Rolling Thunder 
Newsletter for the
10th North Carolina State Troops
(1st Regiment North Carolina Artillery)

Volume III, Issue 4, Jul, 2000


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Commander's Corner

Seems like yesterday when I sat down and began to write an article about a busy spring. Summer is upon us and we continue to be busy - but your support continues to be outstanding. We currently mail the "Rolling Thunder" to 38 families and have 42 members on the rolls. Let me attempt to update you on what has gone on since the last newsletter and provide you a little insight on what will happen for the remainder of the year.

On the 3rd of May, Cpl. Rhew, Sgt. Rhyne and myself headed to Gettysburg to take part in a live Educational TV broadcast from the park. Mike had managed to strap gun, limber and caisson on his trailer, which was quite a feat. We combined with Charlie Tarbox's gun to provide the High School students watching us with an impression of what a complete gun detachment looked like during the war. Park Officials said the program (which was broadcast twice - both times live) was seen by over 300,000 students.

Pvt. Glaze, Pvt. Stanley (Leah as Larry), Cpl. Rhew, Sgt. Rhyne and myself were again in action on the 5th of May, this time to do a living history at White Oaks Elementary School in Burke, Virginia. This was the second time we have been to this school and Lindsey's teacher had requested us again this year. Over 150 students watched as Mike gave an infantry demonstration and all of us combined to do an artillery demonstration, augmented by 4th Graders. This program was well received by all that attended.

We crossed another threshold on the 25th of May when we fired live with the 2nd Battalion of the 111th Field Artillery (Virginia National Guard) at Camp Picket, Virginia. We fired both the 10 pounder Parrott and the 6 pounder gun. Cpl. Ed Rhew had made Parrott rounds by filling 16 ounce soft drink bottles with concrete. I think we all learned some valuable lessons in how to live fire. 1st Sgt. Slifer hit a target at 600 yards on his 5th try with the 6 pounder. Members of the 111th fired their M198, 155mm towed cannon along side our guns, which was quite impressive. LTC Doug Erhardt the 111th Commander really enjoyed this joint operation, as did the members of both his battalion and our battery. Mimi Stewart videotaped the event and this will be shown at Colfax during the training weekend. Truly a good time was had by all!

The 3rd of June again found Pvt. Glaze, Cpl. Rhew and Sgt. Rhyne back in Northern Virginia for us to attend the WinMill Carriage Show at Morven Park International Equestrian Center, sponsored by The Potomac River Driving Association, LLC in Leesburg, Virginia. We put on two demonstrations and gave the carriage drivers a real thrill by "fast trotting" up a hill pulling the gun. We were well received by this group and have been invited back next year. The facilities are exceptional and we plan to make it a training weekend next year.

1st Sgt. Slifer, Privates Horne, Foster, May and May attended the Pelham event on 10 June. The 6 pounder took part in the battle scenario engaging an enemy gun belonging to a former member Martyn Hawkins. Joe said the enemy gun was destroyed.

We all came together again as a unit at Salem, Virginia for the Battle of Hanging Rock Reenactment, sponsored by our friends the 2nd Virginia Cavalry. We fought on a baseball field for a crowd of several hundred both Saturday and Sunday. It was a hot weekend, but the event was well attended and we had a great camping spot. We were also able to pull the 2nd Virginia's 12 pounder with a six-up while they used our gun in a Monument Dedication. One of the several highlights of the weekend was seeing Sgt. Lankford and Cpl. Moose in full Dragoon attire. Former members of Company K must have looked on with pride as Jim and Chris posed for the several folks taking camera shots of them. This is the true beginning of us fielding a viable Dragoon impression. The other highlight was working with the 2nd Virginia and drilling as a battery on the ball field. Battery maneuver is complex and we will need to continue that work through the year. The battles were small, but we burned powder and had a great time. Thanks to Lt. John and Mimi Stewart and the ladies for our commissary during this weekend.

We brought the 4th of July in with a bang this year! We helped Greensboro celebrate the 4th by shooting three of our guns in the 1812 Overture prior to the fireworks display at Grimsley High School's Jamision Stadium. All who attended looked and performed like professionals. I think everyone enjoyed it, both the spectators and us. Thanks to Lt. Stewart and Mimi for hosting a pre and post event feeding at their home and special thanks to John for arranging this event.

