Teen Civil War Re-Enactor Lost His Best Friend (A Chicken) At A Cracker Barrel. You Won’t Believe How They Were Reunited.

by Tim K

If you thought “Civil War” was just an eightish-minute song from disc two of Guns N’ Roses’ 1991 double album, ‘Use Your Illusion,’ you might wanna think again: This teenager whose whole thing is reenacting the American Civil War — which is a war that occurred here in the United States sometime between 1820 and 1890, somewhere in there — lost his best friend, who’s a chicken, at a Cracker Barrel… then they were REUNITED in an amazing way.

Okay, yeah, it’s a lot to digest, sure. But will all this be totally worth your time? We think so!

Anyone else wish GNR got even MORE political sometimes? Because they nailed all the problems going on in America so perfectly in “Civil War”? We sure do!

So What’s Going On With The Chicken? And The Teenager, Who Plays Civil War? What Are You Talking About?

Per Penn Live, here’s the deal:

It all started when 18-year-old Thomas Ramsey, a student at Copiah Academy in Gallman, Miss., and founder of the Muddy Rabbits Mess, a 32-member military reenactment group and the largest youth group nationally, was returning from a Civil War reenactment in Springhill, Tenn., and stopped for lunch on Jan. 31 at Cracker Barrel in Cullman. With him was his friend Jonas Patrick and his Buff Orpington rooster, Peep.

In his research, he said, there have been numerous accounts of soldiers going to war with animals, including camels, and, yep, roosters. “You’ll read journals of people caring not just fighting roosters but other support animals,” he said. In one undisputed account, said Ramsey, a Confederate soldier carried his rooster with him for two years. That particular rooster’s tale did not end well, though, as he ended up in the bellies of some Union soldiers.

So when Peep entered into Ramsey’s life, it didn’t seem unheard of to take the young bird with him into battle. “We were at the house, getting ready for an event and we’re sitting there playing with him, and we’re like, ‘let’s take him with us,’” he said.

Actual IG account for the chicken! Wild.

Okay, so that’s the background. This weird kid who likes to pretend to be in a war from two hundred years ago is really good friends with a chicken. Apparently, as this kid says in the article, a big overlooked part of the Civil War was that soldiers brought animals with them places (Sounds like bullshit, tbh, but that’s what this little weirdo says).

After their big fake weird war, all these guys went to Cracker Barrel, which sounds about right. When they were at Crack Barrel, the chicken got lost. Then the kid started asking everyone if they could help find the chicken.

INTERMISSION: Let’s Take A Break From The Chicken Talk And Listen To The Song Below!

My hands are tied
The billions shift from side to side
And the wars go on with brainwashed pride
For the love of God and our human rights

So sick! More GNR! More POLITICAL GNR!

So Did They Find The Chicken? Or No? Did They Not?

Yeah, no, they did end up finding the chicken.


Yeah, yeah. Per Penn Live, here’s how that part went down:

He called the police and Cullman Animal Control Officer Cooper Harris responded to the call. Harris has been an animal control officer for about five months, and this was only his second call regarding a chicken and the first that involved one that had gone missing. Ramsey was impressed by Harris’ dedication to finding Peep.

“He spent an hour and half riding around looking for him,” said Ramsey. Harris even checked with a nearby farmer to see if he’d picked up the roaming rooster, and, with the farmer’s permission, checked the coop to see if Peep, following the “birds of a feather flock together” adage, had wandered there on his own. But there was no sign of him.

Ramsey continued on to his home in Mississippi, hopeful that someone would find his feathered friend. Thirty minutes away from his home, he received the news that Jeremy Cox had found Peep. Wherever the rooster wandered to or whatever roads he may have crossed, he’d found his way back to the Cracker Barrel parking lot where Cox found him. His adventures continued from there.

Nice! That’s so tight! Good thing they found that chicken!

So I never fell for Vietnam
We got the wall of D.C. to remind us all
That you can’t trust freedom
When it’s not in your hands
When everybody’s fightin’
For their promised land

And that’s the story! So awesome. Here’s to hoping that GNR does get more political sometime soon! Until then, we’ll just have to appreciate the political GNR we do have!

If we ever find it’s true
That we have the strength to choose
Oh, freedom or the chains
We have together

Thank you! Goodbye.