Friday, December 28, 2012

Gettysburg National Reenactment Event Command Post

To My Fellow Reenactors,

Site Tour At The Wall - Remembrance Day Weekend
Since the Mayan's don't seem to have the calendar right and I have finished unloading my Henry, Springfield, Colt, Navy and Star since no zombies showed up, I thought it was time to update you on what is happening with your event. I promise to keep it short because this time of year it's all about friends and family.

The Federal Command Staff and General Gesuero's Staff have been and continue to be hard at work on preparations for the 150th Gettysburg Reenactment and the special June 29 & 30 prelude events being held on significantly historical ground which we will all have a chance to fight and honor on.
The staffs including Divisional and Branch Commands will be in Gettysburg on February 9th to start to layout scenarios on the expanded battlefield. Your commanders are setting up the scenarios. Rest assured we are not taking the holiday off.

If you have the opportunity to visit Gettysburg you will find it beautifully decorated and in the holiday spirit. New Years Eve is always a real blast on the square. If you're in town for the holidays or News Years and have any questions etc. as always feel free to look me up.

More importantly than anything else, don't forget the meaning of the season and on behalf of my family, myself, and the Federal Staff let me extend a very Happy Holiday and a Joyous New Year.

Major General Allen Baldwin
Commanding
Federal Forces
150th Gettysburg National Reenactment 

Numerous Resources Already Being Staged At Gettysburg Site

In the past ten days over 100 cord of hardwood has been delivered and placed on 16 designated woodpiles and cut to length. Another 5 piles will be moved and placed in the middle of fields at their final destination after the hay is cut in June. Over 1000 feet of fence posts and rails for the 5-rail historic fence are on site waiting to be placed for Pickett's Charge. The 5-rail fence was along Emmitsburg Road during the battle and you will notice that it is utilized by the NPS today. Over fifty 150 gallon horse troughs are also staged and ready to be placed. The troughs are filed by two dedicated farm wagons with mounted 500 gallon water hoyers that have mechanical pumps for expeditious filling and re-filling. AC and T Inc. from Hagerstown, the regions premier portable sanitation company and our exclusive supplier for all eighteen years of our existence, has already been contracted for approximately 300 units. No one supplies better units and services them more professionally then AC and T. They are not only our business partners they are friends and treat us accordingly. There is no question regarding preparation, organization, permitting, operations and access to local resources at The 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment.

More Gettysburg 150th Announcements

- National Reenactment Official Event For The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania -

The 150th Gettysburg National Civil War Reenactment, to be held on July 4, 5, 6, & 7, has been designated by the Pennsylvania legislature as the Official Gettysburg One Hundred Fiftieth Anniversary Commemoration Reenactment Event in Pennsylvania.

- Gettysburg 100th Anniversary Participants To be Honored During Event -

It is an honor and privilege for us to recognize participants from the Gettysburg 100th
Battle Anniversary in 1963 at this year's 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment. The
100th Anniversary participants will be recognized and honored on the battlefield with a 100
gun salute, and will receive a special medallion and a citation from the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania. If you qualify and plan to attend the 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment
please contact Joanne Sease at gac3@comcast.com or at 717-338-1525 to register.

150th Gettysburg National Reenactment Early Registration Extended!

With approximately 5,000 reenactors already registered, or waiting to be entered on our database, for the July 4, 5, 6, and 7 Gettysburg National Reenactment, at the request of many individual reenactors, units and senior military command, we are extending early registration to February 15. We know that a multitude of registrations come in between December 25 and January 31st, so it seemed prudent and sensible to extend this registration due to the fact that many groups and units do not meet until January. The fee will remain at $25 through February 15. We remind you that $5 of every reenactor registration fee will be donated to five local preservations. We are already engaged with several of these organization's projects including the Sgt MAC National Wreath Project and improvements to the1886 Eisenhower Iron Bridge and the Sachs Mill Covered Bridge. The other three beneficiaries' are the Adams County Historical Society, Gettysburg Museum on Seminary Ridge and the Land Conservancy of Adams County. Registering this many reenactors is a large and time consuming task - so your understanding and cooperation with accurately proving the requested information as soon as possible is greatly appreciated.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Images from the 150th Fredericksburg

Colonel Rorhbaugh reports that the events in Fredericksburg this past weekend were outstanding. Just to give you a taste of the action, Denny put some photos online showing the river crossing. Though the US Army Corp of Engineers helped out with an actual pontoon bridge, those are our folks getting across in boats.

Another YouTube video shows the desperate fight at Marye's Heights. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SS-9wIGXA4. Congratulations to our Birney's boys for their struggle against the secessionist hoard!!! (cue dramatic music).
 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

GAC 150th Gettysburg Federal Commander's update

To Brothers and Sisters in Arms,

Another Remembrance Day is in the books and just a fond memory, but it is one filled with many great moments and successes for the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment and the Command Staffs. It was truly impressive to be able to meet with fellow Reenactors to discuss the event, site preparations, the special events the week before, scenarios, the battlefield , concerns, suggestions and in general the hobby. General Gesuero and his staff along with myself and the Federal Command staff embraced these opportunities to make sure that there was a never seen before level of communication on this event or any other event on such a personal level. I have to agree with General Gesuero that whether it was on the streets and pubs of Gettysburg Thursday and Friday night, at the parade on Saturday or during the social hosted by the GAC after the parade, the enthusiasm and response was enormous. The social was a great success with many attending, pushing the occupancy limits of the Mine to its breaking point. But more importantly, it gave all those in attendance a chance to communicate about the event. The ability to talk one on one with staff members and the commanders made for some very open and informative communication. "By Reenactors, for Reenactors," is what we heard over and over that weekend.

The first site meeting for the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment was held on Sunday afternoon with all of the Federal Command represented along with the Confederate Command - more than fifty in attendance. General Geseuro and I conducted a tour of the entire site including expanded battlefield area, tactical areas, and camps. Additionally as the two wagon loads of staff traversed the property, attendees were able to view the 6 new stream crossing areas. All in attendance were in agreement that the site really has endless possibilities.

The site tour was finished up with a brief meeting with the Division and Branch commands. They and their staffs were given homework packets consisting of all the scenarios and maps of the battlefield. They have been charged with providing input on how to best utilize the battlefield to make this an epic event. An assignment that many Division Commanders have requested. The 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment will truly be a team effort from start to finish to produce a quality event in which we all can be proud.

Current registration numbers are reaching 3000. These numbers represent participants from over 20 different organizations from the United States and several foreign countries.

General Gesuero and I, along with our collective staffs, continue to work hard to ensure a quality team that will deliver an event "by Reenactors, for Reenactors," with the event organizers provide the the best logistical and infrastructure support as possible to help make the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment will be an event that we will be proud of and always remember.

In closing let me wish you and your families a joyous Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year. If you're in Gettysburg please feel free to contact me or look me up.

Y.O.S.,
Major General Allen W. Baldwin

Update for two 150th National Reenactment beneficiaries

The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee had previously announced that $5 of every Reenactor registration fee will be donated to five local beneficiary's on behalf of the 150th Gettysburg National Civil War Reenactment. They are the Adams County Historical Society, The Gettysburg Museum At Seminary Ridge, Land Conservancy Of Adams County, The SGT MAC National Wreath Project and Preservation and Improvement Of The Eisenhower Iron Bridge and Sachs Mill Covered Bridge. Even thought the event is still six months away we are proud to provide an update and progress on two of these projects. Within the next month the unique and historic 1886 Eisenhower Iron Bridge will be re-opened again to foot and bicycle traffic. In a public/private partnership trees have been trimmed and all new oak planks have been installed. Painting will be done this spring. Approximately $4000 for the materials was donated by The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee and The Tim Shields Family.


