BREAKING NEWS(04/29/2015):Added 6 more videos of the 150th Appomattox and 1 video of the 150th Gettysburg on The News.

BREAKING NEWS(04/24/2015):Added 51 more images of 150th Appomattox on the Images page.

BREAKING NEWS(04/22/2015):Added 131 images of 150th Appomattox on the Images page. More to come!

BREAKING NEWS(04/14/2015): HARPER'S WEEKLY. SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 1865. Abraham Lincoln.GREATER love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. ABRAHAM LINCOLN has done that. He has sealed his service to his country by the last sacrifice. On the day that commemorates the great sorrow which Christendom reveres, the man who had no thought, no wish, no hope but the salvation of his country, laid down his life. Yet how many and many a heart that throbbed with inexpressible grief as the tragedy was told would gladly have been stilled forever if his might have beat on. So wise and good, so loved and trusted, his death is a personal blow to every faithful American household ; nor will any life be a more cherished tradition, nor any name be longer and more tenderly beloved by this nation, than those of ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

On the 22d of February, 1861, as he raised the American flag over Independence Hall, in Philadelphia, he spoke of the sentiment in the Declaration of Independence which gave liberty not only to this country, but, "I hope," he said, " to the world for all future time." Then, with a solemnity which the menacing future justified, and with a significance which subsequent events revealed, he added, "But if this country can not be saved without giving up that principle, I was about to say I would rather be assassinated upon this spot than surrender it." The country has been saved by cleaving to that principle, and he has been assassinated for not surrendering it.

BREAKING NEWS(04/13/2015):There is much to post and a lot of work ahead. Check out six videos posted on The News here.

BREAKING NEWS(04/07/2015):See and print a PDF of the Appomattox Schedule here.

BREAKING NEWS(03/26/2015):Added photos of NCO School on the Images page.

BREAKING NEWS(03/25/2015):Members of the 53rd Pa. and the 116th Pa. joined the 3rd Md. in an NR company of the Mifflin Guard at the 150th Battle of Bentonville. Photos have been added to the Images page. Stan McGee fell in with the 10th Iowa on their march to the event.

BREAKING NEWS(03/22/2015):From Mark McNerney: Colonel, Please let the Boys know that Federals are needed for Sailors Creek. It is not too late. Only $10.00 registration! It is basically a one day fight. Slam, Bang, Cross the Creek and go home. Questions can be directed to me. Dates are 28 & 29 of March, but Battle is 28 March. Thank You, Sir. Mark McNerney From Paddy Devlin: I just talked to Mark McNerney and he needs a list of anyone that will be coming to Sailors Creek. The registration will be $10.00 and can be paid at the event through Mark or myself. Let me know ASAP if you will be coming and I will let Mark know. Email me or call 443-374-8175.

BREAKING NEWS(03/15/2015):The 8th Ohio has a new website. The link is updated on the Units page and the Mobile Website.

BREAKING NEWS(03/09/2015):Added 80 images of the 140th Antietam on the Images page.

BREAKING NEWS(03/08/2015):Grand Review earlybird price of $25 has been extended to 4/15/2015. For information click here! Also added 115 images of the 150th Cedar Creek on the Images page.

BREAKING NEWS(02/25/2015):Added a new post to the News including a new 6-part video about Montgomery County, MD in the Civil War titled "Life in a War Zone" here!

BREAKING NEWS(02/19/2015):Updated Mobile Website with campaign information.

BREAKING NEWS(02/16/2015):Added information about Carnifax Ferry, 150th Sailor's Creek & Bentonville to the Schedule page.

BREAKING NEWS(02/11/2015):Our Colonel at Cedar Creek

For larger image Click Here!

BREAKING NEWS(02/11/2015):

Updated the Schedule page and added the NCO Training schedule to the Newsletters page. Also added Robert Szabo's image of the NR at the 150th Gettysburg NPS Event.

BREAKING NEWS(02/05/2015):

Chris Anders will resign as Act'g. Maj. Gen. of the Southern Division on April 11, 2015. He has named Col. Richard Watters as the new Commander of the Southern Division. Read about it here!

BREAKING NEWS(01/20/2015):
January Newsletter:
Check out the January 2015 Newsletter from Col. Downes here!.

