Thursday, May 31, 2012

Birney's Division insurance renewal for 2012/13

First Notice! Please get your headcounts done and premium collected.

Greetings Birney's Division Member units,
We are pleased to again offer Commercial General Liability Insurance through Lockton Risk Assoc. to protect members for rest of 2012 into 2013 season.
We have received the renewal invoice and I am happy to report that coverage's 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.
I will provide a copy of the binder to all companies.

The cost per member per year remains at $8 each.

I remain, your obedient servant,
D. Rohrbaugh, Colonel
1st Battalion, Birney’s Division

Please make check or money order payable to : Dennis Rohrbaugh
Mail to : 5300 Greenvillage Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202-7311
Any questions or concerns or difficulties; please contact me. or 717-262- 2336

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

1st Call Old Bedford Village

From: Hdqrs Birney's Division, Maj Gen Edward Kelley, Commanding
To: 1st and 2nd Battalion Company Commanders:

This is your official 1st call for Old Bedford Village on 16-17 June in Bedford, PA.

Company Commanders or Unit Secretaries if you have not done so already need to get me the numbers for your companies if attending. If your company is not attending please let me know so your are not factored in for the weekend. Please email me your units intentions at

Numbers should be broken down by number of officers, NCO's, PVTS, and civilians.

Housing for this event will be taken care of on a case-by-case basis. Cabin space is limited.

Your Obediant Servant,

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

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

First Call for Beaver Creek!

"Jackson in the Valley"
June 9-10, 2012
Beaver Creek State Park - East Liverpool, OH

This is the next event on the Birney's Division 2d Battalion schedule. Colonel Smith has work obligations. Major Bob Penix will be commanding the Federal forces for this one so you know you are going to see some hot fighting!! 

Walk-ons are permitted. Click the link below for all of the event information including registration details.

At this time, we are asking for a estimated count of Federal reenactors. 
1. Unit name.
2. How many MILITARY personnel?
3. How many CIVILIANS?
4. Number of tents and type.

Please EMAIL the above information to as soon as possible.

Help needed at Hale Farm this weekend

The Wood Chopper's Ball
Saturday, June 6 - 8:30 am to 1 pm

Hale Farm & Village
2686 Oak Hill Road, Peninsula, OH 44264

Union and Confederate reenactors are needed to help cut fire wood for the 2012 Civil War reenactment at Hale Farm & Village coming up in August!

People will be needed to run chain saws and log splitters. Bring your own gloves and wear appropriate work clothing. Hale Farm will be providing drinks and lunch!

You must be 18 to run equipment. If you have any questions, please post them here.
PLEASE email Chris Smith at  no later than MAY 31st if you are able to participate so you can be added to the list. Thank you!

A quick thanks on Burton

Just a brief note to thank all of the reenactors who came Burton Memorial Day weekend. In spite of the heat, we had a record number of participants turn out on both the Federal and Confederate side!

A special thanks to the folks at Century Village, especial Elizabeth Wantz who, as many reenactors mentioned, "was everywhere, all the time."  Hopefully she is sleeping today.

I will be working on a full After Action Report this week as soon as I catch up with email. Also, keep an eye out for a flood on email on this weekend's Hale Farm work detail and events in June.

Colonel Chris

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A message from the Federal Commander at Century Village

Good evening to everyone. I am sure many of you are getting ready for the traditional Memorial Day Civil War reenactment at Century Village in Burton Ohio. For many of us this is the first event of each year. For me this will also be the first year that I will serve as the overall Federal commander for our troops at this event. Over the course of the last nine months, along with my Confederate counterpart Col. Tim Perry, we have been working to redesign this event and take a fresh approach to a reenactment that has been part of the Ohio schedule for many, many years. In an effort to do so, we will be trying a number of new things this weekend both from an organizational standpoint and a presentation standpoint. Some of these things will undoubtedly be very well received by our fellow reenactors, and other things may not work as well as we might hope. All I am asking is for those of you attending to please keep an open mind and help us refine the ideas that will be useful in creating a much better event for years to come.

As part of this restructuring we have looked at two major elements of this event that impact us as reenactors. The first being the layout of our camps. We have designated specific areas for Confederate troops and Union troops. Some of you may be in the same place that you have been for years. Others may be in a new area. The main goal being a better organization to our camps in general. That is why it is important for all units and all family groups to check in with Federal headquarters prior to set up. As a reminder, due to school programs during early in the day, reenactors are not permitted to set up prior to 2 pm on Friday.

