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.


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.


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

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.


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.


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

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.