Post by Whirlygigger on May 11, 2005 12:33:49 GMT -5
I was recently given a cook's tour of the 1855 grounds at Saint Elizabeths Hospital and as part of the 360 + acre walled-in complex high atop Anacostia Ridge, I was informed that Union cavalry once occupied the extensive stables during the war. this fabulous structure is tucked away in a little-known portion of the grounds.
The stable is still used albeit for riding horseless carriages and grounds-crew storage. But what a building!
Saint Elizabeths will be holding an 1860's weekend next month on the 11th and 12th as part of their 150th anniversary observance. There will also be a special cemetery gathering in the wartime graves area on that Sunday. the 1860's graveyard holds the remains of both Federal and Confederate soldiers and sailors, whites and blacks, male and female.
Should I ask them about having mounted emulators when I attend a planning meeting to-morrow? I know they are offering meals and stipends and even dorm space for out-of town period attired living historians and even have additional room for lodging addtional family support members.
There's even to be a Rucker and Rosecrans repro ambulance on-site for the affair and NPS is working with Harpers Ferry to have Karl Felmeyer's 1855 model government contract waggon and other props brought in for the event.