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
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
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
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.
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.