Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Opportunities for the Summer at Hale Farm

Volunteer Recruitment and Orientation on Saturday June 1st, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Gatehouse Visitor Center. Bring your friends and family to explore volunteer opportunities in the farm and horticulture program, crafts and trades venues, historic preservation, signature programming, interpretation, food service and more. All WRHS volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application.

www.halefarm.org

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

2d Battalion being called to Old Bedford Village

Old Bedford Village Civil War Reenactment
June 15-16, 2013
220 Sawblade Rd., Bedford, PA 15522
 
Good afternoon to all of the soldier of Birney's 2d Battalion. General Kelley is calling our force to Old Bedford Village next month in order to quell the Rebel hoard now moving its way into Pennsylvania! General Kelley reports that we are looking at 200 plus Confederate troops so it will be a target-rich environment.
 
As many of you know, OBV is a max effort event for Birney's Division as a whole organization and 2d Battalion used to go every year. Because of the schedule of events here in Ohio, it has been hard to get over there but you requested that we make every effort in 2013. The time is here!!
 
Pre-registration ($6.00) is still open and walk-ons are welcome. If you are a Birney's Division unit, you are already covered under the organization's insurance policy. You can download the registration form at http://www.oldbedfordvillage.com/reenactorRegistration.pdf
 
At this time, I would like any 2d Battalion units or associated units to report a ball park number of MILITARY personnel who will be attending the Old Bedford Village event.
 
Please send your preliminary numbers to Captain Dave Strichko at bidelectric@windstream.net. If you just have a few members of your unit planning to go, please let Capt. Stritchko know and we will get you folded in to the company of your choice.
 
Your Servant,
Christopher L. Smith, Colonel
 
 
 

Beaver Creek a success


The first 2d Battalion event of 2013 is in the can as they say. My thanks to all the troops who turned out to the Beaver Creek reenactment. What perfect weather for reenacting! I will have a full AAR coming this week, but in the meantime, please enjoy these photos taken by Andy Donaldson.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/macian/sets/72157633716317661/

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Birney's 2013-14 insurance information

Greetings Birney's Division member units,

We are pleased to again offer Commercial General Liability Insurance to protect members for the rest of 2013 into the 2014 season. We have received the renewal notice and again 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 29th, 2013 along with a list of all events your company will be attending for the rest of the season from June until next season. Battalion and Division staff members should send this information directly to Dennis. Please get this information and premium to me by the June date, there is a lot going on this year and time is limited.

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, May 21, 2013

150th Gettysburg update

 
150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment
July 4, 5, 6 & 7, 2013
We hope your Spring 150th Reenacting Season has gotten off We now have officially gone over the 9,500 Reenactor mark with several hundred more registrations waiting to be entered, and 135 cannons and 375 horses. We have Reenactors registered from 16 different countries and all fifty states. The Living History Village registration deadline is May 15 and will be capped at 700. We welcome all military Reenactors to continue to register; but after May 15 there is no guarantee of having your name included in the commemorative event program and receiving one of the very special 150th Gettysburg National Civil War Reenactment campaign medallions, with a two-sided image of Friend To Friend and Hands At The Wall, as well as a blue/gray campaign ribbon for display on your mantle or uniform.

www.gettysburgreenactment.com

Friday, May 17, 2013

2nd Call for Beaver Creek!

Just reminding all units to make sure and send your information regarding Beaver Creek on Memorial Day weekend ASAP to Capt. Dave Strichko at bidelectric@windstream.net. If you are not sure if your unit has reported in, please check with Dave immediately. We know of several units who will be there that we have not heard from yet.

PLEASE take a few minutes out of your time to answer the following questions:

1. Is your unit attending Beaver Creek?
2. How many military personnel?
3. How many civilians?
4. Type and number of tentage?
5. Are you participating the entire weekend or just Saturday or Sunday?

If you have not registered for the event, PLEASE DO SO IMMEDIATELY. The form is available at http://www.beavercreekcivilwar.com/reenactors.html

Your servant,

Christopher L. Smith, Colonel
Commanding 2nd Battalion
Birney's Division

Friday, May 10, 2013

1st Call! Beaver Creek

"The Road to Gettysburg"
Beaver Creek State Park - East Liverpool, OH
Memorial Day Weekend
May 25-26, 2013

Hello pards,

Now that Chancellorsville is behind us, we are concentrating on the events for the rest of the month. The annual reenactment at Beaver Creek State Park is a MAX EFFORT event for Birney's 2nd Battalion and other Federal units in the region. At this time, I would like a head-count as to who is attending and how many people. This includes any Federal units from other organizations!

PLEASE take a few minutes out of your time to answer the following questions:

1. Is your unit attending Beaver Creek?
2. How many military personnel?
3. How many civilians?
4. Type and number of tentage?
5. Are you participating the entire weekend or just Saturday or Sunday?

Please email this information ASAP to Capt. Dave Strichko at bidelectric@windstream.net

If you have not registered for the event, PLEASE DO SO IMMEDIATELY. The form is available at http://www.beavercreekcivilwar.com/reenactors.html

Your servant,

Christopher L. Smith, Colonel
Commanding 2nd Battalion
Birney's Division

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Memorial Day weekend Civil War event at Beaver Creek

Don't forget that the annual Civil War event at Beaver Creek State Park is Memorial Day weekend. That is just a few short weeks away! Hope to see all of you there. Please pass along links below to family and friends as well. Admission to the event is FREE to the public.

http://www.beavercreekcivilwar.com

https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCreekCivilWar

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Message from the Divisional Medical Officer

All commands,

MAJ Gallaher is looking for the following for Gettysburg:

Minimum of 5 ice angels but more the merrier
Minimum age of 16 do to age contraints at the event
Any and all available canvas ice bags
Volunteers should be able to dress in military attire, some exceptions will be made
Please contact MAJ Gallaher at the email address below.
 
MAJ Darren Gallaher
Medical Officer, 1st BN Birney's Division 

Call for Musicians

This is a call for volunteers for Field Musicians for the 150th Gettysburg. Drummers, fifers, and buglers would be greatly appreciated to aid the Division for this event. Currently we are looking at 200+ rifles on the field and it would be a nice addition to have field music (even part-time) for this occasion. Experience is preferred as we don't have a full-time field music to help teach first-timers. If anyone is interested or you have members within your companies interested please let me know ASAP at ltmurph54th@yahoo.com.

Thank you.


CPT M. Murphy
Adjutant, Birney's Division