Saturday, October 1, 2016

Letters and Stamps

"The practice of inclosing [sic] letters in envelopes is now universal; particularly as when the letter is single no additional postage is charged for the cover. The postage now is in almost every instance pre-paid, it being but three cents when paid by the writer and five if left to the receiver. Therefore, none but very poor or very mean people send unpaid letters. Letter-stamps for the United States post should be kept in a little box on your writing-table. You can get them always by sending to the post-office--from a dollar's worth or more down to fifty or twenty-five cents' worth at a time. In a second box, keep stamps for the city or penny post, which transmits notes from one part of the town to another. And in a third, stamps to go on the covers of newspapers."

--The Behavior Book (1853 ed.) by Miss Leslie

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Event: Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad 2016

On Saturday September 10th, several members of the 4th participated in a skirmish and living history event for the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad.  Photographs courtesy of Messrs. Strand and Walker.

Union Soldiers Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad 2016 Event
Our boys in blue!

Skirmish Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad 2016 Civil War Event
The skirmish in progress.

General Grant Reenactor on Train, Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad 2016
General Grant enjoys the view from his car. 

General Lee Reenactor on Train, Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad 2016
General Lee seems to be on the same train.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Event: Fort Worden, Day 3 & Final

The final day of the event saw a return to cool, damp weather.  Though well-suited for marching in wool uniforms, it proved less conducive to drawing an audience.  Wet canvas aside, spirits were high during take-down, and the younger members of the 4th are particularly to be commended for their enthusiasm.  
Fort Worden 2016 Reenactment Encampment
Monday morning mist over the camp.
Particular thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Strand, who organized the entire event and provided the mess.  Also to Mrs. Talbot for her work with USAS (and making delicious cookies for the group), Mr. Wyland for saving the dance, and to the military vehicle drivers who transported everyone between the two camps.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Event: Fort Worden 2016, Day 2

The mixed-era fun continued to a second day, the highlights of which included numerous Lee and Grant sightings, Civil War trivia, swing dancing, a massive group tintype, and trekking up to the motorcade camp.

Fort Worden 2016 General Grant
General Grant, next to the "deuce and a half" transport which ferried
visitors between the camps.
Fort Worden 2016 General Lee
General Lee meets the Eastern Front.
Fort Worden 2016 Mixed Era Military Reenactors
I count five soldiers, four countries, three centuries, and one saloon. 

Fort Worden 2016 Mixed Era Military Reenactment Group Photo
Group photo!

Fort Worden 2016 1860s Field Hospital
Mr. & Mrs. Keyes show visitors the field hospital.

Fort Worden 2016 Military Vehicles Camp
The military vehicle collectors' camp has two things in abundance:
nice people, and camouflage.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Event: Fort Worden 2016, Day 1

We had an exciting day at Fort Worden, with Civil War, Revolutionary War, WWII, and military vehicle collectors all in attendance.    
Fort Worden 2016 Reenactment 4th Recruiter
Sgt. Hick explains soldiers' daily life to the public.
Fort Worden 2016 Reenactment Land Ship
The USS Tahoma's Land Ship. 
Fort Worden 2016 Reenactment Revolutionary Camp
Revolutionary War camp.
Fort Worden 2016 Reenactment Fife & Drum
Fife and Drum Corps.
Fort Worden 2016 Reenactment Grant's Tent
General Grant's Command Tent
Fort Worden 2016 Reenactment USAS Ladies
Ladies at the USAS tent.
Fort Worden 2016 Reenactment Saloon
Miss Ruby's Saloon serves cold drinks.
The fun continued into the evening, with an 1860s dance at the USO hall.
Fort Worden 2016 Resting Between Dances
The Dancers and Audience Rest Between Dances.
Fort Worden 2016 French Quadrille
Dancing the French Quadrille.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Event: Fort Worden 2016, Day 0

The event properly starts tomorrow, but we're here, we're setting up, and we're ready for some fun. So far, there are Yankees and rebels (Revolutionary War Edition) on the parade ground, APCs on the hill, and Soviets in the parlor.  
Fort Worden 2016 Reenactment Camp on Parade Ground
The Civil War reenactors occupy prime real estate
in front of the Coastal Artillery Museum.
Fort Worden 2016 Reenactment Camp
The infantry and navy camps (and a neat cloud formation).
Fort Worden 2016 Reenactment 4th US Fly
With teamwork, the kitchen fly can be raised!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Making Beds

Beds and Their Draperies from
The Workwoman's Guide (1838) 

As soon as you quit your bed, take off the bed-clothes, (each article separately,) and spread them widely over the chairs, turning the mattrass [sic] or bed as far down as it will go. This will give the bedding time to air; and in all houses it should be done every morning, the whole year round. Before you leave the room, raise the windows as high as they will go, (unless it should be raining, or snowing,) that the apartment may be well ventilated...  
There is but one way of making a bed properly; and yet it is surprising how little that way is known or remembered. First, shake up the bed high and evenly, turning it over, and see that the foot is not higher than the head. If there is a mattrass above the bed, turn the mattrass half up, and then half down, till you have shaken up the bed beneath. Next, spread on the under-sheet, laying it well over the bolster to secure it from dragging down and getting under the shoulders. However, to most beds now, there is a bolster-case. Then tuck in the under-sheet, well, at both sides, to prevent its getting loose and disordered in the night. For the same reason tuck in the upper sheet, well, at the foot, leaving the sides loose. Tuck in the blankets at bottom, but not at the sides. Lay the counterpane smoothly over the whole. Turn it down at the top, and turn down the upper-sheet above it so as to conceal the blankets entirely. 
--Eliza Leslie, The Behavior Book (1853), pages 12-14