The SGT MAC Foundation, National Wreath Project and Scholarship has been supported consistently by GAC since local Marine Sgt. Eric McCollley was killed in a helicopter crash off the coast of Africa in 2006. GAC Operations Manager knew Eric well. He was an Eagle Scout in Randy's scout troop, was on the high school swim team with Randy's daughter and lifeguarded at the local pool. SGT MAC board member, and local veteran's advocate Marine Stan Clark, facilitates the very popular Patriotic Area at the event each year. Visitors write comments of appreciation on numerous banners and the banners are delivered to appreciative combat troops. Included are photos of the almost completed Eisenhower Metal Bridge, combat unit displaying their banner that was taken into battle, a scene from last Friday's distribution of 1800 wreaths in Gettysburg's Soldiers National Cemetery and GAC Operations Manager Randy Phiel pausing last Saturday beside Sgt McColley's gravesite after helping to distribute and place 5400 wreaths at Quantico National Cemetery. Over 150 volunteers at Gettysburg, and 500 volunteers at Quantico participated in the placement and commemoration on November 30 and December 1. Despite Giant Food providing wreaths at cost and ABF Freight donating transportation the cost the year was $56,000. There is no overhead or administrative fees. Every penny goes to the project. The goal is 10,000 wreaths by the 10th anniversary in 2016. If you would like to consider donating to or participating in this patriotic project contact Stan Clark at scmb@embarqmail.com or go to http://www.sgtmac.org We urge your contribution and participation. If you have the opportunity in the next six weeks to walk through the Soldiers National Cemetery or drive through Quantico and see the results - it will be a visual and emotional experience. The photo collage documents: Improvements at the Eisenhower 1886 Iron Bridge - The National Wreath Project at Gettysburg Soldier's National Cemetery, Friday November 30, 2012 - Sgt Eric McColley Gravesite, Quantico National Cemetery, December 1, 2012 - Patriotic Area Banner, Combat Unit of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment in Marjah, Afghanistan.

150th Gettysburg National Reenactment Participant Medallion update

The 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment is a very special event and the Participant Medallions should be very special as well. After consulting numerous Reenactors it was determined that a Participant Medallion on a campaign ribbon was most desired to be displayed both on and off the uniform. The campaign ribbon will appropriately be blue & gray. The one side of the draft concept shown here conveys: the iconic Gettysburg Reunion Hands At The Wall image, 150th Gettysburg Participant and denotes 150th Anniversary The Battle Of Gettysburg, July 1863-2013. The other side of the medallion conveys the iconic Friend To Friend image, and denotes the chronology from top to bottom of Brother Against Brother, Friend To Friend and One Nation Under God. The 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment July 4-7, 2013 is also engraved on this side.

These medallions will only be available to registered Reenctors at event registration and will not be made available to the general public. We want every registered Reenactor to receive a Participant Medallion. Due to the need to order these custom made special Participant Medallion in advance, there will be an announced Reenactor registration cut-off date for guaranteeing a Participant Medallion. Organizers will provide ample notice.

A rare opportunity for unique Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary skirmishes

Planning is progressing very nicely between The Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, Generals Baldwin/Gesuero and GAC with highly anticipated results for two exciting and unique skirmishes prior to the 150th Gettysburg event on July 4-7 - camping and living history at The Lutheran Seminary on June 29 & 30.

The skirmishes will be on the actual ground and around these historic buildings. Military Command and the organizers are also involved in planning a Cavalry Battle in Hunterstown. One skirmish will be on Saturday morning June 29 and the other Sunday afternoon June 30. The Calvary Battle in Huntertown will be either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Participating units will also be providing ceremonial responsibilities for the Monday grand opening of The Gettysburg Museum At Seminary Ridge - home of The Historic Old Dorm and its famous cupola. Schmucker Hall is called the most historic privately held building in Gettysburg.

Besides the two skirmishes there will also be limited opportunities for camping and living history from Friday, June 28 through Tuesday July 2. These are rare and unique opportunities only made possible through local contacts, resources and a track record of responsibility.

Please contact Colonel Rorhbaugh (cpldlr160@comcast.net) regarding these opportunities.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Civil War Christmas events

Ohio reenactors! Looking for family Civil War period activities this holiday? Don't forget these locations and dates!

Hale Farm and Village - Bath, Ohio
Holiday Lantern Tours
December 1, 7, 8, 14-16, 19-23
Reservations: http://www.wrhs.org/Properties/Holiday_Lantern_Tours

Farnam Museum - Richfield, Ohio
The Spirit of Christmas Past - A Farnam Family Holiday
December 7, 8, 14, 15, 22, 28, 29
Reservations: http://www.olhs.org/2012/11/the-spirit-of-christmas-past-farnam.html

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Birney's Division 2013 Event Schedule

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Birney's Division Annual Meeting, in person or on the conference call, last Friday in Gettysburg. So many of you have been giving feedback throughout the year about events for 2013 and we are happy to have boiled it down.

You can review the 2013 event calendar for the organization at http://www.birneysdivision.org/schedule. Not all websites for next year's events have been updated so please keep checking back. For LARGE events such as the 150th Gettysburg (July 4-7), take a moment to review the registration deadlines as listed on their website.

If anyone has questions regarding events on the schedule, please contact your Battalion Commander or staff member.

A note from Colonel Smith, 2d Battalion HQ:

You will also notice that the schedule is broken down into events where the Division is participating as a whole, and regional events where our two infantry battalions are involved individually. Last year, 2nd Battalion's schedule including an inordinately large number of events. In many cases, we were unable to attend Division activities because of scheduling conflicts. After feedback from various units, the 2d Battalion staff fleshed out a schedule with an equal focus on Division and regional events. The staff felt that this, as well as concentrating on a smaller number of events, would enable stronger participation by member units.

As you will also note, 1st Battalion has a Spring Muster planned for April. At this time, the 2d Battalion staff is discussing the best approach for this season's early training. Participation in Spring drills has been poor over the last few years and the staff wants to provide the best instructional solution. More to follow.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Prelude Events To Offer Unique and Special Opportunities

From the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary Committee:

In the process of attempting to facilitate additional and unique opportunities for Reenactors as part of the 150th National Reenactment, Command Staff and the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee have been working to secure a few special venues for skirmishes on historically significant property. These skirmishes will occur the weekend prior to the event. This is the same group of individuals that were able to set up skirmishes on Baltimore St. and the Seminary property last year as an opening to the 150th Anniversary in Pennsylvania.

We are proud and honored to announce at this time there will be a two skirmishes at the Seminary on Saturday morning June 29th and Sunday afternoon June 30th associated with the 150th Gettysburg National Civil War Reenactment. Also, on Monday morning July 1st at 8:00 a.m. we will be providing troops and artillery for a First Shot Commemoration on Seminary Ridge; and at 10:00 a.m. for the Official Opening Ceremonies of the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum. There will also be some limited camping and living history opportunities on Seminary Ridge. Schmucker Hall -- deemed by many as the most historic building in Gettysburg, with its iconic cupola and the historic exchange between Generals Buford & Reynolds -- has undergone a meticulous historic $15 million renovation to become The Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum. Besides being utilized as an observation post the Old Dorm housed approximately six-hundred dying and wounded from both armies with over seventy succumbing to their wounds in the building. The museum will feature three floors of exhibits that include interpreting the First Day Battle that swirled around the building, Civil War Medicine as the largest Field Hospital in Gettysburg during the battle and Civil War Religion that both inspired and divided our nation in the 19th century. Tours of the cupola, four major video productions, twelve original commissioned murals, sixteen audio programs and interactive children's stations. There are also plans for some exterior interpretative opportunities such as the Barricade to the west of the museum.

We are also working with the Hunterstown Historical Society and landowners to provide a "Battle of Hunterstown" cavalry opportunity in Hunterstown. "Springing the Trap" will be Saturday afternoon/evening June 19 or Sunday morning June 30.

GAC Is Highly Respected For Eighteen Year History Of Community Event Responsibility, Planning and Execution

The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee (GAC) is known in this historic community for unsurpassed event planning and execution. They have been routinely permitted by Freedom, Cumberland and Straban Townships, 18 years in a row. Each year, planning details become more improved and effective. This year is no exception. In fact this year planning has voluntarily reached even higher levels due to the scope of this 150th National Event. Besides the normal coordination of inter-agency planning with other local/state agencies and entities, GAC is also coordinating their planning with the Department of Homeland Security, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Federation.

Working with these agencies, in addition to all the other agencies GAC normally works with, takes a significant amount of extra commitment and time. Even with that elevated level of planning - the entire process is almost complete. As a result, both Cumberland & Straban Townships have already issued Letters Of Intent to GAC for the July 4,5, 6, and 7 150th National Event. Included below are excerpts of those letters from both townships Code Enforcement Officers expressing their intent to issue the permits and their utmost respect for the level of planning, permitting and execution performance that has been obtained over the previous eighteen years.

Straban Township

Our office is familiar with the event and the event management as well as the planning involved, coordination and local support. We have reviewed similar events in the past for your organization and have found the planning and execution of those events to be exemplary. Please consider this letter as our indication of Straban Township's intent to issue the necessary permits and approvals providing that you have completed a successful review of all necessary submittals. 

