150th Bentonville Command
Jake Jennette- Army of Northern Virginia
Major General Jake Jennette has been a living historian and re-enactor for 38 years. Shortly before his retirement from active duty as a U.S. Marine Corps Officer, he joined the 4th Georgia Battalion Sharpshooters in Atlanta, Georgia. In that Unit, he served in both enlisted and officer ranks as an infantryman. In 1994, he moved to North Carolina and again served in the ranks as 1st Sergeant in 1st N.C State Troops. In 1998, He moved to the ANV Staff and served in the Provost and Safety Department as Sergeant Major and Captain. In 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Major and appointed as the Aide de’ Camp to the Commanding General of the Army of Northern Virginia. In 2006, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel and assigned as the Chief of Staff of the Division. In 2007, When he assumed duties as Commander, Army of Northern Virginia he also assumed the persona of General Robert E. Lee, and has commanded the 3,500 members of the ANV until the present day. Over the last 5 years, General Jennette has been the Senior Confederate Commander at numerous Reenactments, including command of the 150th Anniversary Bull Run event held in 2011, the at the 150th Anniversary of 2nd Bull Run in 2012, the 150th Anniversary of Chancellorsville in 2013 and will again command at the upcoming 150th Anniversary event of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse. In 2014 he will also command the 150th Battle of Cedar Creek. He will command the 150th Battle of Bentonville and the Appomattox surrender ceremony in 2015 and He and his Federal counterpart are currently planning The Grand Review in Washington D.C which will take place in May, 2015. Jake is retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and resides in Swansboro, N.C. with his wife of 53 years, Margaret. They have two children and three grandchildren. He spends his leisure time playing golf, researching family history, and participating in living history activities for state historic sites in North Carolina.
Darrell Markijohn- United States Volunteers
Brig. Gen. Darrell N. Markijohn has been a living historian for 20 years. He first joined the 6th Ohio Cavalry as a mounted trooper in 1994. He served in the ranks for 8 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 State’s Morgan’s Raid Reenactment first held in 2003. Markijohn portrayed Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan and lead 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. Over the last decade, Markijohn has been the Federal Cavalry Commander at numerous Reenactments, including the 150th Anniversary Bull Run event held in 2011. 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 and has been asked to command at the upcoming 150th Anniversary event of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse. Gen. Markijohn practices law and resides in Canton, Ohio with his wife Hillary, two children, and two step children. He spends his leisure time training horses on his historic farm.
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