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Camp Wildcat Reenactment and Giveaway!

***GIVEAWAY OVER***
CONGRATULATIONS TO Gina Johnson!!

Hi there! I'm so glad you're visiting our little town of Normal. Right over there is where the Camp Wildcat happened between the north and the south on the morning of October 21, 1861.
I'm Queenie French the Foundation of Camp Wildcat president. We've been doing the reenactment for years and this year is going to be the best yet. 

If you take a gander at the map, you'll see you're standing where the red star is located. 
I know the battle was in the fall, but Colonel Theophilous Garrard had started to form his unit in the spring of 1861. 

Besides, the weather in Kentucky in the fall is so wonky and unpredictable, I asked the committee to change the reenactment to the spring. Plus, look at this weather. Gorgeous!


Granted, the outcome of the reenactment is the same year after year, but I have to say that the actors I've picked this year will be fantastic and on their mark. It takes a lot of skill to drop dead and lay there for an hour or two until the reenactment is over. 

I know of few of my actors are a little. . .um . . .nervous since Greaser Gadie has escaped prison and they were on the jury. I'd be nervous too if I was a juror and he turned to me and say, "I'm taking a minute to remember your face so when I get out of here I'm going to find you and kill you."
But I'm sure he's long gone by now.

Right? I mean, if I escaped from prison, I wouldn't hang around to make good on a silly promise. . .would you???


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74 comments:

  1. I have seen reenactments at Valley Forge Park and some in Bucks County PA where I live. There is a reenactment every year of George Washington crossing the Delaware river at Washington Crossing park in this county.

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  2. No but it sounds fun. akomlo616@comcast.net

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  3. I have never been but my daughter has been to several and she really enjoys them deniseaustin59@yahoo.com

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  4. I have been to the reenactment at Perryville, here in KY sarah.hampton.84@gmail.com

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  5. I have not been to a re-enactment but I live near a Civil War battlefield, so there is a great deal of history near me. skforrest1957@gmail.com

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  6. I have never been but served on a jury where you had to decide if the person was responsible for a suicide,homicide,or murder they showed pictures and evidence and testimony for us to decide and it was very interesting and intriguing and sad. sherryt1019@yahoo.com

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  7. No I have never been to one. Have been in a enactment for a disaster, but that's because I work in the healthcare field. cactuspare@cox.net

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  8. I have been to reenactments to see my brother-inlaw who is one of the reenactment members. It's interesting to see what things use to be like. I don't think I would have done well in that environment. Too much work for me. chera252010@gmail.com

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  9. No, I've never been to a re-enactment. Would love to read about it though. nschwenkner@gmail.com

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  10. When I was pregnant with my Son, my husband and I went to a Renaissance Fair where been were dressed up as knights & Ladies & they did shows & served food of the times, it was alot of fun. Thanks for your great generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  11. I have never seen or participated in a reenactment but they sure seem fun! loria12shore@gmail.com

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  12. I think it would be so much fun! But I have not been to a reenactment.
    lindasjohnson54@gmail.com

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  13. I have been to several Civil War reenactments and I really enjoyed them. They also had encampments where people lived like they did during the Civil War.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I haven't ever gone to one but I would love to. They look like such fun bren_r0819@hotmail.com

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  15. No we have never been to an reenactment but would love to see one. Thank you for your giveaway and a chance to win.