We appreciate your attention to the necessary planning and execution detail and look forward to working with you and your staff on this historically significant and culturally important anniversary. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Cumberland Township
Please consider this as your Special Event Permit Letter of Intent in regard to the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Re-enactment scheduled for July 4 thru 7, 2013. Your past performance over many years of re-enactments in Cumberland Township has shown excellent compliance regarding our requirements and for the safety of the participants and the general public. Upon formal review of your 2013 application you will receive the final permit at that time. We look forward to working with you on this and any other future endeavors.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Remembrance Day Commanding Generals Events

150th National Reenactment Commanding Generals Allen Baldwin (USA) and Brian Gesuero (CSA) welcome all military senior staff and unit command, for a post Remembrance Day Parade social and information gathering event at the Reliance Mine Saloon in the Quality Inn on Steinwehr Avenue across from the Wax Museum. Please join the Generals for a beverage and conversation from 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. or immediately following the parade. 

On Sunday afternoon Generals Baldwin and Gesuero will be hosting a site tour at the site of the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Reenactment.
From the Federal Commander 
Brothers in Arms,

General Gesuero and I are personally very excited about these skirmishes. More details will be released on Remembrance Day. These skirmishes are a reality based on the commitment and reputation of GAC in the community and the relationship that the staff has with the community as a whole. Several of us live here and will be here when the event is over. We will not only see community members but Reenactors who visit the area.

These skirmishes are for Reenactors by Reenactors.

On Saturday, both General Gesuero and I will be located at Reliance Mine Saloon during the hours of 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to welcome troops or senior staff, and answer any questions you may have. We invite you to stop in, have a beverage, say hello and discuss the event. 
 
Your Obedient Servant,  
General Allen Baldwin

150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Reenactment Proclaimed Official State Event by the Commonwealth

www.gettysburgreenactment.com

The 150th Gettysburg National Civil War Reenactment, to be held on July 4, 5, 6, and 7, has been designated by the Pennsylvania legislature as the Official Gettysburg One Hundred Fiftieth Anniversary Commemoration Reenactment Event in Pennsylvania.

The following is a brief and partial excerpt of the Pennsylvania Senate Legislative Citation marking that designation. The citation is expected to be followed by the Governor's Proclamation.

Whereas, the Senate of Pennsylvania is always pleased to recognize those esteemed entities, which through the observance of significant events in their history, contribute to preserving the continuity of Pennsylvania's great history and heritage; and

Whereas, The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee is hosting the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Reenactment from July 4 - 7, 2013, in commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War; and

Whereas, The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee has provided the local skills, resources, staff, experience and leadership to organize the reenactment for the past 18 years, thus earning the respect and gratitude of the local community, the state and the nation. To its great credit, the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Reenactment is lauded and recognized as the Official Gettysburg One Hundred Fiftieth Commemoration Reenactment in the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. With visitors and Reenactors from across the country and around the world participating in the event, this Commonwealth will be the focus of the nation and the world as Gettysburg and Adams County provides a variety of activities and events to commemorate their history.

Now therefore, the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pays tribute to the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee upon this momentous occasion applauds their service to the Commonwealth and offers best wishes for continued success in the years to come...

Teleconference into the Birney's Annual Meeting

Not able to make it to the Birney's Division Annual meeting this Friday (November 16th, 8 pm EST)? You can now conference in on your phone and listen to the discussions.

To access the conference, call (605) 475-3200, then enter code 490991#. Depending on your phone service, long distance or cell minute charges may apply.

This call is open to all members of Birney's Division units only. 


How to get news and information from Birney's Division HQ

As we get ready to hold our annual meeting, this is a reminder to everyone that receiving news from the organization is very important. Throughout the year, we distribute a variety of detailed information. Some of it on specific events, but other information is for ALL members.

We have a number of streams where you can receive information and updates. We HIGHLY suggest that every member subscribes to the Yahoo Group email. This distributes emails from the staff to all members who subscribe. This is for EVERYONE and not just company commanders. To Subscribe, click on this link and carefully read the instructions. You DON”T have to have a Yahoo user name to receive the emails. http://groups.yahoo.com/subscribe/BirneysDivision

Here are several other places to find Birney’s Division updates:

http://www.birneysdivision.org (Schedule and News pages)
http://twitter.com/birneysdivision
http://www.facebook.com/groups/BirneysDivision

2013 is going to be an important year with the 150th Gettysburg. Don’t get left in the dark! Please pass this on to other members of your unit who may not be on the Yahoo Group Email.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

December Lantern Tours at Hale Farm

Holiday Lantern Tours at Hale Farm and Village
Dec 1, 7, 8, 14-16, 19-23
Beginning at 6:00pm (by reservation)
2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, OH
http://www.wrhs.org/calendar/Holiday_Lantern_Tours

BATH, OHIO — The annual holiday Lantern Tours return to Hale Farm and Village December 1 through December 23, 2012. This lantern-lit journey takes guests on a holiday history tour of Northeast Ohio during the Civil War.

A lively blend of history and theatre, Lantern Tour vignettes are presented in the village houses based on research of newspaper accounts, advertisements, diaries, and classic holiday literature from the era.

“Lantern Tours have become a tradition for northeast Ohio families,” says Kelly Falcone, Vice President of Hale Farm and Village. "If you haven’t visited Hale Farm and Village during the holidays, we invite you to join us this year. We are always delighted when our guests leave with a historical view of the Christmas traditions."

Visitors are invited to the Jonathan Hale House for a Victorian-era holiday treat after the tours. The Museum Store, located in the Gatehouse, Visitor Center is open throughout the tours and features unique holiday gifts including toys and games, lanterns, books, photographs, and the ever popular halemade early American products such as pottery, glass, ironware, textiles, baskets, brooms and candles.

Lantern Tours depart every 20 minutes beginning at 6:00 pm and reservations are required. Lantern Tours are an indoor/outdoor activity. Guests are asked to dress for the weather. Reservations are required. For ticket availability and reservations call 330-666-3711. Admission is: $15 for WRHS Members, $20 for non-members. Discount rates are available for groups of 15 people or more.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Birney's Division 2012 Annual Meeting

The yearly meeting for all members and units of Birney's Division will be held on November 16th, 2012 at 8 pm in Gettysburg. PA during Remembrance Day weekend. The location will be the Gettysburg Volunteer Fire Hall, 35 N. Stratton St., one block from the circle in town going east on Rt. 30E. Make a left on Stratton St. and parking is in the rear.

Items on the agenda will be the 2013 event schedule and the planning of the 150th Gettysburg event. ALL members are encouraged to attend!!

There will also be details on where and when the Division will form for the Remembrance Day Parade on Saturday. If you have any questions, please email Chief of Staff Mike Maffei at general_maffei@verizon.net
 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Masonic ceremony at Gettysburg

As in past years we, the Masons of Birney's Division, are holding a gathering the Saturday morning November 17th on Steinweir Avenue at the "Friend to Friend" monument at 10:30 AM.

We are inviting all Masonic and non Masonic reenactors that are interested in this gathering and speech. Please pass this notice on to all of your Masonic reenactor friends. The talk is worth your while to attend.

The central theme for the speech will be to honor those who fought at Gettysburg, veterans throughout all times, their family, those who serve today, as well as those who cared for the wounded. The speech will also honor those who were Masons.

Major General Ed Kelley
Birney's Division
Commanding

Monday, October 08, 2012

Ohio Leadership Conference registration closing this week

October 27, 2012
10 am to 5 pm
Ohio Village, Columbus Ohio

Just a reminder that registration is closing on for the Ohio Civil War Reenactor Leadership Conference on October 15th. We only have a few people attending from Birney's Division and I would like to have your voice there. I don't want just myself and Captain Baltzer as the only voices from Birney's. We need your feedback and ideas to make our activities in Ohio the best they can be!

The conference is open to all Civil War reenactors of any rank and branch (Union, Confederate or civilian), however I highly encourage all of our Battalion company officers attend (even those of you in PA). A registration fee of $10.00 will cover food. Go to http://www.facebook.com/OCWRLC to print the registration form and for more information or email me at clsmith@5thohio.com to get a form.

Your Servant,
Christopher L. Smith, Colonel
Commanding
Birney's Division, 2d Battlion



Monday, September 24, 2012

First call for Perryopolis

The final Birney's Division reenactment  of the season is close at hand in Perryopolis, PA. If you have never attended you are missing some cool stuff. Period buildings and troop barracks (heated!) plus trenches and major pyrotechnics.

