Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Romney Update

In our ongoing effort to provide our members with high quality regional mid level events, be reminded that the Romney event is to be held this coming weekend. The weather forecast is very favorable and the event people are well prepared for our arrival. The camps are located near the South Fork of the Potomac River and situated on real ground of an early war battle that took place there. There will be shuttle buses provided all weekend so our members can attend the Hampshire Heritege Days in the town of Romney which is a clean attractive town with various historic buildings. You will be provided a free breakfast by the event the day and time TBA at the event. I am told there are over 400 registered for this first time event for our organization and looks to be right in line with our tradition of great events. The event will accept walkons at $1 each since this is sort of central to both our Western and Eastern regions we welcome you to attend if you haven't registered yet it will be another great event.

Your Servant,

Edward L. Kelley Sr., Major General
Federal First Division, 2nd Brigade
Birney's Division
Commanding

AFTER ACTION REPORT: Lisbon

Take notice; the Lisbon Ohio event remains one of the best on our schedule. This event is held on plenty of acreage with just the right varying terrain to produce some very interesting scenarios. There is a period style log house in a picturesque orchard not far from a period style covered bridge of which we used in our scenarios. Let me say this the camping there is supreme and the event organizers could not have been more accommodating. My hat is off to Mary Spooner for putting off one of the best organized events we attend. We wanted for nothing and many perks were provided, the concessions were first rate and reasonably priced. Please consider this event for your 2007 schedule it is a high quality event.

Our thanks to the 66th OVI for putting on what we were told was a first rate judged tactical and to Captain Rob Shick their commander for leading the 1st battalion. Birneys Division 2nd Battalion was skillfully led by our very capable 2nd battalion commander Lt Col Chris Smith and the entire Brigade was led by Col Paul Baltzer of Birney's Division, a job well done. I wish also to thank Capt Doug Taylor and his gun crew for an amazing job on the gun line which saved our bacon more than once that weekend. Our counterpart Capt Jim Powell of 2nd Regiment PACS was a joy to work with and did a great job on the field and in the scenario planning. It is always a pleasure to work with PACS commanders and it goes to show that the Shenandoah Valley Alliance is working well.

We look forward to this event on the coming season and look to see many more of you there to enjoy this great event.

Your Servant,

Edward L. Kelley Sr., Major General
Federal First Division, 2nd Brigade
Birney's Division
Commanding

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

UPDATE: 145th Antietam 2007 event

In an effort to keep you all abreast of the big event for 2007 we post the following report. Please pass this on to your troops.

Planning for the event is well under way and preparations have begun. This will be a three day event on a pristine 300 acre site on the rear of Louden Heights. It is REAL ground located within a couple of miles of the Harpers Ferry National Park. Construction is planned for a realistic sunken road with a stone wall above and timbers to cap that structure. This battle is one of the highlights of several battles planned including Thoroughfare Gap featuring Mounted and dismounted Cavalry and Infantry and Artillery support, The West Woods, with a heavy Artillery emphasis and massive Infantry actions, and a grand Sunken Road scenario. Special set ups for sutlers row that will add to the period effect of the experience. There will be many family activities throughout the weekend and ample time will be allotted to participants to tour nearby battlefields including Harpers Ferry and/or Antietam. A real plus since this event is on the anniversary of that event. A tour of the actual site is an added bonus.

Be reminded that this is a new and refreshing format being a non-spectator event that provides a more laid back experience with a more friendly and non hostile event staf. A no pressure schedule that is reenactor/family friendly. We are not pushed to hold our battles and activities or have our amenities burdened by sharing them with the public. This event is for the reenactors by other reenactors. A non-profit event venture, the full proceeds will be donated to the site for further improvements. This site has been developed over the past several years for use by reenactors for events and training camps, and is set up perfectly with all necessaries in convenient locations unlike other sites that are just plugged in on a farm somewhere. There are period style buildings on site that only enhance the experience. There is wooded and open field camping that will be utilized. This is a beautiful site that has a varied terrain that is perfect for this type of event.

Notice: Keep in mind that there is a 2000 reenactor limit once reached all registrations will be returned. At this early date the registrations have started to roll in so be advised to reserve your spot to avoid being left out of this grand event. All updated information including the registration form can be found on the official website please bookmark this address to keep abreast of updates as the develop.

http://emmitsburg.net/antietam_2007


Edward L. Kelley Sr. , Major General
Federal First Division,2nd Brigade
Birney's Division

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

After Action Report: Shippensburg, PA

Another year has passed and the March to Destiny slides into the past. However, It will be a weekend remembered by both participants and spectators as a "must attend event" for next year.

