THE 2019 SEASON
2019 was another great year for Company E, 18th Missouri 18th attending all 11 events organised by SoSkAn.
March: CRESSING TEMPLE BARNS, ESSEX Lots of drill, parades and musketry skills tests to get us set up for what was to become a very busy season indeed!
April: The Easter holiday weekend was planned to be held at BELHUS WOODS PARK, ESSEX however awful weather in the weeks before the event caysed us to cancel because of ground conditions.
May : The first Bank Holiday was a 2 day event, held at at BRAINTREE, ESSEX..
Late May also saw the 18th taking a leading part in a Soskan Training weekend at WATFORD, HERTS. An excellent 3 day event with no public which gave us time to work on our skills for the rest of the season.
June; A NEW event at EVESHAM, WORCS we attended a Ww2 military vehicle show and set up an excellent living history camp and took part in an extensive battle display on each of the two days. The ground was soggy, the rain came and went but we had an excellent event.
July: We attended 4 events this month. Firstly at HISTORY ALIVE, Stonham Barns, Suffolk. There was a small turnout by the company for this event, in fact the 18th were the only Federal troops there, but we had an excellent time flying the flag for Soskan.. Plans are already in place to revisit it next year with more boots on the field. A very hot weekend indeed !
July saw a return to the RAMBLIN MAN MUSIC FESTIVAL in Kent, where we were involved in an active weekend with ongoing living history and two battles.
July also saw us attend the OLD COULSDON FAIR in Surrey for a display of uniform, equipment, artillery and drill - which involved junior members of the public.
And finally we attended a multi period event at CHERITON HANTS where we took part in an excellent show alongside English Civil war and Napoleonic societies. Agasin, the 18th were the largest unit attending
August Bank Holiday had us attending, as usual, the Military Odyssey event, held at the County Showground , Detling, Kent. Billed as the largest multi period living history event in the world, this hot and sunny weekend saw the show attended by tens of thousands of spectators. Soskan provided one of the biggest Living History displays at the event and we took part in an improved version of the live action, interactive scenario that we first used in 2016, improved on in 2017 and 2018 - and even better this year !. We took over a section of woods adjacent to our camp and all day for 3 days we operated an active living history scenario based on the Battle of the Wilderness, 1864 with a Field Surgeon display , a Command Tent with our very own General Ulysses S Grant, and Artillery emplacement and active Infantry skirmishes with us defending the frontline. The public was guided through this display and excellent comments were received from them and the organisers of the event.. Plus we were involved in 3 skirmishes through the weekend, in a large battle arena with a large amount of pyrotechnics to simulate cannon fire. This year we had 16 members attending during the weekend ! Our lady members were very active in getting the public to enter the “Wilderness” and to see what we do best. A brilliant event and to be repeated next season
In September we returned to Braintree, Essex for Living History display at a country show. A wet weekend with a low turnout but the 18th were, once again, the largest unit on site and took the lead in the various drill and LH displays.
So..... Once again the blue suits are now put away for the winter, the equipment has been cleaned, the tents dried & stored and the calendar is being ticked off until April 2020 ! We already have arrangements for 9 events and hopefully we will have more to add to the list. If you want to come and see us ( and even join the company) take a look at the 2020 events page for details.
During this past year attendances by the 18th were good and in most cases we were the largest, AND OCCASIONALLY THE ONLY, Federal company at each event. We enlisted 4 new members over the season, all of whom got straight into their training and all have progressed well.. .Whether faced by inclement weather, tiny arenas and last minute changes of plans, at every event the 18th Missouri showed the enthusiasm, professionalism, training, discipline, sense of humour and enjoyment which has made us the best company in SoSkAn !
If you would like to join the best company in Soskan, or would like to know more, please contact Chris Greenaway:
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