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.