Although there were a few minor glitches on Friday, these were very minor relative to all the things that went right. There was clearly evidence of a lot of hard work by the March to Destiny Committee in preparation for the event. Registrations went smoothly and re-enactors commented on the efficiency and friendliness of the people assisting in the registration process. The new camps were a welcome change from years past and many participants commented that the sites were some of the best they ever camped on. Most liked the fact that the town was the center of activities versus being camped in some field miles away from town. It was also evident to the re-enactors that the Shippensburg community welcomed the visitors and treated them with utmost kindness throughout the weekend.

There were approximately 325 re-enactors registered for the event plus there were at least 75 walk-ons. Unfortunately, threats of severe weather undoubtedly kept many of those who pre-registered home for the weekend. Actually we had about 160 re-enactors who failed to show, mostly because of the weather but ended up with more than 325 participants. PACS, DNV, Longstreet's Corps, Mifflin Guard, Birney's Division, and Vincents Brigade all provided participants both military and civilian.

It rained a little very early Saturday morning and then again very late Saturday night but the rest of the day was dry, permitting all activities to proceed as scheduled. Saturday morning, the residents of Shippensburg witnessed the Confederate troops foraging (a "military" term for begging) for food and other necessaries. The businesses and residents responded with amazing generosity and the Rebs ate and drank well all weekend.

Speaking of food, all participants enjoyed a fabulous breakfast (free) on Saturday morning and a wonderful chicken dinner for lunch or dinner. Re-enactor feedback noted the extent and quality of the breakfast and the chicken dinner as outstanding.

Shortly after the public was given an explanation of Shippensburg's involvement in the Civil War, the street skirmish began and graphically echoed the words of Wayne Wachtsmith. The streets of Shippensburg came alive with the rattle of musketry and the boom of cannon as the Confederate forces pushed the defending Federals out of town. The skirmish was well attended by residents and other spectators who traveled some distances to witness this historical event. The fire was hot and heavy lasting about 40 minutes. Both sides displayed a good representation of "street fighting", a part of Civil War re-enacting seldom seen.

A short parade followed the skirmish and then the Union troops were inspected by President Lincoln, who also addressed the men explaining how important their service was to ending hostilities and the restoration of peace throughout the country. Re-enactors and spectators alike enjoyed period ice cream at the end of the skirmish. The cooperation between opposing forces resulted in the "best King Street skirmish ever."

The renewal of wedding vows presented the public with a good idea how weddings were conducted during the Victorian era. Reverend Wayne Baker presided. The wedding was followed by the cake cutting and a period ball. The ball was a huge success. Many re-enactors commented on the efficiency of Tammy as the dance-mistress as well as the actual location of the dance. The refreshments were welcomed and helped keep everyone hydrated during the dance. It was quite a hike, especially for the Confederate re-enactors so it was suggested that next year maybe we could provide some type of shuttle service to and from the dance... i.e. hay wagons, etc.

Sunday dawned with a bit of rain and the weather got steadily worse as the day went on. Despite the rain, people braved the Church services conducted by Reverand Baker, as well as the battle scheduled for 1:00 P.M. About noon the rain was coming down steadily and the decision whether to proceed with or cancel the Sunday skirmish was left entirely in the hands of the brave soldiers who had remained on site. Not surprising, they chose to stay and fight. The spectator turnout was quite unbelievable despite the weather and we were all very grateful to the men and ladies who stayed and provided a shortened (due to thunder and lightning) but lively display for the crowd.

In my humble opinion, this was the best Shippensburg event ever, despite the weather and the resulting loss in attendance. Everyone on the planning committee needs to feel very very proud of themselves for all the hard work and dedication they provided. It is seldom evident to the general public and even participants all the work that needs to be done to make an event a success. This event will be judged on many factors, mostly which are due to the results of a lot of hard work. Based on my discussions with spectators and participants alike, this was a "class act" from beginning to end.

