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Battalion Drill AAR: Historic Fort Wayne (Detroit, MI)

Battalion Drill at Historic Fort Wayne was a complete success. Mother Nature afforded us some spectacular weather, while the fort served as a unique backdrop for our drill. Our presence in the Fort has had a profoundly positive effect and should be an important and physical reminder of why we take pride in our Battalion. These reasons, coupled with the mid-April snow fall in Michigan cause me to fully recommend future Battalion Drills to be held at this location and at similar dates in the future.

Despite the lackluster turnout, drill itself went quite well. I am personally grateful for the patience and wisdom of the Battalion staff. I recognize that this drill weekend is a learning experience for all Battalion members, but as a junior Captain, this point was especially appreciated by me. I also wish to acknowledge the accuracy of drill maneuvers demonstrated by the 9th. Their efforts on the field greatly enhanced my ability to perform during Battalion maneuvers. I would also like to further recognize the grit and dedication of the men of the 9th and their insatiable appetite for drill. At their request I took them for an impromptu company drill after Battalion formation on Saturday. I could not have been more proud or honored by their efforts.

I would suggest that in future Battalion Drills, time be allotted for Company Commanders to drill their respective companies. Battalion maneuvers have a tendency to expose deficiencies in company drill that may have been overlooked or require a brief refresher for refinement. Perhaps Company Orderly Sergeants could be tasked with running the men through these maneuvers thus freeing up Company Commanders to attend a theoretical “block drill” with the Colonel covering maneuvers to be covered during drill. In my opinion, precision drill from companies and Captains, whom are freshly instructed in drill theory would greatly increase the effectiveness of drill and would therefore allow us maximum effective use of our time. In this way, we as a Battalion can gain a clear picture of each movement we are to execute in a theoretical perspective, and then are able to immediately apply our knowledge to the field.

I am eagerly looking forward to our next Battalion formation and view our Drill this season as an excellent start for the coming season. If you have any questions or comments, I am available at your convenience.

Most sincerely,

R. Samuel Brooks
Captain 9th Kentucky Co C.
Medich Battalion, AOT

Company Drill AAR

Camp Kiwanis (Mason, MI)

Aside for the minor obstacle of the weather, Company Drill was quite productive. Fortunately, while somewhat brisk and windy, we managed to avoid the rain and conduct our drill while “perfectly dry”. The majority of our NCO staff was on furlough attending to important family business. They were sorely missed, but their absence was understandable. Special thanks to Mr. Ranney, Mr. Barnard, Mr. Chinn, and Mr. Thompson for stepping into NCO positions for the good of the company. I also want to give my heartfelt thanks to the men of the company for their unending patience and willingness to overlook my minor mistakes on my journey that is the learning curve of a new Captain. Bully for you boys!

Despite having as many new recruits as veterans present, our drill was admirably sharp. Considering the long winter of inactivity and the inexperience of our new recruits, one could not have asked for a more superb performance from the company. We have a solid foundation and tradition of drill instilled by previous Captains that we can build upon. Yet, we must not rest upon our laurels, but rather we must raise the bar still further and take our drill to the next level of achievement. Historically the 9th was the best drilled unit in the Confederate Army, in either Theater. I intend to make that as true today as it was in ’61. I look forward to another proud year with the 9th. I shall meet you again soon comrades.

Roll Call

Cpl. Chinn
Pvt. Townes
Pvt. Foster
Pvt. Jones
Pvt. McGuire
Pvt. Bates
Pvt. Summerville
Pvt. Thompson
Pvt. Hewes
Pvt. Logan
Pvt. Gauger
Pvt. Ranney
Pvt. Barnard
Pvt. Mclemore
Pvt. Waters
Pvt. Harris
Pvt. Higgins
Pvt. Jearnigan
Pvt. Robb
Pvt. Parrent

Yours in service,

R. Samuel Brooks
Captain 9th Kentucky Co. C