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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cowpens After Action Report (AAR)

The 231st Anniversary of Cowpens is in the books, and it was a very successful event in general. There was a large turnout of reenactors this year, and a very large number of spectators, especially on Saturday.

It was also a successful event for our unit. Over the course of the weekend, the regiment fielded nine muskets. Most of us had over 10 years of experience in the line, and it showed. We really cracked some rapid volleys at the firing demos, and the new tweeks we put in to the Steuben drill this past year are starting to gel with the boys. We even drew crowds just practing marching in an empty field.

The troopers from the 3rd CLD looked great, as usual, and drew massive crowds for their demos. Check out the website for awesome action shots of Bob and Bert playing samurai chef with their sabers and some heads of cabbage.

Chris, Sarah and all the distaff did their usual outstanding job of providing for the boys; they also showed the ropes to two new distaff recruits. And Scott Bester did his usual great job showing his carpentry kit and skills to the public.

We also had a preliminary discussion with the folks at Cowpens NPS about preparing for the 235th reenactment of the battle in 2016. I know that is a long way off, but preparations have already begun for us to host this event. Stay tuned...

Thanks and "well done" to everyone who participated. Look for an email in the next couple of days concerning the upcoming February 25-26 regimental workshop, and a discussion of plans for the August (coatee!).