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Academy of the Soldier II

Thursday, October 7th, 2004 - MAJOR
Marble Falls, TX
Steward: Thom Rolston (Sergeant, Commander) (ECWSA)
106 Ottoway, Temple, TX, 76501,
Phone: (254) 773-1039; E-mail:

On Thursday, October 7th the English Civil War Society of America (ECWSA) will be holding a one day event, Academy of the Soldier II. In addition to members of the ECWSA, we also invite attendees of the SCA's Known World Academy of the Rapier (KWAR) to attend this special event. AOSII will be take place in Marble Falls, Texas, just an hour outside of Austin. To help those who needs a ride from Austin we will arrange transportation from the Omni Southpark hotel in Austin (at the corner of I35 and Hwy 71) to the AOSII site. We will depart promptly at 8:00 am. The site is Sycamore Creek Ranch in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. If you are driving take your best route to Marble Falls. Then take FM 1431 north approximately 5 miles and watch for the ECWSA signs. You will turn left into the driveway for Sycamore Creek Ranch and go through the gate. Follow the ECWSA signs to the site. Keep your speed low as there may be deer or livestock on the road. AOSII will begin promptly at 9:30am with greetings and a required safety discussion.military men

Also make plans to attend the SCA's Known World Academy of the Rapier on Friday thru Sunday, October 8-10 click here.

If you attend any ECWSA event in Texas this year, this is the one to make - a great event for beginning reactors and especially interested public to participate! For more details contact the Steward (see above). Hands on demonstration of skills and lifestyle of the period soldier. Activities include:

Barber Surgeon – Thom Ralston will present his famous class on the tools and techniques of period battlefield medicine. This presentation is informative, entertaining, amusing and, at times, a bit macabre in it's period detail. A great class for those interested in period soldiering.

Blacksmithing – John Crouchet, professional blacksmith and proprietor of Sycamore Creek Forge, invites you to his demonstration of period blacksmithing techniques. John will discuss and contrast blacksmithing in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Pike – Learn the use of the pike for period warfare. We will provide the pikes and expert instruction. According to attendance and time we may also run some tactical scenarios where you can demonstrate your skill with pike, sword and musket so bring fencing gear if you have it.

Muskets – Learn to load, fire and clean period muskets and calivers. We will provide the equipment and expert instruction. You are also invited to bring your own black powder weapons to load and fire at our range.

Cannon – Noted Artilleryman Allen Hutton returns to Sycamore Creek Ranch with his beermug breachloader cannon for a thundering demonstration of the destructive power of a period field piece. See the effects of roundshot and cannister as Allen destroys his targets.

Lunches – Order a box lunch to be delivered to you on site the day of the Academy. This is a good thing since the closest food available is nearly 10 miles away, back in town. Order here.

This event will prelude the opening of the The Known World Academy of the Rapier, the SCA's foremost symposium for rapier instruction to be held in Austin, Texas. Join them Friday Saturday and Sunday for fencing classes including a melee workshop for group action instruction and witness as several participants play their prize. For more information about this event go to

AOS mailing list -- If you need to find a roommate, coordinate a ride or discuss aspects of AOS, join the AOS discussion group. Visit this web site to sign up:

Texas Academy of the Soldier 2001

Visit the home page of the English Civil War Society of America.

Academy of the Soldier I, Bastrop, Texas in 2001 >

Allen shooting the cannon
 Cannonier and Artillerist Thomas Jenkins firing his beer  mug breachloader.

Another Cannon Shot
Another Cannon Shot