What is the procedure for becoming a part of a reenactment?
Note to new reenactors and persons wanting to become reenactors.
Unfortunately, we cannot be a clearinghouse for new reenactors and are not able to refer you to specific groups. There is no central clearing house of units and some units come and go making maintenance of any such list become quickly outdated.
We can refer you to periodicals such as The Civil War News, Camp Chase Gazette and Civil War Courier for notices from units seeking new members. Going to numerous civil war web sites and chat rooms would be another good source for reenactor information. These periodicals all have websites available by using the search function on your web browser.
The best option may be to go to reenactments or living history demonstrations and talk to unit members. Reenactors are normally very gracious in sharing their knowledge and experience.
Independents that do not belong to an affiliated unit, upon acceptance of the registration, will be assigned to each army’s “provisional unit” established and overseen by U.S. and C.S. command. We encourage reenactors to make every effort to affiliate with an organized unit and register as part of that unit, with the unit’s permission.
Civil War News: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.civilwarnews.com
The Civil War News runs a recruiting/calendar section in their January issue each year but that only includes units that submit information for recruiting ads. Some units will run recruiting ads in the classified section during the year in the regular issues. The Civil War News Website has links to reenactments and living history groups as well as to a site called Civil War Reenactors. By talking electronically to various groups you can usually get a helpful referral.
The specific location you want is: www.cwreenactors.com/recruits.htm
Keep in mind you cannot tell the geographic location of a reenactor unit based on the unit’s name. They could be the 5th Alabama and be based in New Jersey. This will require you to do some web surfing and visit chat rooms. Most unit sites will give the history about the original unit, which will aid you in learning some history while trying to identify a unit you may want to join.
How do I go about signing up to be a drummer boy in the reenactment?
You cannot just sign up to be a drummer boy in the reenactment. We require that you be an experienced reenactor having participated in some smaller events previously, meet all the requirements of the reenactor rules and be affiliated with a reenactor unit. There are also Drum and Fife Corps that are sometimes looking for active members.
There will be various camps established by the Military commands. Each command will ensure there is a place for everyone who wishes to attend the event in an authentic fashion and remain in period dress all weekend. The camps are for registered reenactors only. Please remember that outside visitors to the camps who are not in period dress after the site closes to spectators will infringe upon the experience of those around you in the camps. All persons on site after the site closes should be registered reenactors who are required to remain in period dress.
Vehicles in Camps – Vehicles will need to be out of camp by Thursday and Friday at 8 am in order to give an authentic presentation to the school day attendees. Unloading will be available after School Tours Thursday and Friday which is at approximately 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. In the interest of the safety of the children on site for school day we ask that you arrange your travel times so that you arrive and remove your vehicle by 8 a.m. on each of the school day mornings or you arrive after 2 p.m. when school day has ended. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. Please remember that all vehicles must be clear of camps by 8 a.m. Saturday morning. Any vehicle that remains in camp at this time will be towed at the owners expense. Cars, under any circumstance, will not be allowed back into the event site until the end of Sunday’s battle. No exceptions.
Registered Reenactors may camp on-site until Monday, April 25, 2016
*(See “Reenactor Updates” for camping rules and other detailed information.)
Will women be able to camp in Military Camps with their soldier husbands or will they have to stay in the Dependants Camp?
We promote this as a family event and feel that families should be able to stay together as much as possible however we leave the decision on dependants (civilians) camping in the military camps to the discretion of the individual unit commanders. Please address these issues with your unit commander prior to registering.
If I drive my RV/Motor-home to the reenactment, may I park it in the Reenactor Parking Lot?
You may park your RV/Motor-home in the Reenactor parking lot the same as any other truck, car or other vehicle used to travel to the event. You may modern camp there but we ask that you remember that you are in a parking area in which everyone will need to park. Please respect the fact that space may be at a premium. Keep your camp area compact so that others can park in the parking area as well.
I am a reenactor from (Any State) who would like to participate in the Battle of Selma Reenactment but my unit is not coming as a group. Can the few of us that are coming register as independents using our unit affiliation name or must we find another unit to affiliate with for this event?
We encourage you to try and affiliate with a unit that is coming for many logistical reasons that will benefit you and the organizers of the event. If you cannot, you will still be welcome at the event, but you will be assigned to a Provisional Company of either USA or CSA, depending how you register. Please use your unit and affiliation of your regular unit when registering if unable to affiliate with another unit. You will be assigned under a Provisional Brigade. Registering your dependants (civilians) with the military unit will insure less hassle in their registration process. Specify the number of dependants (civilians) camping in the military and/or dependant camps.