Every year on the third weekend of August, our living history group gathers at Fort Stevens near Astoria Oregon. Fort Stevens is a former Coast Artillery installation positioned on the south edge of the mouth of the Columbia River. Fort Stevens was intended to work with Fort Columbia on the north edge of Columbia river to protect access to the river.
This year we had our largest gathering of living historians (about 26 folks) including PADoc and his crew representing a Battalion Aid Station. It was great to add the BAS to the display. At one point on Sat, a group of grunts went on a patrol around the Fort and returned with a suprise "casualty" for the BAS. In true professional form, the crew went to work with the efficiency of a real medical team and had Austin bandaged, splinted and ready to transport on a Jeep within minutes. It was a great performance by all. Unfortunately, most of the crowd that enjoyed the show were the rest of us who had setup displays. I have no explanation, but the crowds of visitors this year were significantly down although all the neighboring parks were reporting booked full. We did discuss ways that we can encourage more interest from visitors. Hopefully next year will have strong participation of displays and can drive more interest from the public.
Photos will follow shortly.