For those of you at Remembrance Day, you may have met and talked with Michela Miller Ferree, an Artist in Residence at the Gettysburg National Battlefield. She was so moved by sharing our intimate gathering at the monument, that she composed this song. She forwarded the song to our captain with this wonderful sentiment.
“…I just wanted to say thank you again for inviting me to observe this afternoon. I was expecting a wreath laying or something, I had no idea I’d get to witness something so intimate. It was very touching and I really felt honored to be there. The friendship and brotherhood that are so obvious between all of you was very inspiring. If I manage to write all of you a song, I’ll be sure to send it to you. I also checked out the link to some of your sculptures. Your work is really beautiful. If you’re interested in hearing any of my songs, there are a few at www.reverbnation.com/michelamiller. I’ll be posting a lot of the songs I write for the residency on facebook at facebook.com/ferreedom as well. Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you, once again. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!”
The author is an avid Civil War history buff and an Air Force veteran. He has never been a reenactor, but he has attended many events over the years (as a spectator). He recently published a novel for Kindle about Union reenactors. The book’s title is Marty’s War and can be found on Amazon here!
C-Span’s presentation on the Grand Review is a little long, but it has some good period photographs, an interview with the Michael Falco, the founder of civilwar150pinholeproject.com at 12:05, and some shots of the NR at 24:06 and 27:48.
Here are a few images of the 116th taken over the weekend by Jim Wassel, Jeffrey Allen Smith, and Jim Beeghley. You can see more images on the National Regiment Facebook page and soon all the images found there will be on the National Regiment Website.