"We counted 174 computers logged on [during your talk], so I expect that 230 - 240 people were in attendance. Lots of appreciative comments in [the] 'chat'!"
- Historical Society of Michigan
"We have had nothing but positive feedback from those who attended [your lecture]. Your unique, first-person presentation style certainly held our attention."
- Lenawee County Historical Society & Museum
"Robert Stone's . . . lecture [was] breathtaking. Robert's reenactment of daily life during the Civil War allowed the audience to truly capture the horrors, struggles, and courage of a war most people simply regard as history on paper."
- All Seasons Birmingham
"Your presentation was well received by a mixture of Montcalm Community College students and community members. Great facts shared in an entertaining and enlightening style - well done!"
- Montcalm Community College
"The patrons . . . were very complementary and said that they enjoyed learning more about the war from the perspective of a soldier. It brought them back in time, they said, and the event inspired them to study . . . more history. Another patron remarked that [your] staying in character for the duration of the program brought it to life even more."
- Newaygo Area District Library
"[Your program] was presented with the utmost of professionalism and was enthusiastically received by our audience members. Your knowledge of the subject matter was clearly evident, and your commitment to [remaining in] character throughout the event was admirable."
- Big Rapids Festival of the Arts
Why did men (and women!) become soldiers during the Civil War? What did they eat and wear? How did they deal with the stress of being apart from their homes and loved ones, and facing battle, wounds and death? What did they do for . . . fun? Let "Near as I Remember's" knowledgeable and entertaining talks transport you to that distant era of America's past!
I have participated in Civil War re-enacting for three decades. I portray a typical Yankee (i.e., Federal) infantryman. A deep knowledge of American social and military history, combined with participation in dozens of battle re-enactments, have equipped me to educate others about this crucial era in American history.
My first-person talks can be adapted to meet the needs of a spectrum of audiences. Middle school or high school classes; colleges and universities; Civil War round tables and history clubs; social clubs; private and business events; parties: all these will find "Near as I Remember" an enlightening and informative experience.
In camp the common soldier faced disease, bad food and the rigors of army discipline. On campaign he learned to "rough it," paring his possessions to the essentials.
In diaries soldiers recorded their hopes, adventures and fears. Letters exchanged between soldiers and home were key to maintaining morale in both places.
Throughout history war has been chronicled in verse and lyrics. See how these art forms were employed during the Civil War.
As sons, husbands and fathers went to war, their families also dealt with harsh new realities.
The armies worked hard to supply their men with sufficient rations. But when it came to acquiring nourishment, troops often had to be inventive - and crafty!
The common soldier's weapons evolved throughout the war, as did their use. NOTE: This talk includes the display of firearms.
How did soldiers experience the confusion and terror of battle?
With the onset of winter armies left the roads and battlefields. Learn about what they did to pass the winter months in camp.
What was the Civil War soldier's clothing like? What equipment did he carry on the march, in camp or in battle? What items would he refuse to be without?
What were the reasons that men - and not a few women - entered the ranks of North and South to fight in the Civil War?
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