Wednesday, December 16, 2015

2016 Birney's Division Civil War Reenactment Events

The official Birney's Division 2016 Civil War Reenactment Schedule:

April 29, 30 - May 1 / Perryopolis, PA
Birney's Division/ANV Tactical
Judged weekend military war game. For details go to
June 10-12 / Bedford, PA
Old Bedford Village Civil War Reenactment
MAJOR EVENT: The annual Civil War reenactment at OBV hosted by Birney's Division. For details go to

July 22-24 / Middletown, VA
155th Anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run/Manassas
MAJOR EVENT: The 2016 Civil War anniversary event held on the Cedar Creek Battlefield. For details go to

August 12-14 / Bath, OH
Hale Farm & Village
MAJOR EVENT: The largest annual Civil War event in Ohio. For information go to or

September 30 - October 2 / Perryopolis, PA
Perryopolis Civil War Reenactment
Hosted by Birney's Division at our headquarters encampment. Registration information at

November 5 / Perryopolis, PA
Birney's Division Annual Meeting
The organization's annual business and planning meeting. Each unit is required to have at least one representative present.

November 19 / Gettysburg, PA
Remembrance Day
The annual observation of the Gettysburg Address. Birney's members also participate in the parade. A great family weekend!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Staff retirements and assignments

Lots of changes within the organization!

First, on behalf of General Maffei, we would like to express our best wishes to Division Provost, Lt. Col. Will Guilliams and 1st Battalion Sgt. Maj. John Hicks who are retiring from the Civil War reenacting hobby. Thank you gentlemen for your years of dedication. There is always a place for you around the camp fire.

Next is a congratulations to those receiving new posts within the organization. Jeff Blank is now the Sgt. Maj. for 1st Battalion. Capt. Rob Towarnicki is assigned as a wing commander for 1st Battalion. As previously mentioned, Maj. Neil Shivelle will be serving as Division Adjutant.

Good luck gents!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Birney's Division and ANV host Civil War tactical

This is how you start the 2016 Civil War reenacting season right! Birney’s Division and the ANV will be hosting an old West Virginia-style tactical in Perryopolis, PA on April 29 – May 1, 2016. This is a NON-SPECTATOR event.

A "West Virginia" style tactical is a judged, unit-based, multi-layered series of problem solving scenarios in addition to engagements with enemy forces. CIVILIANS play a MAJOR part in these scenarios! Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry and civilians are all welcome.

Best of all, it’s FREE! We have a special Facebook page set up to share information. Go to and click the LIKE button on the page to get all of the latest information. There is also a link to the registration website on the Facebook page.

Please share this page with your friends!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Remeberance Day Announcement from AOP Command

Birney's Division,
On behalf of the Birney's Division Command, please see the following sent to us from the AOP Staff in regards to this weekend's parade in Gettysburg. Battalion, Wing and Company Commanders please make every effort to get the word out to your troops with the following information in regards to formation and dress & appearance:
Staff and Members,

We will forming up for the parade behind the middle school in Gettysburg as usual at 12 Noon. Step off is at 1 pm
Parade Dress: Command Staff
Frock buttoned up
White cotton gloves
Swords w/leathers

Please make sure you polish up; boots and brass

For those NOT marching please meet up in front of the Regimental Quartermaster Store. George has cleared the way for the AOP in font of the store.
We will 2 have a staff photos one with our staff and on combined staff photo with FVB and Birney's after the parade.
Lt. Col. John W. Fuld
Submitted Respectfully,
Maj R. Bouwhuis
Adjutant, 1st Battalion
Birney's Division

Birney's Division announces permanent Headquarters

Brig. General Michael Maffei reveled that Birney's Division, one of the leading American Civil War reenacting organizations, has established a permanent headquarters location in Perryopolis, Pennsylvania. General Maffei will be making the official announcement during the annual Remembrance Day parade and festivities in Gettysburg that honor all of those who fought in the American Civil War.

Located 32 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Birney's Division's new headquarters covers over 30 acres of battlefields, tactical warfare woods as well as 8 period log cabins and plank buildings constructed by the reenactors of Birney's Division and members of the 5th Virginia.

“We believe this to be one of the truly unique American Civil War reenacting venues.” stated General Maffei commanding officer of Birney's Division, “It is very rare for a reenacting organization to have its own 1860's period town and multiple battlefields. Birney's Division is indeed fortunate to have such a fine relationship with the township of Perryopolis and Sampey Park. We are also very proud that it is a favorite venue of the ANV (Army of Northern Virginia) who attend events there on a regular basis.”

