(See my other Texas Military Forces Museum related posts) – I was glad I had the opportunity to see the “Battleground 1863” demonstration performed by the Texas Military Forces Museum’s “B Company’ living history group this past weekend.
The Texas Military Forces Museum is located in Austin, Texas at Camp Mabry. It is open to the public 10Am-4PM Tuesdays-Sundays.
There was a good turn out both Saturday and Sunday with more than 250 spectators each day. Many were also first-time visitors to the museum so we saw a lot of new faces. So many people in the Austin area just never have heard of the museum.
“B Company” is a non-political organization. Their primary interest is to better understand the history of the United States and Texas. They use their knowledge of history to educate the public, honor our veterans and support the Texas Military Forces.
They take the role of B Company, 4th Texas Infantry, Hood’s Texas Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia.
Authenticity standards, both physical and mental, are very high with the unit. Equipment, uniforms, tentage, weapons, etc. must be 100% authentic or accurate reproductions. Facial hair and haircuts must also conform to the military standards of the period.
If YOU are interested in joining “B Company” contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first part of the presentation was an explanation of the uniforms and equipment used by both the US and Confederate troops during the war by museum Director Jeff Hunt. Jeff is a student of the Civil War period in America and is the author of three books on the conflict.
One nice touch of the presentation was ‘drafting’ all 10-19-year-olds from the audience and training them how to do a ‘simple’ drill. That was to both educate them and to show how difficult the training was for both sides with new recruits.
A short distance from the field where the demonstration was held a typical Civil War era camp was set up for the spectators to visit.
Inside the museum, we were lucky to have a table set up for Christopher Kelly (http://americainvaded.com), an author of non-fiction history books. I have a copy of his “America Invades” and have begun to read it.
A review will be posted in the near future. I have finished reading the book and have posted a review on my Blog.
The next special event to be held at the museum will be ‘Muster Day’ on the weekend of April 18-19, 2020. Per the museum website:
Muster Day traces it’s roots back to when Texas was still a republic. In the early days, on an annual basis, the troops were ‘mustered’ or called to report. Over the years, the mustering of the troops became obsolete. However, the Texas Military Forces Museum as part of the Texas Military Forces yearly Open House at Camp Mabry, holds a Muster Day where reenactors of all periods from the Texas Revolution through current times can display their historical uniforms, weapons and equipment and show them to the general public. There is a large WWII battle reenactment each day. These battles feature 200 Allied and German soldiers recreating a WWII battle using original equipment, tanks, and weapons from the time period. The museum will be open Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm.
Gates open at 8 am each day. As well as the museum events, there will be displays by the Texas Military Forces, helicopter demos, First Responders, children’s activities, Vietnam Wall Memorial, and much, much more.