Tuesday, February 22, 2011

2d Battalion Spring Muster and Drill registration

The following is a link to the registration form for the Birney's Division 2d Battalion drill weekend at Hale Farm & Village on April 16th, 2011. Please download and complete this form, then send in with your registration fee of $2.00 (to cover the early evening meal being provided).

Click here for registration.

All Federal units are welcome. Come help us kick off the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

2d Battalion drill update

More information is coming together about the Civil War Federal infantry drill camp on April 16th at Hale Farm and Village in Bath, OH.

The training is Saturday only but the camp will be established Friday evening for those units who wish to come in and set up, as well as enjoy social time. We will be camping around Hale Farm's "First Settlement" cabin which is an original structure from 1805 that had been located at Wingfoot Lake in Suffield Township.

Reveille will be on Saturday morning at 7 am. The Battalion will be formed and break into companies to start with School of the Soldier, School of the Company, and eventually end the day with School of the Battalion. This will give Company Commanders and NCOs a chance to exercise their craft. We will also cover safety and use of period equipment.

Hale Farm and Village will be open to the public around 10 am and visitors will have a chance to watch as reenactors train in the maneuvers and tactics of 18 Century military infantry.

Units are invited to stay over Saturday evening for the final night of Hale Farm's critically acclaimed "A Fugitive's Path: Escape on the Underground Railroad" program. It it's 12th year, hundreds of visitors attend and are guided through a series of scenarios as they experience the trials faced by runaway slaves escaping north to freedom. For the first time, military Civil War reenactors from the Battalion have been asked to participate in the scenarios and bring a larger scale to the program.

Registration information for the drill weekend will be released in the next few weeks. Units who are not members of Birny's Division may request to participate by contacting clsmith@5thohio.com.

For more information and directions to Hale Farm and Village, visit http://www.wrhs.org/index.php/hale

Beaver Creek website updated

For all those looking for information of the Civil War reenactment at Beaver Creek State Park (May 6-8), the "Jackson in the Valley" website has just been updated including reenactor and sutler registration forms.

The Federal Commander will be Lt Col Christopher Smith from Birney's Division. All units are welcome!

Go to: http://www.1stbrigade.com/jackson-in-the-valley-reenactment.php

Sunday, February 06, 2011

3rd Winchester Event Registration Now Open

September 10th - "Battle of Front Royal"
September 11th -  "Battle of Luray"

Here is an update on the Birney's Division 1st Battalion event in September. This event will be located at the new Luray Valley Museum located at Luray Caverns, VA on 200 acres of land (the same site as last years “Front Royal and Fishers Hill” events). The event is open to all branches of service. There will be a bounty for the first 4 full scale Artillery pieces and the first 30 mounted Cavalry per side. This is a not to miss reenactment. All profits from this event will help fund the The Page County Sesquicentennial Committee for Civil War preservation.

Provided will be hay, water, firewood, port-a-johns and a Saturday military ball with a Valley string band. All participants in period attire will receive a 50% discount on admission to the Caverns. Registration fee $10.00 till June 15, late registration $15.00 till August 31, $20.00 walk-ons. The site will open at noon on Friday, Sept. 9th with a living history Civil War Education Day for Page and Shenandoah County, Virginia school systems.

For further details and registration and regulation forms please visit http://www.luraycaverns.com/ click on menu item “Plan Your Visit” and use the option for “Events”, or email rod.graves@luraycaverns.com or bullfish@wiltway.com or call 540-244-7090 after 6pm.

Ohio Civil War 150th Kick Off Event

April 10, 2011

The Ohio National Guard, Ohio Civil War 150th Anniversary Committee and others are hosting this event to formally kick off the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War in Ohio. It will be held on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse. The day will have 2 distinct events.

The morning will have a brunch in the Statehouse. There will be artifacts, including conserved Battle Flags on display. The brunch speaker will be Wes Cowan from History Detectives. Cost has not been set yet, but it will be a fundraiser. Any funds raised will go to Ohio's Battle Flag Preservation efforts.

