Sounds like fun. One troop got bucked off (at the Hardin reenctmt) and broke his pelvis. Ouch! But the show went on. I heard that the crowds were down and numbers weren't like they were last year. These hip and pelvic injuries...sounds like a week at the retirement home.
Post by mitchboyer on Jul 10, 2010 12:25:22 GMT -5
The above information is precisely why I do much better work as a watcher rather than a participant. My respect and compete admiration for every member of the troupe that performs this auspicious reenactment.
Some thoughts and recollections on the 2014 Real Bird Reenactment:
The 7th Cavalry has departed the valley of the Little Big Horn. Gone are the sounds of the bugle calls, the sergeants hollering out orders. No more the sutler repairing a buckskin. The scouts no longer keep their keen eyes on the distant hills. The cook’s campfire has been extinguished. The mules baying has gone quiet, as the jingle jangle of the troopers equipment, the slight sound of the leather of the saddle. No more the watering of the horses. The sound of the eagle bone whistle and the sharp sound that can instill terror in the minds of men have vanished. The crack of the rifle has faded as the smoke is carried to the wind. The valley is quiet. The visitors have left, taking with each a memory to remember. The historians, writers and authors have returned to their homes. No longer the camp talk, nor the exchange of thoughts. The smiles of the children are now but a distant memory. Words spoken in a language I can not understand echo in my mind. Aho… The camp is all but gone, but not the memories. We have left behind our General, officers, and men. Forever will they sleep soundly on those wind swept hills of Montana. Silence, peace and tranquility has returned.
"Now, Custer, don't be greedy, but wait for us." General Gibbon "No, I will not." Custer, noon, June 22, 1876 passing in review.
Post by benteeneast on Aug 11, 2014 9:55:32 GMT -5
I am reasonably sure there are some good folks involved with Real Bird event. The narrator seemed to me to be very professional and his uniform period correct for as little that I know. There is a school of cavalry there and it is probably pricey but it takes individuals from ground zero to riding in the event. They are trained, housed, and fed which is different than the comment that you just show up and give someone $2,000 dollars to participate. Some of the reenactors participants are not part of the Cavalry School per se. A great bunch of guys to chat with over a beer. They are camped in the general area but are not in the cavalry school or camp.
To ride on the actual battlefield and stay on the village side of the river has to be a great experience. They ride across ford B almost daily.
Myself I rented a horse and crossed at Ford B for $80 seemed reasonable to me.