We will interview battalion members at each event. Their stories will go on the main page until the next event..then they will move here to their own page.
IN THE BATTALION
Color Sgt. Sheldon Gately (KIWI), 10th ARK
He emigrated to the United States and married one of our fine Southern women. Her interest in her family's strong Southern Heritage got Sheldon interested in the War Between the States as well. His wifes familys 5th great grandfather was General Forrests Aide-de-Camp. He and his family attended a Prairie Grove reenactment 3 years ago. That was all it took to make him just walk into the 10th ARK camp and said "aye wunna jowine up!".
When Sheldon is not Sgt KIWI, he is a truck driver for Ace hardware. As a hobby and part of his heritage, he is taking BAGPIPE lessons in Conway. He figures he will be good enough to bring it to a reenactment sometime in 2004.
Capt. Lynn Shackelford, TMR
Lynn was raised on a "dirt farm" in Krebbs, Oklahoma. Krebbs is in Southeastern Oklahoma near McAlester and is famous for it's Italian food. When Lynn was old enough he joined the U.S Army during the "Berlin Blockade" era. He was a combat platoon leader in OCS. He waited for the order to invade Cuba that never came. After leaving the army he graduated from East Central in Ada. He then spent 22 years in the Air National Guard and retired as a LtCol.
Lynn first got into reenacting back in 1988. His first event
was Honey Springs. He fell in with the 3rd LA Co B...the unit
he is Capt of now... also know as the Trans-Mississippi
Rifles. Capt Shackelford has held many positions in reenacting...Battalion
Color Sgt., Battalion SgtMjr and first Sgt with the TMR. He has
been their Captain for 3 years.
He has been married since 1965 and has 2 grown children, a boy and a girl.
Lynn's proudest achievement is the TMR color Guard. The Color Guard is an elite, highly trained group that is the focal point at such functions as ...Honey Springs Memorials, Memorial Day and Veterans Day events at the 45th Inf. Museum and the 4th of July at Edmond Liberty Fest. They have won 1st place in the Edmond Liberty Fest parade Competition 5 times and 2nd place once.
Pvt. Harold Windle, 2nd ARK
Pvt Harold Windles' first event was
back in 92'. That was the Prairie Grove that had the ice storm
when the tents still stood up after the poles had been removed!
He was a member of the 9th ARK with David Wilson as Cpt.