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  16. I’ve never been to a re-enactment. My nephew loves history and he would love to go to the one they have at Gettysburg (if they still have it). cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  17. I’ve never been to an re-enactment but it sure does look like fun.
    harleybiker0326(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Never been to a re-enactment but have hit one or two murder mystery dinners. Tmegrdian(at)yahoo.com

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  19. I have not been to a reenactment. But it would be interesting.
    judytucker1947 at gmail dot com

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  20. No, I have never been to a re-enactment. Kjdacanay@hotmail.com

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  21. Congratulations on your new book. We, my husband, children, and I, have done civil war re-enacting since the 1990's. We re-enact with the 19th Ohio. The 19th was an actual unite out of Salem, Ohio. sleepybearfarm@yahoo.com

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    1. I can't believe I wrote unite instead of unit. Tjet

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  22. Yes, I have gone to a reenactment. When we lived in the southern part of the state, we were within 10 miles of Washington, AR. There is a state park there. It was the Confederate capital of Arkansas for a time. Every year they have a couple different reenactments with little festivals. One includes full attire for the civil war with a battle reenactment. The other is more of a cooking even with everything cooked over open fires as done in the civil war era but everyone that participates is dressed for that time period and the spectators get to enjoy the bounty of the cooking pots. Both were lots of fun to attend.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win an awesome prize pack - especially the ARC copy of DESERTS, DRIVING, & DERELICTS!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  23. It's on my to do list. I have some friends who participate in reenactments. Hopefully, I'll make it one day soon. jawdance@yahoo.com

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  24. I took my daughter to Colonial Williamsburg when she was young. She was fascinated by the dresses and learned a few colonial dances and drank hot chocolate instead of tea to protest the “tea tax”. We had a fun time.
    lizsemkiu@gmail.com

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  25. We've been to reenactments in Williamsburg & Jamestown. Congratulations on your latest release! Thank you.
    rw620 AT aol DOT com

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  26. I have not been to a reenactment. They have always fascinated me but there has never been one close to me to attend. Thanks for your information on one and also the giveaway. I love your books and devour each one. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. I've never been to a renactment. dwborahdumm(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. No, I have not seen an reenactment in person. They seem interesting yet boring. kckendler at gmail dot com.

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  29. Have been to several reenactments. Some have been fantastic and others have been just ok. Living in NJ we have many opportunities to see Revolutionary War reenactments, as well as early baseball reenactments.

    Melissa Street ladybugz727@yahoo.com
    159 Harlequin Glade
    Bayville, NJ 08721

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  30. A long time ago, before children, we visited one of my husband's college grad school friends in Tucson, AZ. We went to visit Old Tucson a short distance away where they reenacted a gunfight. It was fun to walk around the town and see the staged fight. This is also an old movie set. How the West Was Won was filmed there and I think some old TV shows, ? Dr Quinn?.

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  31. We went to Yorktown and they spend the day as if they were living in the area surrounding the battlefields. It was over a 100 degrees when we were there so didn't spend a lot of time outdoors. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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  32. no, but i would be interested in going to one

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  33. Hi Tonya,
    I have never been to a reenactment. They sound like fun. I have seen on a show once. Thanks for the chance to win. I have sooooooo many of your books, but the only series I'm almost caught up with is the Coffee series. Just pre-ordered the newest. Catherine Winslow catherinewinslow81@gmail.com

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  34. No I haven't, but the way you describe it makes it sound like fun to go to joanit13b(at)outlook(dot)com

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  35. I haven't had the chance to go to a reenactment. They do sound interesting.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  36. I have never been to a reenactment. They do sound interesting tho. I know some people that have been involved in some. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  37. I went to one in high school when we took our senior trip through Pennsylvania. The unfortunate thing is at that age (16) I really didn't appreciate it. I would love to go now, as I really enjoy our countries history.

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  38. I have never been to one. As far as I know we have nothing like that around where I live. cindynorman2@att.net

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  39. I've been to a couple encampments (Revolutionary & Civil Wars), but haven't been present for a major reenactment. Amazing efforts by the re-enactors.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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  40. I have been to a couple of civil war ones when we lived in Virginia and one in Michigan on the island. They are very interesting to watch. Also been to several places set up with people living in different time periods. Love the old west ones! bobntoni@aol.com

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  41. I have never been to one, but it sure sounds interesting and fun!
    vrcmk51992@att.net

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  42. I have never been to one. It sounds like it would be fun.
    marthabrooks837@yahoo.com