My special thanks to Mike Mitchell, Confederate Commander, and his staff and Colonel Mark Essig and his staff whose efforts are truly reflected in the quality of the actual skirmishes. Without extreme cooperation between opposing forces, through their commanders, any kind of scripted battle would fall short of expected results. There is no doubt that both battles this past weekend exceeded our expected results.

In addition to individuals already mentioned, I would specifically note the extreme efforts port forth by Bill Chain and Kevin Bender whose presence was found wherever and whenever difficult work was required. Without their diligence to duty, this event would have had an entirely different end result. My personal thanks to my staff who performed magnificently during the entire event particularly Bill Magargle who was my second in command, Denny Rohrbaugh my Adjutant and bugler, John Price and Don Swope unit commanders, and Pete Peterson Sergeant Major.


Respectfully submitted
Richard G. Adams, Col.
Commanding Federal Forces

Friday, June 23, 2006

Upcoming events

Be reminded that this weekend is the Shippensburg event if you get a chance come out and support.

July - 1,2,3 - Gettysburg - We will have our command staff present at the event and have our own camp our Mounted Cavalry , Artillery and Infantry are attending in good numbers so come out to support.

July - 21,22,23 - Bull Run / Manassas at Cedar Creek - Looks like a big turn out for us give it your top priority.

Aug 12, 13 - Hale Farm - Ohio- great event

August 26,27,28 - Lisbon Ohio - Great event. Get registered. Lots of Rebs to shoot at!

Edward L. Kelley Sr. , Major General
Federal First Division, 2nd Brigade
Birneys Division
Commanding

AAR Old Bedford Village

The Old Bedford Village event remains one of if not the best event on our schedule. With the backdrop of a non commercialized period village with good ground centrally located to the majority of heavy concentrations of most umbrella groups members run in a friendly laid back manner, fair distribution of command assignments thought the various organizations present, with a diverse event schedule this high mid level event is hard to beat. This event is growing almost to capacity for good reason.

There were approx 900 plus reenactors registered and well over 750 attended. There were approx 400 Infantry, 16 artillery, and 40 mounted in attendance. There were family activities, 2 major battles including an Infantry river crossing, a Saturday evening Ball that the 46th Pa Logan Band of Birneys Division graciously donated their time to benefit the Village along with many other raffles, and donations to help raise badly needed money for Old Bedford Village. The early tally unofficially approaches $24,000 that the event raised I am told and will go a long way to keeping the Village alive and well. The reenactment community is to be commended for their support of the event.

This event is only one example of the quality of the events that the Shenandoah Valley Alliance supports as you may know we maintain a set standard of requirements for the events we mutually attend. You may rest assured that if you see an event that both PACS and Birneys Division are attending and in command it will be a great event. Please go to our event schedule at www.birneysdivision.org for further information on our future activities.

In conclusion I would like to thank all the reenactors for your support at this event and look forward to seeing you all at many others during the season.

The Shenandoah Valley Alliance is an agreement between Birneys Division and PACS to mutually attend certain events to enhance the reenacting experience for all attending

Your Servant,

Edward L. Kelley Sr., Major General
Federal First Division, 2nd Brigade
Birneys Division
Commanding




Friday's arrival of all the military components filled the streets and fields in and around Old Bedford Village on June 16th.

As the white canvas began to spring up and fill all the nooks and crannies in the rustic village, smoke from camp fires wafted lazily into the air. Fire wood was stacked, water hauled, and the arrival of each contingent signaled an increase in humorous banter and revelry. Spirits were high as weather reports a good but hot weekend was in store. Shade was plenty throughout the village and created a perfect setting for refuge from any discomforting weather.

The dress parade on Saturday displayed an impressive 8 companies of infantry. For Brigade drill, accoutrements and weapons were stacked and blouses removed to defend against a hot sun rising higher in mid-morning. All companies performed admirably as veteran soldiers from earlier engagements.

Saturday's scenarios called for the 2 Battalions to fight independently in different areas on the field.

2nd BN was committed to battle first. Skirmishers from the Rebel hoard poked and prodded our defenses in the vicinity of the steam boarding the village. 2nd BN units engaged and checked the Rebel line, pushing them back from the front and controlled their movement in an impressive screening maneuver. Once the Bn regrouped, 2 large Rebel companies double-quicked across the wooden bridge and immediately went into a battle front. After trading volleys, 2nd BN was given the order to advance. With flags flying and lines straight, the BN looked impressive as they began the attack against the enemy. The fighting was close and hot.

