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Movie Premier - March

Going to watch the Premier of Wild Faith. Robinson's Battery fired the M1841 Bronze field gun for some scenes.

There we are in the credits!

Kalamazoo Living History Show. Kalamazoo County Fairground,  Kalamazoo, MI - March

Excellent crowd turnout

Our tables

District 6 - Michigan History Competition, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI - March

Captain Hughes was on the road early March 3 towing the trailer to the John T. Bernhard Center at Western Michigan University.  He arrived at 7am. The trailer doors were opened after a long winter's rest.

The cannoneers unstrapped the guns...

...rolled them out of the trailer...

...and positioned the 6 pounder in front near the entrance.

They manhandled the Hughes Gun up some stairs...

...and through the doors of the Bernhard Center.

The cannoneers quickly set up a display of various shot and shell.

They then formed up into detachments.

They  polished the copper jacket of the Hughes Gun.

They polished the bronze of the 6 pounder until they both gleamed.

At 9 am, the cannoneers went upstairs to participate in the opening ceremony.  Battery Musicians C. Parker and B. Johnson opened the ceremony with a lively fife selection, and Dr. Warren, head of the program, provided recognition of Robinson’s Battery and announced our exhibit downstairs.

At the conclusion, the cannoneers marched out to Yankee Doodle, performed by our musicians.  After breaking ranks and heading downstairs, we soon were busy talking to students and their mentors, explaining the differences between the shot and shells in the display.

After lunch, the cannoneers went outside and drilled on the 6 pounder.

A new recruit, Rose (Ross) Vincent received some initial training.

The detachment was taught to “drill by detail” by Cpl. Justin Stanage of the 21st Indiana Light Artillery who joined up with Robinson’s Battery for the day.

As the afternoon wore on, fewer students stopped by and the cannoneers had a chance to relax.

B. Johnson discovered he could shoot projectiles out the end of his fife, so don’t think a musician is defenseless without a weapon although his targets did seem to be his siblings.

At day's end, the guns were loaded into the trailer and the cannoneers headed home, all feeling it had been a good day and looking forward to the Kalamazoo Living History Show in two weeks.