Wednesday, May 21, 2008

School of Instruction AAR

The Birneys School of Instruction was held this past weekend at Camp Markle, West Newton PA. This was our (105th PVI) first attempt at hosting an event and I must say guys I was impressed!

Our day started on Saturday with a hearty breakfast after which we went to the field for a day filled with drill and instruction conducted by Lt Col Smith and staff. The school was enjoyed by all and many said they would sleep well that night. We had our live fire competition after drill and as advertised the winner walked away with $100.00. The evening started off with an excellent prime rib dinner followed by a trip to the Markle home for a look at original artifacts and photos of Camp Markle.

An early morning rain on Sunday gave our troops a much needed rest with reveille being held back a bit, but soon we had clear skies. Dress Parade was held and the Battalion was formed
for our march into town giving the position of color guard to Frank and Howie Markle who proudly walked in their ancestors footsteps. The march ended at the original train station where
we received bibles and sewing kits from the citizens, and the local scouts presented us with a Sewickley Rifles flag.

To sum it up the food was great all the amenities were on hand, and the School of Instruction was superb. Mixed in with an unbeatable touch of living history. Thanks to the Markle
family and especially Sgt Roebuck who did most of the work. I can honestly say it was a profound experience to walk that close to history. See you next year.

Capt Rob Towarnicki
105th PVI, Co. E

My thanks to Gen Kelley, Col Maffei, Col Sever, Col Meyer, Lt Col Freeman, Capt Rob, Lt Penix, Lt Andrews, and most especially Sgt Roebuck and Sgt Maj Donahue, for all of their help and hard work to pull this weekend off. The location was historic and enjoyable. I hope all of you will consider an event there next year.

Lt Col C.L. Smith, Commanding
2d Battalion
Birney's Division

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Directions to Camp of Instruction

From the North:

Take I-79 South to PA Turnpike. Go East on I-76 to New Stanton exit. Take I-70 West To PA Rt-31. Go West to PA Rt-136. Make a right and travel East approximately 2-1/2 miles. Camp is on the right.

From the West:

Take I-70 East to PA Rt-51 North to PA Rt-136 East. Go through the town of West Newton to top of the hill. Rt-136 turns left. Camp is approximately 2-1/2 miles on right.

From the East:

Take I-76 West to New Stanton exit and follow the directions from North.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Beaver Creek update

One of the Birney's 2d Battalion max-effort events this year is Beaver Creek (Sept 13-14 in East Liverpool, OH). As many of you remember, last year was the first year for the event and everyone agrees it was a fantastic reenactment.

More improvements are in store for this year so make plans to attend. The registration for is now available. Click here to download it.