The new headquarter facilities include a General Store, Federal Headquarters cabin, two-story enlisted barracks, as well as accommodations for Confederate forces. One of the battlefields also features the ability to deploy battle pyrotechnics controlled from a centralized location. The battlefield boasts earthen breastworks similar to those used late in the Civil War.

Birney's Division, named for Major General David Bell Birney, has over 700 registered reenactors. Currently, the Division contains two Battalions of Infantry, an Artillery Battalion, Cavalry, Medical personnel, a period Signal Corps and numerous civilian reenactors.

For further information about activities at Perryopolis, contact 1st Battalion Commander Colonel William Taylor, at

Monday, November 09, 2015

Birney's unit hosts Big Round Top tour

The 150th Pennsylvania "Bucktails" will host a walking tour of Big Round Top in Gettysburg on Remembrance Day weekend. The tour will take place at 1 pm on Friday, November 20th. Make sure to get there by 12:30 and park in the surrounding lots and road-sides. The tour will be taking the old ranger's trail and last about two to two and a half hours. Dress accordingly and bring water. The tour is free to all but the hat will be passed around for the tour guide.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Get ready for the Birney's Division Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday Nov. 7, 2015 at Birney’s Division Headquarters in Perryopolis, Pennsylvania. Lunch will be provided at 11:00 am with the Annual Meeting to follow at 12:00 noon. We must have a fairly accurate count of who will be attending to order food. If you have not yet contacted me or a member of our staff please do so ASAP. There is still time to register. Go to

There are many changes that will take place for the next season and we really would like all our members to be aware of those changes. It is very important that you have a representative at the meeting to relay the information to the troops, as well as give Birney’s staff your input positive or negative. The reason we have annual meetings is to bring all of us together to share thoughts and ideas and discuss the coming seasons events, so please come and join us for an exchange of information. Anyone who would like to come in on Friday night, we can put you up at one of the heated cabins in our park, just let us know your needs.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Perryopolis is a GO!

Ok. Here is the news on Perryopolis. The event is NOT (I repeat NOT) cancelled. The ground is completely dry and the weather may be a bit cloudy Saturday (and clear on Sunday) but it will not impact the area. Please spread this information far and wide! Visit the Facebook page for all of the details, or go to the website at

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Perryopolis is just down the road!

Birney's Division will host the annual Civil War Reenactment in Perryopolis, Pennsylvania October 3-4. We are looking to turn out a great number of our troops in what is considered one of the best events in the Fall. Make sure to let your company commanders and battalion adjutants know what your numbers look like. This is a great time for the entire family.

Visit the Facebook page for all of the details, or go to the website at

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Birney's Division Annual Meeting in November

Join us this year for the Birney's Division annual planning meeting held at the Civil War billeting facility at Sampey Park in Perryopolis, PA. Help plan out the 2016 events and discuss other ideas and issues. Along with staff personnel, each unit from the organization (infantry, artillery, and cavalry) should have at least one representative present, be it the unit commander or a designated person. If you would like to add anything to the agenda, please email Chief of Staff Colonel Chris Smith at

The billeting facility is made up of several reproduced Civil War buildings including barracks. Uniforms are recommended but not required. Overnight accommodations Friday night in the barracks are available upon request. Contact General Maffei at A lunch will be served at 11 am and the meeting will start at noon there will be coffee (so bring your cup).

Please click on the link below to register. There is no cost for this event.

For updates, go to

Friday, August 28, 2015

Division staff changes

On behalf of General Maffei, I would like to announce that Andre Wagner will be moving to the Division Surgeon's Department with the rank of Major, and Andrew Benner has been advanced to the role of Chief Topographical Engineer with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Congratulations gentlemen and best of luck in your new roles!

Christopher L. Smith, Colonel
Acting Chief of Staff
Birney's Division

Monday, August 10, 2015

Successful weekennd at Hale Farm

On behalf of General Maffei, thank you to all of the members of Birney’s Division who came out to the event at Hale Farm & Village this weekend. We had 106 troops on the field and the over-all reenactor turnout set a record for this reenactment. Everyone did a fantastic job. You all looked great! A special hats off to our band from the 73rd Ohio. What a thrill it was to march to marshal music and fight with them on the battlefield!

