Letter from The Federal Commander, General Tony Daniels
Together with my honored colleague, Gen. Jennette, I will strive to make this a rewarding experience for all involved. Re-enactors, whether in Blue or Butternut, should feel the sense of urgency, patriotism, and even fear, felt by their ancestors near this very field. Reenactors will find this to be a well organized and coordinated major event which will provide an opportunity to experience our history while expressing reverence to our predecessors. We will provide an exciting learning opportunity for spectators who can return home with a sense that they have truly seen our history re-lived, have a renewed appreciation for our heritage, and are encouraged to take part in preserving it for future generations.
But mostly, that those "boys" of 1861-65, Billy Yank, or Johnny Reb who are moldering in graves, some remembered, many forgotten, across our vast country, who as Lincoln said "gave the final full measure of devotion" will look down upon us and say "you did us proud."
It is the reenactors who lovingly devote their time, resources and efforts to this and other historic events who make it possible to achieve these lofty goals. This is a call to arms. Look forward to seeing you in the field.