Meridian Star

March 25, 2013

Star of the Week: Charles Mott

By Brian Livingston /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Standing guard at the Acquinisaw home in Enterprise Saturday, a tall, straight Charles Mott smiled when he was told there were no Yankees in these parts.

    "That's good," Mott said while switching his musket to his left side. "I don't intend on seeing any either."

    Mott of Enterprise, well, actually he lives seven miles south but he says it is Enterprise nonetheless, is rather dapper in his dress grays. He is greeting visitors to the home that is part of the Spring Pilgrimage in Enterprise. It isn't the first time Mott has pulled sentry duty.

    "I was a member of the security police in the Air Force," Mott said. "I was stationed at a little bitty air base in Vietnam in 1967."

    Mott, who is married and has an 11-year-old stepdaughter, said the most afraid he's ever been was when he stepped off the place in Vietnam and the day he was to leave. Everything in between was routine.

    "It's kinda funny," Mott says while thinking back to his 12 years in the Air Force. "Almost everywhere I served has since closed down. I don't suppose that had anything to do with me?"

    Probably not. Mott seems like a nice enough fellow.

    When he isn't a computer programmer for machinery with Fairbanks Scales in Meridian, Mott spends his time as a member of the J. C. Rosin Hills Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Rosin Hills soldiers are re-enactors from Jones County. Mott says it is important to keep the memories of what his ancestors did during the Civil War and to teach it to the younger generations.

    "You can't be who you are unless you know who you were," Mott says. "We have to keep these stories, these deeds alive so we never forget where we came from."

    Mott has been with the Rosin Hills camp for a year. He says he has both a Confederate and Union uniform because during re-enactments he never knows which side he will be on. He prefers the South's side of course but there is a certain perk with being with the Union soldiers.

    "I'm part of a cannon crew," Mott says with a twinkle in his eyes. "We get to shoot the big gun."

    But on this day he is just armed with his Enfield .58 caliber rifle. He says it doesn't really kick and puts out a good flame and a lot of smoke.

    "This is really fun doing this re-enacting," Mott says. "But these wool uniforms sure do get hot."

    Not so hot Saturday, though. Mott pauses to pose for pictures with visitors to the home. He lends a great deal of authenticity to the activity going on both inside and outside the home.

    "I just love this," Mott says. "This is a good day."