Don’t forget. Our year isn’t wrapped up yet! Two more outstanding events are coming in the next 60 days. Zoar, Ohio on September 19-20 (, and Perryopolis, PA on October 3-4 ( Make sure to get registered!

Christopher Smith, Colonel
Chief of Staff
Birney’s Division

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Birney's Division July 2015 events

This is just a reminder to all Birney's Division units that we have two events coming up in July! Please make sure to visit the links below for registration information.

1st Battalion
July 18-19 - The Battle of Funkstown
Funkstown, MD

2nd Battalion
July 31st - August 2nd - The Trans-Allegheny Asylum Civil War Weekend
Weston, WV

Please see your respective Battalion Adjutants for more information.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

2nd Battalion Drill This Weekend

Argus Park
5050 Shields Rd, Canfield, OH 44406

This Saturday starting at 8:30 am is the annual Birney's Division 2nd Battalion Drill. The link below is for the tentative agenda for the weekend. We have plans for rain or shine but the pavilion is perfect for under-cover classes. We are asking for a $5 fee to cover the cost of a port-a-john and the remainder going to the Lodge (owners of the site) as a donation. As Sunday is Mother's Day, we will be dismissing early on Sunday (10 am) to allow folks to get home and spend time with those special women in their lives. Come on out and get the rust off of that rifle and the funk off of the wool. See you there!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Get Registered for Old Bedford Village

Old Bedford Village Civil War Reenactment
220 Sawblade Road
Bedford, PA
June 12-14, 2015

As one of the largest events hosted by Birney's Division, the Civil War weekend at Old Bedford Village has been an organization tradition for many years.

The pioneer town of Old Bedford is located off of the PA Turnpike and is a perfect spot for Civil War living history. The battlefield is large and perfect for a lot of action. Military and civilian camps are nestled in among the original period buildings in a family-friendly environment.

Registration ($8.00 per person) CLOSES on June 1st or when the 700 reenactor limit is reached. Don't wait till the last minute. Get your unit registered now so you aren't left out.

Click the link to download the registration form:

Please make sure to let your battalion, artillery, or cavalry adjutants know you have registered and how many unit members will be participating.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Clearance of Uniforms and Gear

Please look over listed items; this is inventory of new items left over from the late Gen. Kelley’s Suttlery business (Uncle Sam’s Suttlery) his wife would very much like to liquidate the inventory. You will notice items are priced well below retail.

Contact Kathy at

10 Medium Union Kepi 1 Small Confederate Kepi
3 XL Union Kepi 5 Medium Confederate Kepi
3 XXL Union Kepi 4 Large Confederate Kepi
2 Small Union Kepi 2 XL Confederate Kepi
2 XXL Confederate Kepi

1 Union Artillery Hat (size XL) $22.00

7 Pair Suspenders $12.00

1 Union Canteen $30.00

4 US Belt Buckles $8.00

3 CS Belt Buckles $8.00

4 Cap Boxes $25.00

2 Cartridge Boxes $35.00

All Pleated Shirts $35.00
1 Pleated Shirt (size Medium)
1 Pleated Shirt (Size Large)
1 Pleated Shirt (Size 3X)

All Linen Shirts $25.00
1 Medium Linen Shirt
2 Large Linen Shirt
3 XL Linen Shirt

2 Canvas Haversacks $15.00

2 Pair Officers Black high boots ( sizes 12 and 13) $150.00 ea.

Also have a pair of Brogans (no size on them but the appear to be small) $55.00

1 Sack Coat (size 48) $75.00

1 Pair Sky Blue Trousers ( size 36) $65.00

Berdan Coat Size 48 (green) Berdan Trousers Size 36 (green) Make Offer?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Register for 2nd Battalion Drill

Just a reminder to all members of Birney's Division 2nd Battalion. The annual drill weekend will be on May 8-10, 2015 at Argus Park in Canfield, Ohio. All units should make every effort to attend as a wide range of topics will be covered. For more information and to register, click on the following link:

ALL units and members of Birney's Division are invited to attend.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Bells to Ring on April 9th

APRIL 9 BELL RINGING 3:15 to commemorate surrender of Lee's Army

National Park Service

Press Release

February 2, 2015

Join the National Park Service in Ringing "Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox"

For the past four years, the National Park Service and many other organizations and individuals have been commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and the continuing efforts for human rights today. On April 9, 1865, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to set the terms of surrender of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

In conjunction with a major event at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, the National Park Service and its partners invite communities across the nation to join in this commemoration. The bells will ring first at Appomattox at 3:00 p.m. on April 9, 2015. The ringing will coincide with the moment the historic meeting between Grant and Lee in the McLean House at Appomattox Court House ended. While Lee's surrender did not end the Civil War, the act is seen by most Americans as the symbolic end of four years of bloodshed.

