Clinton Caperton started re-enacting in the year 2000. He had always been interested in history & a close friend invited him to join in at the Battle of Prairie Grove Arkansas. He borrowed gear and tried it out. Immediately following that reenactment Caperton purchased equipment and joined the 26th Missouri out of Springfield Missouri area. After a few years, Caperton worked his way up to Corporal and then to Sergeant.
Caperton and several other members of the unit joined the US Army and due to training and deployments, the 26th MO was temporarily inactive. After a deployment to Iraq in 2003-2004 and 2008-2009, Caperton and the other core members of the 26th MO decided to bring the unit back to life.
Caperton quickly worked his way up to Sergeant and then to 1st Sergeant. Caperton has served many years as the 1st Sergeant for the 26th MO. He has participated in local and national events all over the country. The 26th MO is a member unit of the U.S. Muddy River Battalion.
In late 2016 Caperton was asked to join the Battalion Staff of the Muddy River Battalion as the new Sergeant Major and took the field in that role on his old stomping grounds, Prairie Grove.
Caperton enjoys serving as an NCO. He said “I like to take care of the soldiers. It’s important to me to lead by example and to do everything that I can to take care of them on and off the field. I want to make sure the hobby is done correctly, but I also want to make sure that everyone has a fun, safe, and enjoyable time in the process. I’m honored to serve the members of the Muddy River.”
Caperton currently resides in Walnut Shade, Missouri (between Branson and Springfield) with his wife Alicia.