In late 1984, the "Mudsills" from the Mid-West, "Warren's Brigade" from the East coast, and other authentic Civil War reenacting units ....(read more)
During the early part of the Civil War's 125th Anniversary (1986 - 1989) the Eastern and Western Battalions...(read more)
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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.
Each year, the National Regiment selects from a list of those worthy members who have unselfishly given of their time and energy to the hobby, and for the good of the regiment. Those receiving the award are known among the troops as the "Soldier of The Year." Originally conceived as an award by which the National Regiment could express its gratitude and appreciation to individuals in the military impression, it was soon recognized that on special occasions it may be awarded to individuals, groups of individuals, or units, who have made a significant contribution to the NR either through acts or deeds. Those receiving the award are honored with La Médaille "Esprit de Corps", which is announced at the Dress Parade during the Remembrance Day celebration in Gettysburg each November. The recipients are selected by direct vote of the Board of Directors. Their contributions to the National Regiment may be made in such a manner as to be unknown or unrecognized by the general rank and file of the organization. Outlined here, are the names of those members who, over the years, have been honored as "Soldier of The Year". Additionally, in 1992, 2000, 2002, and 2004, La Médaille "Esprit de Corps" was presented to deserving individuals or groups for their contribution to the Regiment and its members.
1990 - Howard Ruhl, 12th NJ
1991 - John Travis, 5th NY
1992 - Donald Chaputa, 96th Pa
1993 - David Kohls, 2nd US Reg
1994 - Stanley McGee, 5th NY
1995 - John Morrow, 96th Pa
1996 - Frank Hall, 2nd US Reg
1997 - William Wilson, 1st Md
1998 - David Runner, 5th NY
1999 - Donal Rivera, 4th US Reg
2000 - Michael Sebor, 6th NH
2002 - James Wassel, 2nd US Reg
2003 - Charles Klein, 5th NY
2004 - Chip Smith, 7th Pa Res
2005 - Robert Childress, 3rd Md
2006 - John Heiser, 53rd Pa
2007 - Rick Betley, 8th Oh
2008 - Ernest Barrack, 3rd Md
2009 - Tom Downes, 8th Oh
2010 - Chris Sedlak, 9th Pa Res
2011 - Steve Hanson, 2nd US Reg
2012 - John Hooper, 7th Pa Res
2013 - Ted Brennan
2014 - Craig Geppert, 116th PVI
2015 - Timothy Viezer, 8th Ohio
2016 - Mark McNierny, 1st Pa Reserves
2017 - Keith Murray, 116th PVI
2018 - Matty Cronin, 6th NH Vol. Inf., Co. E Volunteers
2019 - Mark Adler, 119th NY
1992 - Helen and Dave Sequin
2000 - Harry Dierken
2002 - U.S. Christian Commission
2004 - Brian Pohanka
2009 - Bill Williams
"The Colonel's Challenge" started in 2015 to test the maxim: "A well trained soldier can load and fire three aimed rounds per minute." The contestants have ONE (1) MINUTE to fire three aimed rounds, all contestants following the prescribed loading by the nine count drill as described in “Infantry Tactics by Gen'l. Silas Casey, School of the Soldier”. The contestant in each heat, who fires three rounds the fastest, whether or not it is within the one minute time frame, will be declared the winner of that heat and will participate in the final round. The winner of each of the three preliminary rounds will not participate again until the final round so as to give as many men who so desire, an opportunity to compete. Other than the winners of each heat, a contestant may participate in more than one heat. The final round will consist of the winners of the first three heats. As officers are expected to be naturally most proficient at drill, contestants will be limited to enlisted men only. One or two men from each of the several companies (not units) on the field, to be named by the company commander. The participants of each heat will NOT participate in the previous firing demonstration to ensure each contestant will begin the contest with a clean weapon. Each contestant will be assigned a “spotter”, not of his company or unit, to ensure fairness. The "Load in nine count" drill will be followed implicitly! There will be NO palming of cartridges or priming caps. Paper WILL be rammed and ramrods MUST be returned to their channels after each round. Anyone found violating these rules (or any others I may think of) will be excluded from the contest. The winner of the final round will be declared the "Champion of the National Regiment" and shall be universally acknowledged as the man who can shoot his load faster than anyone in the Regiment.