While this action was playing out, 1st BN was ordered to the front near the Federal artillery. The enemy was positioned at the far end of a large open field. And, after a lengthily delay, began to advance under heavy Federal artillery fire. Although outnumbered 1st BN was ordered into action and began to assault the Rebel lines. Action was fierce and hot as both lines maneuvered to gain the advantage on each other. The howitzer was brought on line to bear against the enemy attempting to flank the 1st BN's left. Dismounts and infantry were strung out to hold the extreme left. The lines pushed and pulled, smoke choked men’s throats, eyes were stung from power, sweat and heat. 1st BN was holding the line and even advanced at one point. The situation was desperate thought as the Rebel hoard began to mount more numbers than 1st BN could bear. Rebel companies began to shift to the Federal r

In the meantime on 2nd BN was pounding the enemy with a withering rifle fire. Effective firing and pressure from the Battalion caused the enemy to disengage and withdraw from the field at a rapid pace. Rebel infantry ran from action at the covered bridge to reinforce their units battering 1st BN. Now the action in front of 1st BN was critical and about to break when lo' and behold a magnificent sight was reported when the entire 2nd BN of Birney's came marching onto the field behind 1st BN!

2nd BN Commanders immediately rushed their companies into line-of-battle to support 1st BN's left. This action immediately checked the enemies advance and held the line. Rebel companies continued to build on the Federal right in an attempt to flank the line. Companies from the Federal left were sent to check this enemy build up and stop the threat. With a now-solid line, Birney's began the advance. Firing, advancing. Firing, advancing. The constant pushing caused the Rebel line to collapse.

The day ended with Federal forces in command of the field in front of an enemy rendered ineffective.

The Sunday scenario was reversed.
1st BN was ordered into action from across the covered bridge into the “corral”. As the BN crossed the bridge they formed an impressive battle line and began to advance against an unwilling and static enemy. The Rebel line used a fence as their defense and refused to budge. 1st BN poured volley after volley into the enemy and decimated their ranks. The temperature began to rise from heat and guns as the BN tried to dislodge the Rebels from the fence, when suddenly from across the bridge and to the rear of 1st BN, two full companies of Rebel infantry double-quicked and form a battle front. A sickening turn of events tricked the BN and caught them with fire from front and rear. The day was lost when quick thinking saved the BN by left facing and crossing the fence to escape both threats.

1st BN marched out of harms way and moved to support action confronting 2nd BN.

2nd BN had been on the field for some time with only light skirmish action. After an intense Cavalry dual, the infantry battle developed slowly with only few Rebel numbers on the field. 1st and 2nd Battalions were in advance of the field and waited for the enemy to advance. Numbers grew on the butternut and gray line and the enemy began the advance. Volleys and howitzer fire checked the advance of the swelling hoard. A separate Rebel contingent advanced independently on the Federal guns and quickly over ran them capturing a number of pieces. The action was intense as the overwhelming Rebels pushed Birney’s back begrudgingly, a yard at a time.

Time, heat, sweat and blood all worked against the Battalions this day. A last minute rally was attempted but to no avail. The day was lost as the colors were struck and carried to safety from the field. The casualties were high as the stragglers made their escape.

END OF REPORT
Colonel John Price
Brigade Commander

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Old Bedford details

All,

Be reminded that the Old Bedford Village event is this coming weekend and all is ready at the site all water is working, the amenities are in place , the temporary bridge has been removed and we have over 800 reenactors registered. Walkons will be accepted upon prior approval .

We have some really different and pleasing scenarios planned that will be pretty intense to enhance your experience and keep it fresh at this grand event this coming weekend. Bring plenty of ammunition the battles could last 2 hours or more each day if you like to fight this will be the event of the year, we plan to step it up a notch, I promise. The weather looks great so come on out and enjoy.

Your Servant,

Edward L. Kelley Sr. , Major General
Federal First Division, 2nd Brigade
Birney,s Division
Commanding

Friday, April 14, 2006

Nice Job!!!

Thanks to Lt. Col. Chris for fine tuning our news site and giving it blogging capability. We look forward to interesting discussions as well as the continued relay of important information concerning the Division.
Hoorah!

