Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Trip to a Civil War Encampment

A real encampment with a real general.

And real artillery officers.

The women arrive at camp, determined to bring civilization with them.

They write home: "How can this be called the Civil War? It is anything but civil."

One day the peace is broken.

The alarm is spread: the Yankees are coming!

The general himself dismounts to correct a sloppily aimed cannon.

The women forget civilization and worry about self preservation.

And they pack, in case of retreat.

The first enemy sniper sets his sights on the camp.

The boys in the front lines bow their heads.

The drummer reaches for his drumsticks.

And then...

...somebody's cell phone rings.

What is that noise?!

Okay, I should have told you before. We were at the Raines for dinner, not at a Civil War camp. Almost had you tricked right? If only that cell phone hadn't given the show away.

Yeah, relax. This is just dress-up.

Yeah, and somebody dressed me up in the wrong time period. I want to be a man with a gun not...

...Colin Gunn.

So, Micah, do you turn your belt buckle right side up when you're in a blue uniform?

Loading the cannon is a coveted job.

People literally wait in line.

If playing cannonball is exciting...

...playing baseball is more so.

Candace, I doubt tossing a ball in the air and...

...catching it in a hat was considered a lady-like pastime in the 1800s.

The general retrieves his hat.

I may have been staring into the mouth of a cannon, but then, so were they.

I've heard of photographers having a "second shooter" to help them out.

Back to that lunch I mentioned earlier... It was fantastic.

And the camp was fantastic in the formal sense of the word.

Clayton discovered the wonder of noise a long time ago. The wonder is he hasn't yet tired of making it.

Phares discovers the wonders of the Raines' home. You can find anything there.

Is this a corpse?

She just had to make sure.

There's something anachronistic about flying a plane while wearing a Confederate uniform.

Don't try to tell me that flight interests men and women equally.

Birthday gifts exchanged.

We'll never tire of going to the Raines' home - of that I am certain. Thanks, Raines.

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God Bless.
Carmen

5 comments:

Mrs. Raine said...

Great post - lost of fun captions.
I especially like the picture of Mervin not wanting to be Colin Gunn - very clever.
Looking forward to hearing all about the conference!

Rohirrim Maiden said...

LOL..... I loved this post! The little girls' pictures in particular were adorable, and their captions were perfect!

Hannah Lashbrook

Carmen M. said...

Mrs. Raine and Hannah, you made my day. :-)

Dad said...

Conrad said that he never goes to the Raines without getting killed at least twice.

~Rebecca~ said...

I love these! Carmen they are simply gorgeous!!

I laughed at the joke about Collin Gunn, Widow's Might was a great film.

~Rebecca