Rural Missouri - November 2012 - (Page 36)

N E I G H B O R S The War of 1812 is over, but not for re-enactor David Clifton Over the years, he’s portrayed a Frenchman traveling with Lewis and Clark. He’s been a frontiersman, a mountain man and even his beloved he men furiously reload their Davy Crockett for one entire summuzzleloaders, ready to fire again at the enemy across the mer at Davy Crockett State Park in Lawrenceburg, Tenn. He’s been in rebattlefield. The acrid scent of enactments of the Revolutionary War, gunpowder fills the air, and a smoky the French and Indian War, and now, haze blankets the meadow as the fray the War of 1812. between military regiments heats up “Many people call this ‘the forgotduring the War of 1812 — except this ten war’ because it’s not discussed battle is happening 200 years after much,” says the Intercounty Electric the fact. Cooperative Member from Vichy. “We’re authentic. We study and “The United States had a tiny miliwe know what to do to be accurate in tary then, and Britain was the world’s our portrayals,” says David Clifton, largest naval power. The battle lasted a member of the 2nd Regiment Kenabout 2-1/2 years, and there wasn’t a tucky Volunteer Militia. The group’s clear victory or defeat for either side.” members hail from all across the One notable event from the Midwest and participate in re-enactments of various battles in the United War of 1812 inspired our national anthem. Francis Scott Key woke up States and Canada. as a British captive on Sept. 14, 1814, For the past three decades, David has been gaining fame as a re-enactor. and saw the U.S. flag still flying over Fort McHenry. He penned a few lines His historically accurate portrayels that later became “The Star-Spangled have led to opportunities to work in Banner.” more than a dozen movies. David’s latest portrayal is a bit David, who grew up in southunique in nature. Throughout reeast Missouri, says his passion for enactment circles, he’s known as the re-enacting can be blamed on Fess circuit-riding preacher the Rev. Peter Parker, better known to many people Cartwright, “The Fightin’ Parson.” as TV’s “Davy Crockett, King of the “He was a real person who fought Wild Frontier” back in the 1950s. Like in the War of 1812,” says David, “but many young boys, David fought off he was a rough-and-tumble big guy. Indians on the frontier of his dreams. You had to be tough to survive on the Then he grew up and realized he frontier and tough he was.” could do this stuff as a grownup, too. One of the accounts David shares A retired firefighter, David recalls about the Rev. Cartwright involves building his first muzzleloader the preacher tearing pages out between fire calls at of his Bible or hymnal and rollthe station. By 1980, ing paper cartridges. He’d fill he says the history bug them with gunpowder and had “seriously bitten,” roundballs, load his gun and his love for Davy and pronounce that he Crockett got him into the • was going to “spread the 1840s Mountain Man era. Vichy Word of God among “As a re-enactor, you the British!” gravitate to a time period In 1996, while you love — say, Revolutiondressed as a hunter for a battle at ary War or frontiersmen. Then you Mansker’s Station, Tenn., a movie join a group, study and start traveling crew filming nearby needed extras for to act out battles,” says David, 64. a scene. They saw David and offered “For me, that happens to be the War him a spot in the film. of 1812.” “I guess I was in the right place at David says he and his wife, Fran, the right time because that bit part who also is a re-enactor, have been opened up a door for me to work with the 2nd Regiment Kentucky with that same production company Volunteer Militia for a decade, but ever since,” David says. they are also members of two other Now a paid, contracted actor, groups. T by Heather Berry hberry@ruralmissouri.coop David Clifton currently portrays the Rev. Peter Cartwright, a real circuit-riding preacher who fought in the War of 1812. Cartwright was known as “The Fightin’ Parson.” David has been in a dozen movies made for the History Channel, most recently wrapping up “Star Spangled Banner: Francis Scott Key.” David won’t say how much money he’s put into his historic hobby, only that “it’s not cheap.” To keep costs more reasonable, his wife sews all of his clothing, which is no easy feat since it must pass muster. “As part of our Revolutionary War group, the group is inspected every few years by the Northwest Territory Alliance to assure we’re representing the period in authentic form,” says Fran. “They look at everything, right down to thread.” A quiet man, David doesn’t brag much about where this hobby has taken him, but he’s gone down a few interesting paths. In 2000, due to his involvement with the History Channel, David heard about a movie being produced called “The Patriot,” so he filled out the application, sent some photos and landed a spot in the movie starring Mel Gibson. “I was one of 600 people chosen out of 5,000 who interviewed,” says David. In a lesser-known moment of fame, David served as the model in 2003 for three of the four men portrayed in the Corps of Discovery Monument in Jefferson City — Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and York, Clark’s slave. Sally Sprague, who headed up the effort, had seen David at an event and thought he would be the perfect model. And the rest, as they say, is history, now located just east of the state Capitol building. After more than 30 years of reenacting, David says he still has a few more big battles scheduled. “I won’t quit. It’s in my blood,” he says, smiling. “But I might slow down a little and try to portray a real retired person some day.” You may write David at 17270 Maries Rd. 521, Vichy, MO 65580 or by e-mail at parsondave1812@gmail.com. 36 WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - November 2012

Rural Missouri - November 2012
Contents
Comments
Columns
Doing away with the ‘old scrub bull’
Cooperation among co-ops
Addicted to duck calls
Outdoors
Out of the Way Eats
Redefining rustic
Best of rural Missouri
Hearth and Home
Sleep like the grain
Marketplace
Around Missouri
Neighbors
Just4Kids

Rural Missouri - November 2012

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201909
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201908
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201907
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201906
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201905
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201904
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201903
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201902
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201901
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201812
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201811
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201810
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201809
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201808
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201807
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201806
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201805
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201804
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201803
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201802
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201801
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201712
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201711
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201710
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201709
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201707
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201706
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201705
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201704
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201703
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201702
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201701
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201612
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201611
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201610
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201609
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201608
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201607
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201606
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201605
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201604
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201603
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201602
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201601
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201512
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201511
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201510
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201509
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201508
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201507
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201505
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201504
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201503
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201502
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201501
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201412
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201411
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201410
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201409
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201408
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201407
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201406
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201405
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201404
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201403
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201402
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201401
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201312
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201311
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201310
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201309
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201308
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201307
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201306
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201305
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201303
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201302
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201301
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201212
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201211
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201210
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201209
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201208
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201207
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201206
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201205
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201204
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201203
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201202
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201201
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201111
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201110
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201109
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201108
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201107
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201106
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201105
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201104
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/videotest
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201103
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201101
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201012
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201011
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201010
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com