Saturday, September 5, 2009
Music to his comrades' ears
Patrick Peterson looks every bit the Confederate.
His $600 hand-crafted uniform features a gray linen jacket above brown jean-cloth pants. His chevrons are those of a bugler.
In the saddle of Woodrow, his Percheron cross breed, the goateed Griffin, Ga., resident exudes confidence.
This weekend, Peterson is portraying a bugler in Rambo’s Brigade.
At 52 and the recipient of an artificial hip, Peterson is a little older and weathered than a typical Civil War bugler. But he takes his charge seriously.
The bugler is using about 25 of 52 infantry bugle calls, including “attention,” performed above.
Because the sound of a bugle travels farther than a voice in the din of battle, officers used them to signal commands to troops.
At the Atlanta re-enactments, each battle or skirmish ends with the playing of Taps to honor soldiers who died during the Civil War.