In the afternoon we will have a living history program, also on the Statehouse Grounds. Hopefully, this event will include remarks from the Governor of Ohio among other things. The Army of the Ohio will be coordinating the reenactor side of things and members of Birney's Division have been asked to join in. Activities will include a small encampment, a recreation of the mustering in of the 1st OVI (they mustered in April 17, 1861), a mass formation of reenactors and their flags (units are asked to bring their colors, both regimental and state), a firing detail and also displays from modern Ohio National Guard Units. Seven current ONG units trace roots back to the Civil War.

For those units who wish to participate, please contact Lt Col Christopher Smith at clsmith@5thohio.com as soon as possible.

Event at the James Garfield Home

September 10-11, 2011

The National Park Service is in need of an additional l 10-15 soldiers to fill out our roster for this living history event at the home of Civil War General Games Garfield in Mentor, Ohio (http://www.nps.gov/jaga). Includes the usual amenities along with breakfast both days. Camping is on the grounds behind General Garfield's home.

Plans are to hold the encampments over the next five years in conjunction with the 150th anniversary.
There will be no admission which should provide for good attendance both days.

For more information, please contact:
Scott Longert
Park Guide
James A. Garfield National Historic Site


American History and Reenactor Appreciation Weekend

March 4th, 5th and 6th, 2011

Friends, fellowship and discounts from local merchants.

Friday, March 4th – Meet and Greet with dinner discounts at THE PIKE RESTAURANT.

Saturday, March 5th – 1863 INN OF GETTYSBURG
- 9am to 11am – Continental Breakfast featuring discounts, coupons and specials from your local merchants.
- 11am – Presentation by the 150th Sesquicentennial Committee about PA kickoff events in April 2011 including Greencastle, Fairfield, Chambersburg and Gettysburg.
- 1pm – “HOW TO” seminar on Military First Person Civil War impressions.
- 3pm – “HOW TO” seminar for Ladies and Civilian impressions in Civil War and WWII reenacting.
- 8pm – 11pm – Dance featuring Gettysburg Big Band with cash bar and free refreshments only $10/person ~ Door Prizes!!

Sunday, March 6th – Historical Church Service and Fellowship Hour.

Sponsored by: Gettysburg Anniversary Committee & American Living History Educational Society.

Ohio 150th Update for February

Upcoming Events

Feb 12: Lincoln’s Birthday
Feb 21: President’s Day
Feb 26: T-County History Patriot Rally

Regional CW150 Informational Meetings

What exciting Civil War 150 events are you planning? Come share your ideas at CW150 Regional Meetings. This is your chance to promote your upcoming event network with event and advertising partners and gather some great resources. Two meetings will be held for you to come share your CW150 ideas.

- March 16th @ 5pm at the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau
- May 18th @ 5pm at the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum
Great Resources for Your Great Programs

Each month, check for an updated list of Re-enactors/Impersonators/Speakers or other resources that you can use to plan your events.

- How to be added to the Ohio Civil War 150’s Calendar of Events
- Bookmarks
- Potential partners and packaging ideas
- Contacts
- Ohio Humanities Council’s Civil War 150 Speaker Corps
- Resources Binder for CW150 Regions 5 and 10

Save the date!!!

Here are some upcoming events to mark on your calendar!

- March 12- Dennison Depot Murder Mystery Dinner
- April 9- Zoar Village Civil War Kick Off
- April 10- Ohio Historical Society CW150 Kick Off
- May 7&8- Re-enactment at Beaver Creek and McCook House Encampment
- May 18- Regional Informational Meeting at the Dennison Depot
- June 24, 25, 26- Dennison Depot Soldiers Festival

For more information and to get on the email list, contact Kate McFadden at the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, civilwar@dennisondepot.org, 877-278-8020.