I intend for the focus of the upcoming training weekend to be on horse training, gun drill, battery drill, NCO development, Dragoon drill, inventory and cleaning and a tactical in the evening. I would like everyone there and ready to go NLT than 8:00 a.m. with an NCO meeting at 7:00 a.m. I expect that we will be finished around 8:30 p.m. The ladies are also invited to attend and Sandy Horvath will again have you making baskets. Joyce Stanley and Danyel Moose will conduct a sidesaddle demonstration as well as a carriage driving class. Please plan to attend. -- to help the cooks, who will be cooking a pig, please let me know, NLT 19 July, via email/ or phone who will attend and how many family members will be coming with you.

During our living history at Gettysburg we will have only two firings - so we will do more work with the horses and guns to prepare for Chancellorsville in September. We have purchased a Marathon Cart to continue to enhance our display of the importance of the horse during this period in our history. It is a two person cart and although not a period piece it will give our ladies a mode of transportation that they have not had in the past.

I have included three articles worth your reading with the hardcopy (snail mail version) of this Newsletter. Also included is an updated roster - please make changes to the Master that will be at Colfax or send me your changes via email. Click here to read and excellent online article about the horse in the Civil War, written by Deborah Grace,  

Jeff Kinard has written an excellent book on The Battle of the Crater that you all need to buy. Please don't miss Jeff, Barney and Rex in "The Patriot." Rex is a double for Mel Gibson.

We will again pass the hat at Colfax, your donations at Salem allowed us to replace all the powder we had burned during the two-day engagement.

SEE YOU AT COLFAX - Capt. David L. Stanley, Cmdg.

New Horses Join the Unit

Chris and Danyel Moose's horse Windsong had a foal - Wingsong's Early Riser. Terry Helms has acquired a horse. David Stanley and a friend bought Casey's last filly - Foxy. Both of Gary and Virginia Price's Mares are expecting next summer.

What's being said about us?

Camp Chase Gazette
Holiday 1999
The Battle of Cedar Creek
Middletown, VA - October 15, 16, 17, 1999
Simply The Best
Don Hubbard

"One of the most memorable and awe-inspiring moments of the whole event was watching a section (two guns) of authentic horse drawn artillery operate on the Confederate side. This unit, part of the Carolina Legion, was the 1st Regiment North Carolina Artillery, commanded by Capt. David Stanley. Their guys were really great, and stayed with the flow of the infantry during battle, back and forth, unlimbering and going into battery, and hooking up again to move with a speed that was just incredible! It was a big highlight for us to watch this unit perform as artillery really did during the war."


Camp Chase Gazette
Letter from Bentonville "Build Them Breastworks, Boys"
March 17-19, 2000
Elmer Woodard and J.P. Rogers

…"There wasn't a lot for the Confederate artillery to do, especially in Sunday's fight (another gray infantry attack on blue breastworks), but that deficit demonstrates why galvanizing can be so rewarding. The 1st NC Light Artillery, another horsed unit, galvanized as Batteries I and M of the NY Light Artillery for Sunday's fight and they got plenty of positive exposure as their guns galloped back and forth on the way to the next hot spot."


Camp Chase Gazette
June 2000
135th Sailor's Creek
April 7-9, 2000
Two Great Events in One
Don Hubbard

"….The day-long tactical was conducted in three phases. In the morning phase although the Federals were outnumbered three to one, and we had our secret road, they fought us to a draw. They were able to rapidly shift troops to meet our advances, and used their superior (and highly mobile) horse-drawn artillery to counter our moves. During this part of the action, the Confederates captured a detachment of Federal engineers who were building a bridge. When you are engaged in close combat in heavy woods and you feel the concussion of a cannon firing at you, you know it is time to back up! The Federal horse-drawn artillery, representing Co. D, 5th U.S. Regular Artillery, was the galvanized 1st Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, commanded by Capt. David Stanley."

