Brian Kesterson, Civil War author and enthusiast
Mike Church trains a platoon
Pleasant Hill school had an exciting Octoberfest Thursday with the visit of
some regional Civil War enthusiasts. Wood County resident Brian Kesterson,
a Civil War historian for over 20 years, brought a truck load of rifles and
artifacts for students to view.
His associates, Mike Church, whose roots are in Calhoun, and Mike Martin,
both residents of Ohio, presented several demonstrations and shared Civil
War history. A number of the students participated in marching and drilling
Tales of the Civil War
Civil War artifacts
Later in the day, the three Civil War presenters, gave horsemanship
demonstrations to the students on the school grounds.
Kesterson and his associates have often visited Calhoun, studying the
Moccasin Rangers, Nancy Hart, Peregrine Hays and looking for Civil War
Kesterson has written books on the war, and is currently working on a book
about the 17th Virginia Calvary. He can be contacted at P. O. Box 81,
Washington WV 26181 or by calling 304-863-5682.
Pleasant Hill students in kindergarten and first grade participated in several
other Octoberfest programs throughout the day.
The kids get into the act
Real horses are part of re-enactment
Gloria and Johnny Jones play for the children
A variation of "hot potato"
Tatoo shop is open
The fish pond never fails