09 April 2009 by Published in: General musings 3 comments

Thanks to Charlie Knight for passing this along, from today’s on-line edition of the Hampton Roads Pilot.

Confederate re-enactor pleads not guilty in shooting

The Associated Press
© April 9, 2009

A Confederate re-enactor has pleaded not guilty to reckless handling of a firearm in the accidental shooting of a Union re-enactor during the filming of a Civil War documentary in September.

Joshua Owen Silva of Norfolk appeared in court Wednesday on the misdemeanor charge, which stemmed from the shooting of 72-year-old Thomas Lord Sr. of Suffolk. A June 24 trial date was set, but prosecutors say they hope to reach a plea agreement with Silva before that.

Lord was struck in the right shoulder by a .45-caliber musket ball during the filming of the “Civil War Overland Campaign Web Series Project.” He was treated at a local hospital and released.

The moron won’t even step up to the plate and accept responsibility for his stupid and irresponsible conduct at the reenactment. I hate it that this guy won’t be responsible for what he did.

As Bugs Bunny would say, “what a maroon!”

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  1. Charlie Knight
    Fri 10th Apr 2009 at 10:12 am

    Wow, it’s not often that i see “moron update” with my name immediately following and it’s NOT about me!!

  2. Scott Mingus
    Fri 10th Apr 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Not guilty???? The gun just somehow magically had a real live round in it? Not guilty? What’s the guy doing with live ammo at a reenactment anyway. It’s not a NSSA turkey shoot, for heaven’s sake!

    He should have apologized profusely, figured out what went wrong, warned other reenactors not to make the same mistake and asked for leniency for an honest mistake, or for his carelessness.

    Pleasing not guilty makes it seem more like he’s trying to blame someone else.

  3. border
    Sat 11th Apr 2009 at 3:09 pm

    The Confederate reenactor is from Norfolk.

    The Union reenactor is from Suffolk.


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