Frequently Asked Questions
HOW MANY EVENTS ARE DONE EACH YEAR?
The unit takes part in approximately 10 events per year. Almost all events are held over the weekend (Friday night, Saturday, Sunday).
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RE-ENACT?
The initial cost is about $1000.00. This amount will cover your uniform equipment, tent, and rifle. The rifle is the most expensive piece of your equipment. After the initial outlay, your expenses are limited to travel and food and yearly membership fees. There is also a small charge as a registration fee at some events from the promoters of battle reenactments (Approx $10-$15).
WHERE DO I GET MY UNIFORM AND OTHER EQUIPMENT?
There are many sutlers (stores that sell period merchandise) that provide uniforms and equipment. A Sutlers' and Equipment List will be provided when your application is processed. DO NOT PURCHASE ANY THING BEFORE REFERRING TO THE LIST OR TALKING WITH A NCO FIRST! Also, many members often have used equipment for sale. Various members of our unit can make uniforms, belts, knapsacks, etc. Considerable money can be saved by working with established members of the unit. Really, the only items that we can not produce are rifles, bayonets, leather accoutrements such as cartridge boxes and cap boxes, and shoes. The most important rule for a new reenactor is to NOT rush out and buy anything until you are told to do so by an authorized officer or NCO of your new unit. Practically every reenactor can tell a sad tale about money that he wasted on an article(s) that was inauthentic or not compatible with the regulations for his particular unit.
ARE THERE ANY AGE REQUIREMENTS TO BE A SOLDIER WITH THE UNIT?
You must be at least 16 years of age to carry a weapon on the battlefield. If you are younger than 16, you may participate as a musician (drummer, fife player, bugler).
WHAT IS EXPECTED?
All prospective members must be willing to:
WHEN CAN I JOIN?
- Equip themselves with the entire issue of clothing, accouterments, arms, camp and field kit. These items must be purchased within the guidelines set down by the CFLHS Authenticity Committee.
- Forego all 20th Century trappings including wristwatches, cigarettes, modern eyeglasses, etc. Anything deviating from the mid 1860's is left behind when participating in drill, field, or camp activities. Modern items (i.e. sleeping bags, etc.) are acceptable but must be kept out of sight at all times. Authenticity is the hallmark of the CFLHS.\
- Accept and comply with the discipline demanded of an authentic military organization. We adhere to the chain of command of authority as defined in the United States Army Regulations of 1861. The company street is policed and equipment is neatly arranged in tents ready for inspection at all times. Only shelter tents (dog tents) are allowed on the field when we do our Federal impression. Camp furniture and cracker boxes are discouraged. Often we portray an army on the move and such items would not be used. Military discipline and decorum of 1861-1865 prevails and the powers, duties and responsibility of each rank are preserved. This emphasis on discipline contributes to the authenticity of our portrayal which has earned us the reputation we enjoy.
- Study, learn and perform all aspects of drill and maneuvers of the Army of the time. Confederate drill is according to Hardee's Tactics and Federal is according to Casey's Tactics.
- Pay dues of $25.00 per year for individual or $30 per year for a family. CFLHS dues include liability insurance.
- Attend events on a regular basis. A healthy organization can not survive in an environment of chronic absenteeism. The company does understand that the CFLHS is a voluntary organization, and so it recognizes the demands of family, employment, vacations and health needs. The Company asks only for an honest effort to attend as many events as a "committed" member can.
You can join at any time. We do run a school of the soldier every spring, where we teach all the foot and rifle drill that was in use during the Civil War plus safety guidelines on using the firearms. The NCO's have local drill and safety training and will let you know when and where so you can attend. You must be trained in the safety guidelines before you are allowed on the field.
WHAT DO I GET WHEN I JOIN?
You receive the benefit of belonging to one of the best Civil War Re-enacting groups who portray Confederate and Union troops with the same passion.