The other element of this event that we are striving to redevelop is of course the battle scenarios. For those of you who've been following the Century Village Facebook page, you know that the size of the battlefield we have to work with has been greatly increased. The location of the spectators will actually be transient. Their experience will start in the town green and they will move to the battlefield area for the larger engagement. With the number of troops we have attending this year (there are currently 116 Confederate INFANTRY pre-registered), we feel we will be able to more accurately portray a Civil War skirmish with a broader “paint brush”, at the same time creating a better experience for the reenactor on the field. With this in mind we are going to need the participation of civilians as part of the scenario in the town green as well, as a number of civilian reenactors who can hold a rope line so that spectators have a designated perimeter during the skirmish in the town. I will cover this in more detail with each of the company commanders during our Friday night meeting.

One of the other things I would like to touch on before the weekend arrives is the new registration process we put in place this year. As with reenactments in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and other states, many Ohio events are going to require that each unit provide a certificate of insurance as part of a national reenacting organization. Some of you may not realize that as a leader within the reenacting community, the liability of someone getting hurt at an event can be put directly on your shoulders. Be you the Union commander or a company commander. That is why so many large reenacting organizations now require their members to participate in a group insurance program. It protects ALL of us. Sorry guys, but I am not willing to risk my home and my business because someone was being stupid with a musket. Certificates of insurance from all of the large organizations participating have been provided to the event organizers. If you are planning to register as a walk on, and you are a Union reenactor, please be aware that the folks at registration have a list that will help them verify you are indeed covered under your national organization’s insurance policy. When you sign your waiver at registration you are also verifying that you are part of one of those registered companies covered by a national insurance program. If you plan on walking in and making that claim without it being true, better think again!

Okay, enough of the legal bull. For those of you not already registered, please be aware that you will not be provided a meal Saturday evening. You must have pre-registered to receive a meal ticket. Importantly for everyone who registers  as a pre or walk on, make sure to keep your registration token on you at all times. Both Col. Perry and I negotiated long and hard for a lower registration fee, and the same registration fee for walk on participants, with the promise that every reenactor would pay their registration. A representative from the Confederate Army will be checking all Union troops for their tokens prior to the battle. We will be sending a representative to inspect the Confederate troops at the same time. If you do not have a registration token you will not be taking the field for the battle. END OF STORY. That was the agreement we made with the event in order to cut the registration fee in half as well as a lesser fee for children reenactors.

All right all right! My head is spinning already from all of these things we have to remember!

For everyone's benefit, below is a copy of the Federal schedule.  As you can see we have a lot going on. It will be important for company NCOs and officers to be at the Friday evening meeting to discuss the details of the weekend.


9:00 pm - NCOs meeting (Federal HQ)
9:30 pm - All officers meeting (Federal HQ)


5:45 am - Silent reveille
6:30 - 7:15 am - Tactical
7:00 am - Reveille for those not participating in the Tactical
7:30 am - Morning reports due at Battalion HQs
7:45 am - Consolidated reports due at Federal HQ
9:00 am - NCOs inspect camps
9:30 am - Dress Parade
9:45 am - Company drill
10:15 am - Battalion drill
10:45 am - Mail call
1:00 pm - Form up/inspection arms
1:15 pm - March to the staging area
1:40 pm - One company deployed on patrol
1:45 pm - Skirmish in the Green
2:00 pm - Main battle scenario
5:30 pm - Event dinner (for pre-reg only)
8:00pm - Ball


7:00 am - Reveille
7:30 am - Morning reports due at Battalion HQs
7:45 am - Consolidated reports due at Federal HQ
8:45 am - NCO inspect camps
9:15 am - Dress parade
10:00 am - Church
11:30 am - Form up/inspection arms
11:45 am - March to the school
12:00 pm - Stack arms, lunch in the field
12:45 pm - Skirmish on green, Federals parade in Burton
1:00 pm - Main battle scenario
1:45 pm - Back in camps, out of state troops may get vehicles
3:30 pm - Local troops may get vehicles

Lastly, I would like to thank the officers who are going to be serving on staff this weekend. The following is the Federal command structure:

Col. Christopher Smith, Brigade Commander
Lt. Col. Don Van Meter, Deputy Commander
Capt. Paul Baltzer, Brigade Adjutant

Maj. Bill Smith, Artillery

Maj. Mike Dallas, 1st Battalion Commander
Staff TBD

Maj Bob Penix, 2nd Battalion Commander
Staff TBD

I am very much looking forward to seeing all of you there and having a fun and safe weekend.

