

Gettysburg 2016

Posted by Robert VanderPlate on July 15, 2016 at 3:10 PM

July 15, 2016

   I'll keep this short . . . the weather was great; low humidity and temps in the low 80's.  The Federals had about 80 men, the Rebs had about 50.  The battles were boring on the Federal side - completely static with the only saving grace that the Colonel basically gave command to the company commanders and didn't "micro manage" us.  The Rebs had most of the fun.  They were able to do some maneuvering in the field and charge our positions.  They were so light in numbers that we ended up sending some "galvanizers" over.  The artillery were great and did a fantastic job - they saved the event, if you ask me.  One of the things that made this event interesting was that the artillery did a live fire demo of a mortar (with probably only a quarter of the charge).  Then they did an explosion, the likes of which I have never encountered before!  It was so huge that we could feel the concussion all the way in Federal camp!  It even came with a mushroom cloud!  The first one they did made me think that a caison blew up.  Lots of spectators at this one.  The camping was good, especially if you like seeing your vehicle all the time - very authentic.  The "General" was also very authentic running around on his golf cart.  As events go, this one had a particular redeeming value to it: the comradery of our company!  Throw out all the stupid "farbie" garbage - we had fun just being together.  four of our folks were given their "medical examinations", including the little midget that was "over 18" (little Roy Wulf). Friday night we went to town and had ice cream at Mr. G's.  And you know, we only played one game of Kubb the entire weekend - we were having so much fun with everything else, there wasn't much time for games.  Oh, and this was the first weekend with the "new" trailer - it failed miserably - "fishtailing" over 45mph.  Needless to say, the driving was a slow go!  Hopefully I'll have that cured by Bull Run.  The best part for me, though, was that the new "comissary committee" came through with flying colors and we ate very well!  That saved me a lot of agrivation - thank you soooo much folks!!

  So, as far as "farbie" events go, this was classic!  But who cares!  It was FUN!  So what if we do some stupid events now and then, as long as we have a great time together!  

Humbley submitted,

Capt. Bob V

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Reply Chaplain Terry Mills
11:03 AM on July 16, 2016 
I thought you might mention Roy taking a hit and being carried from the field. That was cool and the looks on the faces of the spectators who saw it was priceless.