We will most likely have a single combined battalion. Please send the following information to Capt. Murphy ASAP.

1. Name of unit.
2. Number of military personnel.
3. Name and contact for the person in charge of your unit for the weekend.

Again, please email Capt. Murphy with this information at ltmurph54th@yahoo.com. For more information on the event including registration, go to http://perryopolis.webs.com.

Monday, September 17, 2012

"Copper" picks up where "Gangs" left off


I am not sure how this new BBC series slipped under the radar of so many Civil War enthusiasts, but if you have not seen "Copper", then you are missing some really good stuff!

Sort of a follow up to the film "Gangs of New York", "Copper" follows irishman Kevin Corcoran after he returns home from the war months after the draft riots of 1863. Now a police detective, Corcoran lives and works in the poor and dangerous Five Points district that was the center piece of the film. It is a pretty gritty show and combines all of the elements that make up a juicy plot. Wealth vs. poverty, scummy politicians, racial/cultural divides. Just to be clear, I am talking about 1864 and not 2012.

Check your cable programming to see if you get BBC America. You can also visit the website at http://www.bbcamerica.com/copper.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Date Correction

All,

Correction to the 150th Antietam dates, the dates are 14-16 September. My apologies for any issues i might have caused.

CPT Murphy

15-17 Antietam Last Call

ALL Company Commanders,

This is your last call for Antietam on 15-17 September. If your unit is planning on attending and you have not given me your numbers please do so immediately. If your unit has changes or updates since your last correspondence with me get me those changes. Please remind your troops that there is a
non-spectator battle Friday evening at 6 PM, it is going to be a cornfield scenario with an actual cornfield, first call for that battle will probably be 4:45ish as we all know how it is at national level events. The command staff will mostly be on site Thursday afternoon. Any questions let myself or COL Rohrbaugh no ASAP.

Respectfully,

CPT M. Murphy
Adjutant, Birney's Division

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ohio Civil War Reenactor Leadership Conference

October 27, 2012
10 am to 5 pm
Ohio Village, Columbus Ohio

I would like to invite members of Birney's Division to the first Ohio Civil War Reenactor Leadership Conference being held this October. Several of us in both the military and civilian reenacting communities have been been discussing ways to bring people together and meet face to face. This conference will not only help bridge the divide we may have in some areas, but also explore ways we can support the key events we have throughout the state.

The conference is open to all Civil War reenactors of any rank and branch (Union, Confederate or civilian), however I highly encourage all of our Battalion company officers attend (even those of you in PA). A registration fee of $10.00 will cover food. Go to http://www.facebook.com/OCWRLC to print the registration form and for more information.

Birney's 2d Battalion needs to have as strong of a presence at this meeting as we do on the field here in Ohio. If you have any questions at all, please email me at clsmith@5thohio.com.

Your Servant,

Christopher L. Smith, Colonel
Commanding
Birney's Division, 2d Battlion

Monday, August 27, 2012

Scenarios unveiled for the 150th Gettysburg Reenactment

The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee is pleased to announce the 150th Gettysburg historically accurate, scripted battles for the Reenactment to be held July 4th, 5th and 6th, 2013.

Make sure that you check out our new and improved website, http://www.gettysburgreenactment.com for the most up to date information for everything related to the 150th Gettysburg Reenactment.

The entire site has been revamped to make browsing for information ten times easier!

The entire event next year will be focused on presenting phases of the battle from star to finish. Most likely, not all troops will be involved in every action as they will roll one into another. More details to follow but here they are...

The Devil's to Pay - First Day Struggle at Willoughby Run
Thursday, July 4th, 11:00 a.m.


Early in the morning on July 1st, Confederate General Henry Heth moved toward Gettysburg from Cashtown on the Chambersburg Pike in search of supplies. Heth's entire division was mustered for the march when one of his brigades had returned and reported a sizeable force of Union cavalry near Gettysburg. After exchanging a few shots with a Union cavalry picket post near Marsh Creek, Heth believed he might be facing some local militia and a small Union force as he approached Herrs Ridge, Willoughby Run, McPherson's Ridge and Seminary Ridge. This belief was short-lived. Heth discovered the Rebels were facing General Buford's dismounted cavalry who had been sent forward to McPherson's Ridge and to Willoughby Run in order to stall the Confederate advance. Colonel William Gamble's brigade of Buford's division, supported by Lt. John H. Calef's U.S. Battery with their breech loading carbines, did a fine job of delaying the Confederate approach. The Rebels were stalled - but only for a short period. The intense fighting of the First Day was just beginning.


Crossroads of Destiny - The Federal Retreat from Seminary Ridge
Thursday, July 4th, 6:00 p.m.


The outnumbered Union Cavalry of John Buford fought through the morning of the First Day to slow the Confederate advance. They fought mounted and dismounted by forming a line, firing, and then pulling back. One of the first Union Infantry units to reach the field in support was Reynolds 1st Corp which included the Iron Brigade. The 1st Corps initially defeated Heth's infantry and drove them back. After an approximately one hour battle, with heavy losses on both sides, the Confederates managed to push the First Corps back.

By 3:00 p.m., the Confederates were attacking along a broad front extending from the Fairfield Road to Oak Hill and beyond. On the Union right toward Oak Hill and Barlow's Knoll, some units held their ground. Other units retreated and began to run through the streets and alleys of Gettysburg. Actions at Willoughby Run, Herbst Woods, The Railroad Cut, Iverson's Pits, Oak Hill, Barlow's Knoll and the Brickyard would be etched in First Day infamy forever.


"Springing the Trap - Ambush at Hunterstown" (Cavalry Battle)
Friday, July 5th, 11:00 a.m.


It all began with Custer ordering elements of the 6th and 7th Michigan cavalry to dismount and move south on foot beyond and below the ridge, along both sides of the Hunterstown Road east of Gettysburg. These troops, hidden by the wheat fields, inconspicuously moved forward to the Felty Farm where the units' marksmen took cover in the large bank barn on the west side of the road. The Felty's barn was large enough to conceal Lieutenant A.C.M. Pennington's 2nd U.S. Battery. Meanwhile the men of the 7th Michigan formed undetected in the tall wheat east of the Hunterstown Road, to form a cross fire with the 6th Michigan.


A Bloody Harvest - The Wheatfield
Friday, July 5th, 6 p.m.


On the morning of July 2, 1863 the Confederate forces were jubilant. They had driven the enemy from the field and now occupied the town of Gettysburg. General Robert E. Lee decided to remain at Gettysburg to defeat the defending Federal force, now deployed on high ground south and east of town. Deciding on a Napoleonic flanking maneuver against the Union troops, Lee ordered an attack, with General Longstreet's 1st Corps engaging the Federals on Little Round Top, and General Ewell's 2nd Corps hitting the Federals on Cemetery and Culp's Hills as a diversion.

General Longstreet's troops had not arrived yet on the morning of July 2nd, and determinedly traveled surreptitiously in a counter-march to avoid detection. As a result, Dan Sickles, commander of the Union 3rd Corps, ordered his men off the rocky hill and positioned them in fields and knolls in the shadow of the Round Tops. He believed the Confederates would not attack his men on high ground; rather, Lee was probably going to skirt around the Union forces and run toward Washington.


We Have No Time - Stuart Arrives on the Battlefield (Cavalry Tactical)
Saturday, July 6th, 11:00 a.m.


Once the lead division of the Army of Virginia reached Pennsylvania, General Stuart's cavalry had been ordered to hook up with General Ewell and report the position of the Union Army. On June 28, Stuart crossed the Potomac and captured a Union supply train of 140 wagons and then made his way toward Baltimore, and then Carlisle where he burned the Carlisle Barracks. Late in the afternoon of July 2nd, Stuart finally reached the Gettysburg Headquarters of General Lee largely being unaware the battle had begun the day before without him.

Lee had been left blind to the strength and movement of the Federal Army and expressed his displeasure with Stuart. After the battle Stuart received significant criticism from the southern press, but historians have failed to agree whether Stuart did not follow orders or that Lee had issued orders that were far too vague.


Hold The Line - Gallant Rally at the Klingle Farm
Saturday, July 6th, 1:00 p.m


On July 2, Major General Daniel Sickles marched his Third Corp from the base of Little Roundtop, across the Wheatfield, to the D.F. Klingle Farm and the Sherfy Peach Orchard located on the east side of Emmitsburg Road. Sickles made the march against orders and almost caused a Federal disaster in the process. By moving forward from the Federal line, Sickles exposed his corps to enfilading fire during a massive attack from Longstreet's corp.