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  43. I've never been to one, but as a Boyscout, my son has been to reenactments. minishoes(at)msn(dot)com

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  44. I have never been to one, and I live so close to several places they do them
    ajenkins979@gmail.com

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  45. No, I have never been to a an reenactment but it sounds like fun! I have been to Civil War camps to wander around.
    teddi1961(at)arcemont(dot)com

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  46. I've never been to a reenactment. [mybeach52(at)yahoo(dot)com]

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  47. I have attended a Civil War re-enactment. Quite interesting. mayocheryl@sbcglobal.net

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  49. I have attended Civil War reenactments as my nephew acts as a Confederate soldier. He always "dies" in fighting and it's still creepy to watch. I can just imagine how his mom feels. dhammelef(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  50. I don't remember ever having gone to a reenactment, unless it was when I was very little. I think it would be fun, though. kc20083@gmail.com.

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  51. No I haven't had the opportunity to attend the Beauvoir reenactment yet. It takes place annually in Biloxi, MS. johnstonkaren{at}bellsouth{dot}net

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  52. I don't think so. I word it that way because I had a nagging feeling I may have, but I've forgotten!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  53. no i have not sweetgirls1008@yahoo.com

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  54. Yes I have. It was at Williamsburg and it was so fun!
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  55. I used to work at a 1840's pioneer village and they hosted a civil war re-enactment one year while I was working. cgstratman@hotmail.com

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  56. I have been to re-enactments at Old Fort William in Thunder Bay, ON and Upper Canada Village. They were amazing. nurselori@gmail.com

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  57. I've never been to a re-enactment although I have friends who are re-enactors. mcrull@yahoo.com

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  58. Yes, we have periodic re-enactments of the Battle of Franklin here and also one at Antietam. sharonvthach@gmail.com

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  59. I've never gone to an actual re-enactment - but my husband collects militaria, so we are surrounded with it all the time! luminousangel13 at hotmail dot com

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  60. I haven't been to a reenactment before but would love to attend one!!!

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  61. I haven't been to a reenactment but would love to attend one!!! Neaton@yahoo.com

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  62. I have not been to an activity like this but it sounds really fun
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  63. Never been to a reenactment; but I'm reading your email/blog post while in excruciating tooth pain. SueEllen - nascar820stars9@sbcglobal.net

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  64. Yes, a civil war reenactment in Georgia and an Amish old time reenactment in IN. Both were interesting and informative. servedogmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  65. The only ones I've seen were on tv. They sound awesome though!
    somesmartcookle @ aol dot com

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  66. no I have never been to a reenactment-but they do sound fun

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  67. We've had reenactors speak at our Lions Club meeting. cheers@MarjimManor.com

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  68. We went to see a museum and stumbled upon a reenactment on the grounds of the state park.

    denise

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  69. It's driving me crazy trying to think of the name, but there is a park outside of Harrison, Ohio that does old time crafts like candle making and they also do a civil war reenactment. I went with my kids on a field trip over 30 years ago, so they may not even do it anymore. It was neat tho.
    Chris Mayer
    cafe_au_hazelnut1@yahoo.com

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  70. I have never been to a reenactment
    ellen_levickis yahoo com

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  71. I live in Vicksburg, MS and have been to a Civil War re-enactment in the Vicksburg National Military Park. Even if you don’t go, you can hear the cannons blast. I really didn’t enjoy the experience, but there are people here who absolutely love participating.

    A re-enactment I did enjoy as a kid was held at Mt. Locust, a house on the Natchez Trace Parkway. They had spinners, weavers, a blacksmith, people building a split rail fence, and more. It gave a glimpse of life in the 1700’s as the area was settled.

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  72. I've been to the Olustee Festival in north Florida a few times. It reenacts the largest Civil War battle that occurred in Florida. Every time I went I had fun, but it was hot, humid, and buggy.
    I'd rather reenact Spring Break a la 70s-80s at the beach! šŸ˜Š

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