A question which we repeatedly get asked is “Do you really sleep and cook here?” this article is an attempt to answer this question. A wet Easter in Margam Park is the setting for an American Civil War scenario hosted by Confederate & Union Re-enactment Society (CURS) this is the story of our weekend in camp.
Featured are two United States Marines (one of who occasionally gets confused and morphs into a Garibaldi Guard),a woman who has accompanied her man to the war and a guest appearance by a Confederate soldier.
Setting up camp
Arriving at the site where we will spend the next three nights the first task is to set up the tents (before the rain arrives if possible) on this occasion two sleeping tents and a lean-to for living in.
Lighting the fire is the next essential for warmth, hot food and most importantly TEA! Flint and steel come into play for creating a spark
Once the spark catches some dry sisal (from a spare piece of rope) and the fire is encouraged with tender care and (hopefully) dry kindling. While this process takes place it’s time for foraging to begin firstly for wood and then for water and of course all the wood has to be chopped and piled up ready for the evening.
The fire is now blazing merrily, the pots placed on the stove and the wood supply cut and ready for action. Now the hard graft is over and the men go off to play (sorry I meant go on patrol) and the women try to dry off by the fire, do some sewing and prepare the evening meal.
Finally as the day wears to a close time to go home for tea, a hot meal…
…and relaxation after a hard day’s work. Chatting around the fire recounting tales old and new, smoking a pipe, playing the fife even time to consort with the enemy before snuggling into the blankets, on what would otherwise be a cold hard floor, to rest before the next day dawns and we begin again.