CBS News this coming Sunday morning
Chuck and all,
At the Battle of Anderson (South Carolina) re-enactment on Sunday, April 3rd, my wife and I were interviewed by Martha Teichner of CBS News in connection with their coverage of the sesquicentennial of the WBTS.  The
interview lasted for about half an hour, but as I don’t believe they liked my answers to their questions, I expect we might get about twenty seconds in this segment which is to be aired this Sunday between the hours of 9 and 10:30 a.m.  You might want to ttune in and see how well they mask over what I said.
Let me also say that my artillery battery took part in the 150th anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter last week.  Lt. Col. Vernon Terry of Pee Dee Light Artillery was in command of all the artillery at Patriots Point, but as I was the ranking officer on the field, he asked me to give the command at daybreak on Tuesday, April 12th, for the
batteries to open fire on the fort.  (I wonder what my great grandfather would have thought if on that day in 1861 someone had told him that on that same day 150 years later his grandson would give the command to
initiate what the court historians say was the cause of the "Civil War.")
The fort was surrendered on Wednesday afternoon, and  on Thursday there were five flag-raising ceremonies out at the fort.  As my battery has an original Confederate gun, we were given the honor of firing the first round in each of the artillery salutes as the Confederate flag reached the top of the mast.  And so I also have the distinct honor of having pulled the lanyard for the first round in each of those artillery salutes.
For one who is soon to be 80, I consider this along with my being in the honor guard for Crewman Miller in the Hunley funeral parade to be something my children, grandchildren, and their children should be proud of long after I am but a memory.
Kenneth Bachand, Brigadier General commanding
Macbeth Light Artillery, CSA