VMI letter number 1
This letter will be mailed out also to everyone. I need feed back. I've edited the letter for this
Some of the things I discovered last weekend.
1. Timeless Stitches is going to do a deal for us on hats and shell jackets. I'll get that out to each of you. I would
like to get the kids to look more uniform. At least less cowboy hats. Please think about donations of uniform items that your
youngster can no longer wear. We need gray hats (kepis and forager caps) and shell jackets.
2. The kids have a very short attention span. They all (most of them anyway) watched each of the battles and I didn't
stay with them. In the future, I may try to keep them together and stay with them or just keep the young ones with me. I would
be interested to hear your thoughts on the matter. Do you expect adult supervision all day? What do you expect me to do about
lunch. Can I just release the child or do I need to keep the child with me till a parent shows up to get them? You need to
tell me specifics for your younger kids.
3. I decided not to sell new muskets anymore. It's just too easy to go over to the suttler and purchase one. Less stuff
for me to haul around. I will keep old muskets for kids to borrow. Please donate used muskets and parts to VMI so other kids
can use them. If I get too many, I'll have a fire sale and put the money into VMI.
4. I decided to sell the VMI A-tent. It's too much for me to haul around. The important piece of tentage is my fly.
Maybe you saw your child using it during the weekend to get out of the sun. I'm interested in your comments about this. I'll
store the VMI things in my tent. If anything, another fly may be a good idea. I could look for a donation.
5. I've purchased books to read the kids and they are all over their heads. That's a bust. I'm interested in some craft
ideas. What about period funny or scarry stories for 10 year olds. Can any of you loan me something like that? I've heard
of kids rolling cartridges to sell. It wouldn't interest everyone, but a few might want to make some money.
6. I have Dixie cups and fresh water to give the kids. I give it to them every time we turn around. For sanitation,
I toss each cup after one use. If the kid wants another drink, I give him another cup. I don't want anyone getting sick. To
go to the rest room, I just tell the child to go and come right back. It reminds me of that time Saturday when I tried to
get into one of those things (a gotta go) but the woman inside wouldn't let me open the door.
7. Doug has graciously made cap pouches and belts for the kids. We should use those at the next event. Mark in 7th
NC and Brett in 1st LA made our boxes. My hobby of trying to paint a flag has flagged. I may not ever get the dumb thing done.
I'm challenged to work with Norwich Cadets. Don would like to do a lunch (guys preparing lunch?). Also, by the cadets
being so far from each other (separation between Union and Confederate camps), it's impossible to keep coordinated. We talked
about being at one end of the Union refugee camp so both cadet camps would be together. That way we could support each other
and not have coordination problems. I did like the location the Brigade Commander gave me. People could find my
camp very easy. I'm open to having combined camp but I think we need a woman (an adult) to pull off a decent lunch.
So, what do you think? I could keep the kids under 10 with me during battles. Would one of you adults be interested
in doing a meal if I provided some money. One meal a year would help. It would only be for 4 to 6 kids. Also, I need donations.
I'll advertise in the Dispatch and I'm interested in crafts and your suggestions.
Thank you, Stephen