Ringgold's 1890s Days Jamboree
Ringgold, Georgia
Held Friday Evening and All Day Saturday
May 22 - 23, 2009

Camp Badge
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The 34th year of Ringgold's 1890 Days Jamboree was a very busy affair this Memorial Day weekend. In the background is Ringgold Gap, site of the November 27, 1863 Battle of Ringgold Gap between Union Gen. Joseph Hooker and Confederate Gen. Patrick Cleburne. The building in the center of the photo is the Ringgold Depot of the Western and Atlantic Railroad fame (CSX today).
Street Scene
"Here comes the parade!" Our Camp Commander, Mark Kemp, between the two flags and in the blue uniform, marches at the head of the parade with members of the 16th Georgia Infantry. Heavily outnumbered by the Confederate boys, he almost appears to be "under guard" during the march. However, he was allowed to carry his gun and to participate in several volleys fired to salute the living veterans in the crowd.
Relaxing At right, Jim Fletcher gives a friendly wave, as he marches in formation.

Left, after the parade, the group took a short breather.

Jim Fletcher
Mark Steele and Mark Kemp pose a moment prior to the National Anthem. "Hey, I didn't know they issued 'shades' during the Civil War!"
Mark & Mark
Below, local personality "Johnnie Sue" sang both Dixie and the National Anthem, as part of the day's ceremony.
Johnnie Sue
Shortly after the ceremony, the street once again filled with people. Vendors selling food, arts and crafts lined both sides of the street and many of the side streets as well. Not a bad way to spend the Memorial Day weekend!