Commanders

Union Army Commander Brig. Gen. Darrell N. Markijohn

Federal Commander Brig. Gen. Darrell MarkijohnBrig. Gen. Markijohn first joined the 6th Ohio Cavalry as a mounted trooper in 1994.  He served in the ranks for eight years and in 2002, rose to the rank of 1st sergeant and Unit Adjutant.

In 2000, Markijohn was named to the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Civil War Committee where he created and coordinated the Morgan’s Raid Reenactment to celebrate the State’s 200th birthday in 2003.  Markijohn portrayed Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan and led 170 horsemen on a grueling 60-mile ride along the actual route of the Raid through Southeastern Ohio in 2003 and then again in 2006.

In 2004, he was elected to the position of United States Volunteer (USV) Cavalry Commander. In May of 2012, he assumed the position of USV Brigade Commander. Brig. Gen. Markijohn served as the overall commander of Federal Troops at the 150th Anniversary of 2nd Bull Run, 150th Anniversary of Antietam, 150th Anniversary of Chancellorsville, 150th Anniversary event at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse, the 150th Anniversary of Cedar Creek, the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville, and the 155th Anniversary of 1st Bull Run/Manassas.

Brig. Gen. Markijohn practices law and resides in Zoar, Ohio with his wife Hillary, two children, and two step-children. He spends his leisure time training horses on his historic farm.

Confederate Army Commander - Major General Terry Shelton

Major General Terry SheltonMajor General Terry Shelton has enjoyed a lifelong passion for American Civil War military history. His reenacting career began in 1992 when he joined Purcell’s Battery of the Confederate Military Forces. Since General Shelton served on active duty in the US Army Infantry, found his interest lay with that branch and in 1994 organized and founded Company E, 1st Regiment Kentucky Volunteers and that unit quickly became part of Longstreet’s Corps. He led this company for 22 years.

In 2000, General Shelton began commanding battalions at Corps events. He commanded a division at the 145th Gettysburg Anniversary. As the existing Corps commander was frequently elevated to overall confederate commander for events, General Shelton was asked to lead the Corps in his stead. Those events included the 150th Fredericksburg, 149th Spotsylvania

In 2008, General Shelton was appointed overall commander and event organizer for the Annual Encampment and Reenactment at General J.E.B. Stuart’s birthplace Laurel Hill. An event he still commands today. General Shelton has commanded events at Endview Planation, Old Fort, NC, Marion, NC and Wendell, NC.

In 2013, he was elected Longstreet’s Corps commander. In his first year, he was asked to be overall confederate commander at the 150th Blue - Gray Alliance Gettysburg. This event proved to be one of the largest of the 150th-anniversary cycle of events and was attended by over 12,000 reenactors. Later that year he served as division commander for the 150th Chickamauga reenactment. The following year, General Shelton commanded the Thunder in the Valley reenactment. Recently, General Shelton commanded the 152nd Battle of New Market.

General Shelton is a member of the Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonels and has worked as telecommunications and Information Technology Services Manager. He has shared his loved of history with his five children, Savannah, Katie, Courtney, Pearl and Hugh, He lives in Winston-Salem, NC with his two youngest and enjoys history and the guitar.