"Thundering Hell" (East Cemetery and Culp's Hill)
Saturday, July 6th, 6:00 p.m


On July 1st, the outnumbered Federal forces that retreated from the fields west and north of town arrived on Cemetery Hill, the position chosen by Union Eleventh Corps General Oliver O. Howard as the rallying point for the Union army. General George Meade sent Major General Winfield S. Hancock to take command of the Federal forces in Gettysburg until Meade could arrive. General Hancock ordered that the Federal line be extended right to Culp's Hill and left to Cemetery Ridge.

After pursuing the Federal forces through the town of Gettysburg on the afternoon of July 1, Ewell had extended his line from the streets of Gettysburg eastward to Rock Creek at the northeastern base of Culp's Hill. Ewell was ordered by Lee to "press those people and secure the hill." Due to the fact that Rodes and Early's divisions were exhausted from fighting earlier in the day, and Johnson was not expected to arrive until nightfall, Ewell delayed in attacking Cemetery and Culp's Hill. This would prove to be a strategic blunder.


"Come On You Wolverines" (East Calvary Field)
Sunday, July 7th, 11:00 a.m.


Although there were many other significant cavalry actions on the bloody fields of Gettysburg, a large cavalry action three miles east of Gettysburg on July 3rd, is one of the most recognized. Today it is known as East Cavalry Field located just north of the Hanover Road. At approximately 2:30PM Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart and Union General David M. Gregg, for a span of three hours, engaged in a series of charges and counter charges that resulted in one of the most ferocious cavalry battles in the annals of American history.
General Stuart and three brigades of cavalry reached the Gettysburg area on the afternoon of July 2nd, from Carlisle. On July 3rd, Lee sent Stuart with four brigades to guard the Confederate left and to be in position for the attack on Cemetery Ridge - Pickett's Charge. While attempting to skirt the Union right flank Stuart meet two brigades of Union cavalry commanded by Brig. General Gregg three miles east of Gettysburg on the Rummel Farm.


The High Water Mark - Pickett's Charge
Sunday, July 7th, 3:30 p.m


"Pickett's Charge" Just the mention of those two words brings forth a flood of visual and sensory perceptions. Steaming humidity, ripe rye fields, lush green pastures, thundering cannon, suffocating smoke and row upon row of Confederate soldiers advancing across open fields into the face of a Federal inferno on Cemetery Ridge.

At 1:07 precisely - a field piece from the Washington Artillery, posted near the Peach Orchard, opened up the greatest cannonade in the annals of American history. It was a signal for the entire Confederate artillery line to let loose their terrific blast. It was a volcanic eruption for almost two hours with Confederate artillery pounding the Federal position on Cemetery Ridge in an attempt to soften the Federal center for the pending frontal assault. Correspondent Samuel Wilkenson of the New York Times, was at Meade's headquarter and reported, "the Confederate shells burst and screamed as many as six a second and made a very hell of a fire that amazed the older officers - men were cut in two and horses died still fastened by their halters." It is difficult to even comprehend 140 Confederate guns and 100 Federal guns belching fire, smoke, destruction and death.
Very seldom do you have this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience such an artillery barrage and vast number of troops reenacting one of the most famous battles in the history of the world. Your experienced will be enhanced with extensive pyrotechnics and the burning of the Bliss Barn.


Gettysburg Anniversary Committee makes 2012 donations


The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee, organizers of the Annual Gettysburg Civil War Reenactment present checks from this year's reenactment to three local organizations in front of historic Schmucker Hall on the campus of the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary. 
 
Next year's 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment will donate a portion of the event proceeds to five local beneficiaries including the renovation of Schmucker Hall into the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum. Other beneficiary's next year will include the Adams County Historical Society,Sgt MAC National Wreath Project, Land Conservancy of Adams County and the Sachs Mill Covered Bridge Improvement Project.
 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Maryland, My Maryland unit portrayls

The order of battle is coming together for Maryland, My Maryland. Birney's Division will have a battalion of around 70 military personnel. Federal Commander Mike Lavis has outlined what unit Birney's will be representing in each scenario. Where available, I have linked a reference website so you may understand the unit and their action at South Mountain and Antietam.

Saturday, September 8, 1:00 pm - Battle for Fox's Gap (South Mountain)
12th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
http://www.ohiocivilwar.com/cw12.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_South_Mountain

Saturday, September 8, 7:45 pm - Frost Town Road (South Mountain)
4th Pennsylvania Reserves
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4th_Pennsylvania_Reserve_Regiment
This battle will be going on at the same time as the Crampton's Gap scenario on another part of the property. The sound of a "far off battle" will give a depth to each group as they engage in their own scenario.

Sunday, September 9, 6:30 am - Into the Corn (Antietam)
97th New York Infantryhttp://dmna.ny.gov/historic/reghist/civil/infantry/97thInf/97thInfMain.htm

Sunday, September 9, 12:00 pm - Up Comes Hill (Antietam)
89th/103rd New York Infantry
http://civilwarintheeast.com/USA/NY/NY089.php
http://dmna.ny.gov/historic/reghist/civil/infantry/103rdInf/103rdInfMain.htm

More information to follow on camps and logistics over the next few days!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

From the Gettysburg 150th Federal Commander


To my brothers and sisters in arms,

Planning for the 150th National Gettysburg Anniversary Civil War Battle Reenactment has been underway for some time. In reality, it started back at the 135th Battle Reenactment as various groups came together to solidify the hobby and provide a great reenactment experience. For myself and the Command Staff of the First Federal Division Headquarters', the 140th and 145th were dress rehearsals to prepare the Staff and the event organizers for what will be a landmark event like the 125th Battle reenactment was. With all of this in mind, and the fact that many veteran reenactors have relayed to the command staffs that this will be their final swan song in the hobby, we must continue to push forward to provide the best experience for the troops. The military command and event staffs are meeting and communicating almost daily to ensure a well-planned event.

Camping areas, battlefield layout, amenities, support issues and event preparedness have all been key items of discussion. Additional stream crossings are being planned along with other site improvements. The phrase, "moving forward" has become the statement of my staff when dealing with this event. The planning will continue and commitments increased as needed when we get closer to the date. A Divisional Commanders meeting is planned for Remembrance Day and in mid-December. More will follow and the attendance broadened to make sure we reach all and address the needs of the units and the troops. We have also rearranged the website and improved it to be more reenactor friendly.

In closing with the theme of "moving forward," I am proud to announce that two of the four Federal Infantry Division Commands have been accepted. Brigadier General Ron Palase will command the 1st Federal Infantry Division and Brigadier General David Shackleford the 2nd Federal Infantry Division. I hope to name the other two Infantry Divisional Commands in the near future.

All involved continue to work tirelessly to make the 150th Gettysburg Battle Reenactment a memorable event for all.

Your Obedient Servant,

Major General Allen W. Baldwin
Commander Federal Forces

Community & Preservation Organizations Benefit from Annual Gettysburg Civil War Reenactment!

Birney's Division Members! Don't forget to register at http://www.gettysburgreenactment.com, July 4-7, 2013. Make sure to list "Organization Affiliation" as BIRNEY'S DIVISION.

Each year the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee, local organizers of the Annual Gettysburg Reenactment, choose several community and preservation causes and support these organizations with a portion of the proceeds from the event. Some of the past beneficiary's have included The Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Association, National Park Service Cannon Restoration, Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg, The Civil War Trust, Brandy Station Battlefield, the Lincoln Train Station, Marine Sgt. Eric McColley scholarship fund, The Wounded Warriors Support Fund, The Adams County Historical Society, The Land Conservancy of Adams County, The National Wreath Project and The Daniel Lady Farm.

The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee is very proud this year to announce its support of five very worthy preservation and patriotic organizations. They are The Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum, The Adams County Historical Society, The Land Conservancy of Adams County, The Sgt MAC National Wreath Project and the Sachs Mill Covered Bridge Improvement Project.

