Well, it's been a while since I worked on a uniform project but I'm still slogging away at it, rest assured. This one was actually started as a part of my contribution to the community theater play CALAMITY JANE. My director decided against it ultimately since the old 'John Wayne' style fatigue jacket with the yellow kerchief would 'register better' so I just did a red sash for Lt.Danny Gilmartin instead and thats what he wore to the Fort Sully ball scene. Personally, I think that the REAL US Cavalry dress uniform would have been much more impressive.
Well, we had a western themed sunday event at church so I decided to finish the uniform for that - in any case I had the materials already and I'd hate for that to go to waste. So I up and did it and I think it turned out great.
2nd Lieutenant, US 7th Cavalry, Fort Sully
Wearing the Prussian picklehaube style helmet
Wearing the flannel "Fireman's shirt" based on the pattern supplied by Custer's wife, Libby.
US 1872 Model Helmet
US 1872 Model Helmet Plate Detail
I wonder if this intrepid 2nd Lieutenant would take Flashman's advice that whenever you hear 'Garryowen' played at a military action, turn the other way and run!
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Hey 79th...If you have never visited the Little Big Horn Battlefield, I would strongly urge you to do so if you are ever in the area (maybe you don't even reside in the US). There is really not much to see except scattered markers where individual members of the 7th were supposedly cut down, but I found the place more interesting and intriguing than either Gettysburg or Shiloh. If you have an over active imagination (as I have been accused of having too much of by my wife) and a decent idea of how the battle developed (of course nobody really knows within a shadow of a doubt what really happened, especially from the point where Custer took off with his group of five companies and headed for the Medicine Tail coulee and beyond) the battlefield park grips you big time. The park Superintendent told me, during my visit way back in 1969 that a lot of visitors are affected in this way. He said something to the effect, "ghosts literally walk at midday" on the Little Big Horn. Just thought I would throw this little tidbit in since you seem to be a 7th Cavalry buff.
Yes I'd love to... hopefully one day I can take a trip there to So.Dakota. I do love it when the battlefield hasn't been changed too much so you can really imagine it. I'd like to do that at three particular places - Little Big Horn, Balaclava and Isandhlwana. Sigh... I can dream.
Hey 79th....I would think that Isandhlwana and the Little Big Horn would be very similar in physical features. No gift shops, tourist meccas, etc. Way off the beaten path. Of course, historically they are much alike....modern, well equipped,etc western military formations, totally whipped by native tribesmen. Actually, The Little Big Horn is located in southeast Montana, but that ain't a big deal. Hope you get to make the trip. It's well worth it for military history buffs which you obviously are. Cheers.
My wife and I went to the Dallas Heritage Village for July 4th courtesy of our landlady... had loads of fun! This park hosts some of the most historic buildings in the Dallas area reaching back to the early-middle 1800's.
Arriving in the village on the train...
Better than a 'welcome drink' is welcome ice cream!
Sending a message at the post office inside the General Store, to Fort Sully in the Dakotas...
I'd like to make a small withdrawal if you please...
Calling on the mayor...
Checking out the stables... I'm in need of a fine horse!
After a hot afternoon's work... "I'd like a sassparilly barkeep!"
"Does that apply to the Army too?"
Relaxing with my lovely wife after an enjoyable day
Happy (236th) Fourth of July, America!
Hope y'all had a great fourth!! Tom
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