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1st Annual Cabot Civil War Muster April 28th-30th, 2017

1st Annual Cabot Civil War Muster
April 29th – In from the Field

I’ve never been a big Civil War buff but the 1st Annual Cabot Civil War Muster was held about a mile down the highway from my house on the grounds of Changepoint Church. I decided to go check it out and see what it was all about and I’m glad I did. It was interesting. I especially liked the demonstrations and the costumes of the women and children. I could not imagine having to wear the long dresses and the hoops underneath that women wore back then in the humid summers of Arkansas.

On Saturday they reenacted the Battle of Reeds Bridge (which the Confederates won) and Sunday the Battle of Bayou Fourche (a Union win). The threat of dangerous storms throughout Arkansas kept many participants at home. The storms held off on Saturday until after the battle but unfortunately the artillery night fire and field hospital candlelight program both had to be cancelled. I actually had not planned on going Sunday but the flooding on Hwy 67/167 and the developing sink hole on Hwy 15 kept me at home from church. The demonstrations at the muster had been cancelled but they still reenacted the battle. It had rained off and on all morning and was still raining when they started the battle.


More Scenes from the Muster

I’m Just Here For the Band

Marching in before the game. Sean in the second tuba in the row to the left and his friend Edward is the second tuba in the row to the right.
Sean (center right) and Edward (center left)
That’s a lot of brass!
Cabot Panthers entering the field
Cabot Panthers pre-game
The Conway Wampus Cats keep the ball
“The Tuba Tribe”
Yep, I think Sean knows I’m at the game!
There’s that smile!
Half-time band performance
Taking a break
When the Panther’s score, the band plays!

Every season for the past 18 years I have been in the stands for at least one of the Cabot High School’s football games. Don would go whenever he could. He loved the Panthers and we would go to games in all sorts of weather – hot, cold, rain or ice. It didn’t matter  whether or not they were good or bad, at home or away we went to games.

Last year was the first year I went alone and it wasn’t fun. It shocked me was that nobody knew who I was without him. These were people I’ve seen, joked around with and talked to for 17 years – nobody even said hi.

Don's last time in the stands September 3, 2013
Don’s last time in the stands September 3, 2013

It was hot last night and I almost did not go but I felt I needed to be there for Sean. He’s been through a lot in the past couple of years. He’s really been struggling over losing his dad. A lot more than people realize.

Don and Sean in the stands at Panther Stadium circa 2002


The band did awesome! Oh and by the way Cabot won 34-18!