Schmucker Hall is the most important, privately owned building in the Gettysburg area. It is located on the campus of the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary and was utilized by both armies during the battle. On the First Day, the famous exchange between Buford and Reynolds took place from its cupola and eventually over 600 wounded suffered, died and were cared for in the building. Schmucker Hall is presently undergoing a major $11.7 million year long renovation and will be re-opened this July 1st as the nationally significant Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum. Two of the four floors will feature civil war religion and medicine. The extensive collection of the Adams County Historical Society exhibits will also be displayed in the museum. The Adams County Historical Society, located on the Lutheran Seminary campus, plays a significant role in preserving Adams County History and offering research opportunities for visitors, students and historians utilizing paid and volunteer staff. The Land Conservancy of Adams County is a member supported nonprofit land trust with over 600 members and the noble mission of preserving the rural lands and character of Adams County. The Conservancy holds over 95 easements covering over 6,000 acres. The Sgt. MAC Foundation honors the memory of Gettysburg Marine Sgt Eric McColley who was killed serving his country in 2007. At a cost of about $40,000, this year's donation will support laying thousands of wreaths at Gettysburg National Cemetery and Quantico National Cemetery. The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee since 2008 is consistently one of the largest supporters of the Sgt MAC Fund. The Sachs Mill Covered Bridge was used by both armies during the battle and its aftermath. It is quite visible from GAC events at the Gettysburg movie site. There is currently a movement to improve the historical integrity of the bridge and its surroundings, create more aesthetically appropriate parking, remove graffiti and add some visitor and security improvements.

All of these organizations do a wonderful job of improving our community and quality of life, working with very limited budgets. Financial and volunteer support is needed and appreciated by all these noble organizations. For the past 18 years, The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee has supported, and will continue to support, community and preservation causes that reflect the heritage of our very special community. We are pleased and proud to announce that for the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee will be donating $5 of every reenactor registration distributed equally to all five preservations and patriotic organizations.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

First Call! Maryland, My Maryland

Maryland, My Maryland
150th Anniversary of the Battle of South Mountain & Antietam
September 7-9, 2012
Boonsboro. MD
http://www.marylandcampaign150.org

Per Capt. Murphy's email, we are beginning to get ready for the Antietam events. If you are a Birney's Division unit (1st or 2d Battalion) and are attending Maryland,My Maryland (see date and location above), I would like to get an idea of our numbers. PLEASE email me the following information as soon as possible.

1. Unit Name
2. Number of military
3. Number of Civilians
4. Number of tents and type

Birney's Division units will be camping in the garrison area. This means we will set up AS USUAL with company streets and civilian walls and flys around the edges. This is just how we setup at the 145th Gettysburg.

Again, this is just an initial call for numbers. More details will be sent out over the next few weeks. Please email the requested information to clsmith@5thohio.com

Monday, August 13, 2012

Divisional First Call 150th Antietam

This is for all company commanders of both 1st and 2nd Battalions. I need for all companies to report there intentions for the 150th Antietam event being held on 15-17 September. Registration closes on Wednesday and there are no walk-ons or on-site substitutions. By this time you should all have a good idea of what kind of attendance you are expecting. I need the breakdown by company as follows:
Officers:
Enlisted:
Civilians:

The divisional staff will be on site and we are looking to get these numbers so we can organize our efforts for that weekend. For those attending Maryland, My Maryland the weekend prior please contact COL Smith or MAJ Penix. Please get me those reports no later than 29 August. You can send your reports to CPT Murphy at ltmurph54th@yahoo.com any questions can be directed to that address as well.


Respectfully,


CPT M. Murphy
Adjutant, Birney's Division

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Attention! Orders for Hale Farm

I hope everyone is ready to go for this weekend's Civil War action at Hale Farm & Village! On behalf of the Federal Commander Col. Minton, here are some things you need to know for the weekend.

1. Setup is permitted no earlier than 10 am on Friday the 10th. The only exception are those who have been pre-approved by Col. Minton for Thursday night. You MUST check in at Federal HQ (the "First Settlement" Log Cabin near the sawmill) BEFORE you set up your camp.

2. All reenactors MUST check in at registration prior to entering the grounds. Reenactors who have not pre-register will need to do so at that time. Only pre-registered reenactors will receive a Sunday breakfast ticket and firewood chit. Firewood will be located at Federal HQ. You must present your chit to draw firewood.

3. Federal reenactors will be on the Visitor's Center side of the property this year as we are trying to change things up. The camp location map is shown here (or will appear as a separate post). The Confederate reenactors will be in the Village. A new programming area will be near the Visitors Center and Sutler Row will be on the path going into the Village.

4. We have two battles planned for Saturday. In the morning ("Pillage the Village", 8 am) for the reenactors and the tradition afternoon battle for the public. There will be only one battle on Sunday afternoon. We have added earthworks for the scenarios and there will be a great deal more cavalry than usual. Both Federal and Confederate riders will be on the field making it about 80 horse in action! You will receive a reenactor version of the schedule when you check in/register. There is a public schedule online at http://www.wrhs.org/Properties/Civil_War_Reenactment_Encampment#schedule


5. At this time, we would like to ask any Federal reenactors who have a Confederate jackets to bring it to the event. There may be a need to ask for volunteers who wish to galvanize for battles only. The is strictly on a volunteer basis.

If you have any questions at all, please email me at clsmith@5thohio.com

Monday, August 06, 2012

Quartermaster needed for Hale Farm this weekend

This weekend will be the annual Civil War event at Hale Farm & Village. One of the favorite events in Ohio. For those of you attending, information will be posted shortly with details such as setup time, schedule, and so on. As with last year, for those who are pre-registered, you will be receiving a chit to draw firewood from the Quartermaster. We have plenty of really good wood but this will ensure that everyone gets their share.

On behalf of our Federal Commander Col. Minton, I would like to request a volunteer to serve as the Quartermaster NCO to stand several shifts in order to check for firewood chits and issue the appropriate amount of firewood. This person will be needed to work this post both late Friday afternoon into the evening and Saturday early and late morning. There may also be a need to administrate shortly after the battle on Saturday. This will not impact your participation in the other activities.

You must be a Federal military reenactor and probably best if you are a big guy with a "don't mess with me" look. Maybe carry a baseball bat... or a tire iron.

Please contact Col. Smith at clsmith@5thohio.com ASAP.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

A peek at Maryland, My Maryland schedule

Hi pards,

For those of you going to the 150th Antietam event known as "Maryland, My Maryland", here is a little heads-up on the schedule you can expect.

Thursday, Aug 2

8am- Online Registration Closes.  No Walk-Ons.

Wednesday, Sept 5

Noon- Sutler Arrival

Thursday, Sept 6

Noon- Participant Registration Opens till 8pm

7pm- A. P. Hill Marchers Shuttled to Harpers Ferry

Friday, Sept 7

10am- Registration opens for Participants till 11pm

4pm to 8pm- Wagon Rides from Parking to Camps

10pm- Camp closes to all car traffic for the weekend

11pm- All cars out of camp, will be towed if not gone by 11pm

Saturday, Sept 8

6am- Registration opens till 8am- no participant will be able to register after 8am.

7am- Horse Drawn Wagons Ferry remaining participants into camp

7am- All Camps go “period” for the weekend.

9am- Gates open to the Public

10am- Lectures at the Main Activity Tent on Sutler Row begin

1pm- Battle of Fox’s Gap

3pm- Cavalry Demonstration for the Public- Fox’s Gap Field

5pm- New Old World Theater performs Period Theatrical Play at the main activity tent

6pm- Gates Close to Public

7:45pm- Simultaneous Dusk Fights, participant only, Frost Town Road and Crampton’s Gap

9:30pm- Troops assembled for march to Cornfield Battlefield for the night for those who wish to do so.  All troops can participate and camp on the field.

Sunday, Sept 8

5:30am– Those troops not camped in the Cornfield Area will form and march to the scenario.

6:30am- Into the Corn- Battle Begins.  Participants only Scenario.  Troops will remain in the field till the next scenario.

10am- Gates Open to the Public

10:30am- Public Lecture on the Battle of Antietam- Public viewing area.

Noon- Up Comes Hill- Final Public Scenario

1:30pm- Event Ends

As you can see, there will be several unique scenarios giving us a chance to do some things that we don't get a chance to do. As with everything in this hobby, it is a "volunteer" army.

Our camp setup will be garrison in style as we normally do. More information to come.

Your Servant,

Christopher Smith
2d Battalion, Birney's Division
Commanding

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

First Call, Hale Farm! PLEASE READ

"The Drums of August"
August 11-12, 2012
Hale Farm & Village - Bath, OH

A max effort event for the 2d Battalion of Birney's Division. Pre-registrations must be post marked TODAY. Walk-ons are permitted. Click the link below for all of the event information including registration details.

http://www.wrhs.org/Properties/Civil_War_Reenactment_Encampment

At this time, we are asking for a estimated count of Birney's Division members. Please send me BOTH numbers based on those who are registered and those who plan to walk-on.