Monday, April 10, 2006

After Action Report: Old Bedford Village - Assault on Fredericksburg

We arrived at Old Bedford Village after a short delay of construction on the wooden bridge holding arrival up for a time. Got in and set the cabin assignments and camps with little difficulty. The weather co operated to create a similar Fredericksburg atmosphere with the backdrop of the Village it was darn near perfect.

Saturday: We set the scenario and waited a couple of hours beyond the scheduled battle time for the comfort of the participants due to heavy rains that extended to mid morning (A definite advantage of non-spectator events). The weather cleared and the Battle of Fredericksburg was on. The Federals crossed the "pontoon bridges" and commenced the assault on the town of Fredericksburg. The battle was very realistic being hot and intense, after the first hour we halted to regroup and resupply ammunition to the troops (Our Infantry told us they burned 2-1/2 cartridge boxes of ammunition on Saturday alone). The battle raged for 3 plus hours ending on Mayres Heights where wave after wave of Federal Infantry assaulted that hill with Confederates behind a strong wall. As history dictated the Federal Army was soundly defeated and retreated back across the Rappahannock to lick their wounds.

Sunday Morning we put together a continuation of the Village assault and set it off at 11:00 AM the battle raged hot and heavy and lots of powder was burned again in the house-to-house fighting that was an absolute blast! We then dismissed the troops at 12:00 Noon (Another desirable advantage of non spectator events) and everyone was shortly on the road to get home in plenty of time to store their gear and have dinner.

In conclusion, this grand event was an exciting kick off to what is anticipated to be the best season ever. This weekend illustrates that we have found out how to make the hobby fun again the way it was intended. It is heartwarming to see the companies rapidly growing and and units joining both Birneys Division and PACS at a stunning rate because a great secret like this can't be kept quiet. A result of these efforts seems to have turned the hobby around and it is now headed in a very positive direction. If you liked this one wait till June Old Bedford Village event it is 10 times better. Make plans to attend you won't want to miss it!

I would like to thank Old Bedford Village, Roger Kerwin, The Confederate Commanders Colonel Mark Essig, Colonel Dave Knapp, and Colonel Ken Wilt for another great event that was run very smoothly where co-operation was perfect harmony. It is a real joy to work with folks that make putting events on a breeze.

On the Federal side I want to thank Birney's Division's staff for their hard work and professionalism. Our Field commanders Col John Price, Lt Col Chris Smith, and Captain Paul Baltzer for a very well run battles your ability and efforts are very much appreciated. A job well done. Thank you all.


Edward L. Kelley Sr., Major General
Federal First Division
Birneys Division
Commanding

Friday, March 31, 2006

Assignment and Promotion

Commanders and Men,

I have the honor to report that Major General Edward Kelley has been recommended for and has accepted the promotion to Left Wing Commander of the First Federal Div., Army of Potomac to be effective immediately. During the last several campaign seasons commanding Birney's Division he has shown himself a very capable and gallant officer. He is a man of correct habits, great energy, an indomitable will and is a gentleman in his interaction with both subordinates and superiors.

This promotion will not take our beloved General Kelley from us but enhances our position in the Army as Birney's Div. is herewith assigned to Second Brigade, First Division, Third Corps, Army of the Potomac under direct command of General Kelley. The command structure (Birney's Division) as it is at present will not be changing in the main, General Kelley remains in command of Birney's Division and is a case where he assumes this additional duty when the Army is assembled en masse; we remain under his direct command.

Birney's Division, under General Kelley's strong, no nonsense leadership, has grown into a formidable force as a legitimate nationally recognized organization. We take great pride in assuming our rightful place as a powerhouse in the Army of Potomac and gratefully acknowledge and thank each and every one of you for your faithfulness and continued support and look ahead to very exciting times indeed!

It is my earnest hope that all of you will join me and the Staff in heartily congratulating General Kelley in this promotion; well earned and well deserved.

Very respectfully,

Dennis Rohrbaugh,
Colonel/Chief of Staff

Thursday, March 23, 2006

More on Romney

The following updates have been affirmed:
  • Shuttle Bus service from the site to town running at various times
  • Ice will be on site for a small fee
  • A Parade on Saturday night followed by a Pig Roast on Saturday night no charge
  • Military Ball in town on Saturday evening

They are working on a website I will forward the address when completed.
Registration is only $1.

Registration -Friday & Saturday Morning (must register for Pig Roast). Friday - Dusk - Tactical at Ft Mill Foundation (no spectators and voluntary).

