Robert Orrand has been dressing in period clothes for 30 years. First, he attended Renaissance Faires and wore clothing from the 1500’s. Then since 2002, he has dressed as a Cowboy in clothing from the 1870’s. Then, in 2007, his Cowboy club ran the registration for the 145th Corinth reenactment. He has been wearing 1850’s-1860’s clothing ever since. Unless he is doing an event from the 1790’s.
Graduating from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in History, he has always been interested in History. His interest in the Civil War developed from researching the involvement of his great-great-grandfathers. His maternal one was in the 49th TN CSA and was wounded at Franklin. His paternal one was in the 9th KY US and was wounded at Shiloh. He participates as a Confederate soldier, a Federal soldier and a Civilian.
During the 150th’s, he proudly served as Mayor at several Blue-Gray Alliance events. He has stepped down from that position but continues to participate in many Civilian events. His desire is to expose more men to the joys of Civilian reenacting.
His wife of 21 years, Elaine Orrand, also participates in events.