BREAKING NEWS(12/30/2014):
150th Sailor's Creek:
Read the 1st Announcement about the 150th Battle of Sailor's Creek in the News here!.

BREAKING NEWS(12/25/2014):
CHRISTMAS:
Read an article about Christmas in the Civil War from the Washington Times.

GRAND REVIEW

BREAKING NEWS(12/12/2014): Added a bulletin from Col. Downes on the Letters page about next year's Grand Review in Washington D.C., Sunday May 17th, 2015.

BREAKING NEWS(11/02/2014):PARADE ROUTE CHANGED On my recent trip to Gettysburg I discovered sewer work on Steinwehr Avenue. A recent email from the Regimental Quartermaster confirmed my suspicions that the route has been altered. The parade in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, will step off at 1pm from LeFever Street and follow the traditional route to Liberty Street, turning left onto Middle Street, left again onto Baltimore, right onto Steinwehr Avenue and finally left onto Taneytown Road. The parade will end at the Soldiers' National Cemetery. Although construction on Steinwehr Avenue has forced the parade route onto Taneytown Road, all Steinwehr Businesses remain open to their customers.

BREAKING NEWS(10/12/2014):

Came across this photo of John Heiser in 1978 at Prospect Hill in Fredericksburg. Read the blog here!

BREAKING NEWS(10/11/2014):

Added Special Orders 2 from Col. Downes regarding Dress Parade at Cedar Creek here!

BREAKING NEWS(9/22/2014):

Added two notes on New Market Heights taking place this weekend, Rules and Parking here!

BREAKING NEWS(9/07/2014):

Added the Fall, 2014 Newsletter to the Newsletter page. Read all about the remaining fall plans for the NR from the desk of our Colonel, Tom Downes, here!

BREAKING NEWS(7/27/2014):

Redesigned the front page with a bigger scrollbar for news, reinstalled the blog or 'News' page, and added a photo from Jeff Smith.

BREAKING NEWS(6/22/2014):

Adjusted the navigation menu to show well on the Samsung Tab4 mini tablet.

BREAKING NEWS(6/19/2014):

Visit the Unit Members Page for the link to the new website for the 27th Connecticut here!.

BREAKING NEWS(5/18/2014):

Read Lt. Col. Adler's After Action Report for the 150th Wilderness here. Also...read what the Southern Division had to say here.

BREAKING NEWS(5/6/2014):

Watch a brief video of the 150th Spotsylvania here.

BREAKING NEWS (4/24/2014):

As of today the new site is up. Check out information about the 150th Spotsylvania on the Newsletters page Here!. If you have any news or photos to contribute, please send them to the webmaster at lovetheloons@hotmail.com!

BREAKING NEWS (3/2/2014):

YouTube problems: If you are using the Chrome browser and cannot increase the size of the videos to fullscreen, here is what to do. Type "chrome://plugins" in the search bar and expand to details by clicking the "+ sign" next to details on the right side of the page. You should have a couple of Adobe flash options. If not, download Adobe Flash and refresh the plugins page. Disable the Adobe Flash plugin that has "Pepperflash" in the description and then refresh the webpage and the problem should be solved. Click Here! It is also solved on YouTube as well. The Safari browser no longer shows the fullscreen option on Youtube videos and I have not found a work around yet, therefore, I would not recommend using this browser. Firefox, Opera, and IE work fine.

BREAKING NEWS(2/14/2014):

Happy Valentine's Day!

BREAKING NEWS(1/3/2014):
Problems with the hosting site of our form on the Contact page required switching providers and slightly altering the form.

Happy New Year!

The illustration is by Winslow Homer, and is entitled, "Seeing the Year Out"; January 5, 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly.

BREAKING NEWS(12/31/2013)
Added 109 images of 140th Spotsylvania to the Image page. Organized all images in page folders (behind the scenes). Completed the Newsletters page, including 5 newsletters. Added a form to the Contact page. Aside from adding more images and completing the mobile site, the site is ready to go live. Once live, the Blog or News page can be added. Looking for feedback on alterations, changes or additions. Send your comments to the board and to the webmaster.

BREAKING NEWS(12/30/2013)
Site has been tested in Chrome, Opera, Safari, Firefox, IE9 and IE8. Contact page has been completed and working on Newsletter page. News page will be a blog when site goes live. Schedule page has been updated as well per Tom Downes' NR Newsletter for December, which you can read here

BREAKING NEWS(12/16/2013)
Read an article about Christmas in the Civil War from the Washington Times.