After the ringing at Appomattox, bells will reverberate across the country. Churches, temples, schools, city halls, public buildings, historic sites, and others are invited to ring bells precisely at 3:15 pm for four minutes (each minute symbolic of a year of war). If you have access to any such organizations, please encourage them to participate.

The beginning of reconciliation and reconstruction, or as the next step in the continuing struggle for civil rights. Curriculum materials are available for schools interested in participating.

Share your story and help us write history!

Schools, parks, and communities from all over the country will be participating in this event. Share how you observed it with on Facebook or Twitter with ‪#‎BellsAcrosstheLand2015‬. Stories will be compiled in one place to see how each one helps build our national story.

Please join us in the historic commemoration. Let bells ring across the land!

Monday, March 09, 2015

First Call for Bentonville

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville
March 21-22, 2015

A reminder and call to arms for the Bentonville Campaign. Please let Colonel Rohrbaugh know who is attending from Birney's so he can provide you with a home regiment and structure at the event. Birney's Division troops will be falling in with our brothers from the Army of the French Broad who have offered us a safe haven and home at Bentonville. Please respond ASAP to Colonel Rohrbaugh at

You can also get more information on the event at

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Civil War re-enactors gather to train, share company

By Olivia Goudy - Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Herald-Standard News

Blank powder shots rang through the valley on the Perryopolis Battlefield in Harry Sampey Park Saturday morning as a dedicated group of men decked in blue and gray reunited for their winter campaign. Several new inches of fluffy white snow and single digit temperatures couldn’t put a damper on the spirits of those who gathered from the 105th Pennsylvania Company.

Though the American Civil War ended nearly 150 years ago, men and women continue to honor the individuals from those pivotal four years by portraying them in living history re-enactments. One of the largest organizations in the country is Birney’s Division, under the command of Brig. Gen. Michael Maffei.

“Re-enacting is a lot of fun, and you meet so many nice people with a common interest,” said Maffei of South Park, Allegheny County. “Some people might say it’s crazy, but some might say chasing a small white ball on grass is crazy, too.”

Nearly two dozen re-enactors attended last weekend’s voluntary winter camp — an annual event that allows both U.S. and Confederate units to obtain officer training, practice company and battalion drills, review gun safety, and rehearse tactical movements and maneuvers. Some re-enactors came from as far as eight hours away for the weekend-long event.

The impending snowstorm kept several units from making the trip, but those in attendance camped out in the heated cabins, swapped reenacting stories and talked about upcoming demonstrations, including the commemorative events for the 150th anniversary of the Confederate States Army surrender at the Battle of Appomattox, the final engagement before the end of the war in April 1865.

Many re-enactors can trace their relatives to the Civil War. Maffei’s wife’s great-grandfather lost his foot in the Battle of Gettysburg and division engineer Neil Shivelle’s great-great-great-grandfather fought in the 75th Ohio Company.

“A lot of these people do this to portray and honor their fallen relatives,” said Maffei, adding that Pennsylvania was the second highest contributor of soldiers to the Union Army.

Maffei, who has been re-enacting for more than 20 years, said he’s always been interested in the Civil War.

“People ask [re-enactors] why we do this, why we go to Gettysburg, and the only thing I can equate it to is similar to the movie Close Encounters [of the Third Kind]. There were certain people who were drawn to the mountain. And for a lot of us, we’re just drawn to Gettysburg,” he said. “Every time we go out there on the battlefield, we pay our respects.”

Civil War re-enactors can be found globally, some even traveling as far as Australia and London. The battalions in Birney’s Division spend much of the summer traveling through Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania at various re-enactments and commemorative events.

The 105th Pennsylvania Company was formed in 1861 in West Newton, Westmoreland County, on the farm of General Markle, known as Camp Markle. Maffei said the unit consisted of roughly 100 men.

“When the call came out for soldiers, somebody in the town said they would put a company together. They became captain and recruited all of their friends and neighbors; it was a great honor to go fight in the war,” said Maffei. “But they had no idea that it would last like it did, that it would rage on for four years.”