Saturday - Demonstrations in the morning, battle at 1pm or 2pm, 4:30 or 5pm Parade Line Up 6pm parade Main Street in Romney. Following parade -- Pig Roast, Civil War Dance -- Romney Bottling Works at 9pm.

Sunday - Dawn battle - Ft Mill Foundation, demonstrations in the late morning. After demos - pack up. ( looking at a noon departure at our request ).

This event is really shaping into a great event as predicted. Do your best to get your members to attend.

Download registration form

Your Servant,
General Kelley
Birney's Division
Commanding

Friday, March 17, 2006

Old Bedford Billeting

Be advised that on the subject of Cabin allotments to the winning units of the earlier drawing that, especially if you haven't been to Old Bedford Village before that the sizes of the cabins vary some are big and some are smaller some have fireplaces some don't. Keep in mind that the cabins are intended as previously stated your companies Headquarters although some of your men can stay in them .

There has been some misunderstanding by some that they are large enough to be a barracks to hold ALL of your attendees. This is NOT the case you need to advise your members to all bring camping equipment, sleeping gear, if desired, tents to play it safe, heaters if desired, food etc. Some of your members will have to tent it regardless. Advise those folks to bring cold weather gear just in case. The registration indicates some units will not be able to house their entire unit the attendance looks larger than anticipated. It is expected that all commanders alert their people and get them prepared properly, in other words better safe than sorry. We will make every effort to accommodate as many as possible.

Remember your units has a cabin for a headquarters if you were informed you are a winner but beyond that "NO PROMISES ".

Your Servant,
General Kelley

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

More guns!

It pleases me to inform you all that the 4th US Light Artillery has joined Birney's Division and is commanded by Col Bob Baily. The 4th US Lt. has 9 guns. We have worked together with great success at Sailors Creek and Louden Heights last season. We look forward to working with them for many years to come.

Your Servant,
General Kelley

Saturday, February 25, 2006

The Shenandoah Valley Alliance

We are closely associated with the fastest growing Confederate organization in reenacting today. We mutually attend and support selected events to enhance the equality of opposing forces to produce a better reenactment. Our pards in PACS are commanded by...

Brigadier General Greg Bair - Brigade Commander

Chief of Staff - Colonel Brian Gesuaro

1st Regiment - OPEN AT PRESENT

2nd Regiment - Colonel Dave Reitz

3rd Regiment/DNV - Colonel Mark Essig

1st Artillary Battery - Colonel Wes Jones

1st Cavalry Squadron - Colonel Terry Treat

2nd Cavalry Squadron - Colonel Ken Wilt

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Division annual report

All,

As of Feb 9 2006 Birneys Division has been in existence for two years. We have made great strides in influencing the hobby. Our light easy no nonsense style of reenacting must be the new and refreshing breeze blowing through the hobby that we thought it would be. We have instituted many inovations such as no bylaws, no dues, spectatorless events, emphasized regional reenacting within a couple of hours of most of our units. We offer reenactors insurance that is low cost and covers our members at whatever event they attend supported or not by the Division. We make nothing mandatory and our members remain independent ( no demands placed on our members... ever ). All members are treated in a fair,friendly, courteous manner at any event they attend with us. We allow time at reenactments for the families to share time together and enjoy themselves in any manner they wish keeping the families involved and satisfied. Our style of reenacting seems to be putting an end to the skid of our hobby shrinking we actually have many of our companies growing again, many of the reenactors that have put away their gear in the closet have come back and have started to enjoy themselves without all the arrogance and ugliness other umbrella groups spew that has driven may to sit on the sidelines or do WW II.

May we continue to grow and become the major force in the hobby as some predict. My personal thanks for your loyalty and participation the past two years I look forward to 2006 being a banner year for us as we continue to simply go out and have fun together. The rest takes care of itself.

Report 02/19/2006

We have picked up 9 Infantry companies, 1 Artillery unit of 4 guns, a Battalion of Mounted Cavalry of 40 Horses, and I am waiting on 2 more Infantry companies to hold their vote by the end of the month. This all sine October's Cedar Creek event. The totals are as follows to date for Division strength.

Infantry - 450
Artillery - 93 - 5 guns
Cavalry - 40
Dismounts - 12

Total 600 Military Members


Your Servant,
Major General Ed Kelley
Birneys Division
Commanding