Your Servant,

Colonel Christopher Smith
Federal Commander, Century Village Civil War Reenactment

Monday, May 21, 2012

To all those pre-registered for Burton

Hello Reenactors,

Thank you very much for participating in this year’s Century Village Museum Reenactment!  We are so happy to have you with us!

 Just a few notes on registration, traffic flow, and parking for the weekend: 

·       All reenactors are to check in at Registration which is located at our main gate (by the visitor parking lot).  Registration will be open on Friday from 2pm-10pm and Saturday from 7am-2pm.  Please make sure to get your meal ticket (pre-registered only) and wooden nickel at that time.  Camp layouts and safety forms will be there waiting for you as well.  Please note that no one will be allowed into the grounds before 2pm on Friday due to Education Day programming. 

·       Once through Registration, traffic is a one-way flow through the Village.  The entrance is through the front gate by the Registration table, and the exit is the back gate by Reenactor Parking.  Upon the weekend’s conclusion, we will reverse that traffic flow and come in through the back gate, exiting out by Registration.

·       Parking is once again in the back grass lot, or in the Elementary School parking lot across the street.  If anyone needs directions to either lot, please ask at Registration and they can guide you.

The Rules and Regulations as well as the public’s Schedule of Events for the weekend are going out in a separate email.  For those of you interested, the evening meal on Saturday will be in the Bond building at 5:30 pm (chili, cornbread, and cobbler!), and the ball will be at 8 pm that night.

Thank you all once again, and I look forward to seeing you!

Elizabeth Wantz

Friday, May 18, 2012

Need preacher for Burton

Our usual Sunday service minister Skip Wilson will not be attending Burton this year so we are looking for someone to fill the slot. If any one attending is a man of the cloth and would be interested in conducting the 20 minute service Sunday morning at 10 am, please contact

Burton information

Thanks to all of you who pre-registered for the event in Burton next weekend. Pre-registration is now closed but you can come in as a "walk-on" as long as you are part of one of the event-approved national organizations who have insurance coverage. If not, you will need to provide a VALID certificate of liability insurance when you register at the gate.


The event host (Geauga County Historical Society) worked with us as reenactors this year and gave us a fair price for registration. Only $5.00 pre-reg or walk-on ($3.00 per child 6-12). Therefore, we expect that ALL reenactors attending the event pay to register. We will be checking registration before the battle. If you don't have proof of registration, you won't participate.

Remember, no one will be permitted to set up prior to 2 pm on Friday.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Burton details and setup information

For those of you planning to attend the annual Civil War event this year in Burton, here are some additional registration details and where to find more info.

May 26-27, 2012 (set up Friday NO EARLIER than 2 pm due to school programs)

Century Village, Burton, Ohio
14653 East Park Street, Burton, OH 44021

Birney's Division, 2d Battalion MAX effort event

$5.00 Regular Registration Until 15 May 2012
$5.00 Walk-On Registration (No Meal)
$3.00 Child 6-12
FREE 5 & Under
Saturday Night Meal Will Be Provided if Pre-Registered

For registration and site information, go to the Century Village website at You can also click LIKE on the event Facebook page at

Please make sure to see either the Federal or Confederate commander for placement of your camp when you arrive. This includes civilians!

Monday, May 07, 2012

Learn to drive an oxen team!

Learn to drive an oxen team! The winner in this limited-ticket Oxen Workshop raffle will enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for four (4) people to spend a day with the oxen of Hale Farm and receive professional training to properly work with these magnificent animals. Click the link below for raffle details.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Time is short to register for Burton

Remember to pre-register for the Civil War weekend in Burton (May 25-27)! Registration is now ONLY $5.00 per person. If you don't pre-register, you won't receive a meal ticket of be assured of firewood. There are a whole bunch of new things planned for this year and the battle has been greatly expended.

To register, go to Make sure to list which national reenacting organization you belong to or you will have to provide a proof of liability insurance form.