“A lot of the soldiers from around here had never been off of their farms in Uniontown or Morgantown, (West Virginia) or wherever. But they all joined together and went to fight,” said Maffei. He added that some of the farmers didn’t necessarily know their left from their right, so they would tie straw to their left shoe and hay to their right shoe and march hearing, “straw, hay, straw, hay…”

The drills that they practice are similar to those that the soldiers practiced daily during the war. Maffei said soldiers often walked upwards of 20 miles per day, practiced tactical maneuvers and fought in battle.

“It was very long periods of boredom punctuated by sheer moments of terror,” said Shivelle, from Maryland.

Re-enactors try their best to portray those historic battles and encampments to give spectators a historical understanding of life during the clash of the North and South.

“We do everything so that it’s from the Civil War period. No foul language, no modern clothing or items, things like that,” said Maffei. At the Perryopolis Battlefield, the only modern intrusions are the telephone wires, which the re-enactors pass off as telegraph wires. During the annual fall Pioneer Days in Perryopolis, the re-enactors set up living history camps, allowing visitors to walk through and experience life in the 1860s. They also re-enact battles, using powder cartridges and rigged explosives to accompany to roar of the cannon.

By day, the re-enactors spent time on the field drilling and firing their muskets as soldiers. But by night, they gathered around the fire as friends.

“Almost everyone here is an amateur historian. There’s so much written about the Civil War; we all read about it and share information and stories,” said Maffei. Fireside chats are often accompanied by guitars and banjos, leading the motley crew through Civil War songs, according to Maffei.

Monday, February 16, 2015

150th Appomattox updates

IT’S OFFICIAL: I’ve been informed by the President of the Appomattox Historical Society that the cut- off date for accepting event registrations is March 1, 2015. Any registrations postmarked after March 1, 2015 will be returned to sender, and NO WALK-ONS will be permitted at the event. So, if you want to be a part of the 150th Sesquicentennial commemoration of the Appomattox event, it behooves you to send in your registration ASAP. Registration forms can be found at  along with a host of other information about the event. I know there are folks who always wait until the last minute to register. Well folks – with only 2 weeks left, I’d say we’re at the last minute! Our goal is a quality event for all – participants and spectators alike, and in order to accomplish this, we must adequately prepare, and proper preparation means knowing the numbers far enough in advance! Your assistance in this regard will be greatly appreciated – and you’ll be part of the event!

Almost daily now, we’re being questioned about sending the registration form and money separate from the waivers because of groups being geographically spread out. Yes!!! Get the registration forms and fees in quick and follow up with waivers later.

And while on the subject of registrations; recently we’ve received a few registrations forms from years past. The acceptable registration form is on our website of and no other place. You can tell if your using the proper form because at the top of the form it will BOLDLY display the dates of April 10-12, 2015. If you find a form with any other date, please do not use it; thanks. And be sure to write or print legibly

Our webmaster is designing a name only full roster for our website and hopes to have it up by early next week; this will be helpful in determining if we’ve received your registration. Any names highlighted in yellow indicates you owe us a waiver form. Sending the waiver to us in advance will speed up your entry to the site at time of check in; please consider it. If your name should be on the list but is not, then we either did not receive your form or you did not send the fee with their form and should contact us immediately. Again, be sure to write or print legibly.

We’ve been asked for a GPS address that can be used to find the site. All re-enactors and living historians will be entering through the back entrance to the site which is located between the only “Super 8 Motel” and the only “Hardee’s” in town. The address for the “Super 8 Motel” is 7571 Richmond Highway, Appomattox, VA 24522. Enter this address in your GPS and upon arrival at that location, you’ll see signage indicating the entrance to the site. We’ll soon be adding the site maps and a picture of the Rt 460 entrance (between Super 8 and Hardee’s) to the website along with the days and times that the check-in gate will be open.

Another question that has come up is: will re-enactors be allowed to set up on Friday. As you know, the event opens to spectators at 8:30AM on Friday, therefore we’re encouraging everyone to be in place not later than Thursday evening. However, we know that some may not be able to arrive until real late Thursday or early Friday. With that in mind, we’ll open the re-enactor entrance gate at 7AM on Friday and if you’re among those folks who will be there at that time to set up, you’ll be allowed entry. HOWEVER, you’ll be advised to enter, unload your items and have your vehicles out of the camps by 8:30AM! You can set up once your vehicle has been removed from the camp. Another resource that we’ll offer will be tractors and wagons at the re-enactor gate. We can transfer your items to the wagon and carry them to your camp in that manner if you choose. Should you arrive after that time, the wagons will be the only way you can take your items to your respective site. AND, here again I must mention that if you’ve not pre-registered, you will not be allow in! ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!!!