1. Unit name.
2. How many MILITARY personnel?
3. How many CIVILIANS?
4. Number of tents and type.

Please EMAIL the above information to clsmith@5thohio.com as soon as possible.

Monday, July 30, 2012

150th Gettysburg announcement from General Kelly

To all member units of Birney's Division:

On behalf of myself and the Division Command staff, we would like to announce that the organization will officially be attending official 150th Gettysburg event put on by the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee on July 4-7, 2013. The website is http://www.gettysburgreenactment.com

This event will be the anniversary Gettysburg put on and financed in the style of the mega events of the 135th series. It will be financed and scripted in that same style. If you want to attend the biggest event put on in the last 10 to 15 years, this is the one! I along with the rest of Birney's Division staff want you all to attend this event as an entire organization. Both infantry battalions, artillery and cavalry. I have been in contact with our Division Commander for the event and we have been given the most desired spot on the field for the famed Picket's Charge scenario and a great position in the other scenarios. It is desired that you get your units registered as soon as possible to first keep the registration cost down and assure yourself a spot at the event. Please go to this link to get yourself registered soon. http://reenactor.gettysburgreenactment.com

Be advised that there is another Gettysburg event going to be announced soon so as always, do not be confused when you register. The event I describe above is the national event we have all been waiting on for a few years. Be advised we are not sending any command staff to the other event.

Again, please refer to the following website for future updates to the event we are attending: http://www.gettysburgreenactment.com

If you have any other questions, please contact your battalion commander, myself or General Maffei and we will be glad to answer them.

Regards.Your Servant,
Edward L. Kelley Sr.
Birney's Division Commanding

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Final days for Hale Farm pre-reg

Attention Reenactors! These are the final few days to pre-register for Hale Farm. You can download the form at http://www.wrhs.org/Properties/Civil_War_Reenactment_Encampment. Cut-off is July 31st. Don't forget to visit the event Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/HaleFarmCivilWar.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

1st Battalion 150th Antietam

From 1st Battalion:

As you all saw in the posting from COL Smith, the 150th Antietam event is around the corner. This event is already approaching 10,000 registered participants. I advise getting your registration in as soon as possible in case there is a cut-off.

The 150th event website is http://www.150thantietamreenactment.com. Please get your folks registered. Any questions let me know.


Respectfully,


CPT M. Murphy
Adjutant, 1st Battalion, Birney's
ltmurph54th@yahoo.com

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

2nd Call for 2012 Events

All Birney's Company Commanders,

This is your second call for the following events:

August 18-19: Luray Caverns, Luray, VA
September 15-16: 150th Antietam, Sharspburg, MD
October 20-21: 148th Cedar Creek, Middletown, VA

Please get back to me as soon as possible for these events so we can get an idea of what kind of numbers we are looking at. If you have responded back to the 1st call disregard this email. Email me your responses at ltmurph54th@yahoo.com.


Respectfully,

CPT M. Murphy
Adjutant, Birney's Division

Luray Virginia event registration extended

August 18, 2012 - Battle of Orange Courthouse
August 19, 2012 - Battle of Cedar Mountain
Luray Caverns, VA

Birney's Division's Colonel Rohrbaugh will be the over-all Federal Commander for this event located at the new Luray Valley Museum located at Luray Caverns, Virginia on 200 acres of land.

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.

Provided will be hay, water, firewood, port-a-johns and a Saturday military ball. All participants in period attire will receive a 50% discount on admission to the Caverns. Registration fee $10.00 till July 30th which is an extension to what is on the online registration form. Please note "as per Col. Wilt" when registering before July 30th. The site will open at noon on Friday, August 17th.

Birney's events this weekend

Birney's Division battalions will be doing two regional events this weekend, July 21-22. Walk-on registration is still available for both events. So grab your musket and come fight for the Union!

1st Battalion: The Battle of Funkstown - Lee's Retreat from Gettysburg
Funkstown, MD - http://www.battle-of-funkstown.com/

2d Battalion: Argus Park
Canfield, OH - www.facebook.com/ArgusCivilWar

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Union and Confederate Soldiers, Civilians, Cavalry, and Merchants bring the American Civil War to life

BATH, OHIO — Hale Farm & Village, a museum of Western Reserve Historical Society, brings the Civil War to life at the annual Civil War Reenactment, August 11-12, 2012, with a preview of the encampment on Friday, August 10th. More than 500 re-enactors are expected to participate, making this one of the largest annual Civil War events in Ohio. Guests will meet soldiers and civilians, hear the sounds of battle, smell the gunpowder, shake hands with President Lincoln, and shop for a hoopskirt.

“The Civil War Reenactment at Hale Farm & Village is Ohio’s largest reenactment in 2012,” says Colonel Bob Minton, Army of the Ohio Civil War Reenactors. “More than 50 mounted cavalry, new camp locations, the addition of a central performance area, earthworks, trenches, and redoubts, make the 2012 event the most exciting to date.” The registration for re-enactors to participate has been extended to July 31, 2012.

“We are now entering the 150th of the second year of the War. The scenarios we have planned this year are going to reflect the larger scale of what was going on in 1862. Hale Farm & Village is a perfect location to recreate engagements during the Peninsula Campaign and an early form of trench warfare,” says Colonel Chris Smith, 2nd Battalion Commander for Birney's Division, a national organization of Civil War Reenactors.

New in 2012! 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A will fire the Ohio Statehouse Cannons!

Battery A, modelled after a Civil War-era Union Army artillery unit, was commissioned by the State of Ohio. The soldiers of Battery A are not only trained to demonstrate the Statehouse’s restored, Civil War-era guns, but also to talk about the everyday life of a soldier, including work, clothing, diet, medical care, battle and recreation. Meet and talk with the soldiers of the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A throughout the day.

Also, new this year is an evening Candlelight Tour of Camps. Guests are invited on a candlelit walk throughout the Hale Farm & Village grounds, Friday, August 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm. The lantern-lit tour will lead visitors through Union and Confederate Camps where they will get a behind the scenes look at the men, women, and children whose passion for history makes the Civil War come to life.

From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12, 2012, guests will relive the American Civil War experience. At 2:00 pm daily, the recreation of Civil War battles in the museum’s North Pasture is just one feature of the event. Cannons will roar across the re-created battlefield amidst the soldiers, smoke, and gunfire. Cavalry will charge as the battle unfolds just yards away.

Guests experience the entire flavor and ambience of the Civil War era: soldier skirmishes, appearances by “President Lincoln”, Civil War era music and entertainment, a fashion show of Civil War military and civilian dress, the US Cavalry, and the 4th annual Civil War Ball. They will meet the men and women who reenact this seminal event in the nation’s history when visiting Union and Confederate soldier and civilian camps, witness the medical practices of the era, and shop along Sutler’s Row for unique items such as shoes, corsets, dresses, foods, and other fine goods from the period.

On Friday, August 10th visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at the move-in and preparation that takes place for the weekend events. They can watch the reenactors set up and prepare for the weekend, the cavalry arrival, the northern and southern camps being built, and the bustle of staff preparing for the Farm’s biggest event of the year. This day is also perfect for media to capture the magic that goes into the creation of this event. Please contact Angie Lowrie to arrange a visit. alowrie@wrhs.org.

Guests can stay longer Saturday, August 11 for evening events.

Civil War Reenactment Ball, August 11 8:00 – 10:30 pm

Guests dance the Virginia Reel and spin back to the Civil War era at the Hale Farm & Village Civil War Ball. Reenactors and Hale Farm & Village costumed staff will join the festivities. 8:00-10:30pm. $5 Admission and reservations required. Call 330-666-3711 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Advance general admission tickets are available for purchase at www.halefarm.org. General admission will also be at the gate. Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 per child age 3-12. Children 2 & under and WRHS members are FREE. A 2-day Civil War Pass is available for $15 per adult and $7.50 per child age 3-12. Group rates for parties of 15 people or more are available. Call 330-666-3711.

Reservations required for the August 10, 2012, Candlelight Tour Preview. 330-666-3711 x1720. Admission: WRHS members: $15; non-members: $25.

All Western Reserve Historical Society Civil War programming is part of the statewide initiative to honor the Civil War Sesquicentennial. Information on events is posted at http://www.halefarm.org/.

