Page 4 Living history

Battles for Atlanta, Georgia



“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”

From the Wisconsin monument
Andersonville National Historic Site

Having been involved in military living history for the past 28 years, I’ve portrayed several
periods of American history. I first joined First Florida Infantry, Co. D, in 1982, then commanded by Dr. Ray Giron. In 1985, I became a member of Second Florida Cavalry, Inc., an authentic mounted cavalry unit, then commanded by Roger Ragland. Eventually, I rose to command of 2nd Florida Cavalry until I retired and moved to Alabama. Currently, I am a member of Phillips (Georgia) Legion, Ferrell’s Horse Artillery, and commander of the Georgia Volunteer
Cavalry Battalion, and am also a member of the 15th Alabama Infantry, Co. E.
As a very active participant in the 125th anniversary events of the War Between the States,
I have continued to take part in the anniversary events up into the current 145th events.
Over the years, have taken part in hundreds of reenactments and living history programs, mostly in the Southeast. I have also been a participant in events of the French & Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812 events, Second Seminole War (1835-1842) events, and for many years have coordinated an 1836 Creek Indian War event at
Westville, Georgia on Memorial Day weekend.

As a member of First Division (Alabama) Living History Association, I have been
active over the past several years in World War II living history. In 2005, I restored an M151A2 “Mutt,” the “Jeep” of the Vietnam War, and have used it for
parades, living history, and as part of my museum display.

I have also had the opportunity to be a participant in numerous movies for theater, television, and documentaries, such as Parts I & II of ABC’s “North & South” mini-series,
the award winning movie “Glory,” CBS’s “A Special Friendship,” the IMAX production entitled “Alamo: The Price of Freedom,” and many others. In 2004, I served as the reenactor coordinator on “The Trail of Tears,” a Rich-Heape documentary about
the Cherokee Indian removal to the West in 1838.

McIntosh Reserve, Georgia

2005 “Potter’s Raid” event in South Carolina

Filming of “Filling the Gap” at Westville, Georgia
145th anniversary Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia in 2008

Ferrell’s Battery
Tallassee, Alabama, November 2009
My full scale mountain howitzer built to scale
from original plans in 2009

ca. 1990, Olustee, Florida

Part of Federal command staff
Olustee, Florida, 2008

March 20, 2010 – Grave marker dedication ceremony near Andalusia, AL
in honor of John Garrett, Co. C, 22nd Alabama Infantry

May 22, 2010
Dedication of the monument to the Alabama soldiers who fought at the
Battle of Allatoona Pass, Georgia on October 5, 1864.
I served as Chairman of this project.

Filming of new visitor’s center movie at Shiloh National Battlefield Park in Tennessee
March 2011

Movie at Shiloh – March 2011

Remember the North & South mini-series in 1985?   Here’s a few shots…

Filming of North & South, Part II – 1985
Near Natchez, MS

We portrayed both sides, and were actually facing
ourselves when the movie was put together

Now moving on to World War II………

World War II living history
Peachtree City, Georgia
Standing by a P-51 Mustang

World War II living history
Peachtree City, Georgia

Talking with two paratroopers who jumped at Normandy in June 1944
Peachtree City, Georgia

World War II living history
Peachtree City, Georgia

World  War II living history
Ft. Rucker, Alabama

World War II living history
Hot day at Wetumpka, Alabama airport

Four members of First Division (Alabama) Living History Association
Living history display at USO Show
Troy, Alabama