June−The Lansing Area Winnies mustered at Camp Turkeyville, Marshall, MI for the Civil War reenactments of the Battle of Island Mound, MO and the Battle of Corydon, IN. The activities started on Thursday, June 15, when most of our twelve coaches arrived. A campfire sing-along with "The New Winnie Minstrels" was cut short by a rain shower that evening.
Friday we enjoyed visiting, watching the encampment set up, shopping, and in the evening attending the dinner theatre "Getting Mama Married."
Saturday morning we toured the encampment, interacted with the reenactors, watched the blacksmiths working and the photographer producing tin-type pictures. The surgeon explained medical procedures of that era. We attended a lively discussion between Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. The Battle of Island Mound took place in the afternoon. That evening, President Davis graced us by joining our potluck dinner and enlightening us about his life. After dinner, we attended the Grand Ball to watch the dancing.
Sunday morning after a church service provided by the reenactors, the Battle of Corydon, IN took place. In the afternoon, Stewart and Tammy Smith, our new WIT representatives, joined our group and our evening potluck. With the weather cooperating, our outdoor singalong of Civil War era songs took place.
Monday was a day of relaxing and visiting until evening when we carpooled to Pasche's Seafood Kitchen for a wonderful dinner. The fried pickles and alligator bites were enjoyed by all. Tuesday several members visited the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and later we all enjoyed another potluck.
Wednesday we moved on to Otisville for the state rally.
By Janice Sagle