Monday, July 09, 2012

1st Call for upcoming Events

All Commanders,

This is an early 1st Call for the following events:

Aug 4-5: 150th 2nd Bull Runn @ Cedar Creek
Aug 18-19: 150th Cedar Mountain, Luray Caverns, VA
Sep 15-16: 150th Antietam

All these events are needed for rough numbers to know what kind of staffing we need to provide at these events. We ask that all company commanders from 1st and 2nd Battalions please contact the Brigade Adjutant, CPT Murphy, ltmurph54th@yahoo.com. Any questions can be directed to that address as well.


Respectfully,


CPT M. Murphy
Adjutant, Birney's Division

Painesville event this weekend

July 14-15, 2012
"Trouble in Bordertown", Lake County Civil War Reenactment
Lake County Historical Society
415 Riverside Dr.
Painesville Twp., OH
http://www.lakehistory.org/


Now that the cooler weather is here, Birney's 2d Battalion and other area units will be heading to Painesville this weekend for the Lake County Civil War Reenactment. In addition to the Bordertown scenario and skirmishes, there will also be a raffle for a reproduction 1860 Colt for all pre-registered reenactors and a reenactor drawing for a number of $25 gas cards. Music provided by the 97th Regimental String Band and The Black River Boys.

Our own Capt Paul Baltzer will be leading the Federal forces this weekend as I am still on medical leave (hope to be released by my doc in time for Argus Park). Union camps will start setting up Friday afternoon. Please see Capt. Baltzer or Col. Tim Perry to get placed.

Thank you all for your support of this event and Lake County's Civil War museum. I will still be distributing information to assist Capt. Baltzer. Please do not hesitate to email questions to clsmith@5thohio.com

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Hale Farm details and registration extension

After this past weekend's planning meeting, more details are being released about this year's Civil War event at Hale Farm & Village (August 11-12). Here are a few things you can expect!

- Ohio's largest reenactment in 2012
- 50+ mounted cavalry (by far the most you'll see in Ohio this year)
- Saturday morning battle just for the reenactors
- New camp locations
- Earthworks and redoubts!!!!!!!!
- Expanded speakers in the activities area
- Scenario is the 1862 Battle of Williamsburg

Other good news is that the pre-registration cut-off date has been extended to July 31st! Pre-registration and walk-on fees are BOTH $10.00. You MUST pre-register to receive the Sunday morning breakfast and a firewood chit. Firewood cannot be guaranteed for those who register on-site. Click on the link below to download the form.

http://www.wrhs.org/Properties/Civil_War_Reenactment_Encampment#registration


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

149th Anniversary of Gettysburg next weekend

July 6-8 - 149th Gettysburg Anniversary Reenactment
http://www.gettysburgreenactment.com/


Don't forget next weekend is the annual reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg. Birney's Division will have a command structure at the event so if you or your unit is attending, please make sure to email the following information to Colonel Rohrbaugh (cpldlr160@comcast.net) BEBORE this weekend!!
 
1. Name of unit
2. Number of military attending
3. Number of tents and type of tent
 
Check out the event website listed above for details on loaction and registration.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Final reenactor insurance notice

Greetings Birney's Division member units,

We are pleased to again offer Commercial General Liability Insurance to protect members for the rest of 2012 into the 2013 season. We have received the renewal notice and I am happy to report that coverages and costs remain the same as the current coverage.

We are asking that you get your head counts and submit the premium before June 30th, 2012 along with a list of all events your company will be attending for the rest of the season from June until next season.

The cost per member per year remains at $8 each. Please make check or money order out to Dennis Rohrbaugh and mail to:

5300 Greenvillage Road
Chambersburg, PA 17202-7311

Any questions; please contact Col. Rohrbaugh at cpldlr160@comcast.net

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

March to Destiny this weekend

March to Destiny
June 22-24, 2012
Shippensburg, PA

This annual Civil War reenactment is actually held in historic Shippensburg, PA. Though not a recognized battlefield, Shippensburg became a staging area for Confederate troops prior to the Battle of Gettysburg. Residents endured a skirmish and the occupation of the town by 20,000 Confederate troops from June 23-30, 1863 The annual March to Destiny relives these events.

Col. Rohrbaugh will be commanding so you know you will be in for a hot fight! At this time you will only be able to register at the event. Make sure to go to the website for complete details. http://www.marchtodestiny.org

Monday, June 18, 2012

1st Call Gettysburg

To All Company Commanders,

This is your first call for Gettysburg July 6-8. Please inform CPT Murphy at ltmurph54th@yahoo.com of your units intentions if attending and also the number of personnel attending by the following format:

Number of officers:
Number of enlisted:
Number of civilians:

Any questions and concerns let me know.


Respecfully,

CPT M. Murphy
Adjutant, Birney's Division

Old Bedford Village AAR

From: Hqtrs, 1st Battalion Birney's Division
After Action Report from Old Bedford Village

15 June:

Troops began to filter into the village in the afternoon with the bulk of the army in camp by 10 PM. All the amenities were in place and the weather promised to be beautiful.

16 June:

Reveille was at 7 AM and morning reports were turned into headquarters promptly afterward. Morning reports showed 89 infantry, 6 artillery pieces, and 20 cavalry (mounted and dismounted). Dress parade was held with the aid of the 46th PVI Band and Battalion drill followed. The men were dismissed and given time to relax and rest up for the afternoon's action.

Formation for battle took place at 12:30 and the battalion moved out with 6 companies to a staging position covering the artillery battery on the north end of the field outside the village. 6th Company under CPT Felice moved forward of the lines to occupy the fortifications near the woods. Rebel artillery opened up around 1:00, the main confederate force came out of the woods using the Swamp Road, and after a stiff resistance, forced out the 6th Company. The 1st Division, under CPT Murphy with the 1st Company, under CPT MacGregor, and the 2nd Company, under CPT Towarnicki, moved forward to assist the 6th company and hold the confederate infantry at bay. After exchanging volleys, the 2nd and 3rd Division with COL Rohrbaugh leading, moved forward and pushed the remaning rebels back into the fortifications. The dismounted cavalry under CPT Brindle moved on the right flank and began to silence the enemy guns. A two prong assault of the fortifications began with the 1st Division making a frontal assault and the remainder of the Battalion sweeping the enemies right flank forcing the rebels to flee. Not wanting to be in an exposed position the battalion withdrew back to the town of Bedford for the night. After an almost wedding of 1LT Bowling to a "southern belle", all was quiet with the sounds of music from banjos, and singing was heard throughout camp.

17 June:

Reveille was held at the same time and after reports were turned in the battalion numbers showed 80 infantry ready for duty and the same amount of artillery and cavalry from the prior day. Church services were held and the men were given the morning to rest and spend time with their families.

Formation was at 1:00; dress parade was conducted with no change to the battalion order of battle from the 16th. The battalion stepped off at 1:40 and was in place by 1:50. The 1st Division was held at the western end of the line covering the artillery's right flank with dismounted cavalry covering the infantries right flank. The 5th company under CPT Dolbin was ordered to move out and occupy the fortifications vacated the prior day, and 4th Company under CPT Morgan was tasked with covering the Swamp Road. Rebel cavalry sweeped down the road and were heavily engaged by the 4th and 5th Companies. 4th Company linked up with 5th Company and were eventually pushed back by the supporting rebel infantry and artillery brought up. 1st Division moved out to push the rebel front and cover the withdrawal of the 4th and 5th Companies. The Left Wing moved out and linked up with the 4th and 5th companies. The 1st Division pushed forward to within 50 yards of the enemy fortifications, after heavy casuaulties, they were forced to withdrawal. The rebels began to push forward and began inflicting heavy casualties on the entire battalion. A fighting withdrawal took place making the rebels pay dearly, with the line holding at the hubs of the artillery with the artillery gunners ready to fight with their implements. A cease fire was arranged with the rebels holding the ground.

I would like to thank all the company commanders; CPT MacGregor, 1LT Bowling, CPT Towarnicki, CPT Wolgemuth, CPT Morgan, CPT Dolbin, and CPT Felice for all their hard work during the weekend, as well as the Battalion Staff, SGM Donahue, SGM Hicks, MAJ Doyle, MAJ Guilliams, LTC Wagner, MAJ Gallaher, and of course our commander COL Rohrbaugh, as well as our Chief of Staff BG Maffei.


Your Obediant Servant,

CPT M. Murphy
Adjutant, 1st Battalion, Birney's Division