The weekend of April 5 and 6, 2002, the Virginia Independent Volunteer Rifles (Confederate living historians) came to Riverbank for their weekend Camp of Instruction.
We were delighted and honored that they chose Riverbank for their training weekend. Not only was it a treat to visit the men in their camp and to watch them in the field, it was eerily appropriate and fitting to see them marching past the house and into the field to drill.
The troops set their camp beside the river, and despite the cold (lows reached 20 degrees) they remained entirely authentic, camping just as the soldiers 140 years ago would have.
Captain Yancey organized his company, the Peaked Mountain Grays (which became Company E of the 10th Virginia Infantry) before the Civil War began. John Mann of the current 10th Virginia believes that he would have drilled his men on this land to prepare them for war. So this was something of a homecoming.
Some photos from the weekend are below, momentoes of a tremendous experience for us and, we hope, a good time for them.
Drilling in the field
Reloading on the line
Shooting from across the field
Retiring the Colors
The Main Campsite
The Colonel's Quarters
A Period Church Service at McGaheysville Cemetary
At rest in the field
Taking a break
The soldiers of the Tenth Virginia