Yesterday, I had the honor of marching behind the USCTs at the Remembrance Day parade held in Gettysburg on the 17th of November. Tomorrow is the 149th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, which is to be given by Steven Spielberg this year. They say that he and Daniel Day-Lewis were in Gettysburg the day of the parade, but I didn’t see them.
Anyway, here is the USCT contingent of the parade, which had members of the 1st, 3rd, (the 22nd?), 23rd, and 54th USCT units within it (although lead by the officers of the 3rd). Frederick Douglass is out front.
(The USCT Color Guard)
Not only was it my first time in uniform, but also my first time carrying a rifle musket for any extended period of time. And good lord, it was heavy. Luckily I was not in the rank and file so I did not have to drill according to an officer, so I could switch positions at will, which was a god send for my arms. I thought about all of the 12 year old boys that were fighting and had to carry guns, but my friends from the 23rd USCT pointed out that those boys would be used to doing farm work, so they were probably a lot stronger than I am!
Click to see more photos of the parade and of me as a soldier!