We were notified a few days ago that the US Post Office has designed 3 special cancellation stamps for this event and will be setting up a real post office on the site for anyone desiring to send mail using these cancellations. One cancellation will represent the Battle of Appomattox Station and will be available on Friday, April 10th; the second will represent the Battle of Appomattox Court House and available on Saturday, April 11th and the third will be a reproduction of the 100th or Centennial anniversary of 1965 and available on Sunday, April 12th. You may want to have letters and envelopes all prepared and present them to the postmaster for their stamp; there will be no charge for stamping.

Don’t forget that 150th Appomattox T-shirts are available. Sizes and prices are Med, large and X Large at $16 while 2XL and 3XL are $18 due to their being more expensive to produce. They are all adult sizes (no child sizes). Most folks are buying the Medium for their kids. Orders of 3 or more shirts will result in lower total shipping costs as we can combine the shipping charges. Information to order can be found at the link set out below.

AND LASTLY – please pass this mail on to all your friends in the hobby. I may have entered their e-mail address incorrectly, or may not have been able to read it and that being the case, they won’t get this mail. Or, it could be that some are waiting till the last minute – well, we’re just about at the last minute and your passing this on to them will be helpful.

If you belong to a Civil War Reenactor internet forum, please consider posting this information so it can be seen by all.

All the folks that make up your host as well as your commanders and their respective staffs are working diligently to make this a special occasion for everyone. I suspect we’ll have our short comings but rest assured, we’re meeting and planning and we hope that when we fail in some regard (and we will), you’ll work with us to make the appropriate correction – and move on.

Anticipating Appomattox, I am!

Al Stone

Monday, February 02, 2015

150th Appomattox and reenactor insurance

Members and Friends of Birney’s Division,

I hope this message finds you all in good health and comfortable in your winter quarters. It will not be long before we can put on the wool again, greet our old friends and share some new experiences together.

This is an update and information from the promoters of the 150th Appomattox event, please read carefully and register now if you have not already done so. This important event will bring the 150th series to a close and we hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join us for this historic and emotional event ending the civil war.

For those of you who may not be able to wait until April to put on the wool, the 105th Pa. Co. E will be sponsoring a winter camp and drill at Birney’s Division camps in Perryopolis, PA the weekend of February 21th and 22nd camps will open at 5:00 pm Friday the 20th, this event is closed to the public. We invite both union and confederate reenactors who want to come out and stay in the heated barracks and buildings, tramp around in the cold of February to sharpen up their skills before the 150th Appomattox event. You will need to bring your own food and water, as the water supply line has been winterized. Please contact Capt. Rob at the 105th at for information.

A reminder all, reenactor Insurance monies must be collected and turned in by the end of March this year. Please include a roster of all permanent paying members and a list of any and all events you plan on attending this coming season. Insurance cost per person this year will be $10.00 as was discussed and agreed upon at our annual meeting. Please make all checks payable to Birney’s Division and mail them to, Michael Maffei 1951 Hertford Dr. South Park, PA 15129. I will send out a reminder and information again next month.

Michael D. Maffei
Brig. Gen. Commanding
Birney’s Division
AoP Middle Division

Sunday, January 11, 2015

2015 Birney's Division event schedule

Thanks for everyone's patience. The 2015 Birney's Division Civil War event schedule page is now up to date. Links to the event websites and registration pages have been included where available. We have also updated staff and unit information. Please visit for the latest information.

Don't forget to check out our Facebook page at or follow us on Twitter @birneysdivision

Looking forward to seeing you in the field!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

2nd Battalion staff changes

The Division Staff, am pleased to announce the promotion of Major Mike Dallas of the 150th Penna. Bucktails to the rank of Lt. Colonel in our 2nd Battalion Birney’s Division. He will be second in command and in charge of the right wing of the battalion.

The post of Major of the left wing of our battalion is vacant. If you are interested in the position, please contact our Adjutant Captain Trent Boham of your interest and provide a brief description of your qualifications.