BREAKING NEWS(12/6/2013)
WEBSITE
Added copy to Home page, completed History and Media pages.

BREAKING NEWS(12/5/2013)
WEBSITE
Changed menu placement to position below penant marquee. Edited images for slideshow and changed content in scrollbar.

BREAKING NEWS(12/4/2013)
WEBSITE
First rendering of National Regiment Home page completed.

  • 150th Chancellorsville, 2013
  • 150th Chancellorsville, 2013
  • 150th Chancellorsville, 2013
  • 150th Gettysburg NPS Event, 2013
  • 150th Chancellorsville, 2013
  • 150th Chancellorsville, 2013
  • 150th Chancellorsville, 2013
  • 150th Chancellorsville, 2013
  • 150th Chancellorsville, 2013
  • Remembrance Day, 2002
  • Remembrance Day, 2002
  • Remembrance Day, 2002
  • Remembrance Day, 2003
  • Cedar Creek, 2006
  • 145th Fredericksburg, 2007
  • 145th Fredericksburg, 2007
  • 150th Fredericksburg, 2012
  • 150th Fredericksburg, 2012
  • 150th Fredericksburg, 2012
  • 150th Fredericksburg, 2012
  • 150th Fredericksburg, 2012
  • 150th Fredericksburg, 2012
  • 150th Gettysburg NPS Event, 2013
  • 150th Gettysburg NPS Event, 2013
  • 150th Gettysburg NPS Event, 2013
  • 150th Gettysburg NPS Event, 2013
  • 150th Gettysburg NPS Event, 2013
  • 150th Gettysburg NPS Event, 2013
  • 150th Gettysburg NPS Event, 2013
  • 150th Gettysburg NPS Event, 2013
  • 150th Gettysburg NPS Event, 2013
  • 150th Gettysburg NPS Event, 2013
  • 150th Gettysburg NPS Event, 2013
  • 150th Gettysburg NPS Event, 2013
  • 150th Gettysburg NPS Event, 2013
  • 150th Gettysburg NPS Event, 2013
  • 150th Gettysburg NPS Event, 2013
  • 150th Gettysburg NPS Event, 2013
  • 150th Gettysburg NPS Event, 2013
  • 150th Gettysburg NPS Event, 2013
  • 140th Spotsylvania, 2004
  • 140th Spotsylvania, 2004
  • 140th Spotsylvania, 2004
  • 140th Spotsylvania, 2004
  • 140th Spotsylvania, 2004
  • 140th Spotsylvania, 2004
  • 140th Spotsylvania, 2004
  • 140th Spotsylvania, 2004
  • 140th Spotsylvania, 2004
  • 140th Spotsylvania, 2004
  • 140th Spotsylvania, 2004
  • 140th Spotsylvania, 2004

Photo of Tom Downes

Since its inception, the National Regiment (NR) has been recognized as the leading element for change and authenticity at the Federal battalion level. The National Regiment was the first regimental-size Federal organization in the East to:

Organize a formal and annual Officer/NCO Training School
Study and train from the same "period" manuals
Conduct full regulation dress parades and guard mounts
Mount a 24 hour regimental guard and advanced guard
Conduct a full 24 hour grand guard with reliefs for outposts, sentinels and vedettes
Establish regulation regimental camps of infantry in garrison or "campaign" bivouac using shelter tents or no tents
Conduct advanced regimental and brigade-size drill evolutions in training and on the field
Conduct maneuver by bugle command
Conduct regimental level bayonet drill on a regular basis and
Implement the philosophy, "If you can't carry it, you don't need it!"

Because of the reputation for professionalism and expertise the NR has developed over the years, all or portions of the NR, or individuals belonging to the NR, have been instrumental in nearly every major production having a Civil War theme. These productions include Gore Vidal’s “Lincoln”, several episodes of Civil War Journal, “Glory”, “Gettysburg” “Somersby”, “Gods & Generals”, “Cold Mountain” and many more. As the reenacting hobby moves through it’s sixth decade, the National Regiment will continue to stand at the forefront, leading by example and urging it’s members to continue to research, study, practice and excel in their portrayal of the Union Soldier of the American Civil War.