The Thunder Continues


The Thunder continues…  I thought I would share a few more memories from Thunder in the Woods, the Civil War reenactment at Corydon, Iowa.


When I got home I thought I had taken more photos.  As it turned out, I did not take photos of the camps, or the women in their period garb, or close-ups of the infantry.  I was hot and tired and fizzled out way too quickly.  Sorry…


Anyway, I hope you enjoy these photos.  I promise to do better next time 🙂



More Thunder


This past weekend the Civil War story briefly played out in the woods near Corydon, Iowa.  “Thunder in the Woods” was a gathering that brought an old-time look to the fields of southern Iowa.  Their look was a ’60’s look – but not the Andy Griffith ’60’s.  This was the 1860’s.

For those who like to romanticize the past – think again.  Folks in the 1860’s tended to wear long sleeves.  The men wore wool pants and, if they were soldiers, they wore wool jackets.  Women wore long dresses with long sleeves and many layers underneath.  And these things were worn on hot summer days.  Hmmmm… this does not sound very comfortable.

I know – – – I have heard – – – when you wear a wool shirt and get really sweaty and when the wind blows, the breeze has a cooling effect as it blows into your sweaty shirt.  But, when there is no breeze, YOU ARE HOT!  But, when you grow up with this sort of clothing, I guess you learn to deal with it.


This is the probably the same idea with the Vikings.  They ran around in really cold weather and sailed on cold seas and seemed to thrive and survive.  I really enjoy the period look of the 1860’s and other periods for that matter… and I really like air conditioning in the summer and a good furnace in the winter.  🙂


I hope you enjoy the photos.  Please make sure to visit various historical attractions when they are around.  It can be interesting to read about times past.  But there is something uniquely compelling to experiencing elements of history.  You certainly can gain an appreciation of what folks went through in years past.  And that has value…








Corydon Thunder in the Woods 2018


This past weekend I attended Thunder in the Woods in Corydon, Iowa.  The Civil War reenactment took place in the Corydon city park – a perfect place with rolling hills, tall trees and lots of tents.  I enjoyed hiking through the woods, taking photos and forgetting about everything except the moment.

Most of the time was simply relaxing.  Yep, I said relaxing.  Folks were sitting around camp fires, stirring coals, tossing on logs… and they were visiting.  Actually using words.  I didn’t notice iPads.  I don’t remember folks texting.  I do remember someone taking about football scores – so somebody must have checked the scores on their phone.  Oh well, I guess its not easy to stay completely in the 1800’s.  Smile.


The day was warm and muggy – but you would not have known it when talking to the  folks there.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the day!  I guess I’m not the only one who appreciates stepping back in time.  🙂

Oh, I forgot to mention, the artillery made some noise.  Some really LOUD NOISE!!!!!!!!!!!


I plan to share more photos in the next few posts.  This post will also be forwarded to my Facebook page.

Please forward links to your friends…





Canister fire at the Battle of Shiloh

In 2012 my son and I made a 600 mile trip to a reenactment in Tennessee – the Battle of Shiloh.  We took lots of photos and video.  At one point we got some of the Federal and Confederate reenactor troops  to work with us to film a canister fire sequence.  They were kind enough to oblige, even after a long day on their feet.

We quickly lined up two Federal Artillery pieces and a group of enthusiastic Confederate infantry.  Cameras were set up. Then… ACTION!

A big “Thank You” goes out to those who helped…

Battery C, 3rd Iowa Artillery

1st Tennessee Artillery

2nd Missouri Infantry


DVD’s & Blu-ray’s For Sale

WAC Insert Front

“Without a Country” DVDs and Blu-rays are now available for purchase.  The movie played March 18th in Centerville, Iowa.  No further showings are scheduled at this time.  
If you would like to purchase your copy see details below.
  • DVD’s – $15 each
  • Blu-ray’s – $20 each
  • Add $4 for shipping
  • $5 discount applies to your order if you helped with the movie
Make your check out to “Brad Clark” and send to:
Brad Clark
2804 Elm Street
West Des Moines, IA  50265
Please tell me where to send your order and what you are ordering.  Thanks for your interest…  I hope you thoroughly enjoy the movie.
About the story…  Will and Suzanne scratched out a living in the North Carolina mountains. Life was hard but their small farm was their little piece of Eden. When the Civil War broke out, they faced a desperate situation – they lived in the South yet they favored the Union cause.
“Without a Country” is based on the story of James Wilburn “Will” and Suzanne Lusk Clark. Will narrowly escaped death on the way to join the Federal army. He hid in the mountains to elude a Home Guard that made sport of killing men who avoided Confederate service. Meanwhile, Suzanne faced a Guard that torched her barn and stole her food. Bears and panthers lurked in the shadows, food was scarce and terror was a constant companion.

Daily Iowegian Coverage

Iowegian Article 1

The recent premiere of “Without a Country” made the newspaper in Centerville, Iowa.  The Daily Iowegian gave us a BIG front page article and I send them a booming THANK YOU for their coverage.

I am sharing the front page article just in case you missed it.  It provides a nice overview of the story.  I sent the Iowegian several photos and these are the two they selected.  So congrats to Mary Lou Maclaird, Karen Hendrickson, Jeff Hendrickson and Ron Deal for getting their pictures on the front page of the paper – and it’s not related to a crime report!  (Joke)  

Iowegian Article 2

I want thank all who were involved with this project one more time.  There were around 80 of you!  Your efforts were critical.  This movie exists because of you.  This story came to life because of you.  Thanks!

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