Adding to your impression

By: 1st Sgt. Thomas Wachter

I just want to touch on something I’ve been working on for my own side project which may become something awesome in the future. Rolling into my fourth season, I look back on the fun I’ve had with you all and all that I have learned. This is a hobby unlike any other and we should always push our limits to make it all it can be. We all strive to make our impressions look perfect, but there can be more. I’ve researched and spent hours on my impression’s identity. Your impression should not only have a personality and attitude, but a history, a story, an occupation, a home, a family, a cast of friends who may have made a difference in the course of their life and a decision to join in the Cause.

When we engage the public, having the story of our character to present them with will blow their minds. It will also give depth to the experience for us all. This is just an idea I have been working on. Come up with your name, date of birth, where you were born, who your parents were, what they did, and how you entered the Confederate Army. Once you start generating this identity you can just run with the story! Keep it historically accurate and you will come up with something special. This simple idea will cost you nothing but add more to your impression than you think.

I have written pages for my impression but I will give you a brief description of this patriot.

1st Sgt. Thomas Alexander Wachter, Born 27th day of February, 1834 on his father’s farm near Frederick City Maryland. I am 29 years old. Son of Willard Leo Wachter born the 17th day of July, 1815 and was killed in action in the year 1847 in Mexico. I was only 13 years old when my father was killed. My mother, Debra (Fernkas) Wachter was born on the 12th day of January, 1823. She remarried in the spring of 1851 to a fine gentleman named Sheridan Pritt who was six years her junior. We sold our farm and moved to Moorefield in Western Virginia to live in Mr. Pritt’s home and work his land. Sheridan became more of a friend and teacher than a stepfather to me and my two brothers, Edward Adam Wachter (26) and Joseph Ephram Wachter(31). Farming in the region was difficult due to the mountainous ground so in 1856, when my mother inherited her father’s farm 12 miles north of Baltimore, Maryland we moved there the same year. In the spring of 1859, my uncle in Roanoke Virginia lost his barn and farm house to fire. Edward and I moved down there to help rebuild his farm buildings. Joseph stayed with Sheridan and mother to work our farm until we could return. Sheridan hired my cousin, John Wells, to help them through the busy season. While in Roanoke working on Uncle William’s farm houses we met a very skilled Irishman named Sean O’Brien and the three of us became immediate friends. Sean would always speak of his Uncle Donald Patterson and his beautiful cousin, Lorena Patterson, of Salisbury, Maryland. He felt that Lorena and I would make a fine couple and proposed that, upon the completion of our work in Roanoke , we should travel the roads leading to Salisbury to pay them a visit before returning to Baltimore.

Y’all see where I’m going with this… Start out simple, use familiar names and towns, check to make sure the events of your timeline are accurate, and let-r-rip! This isn’t necessary for your great impression but it could take it from great to awesome! Let’s have a great year friends.

1st Sgt. Thomas Wachter