"For the last phase, the Confederate troops had to march back through the Federal forces to deploy on top of a hill. Our line of march was helped up by some Federal horse-drawn artillery returning to camp. They could not get their horses to pull the limber and cannon up a steep hill. An unforgettable sight followed, as scores of Confederate infantry helped the Federals push the cannon up the hill by hand to supplement the straining horses."

"…The battle plan followed the actual outcome, with Federals constantly pushing our Confederate forces down from the Hillsman House, hurried along by the Federal horse artillery, and across Sailor's Creek."


West Point Cadet Adrian Talapan said to thank all of you for making Salem a great experience for him!

Why was John Horvath not sleeping with his comrades in arms at Salem? Why did he have a smile on his face each morning? Inquiring minds want to know.

Carol Carroll expressed her family's thanks for our participation in her father's funeral on the 28th of June. Russell, a WWII Veteran was given a caisson burial by Pvts Cline, Kinard, and Kennedy and Sgt. Rhyne, Lt. Stewart and Capt. Stanley at Shady Grove Wesleyan Church in Colfax.

Lt. Stewart's Lost and Found

Lt. Stewart has a number of items that were left at his home on the 4th of July. He will bring them to the Training Weekend at Colfax, I would urge you to pick your items up before he becomes too attached to them!

The smile on Pvt. John Horvath's face was because he and Sandy were celebrating their 33rd Wedding Anniversary while they were with us at Salem. Happy Anniversary!

Meals at Colfax

As is usually the case, training weekends whet the appetite of those 19th century artillerymen... and several individuals stated they would be camping out at Colfax both Friday and Saturday evenings. Therefore, Mimi and I were planning to provide a light breakfast consisting of sweetbreads, fruit, sausage, juice and coffee both Saturday and Sunday. The noon meal Saturday would consist of just sandwiches, chips and drinks. To supplement the Sat. evening meal of smoked pig provided by Ed Rhew and either chicken or turkey provided by Randy Frye and we will provide assorted salads, baked beans, slaw and tea. Since no decent meal is complete without dessert, we thought maybe homemade ice cream would satisfy everyone. To coordinate everyone's efforts, we will be calling all the ladies the week prior. We'll need to know about how many to expect so please RSVP , by 18 July and remember to include kids, girl/boy friends, spouses and any other individuals who will be coming with you. Any items the gentlemen wish to contribute to the meals would also be greatly appreciated. Please contact either Mimi or myself with any questions or suggestions. We appreciate ya'lls support. Thanks. Joyce and Mimi.

Joyce Stanley (703) 455-6509

Mimi Stewart (336) 286-9019

repondez s'il vous plait 
French for Please Respond!

Folks there are several places in this newsletter that we ask for an RSVP. RSVPs are commonly requested in military and social circles to determine how many individuals will attend a specific event. It helps the host determine things like how many chairs and tables will be needed. It is primarily used to determine how much food is needed. For the 4th of July celebration the Stewart's received RSVPs for 27 people, but over 40 attended - this is why responding is very important to assist in event planning. The same is true for events - both our commissary and our officers and NCOs need to know how many members will attend so enough food is available and we don't take any equipment that we will not use.

To Our Photographers...

I would like to thank Sandy Horvath and Virginia Price for taking some outstanding pictures of us thus far this year. Sandy Horvath took the photos of us in this newsletter at the Salem Event. Virginia has some equally impressive 35mm shots which she will have a Colfax.

Virginia took a battery photograph of Charlie Tarbox's gun, the 2nd Virginia's gun and our guns at Bentonville that is an outstanding picture (see our website). She is selling copies of this photograph for $10.00.

Thanks ladies for your outstanding work!

Basket Makers

For those ladies that wish to make a basket during training later this month at Colfax, please let me know by the 13th of July. Supplies need to be ordered and it takes a few days for the material to come in. The approximate cost is $17 - $20. The plan is to make a "Glens Square" basket for you basket enthusiasts. This is an easy, large, sturdy basket to make. Also it would be handy to bring along a cloth type tape measure, scissors, clothes pins, and a regular screwdriver. Not necessary but helpful. A response via e-mail is fine. Thanks. Sandy


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