Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Birney's Division goes to Antietam(s)

Good morning everyone. On behalf of General Kelley, thank you for giving us your unit feedback on the two different Antietam events this September. There has been much debate but based on your feedback, it looks as if the desire to go to one event over the other is pretty much split down the middle. This is also true of our sister organization, the Federal Volunteer Brigade (FVB) at least from an infantry standpoint. Their 1st Battalion has chosen Sharpsburg and their 2d Battalion will be attending Maryland, My Maryland.

As General Kelley has said, units are free to attend either (or both) events. Birney’s Division will be there to support you with a command structure either way. Our organization is large enough to support two major events and create a great experience for all of us as reenactors. So here is the plan…

The 150th Anniversary Antietam/Sharpsburg Reenactment
Sept. 14-16, 2012
Location: Near Sharpsburg, MD
Federal Commander: Rick Dussinger, USV
Confederate Commander: Brian Gesuero, PACS

Colonel Rohrbaugh will be the commanding the Birney’s infantry at the Sharpsburg event for those units attending. His relationship with those in the Gettysburg reenacting community that are involved in putting on the event is of great benefit for our members. The Birney’s artillery and cavalry will also be attending this event under separate commands. Birney’s will be working with the 1st Battalion of the FVB at this event.

As information and logistics are available, Colonel Rohrbaugh will send out emails. Please respond in a timely manner.

Maryland, My Maryland: The 150th Battles of South Mountain and Antietam
Sept. 7-9, 2012
Location: Boonsboro, MD
Federal Commander: Mike Lavis, Army of the Ohio
Confederate Commander: Jake Janette, ANV (update to web site)

Colonel Chris Smith will be commanding the Birney’s Infantry at Maryland, My Maryland. Chris has a great relationship with both Federal Commander Mike Lavis from the Army of the Ohio and Confederate Commander Jake Jennette of the ANV. Many of the people 2d Battalion works with in Ohio and Western PA will be in attendance. Birney’s will be working with the 2d Battalion of the FVB at this event.

IMPORTANT!! Make sure you register for the CORRECT event your unit is attending. DO NOT accidently register for the wrong event. If you have a question, check with your company commander or 1st Sergeant.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to email either Denny Rohrbaugh (cpldlr160@comcast.net) or Chris Smith (clsmith@5thohio.com). September is still a way off. We are looking forward to seeing all of you in the field soon as the 2012 reenacting season kicks off!

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