Post by Diane Merkel on Mar 16, 2006 9:21:19 GMT -5
Steve Alexander (Gen. Custer) just sent me this information about a great opportunity that is open to everyone, not just reenactors:
On June 20 and June 21, 2006, a major re-ride will take place from the Crow's Nest to Medicine Tail Coulee, site of the Real Birds’ Reenactment of “The Battle of the Little Big Horn.” Reenactors in period attire are encouraged to attend and participate in this authentic event. The ride will take place over a two-day period and, although over rough terrain, less experienced riders should be up to the task. Minimal authentic clothing will be required as a film crew may document the ride which will follow the actual trail when practicable. Lunch will be served both days and a fee is involved. For more information contact Steve Shaw at 714-281-4712 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wow. I did this about 10 years ago. It was the experience of a lifetime. I would sure love to do it again. We began from our camp at Davis Creek and made the ride down to Jason's Museum at the time all in one day. Words can not describe the experience, but I will post a few pictures of that event.
This is a longshot taken from the high point at the Crow's Nest looking down where the monument was erecect by Henry Wiebert. You can see it in the center of the picture to the left of the vehicles.
Our camp that night was down the hill from the direction behind where I took the picture. It was a CBHMA event organized by Jim Court and others. We had steak dinner that night. The reenactors rode out in front of of that day in full uniform, etc.
Here is a shot from our steak supper at the camp on Davis Creek.
We stopped along the route down Reno Creek for lunch and a little rest for us and the horses
Even Custer himself took a breath of fresh air and rest
This shot, although was not at the reride, still gives you an idea of the authenticity. I am pretty sure it was the same guys that were with us as this was the reenactment over in Harding, I think the next day.
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