2015 - Will Minsinger, 5th NH
2016 - Jeff Sabol, 3rd Maryland
Board of Directors
Timothy App at: email@example.com
Tom Carlson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Viezer at: email@example.com
Commanding Field Officer
Tom Downes at: firstname.lastname@example.org
3/1-3, 2019 School of Instruction
6/22-23, 2019 Spotsylvania NPS LH
8/31-9/1, 2019 Fredericksburg NPS LH
10/4-6, 2019 Shenandoah 1864
10/18-20, 2019 Cedar Creek
11/23, 2019 Annual Meeting
Remembrance Day Parade
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To view images, you will be directed to the Images page of the desktop website.
Added 140 images of Shenandoah 1864 to the Images page.
Added the Order of Battle for Shenandoah 1864 to the Newsletters page.
Added Images connection to Mobile Website. Now you can access the photo archive that appears on the Images page of the desktop website and return to mobile website, all on your smart phone.
Added 78 images of the 156th Battle of Crampton's Gap to the Images page.
Updated the Mobile site and added under News, Breaking, which includes all Breaking News announcements.
Added 46 images from Morgan's Raid in 2016 to the Images page. Also added three videos of Morgan's raid to the Media page.
Checked all links and elminated bad links, updated the Schedule page, and added 362 images from the 155th Crampton's Gap to the Images page.
Added 2019 NCO School Camp Guard Powerpoint Presentation and Pdf Links to Letters page.
This year, the deadline for Soldier of the Year nominations is November 1. Please forward nominations to Ted Brennan with a brief description of the nominee's qualifications. Please note that anyone can nominate a candidate.
New Market is this coming weekend, 8/19-21. Look at the camp map and order of battle on the Letters page of the website. Good news bad news for us. The bad news is we’re right next to the parking area. The good news is we’re right next to the parking area. Also please find the General Orders which give arrival times and areas and a tentative schedule. We will post an NR schedule when we get on site.
Despite what the General Orders may say, due to our low numbers for this event I will NOT have a regimental staff. We may yet only have enough rifles for one company and we can’t spare the bodies from the line. Please distribute this information down your command chain. Have a safe trip and we’ll see you in the field.
If anyone is around the weekend of April 21-22 and would like to join us, ELF Company will be holding a drill weekend at Gettysburg. Details as follows:
April 21-22, 2018 Living History & Drill Gettysburg PA
The next event on the unit calendar is a living history and drill weekend on the Gettysburg Battlefield. The company will be setting up camp behind the PA Monument on Humphrey’s Ave. Plan on arriving by 8am on Saturday to get camp set. Make sure your muskets are clean and functional, as the Park Service will inspect them. There will be a number of firing demos during the weekend so bring rounds and caps, approximately 40 rounds of ammo and caps should be sufficient. There will be no company mess and limited fires so plan accordingly. Bring haversack stuffers for breakfast and lunch. It will be possible to forage in town for dinner. Uniform for the event will be standard mid-war issue, sack or frock coat, light blue trousers, forage cap, leathers, canteen haversack and full field kit. In addition to the usual firing demos for the Park Service, we will be concentrating on Company Drill to work out the rust prior to the 2018 campaign season. We may even get some skirmish and bayonet drill in. Restrooms will be open, the water will be turned on and firewood will be provided. As noted below the Park has scheduled 5 firing demos - 3 on Saturday, 2 on Sunday. We should make sure everyone brings at least 40 rounds Since our first firing demo is scheduled for 10:00 Saturday morning we need to stress that people need to be in camp by 8:00.
The registration fee for Burkittsville goes up to $30 this Sunday, April 1st. If you want to pay $25, register on line before then or send in your registration by mail this weekend. To register on line, click the image above.
Added the Shelter Halves presentation by Paul B. Parvis from the 2018 NR NCO School on the Letters page.
Updated the schedule of events for the National Regiment in 2018, with links to register on the Schedule Page.
The National Regiment School of Instruction will be held February 17 & 18 , 2018 in Gettysburg, PA.
The location will be:
Gettysburg Fire Station
35 N. Stratton Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325
(Left turn past square heading East on Rt. 30)
The Schedule times are:
Saturday, February 17: 6:45 am Registration opens, 6:00 pm End of Training Day
Sunday February 18: 7:30 am Breakfast at Fire Station, 10:30 am Secure Facility and Dismiss
A complete schedule will be sent when finalized.
Thank you for your attendance and we hope this will be an enjoyable experience for you.
From Captain Michael Kraus, 116th Regt. P.V.V.
Many of you already know, some may not, that our own 1st Sgt. Craig Geppert has been diagnosed with colon cancer. As I write, Craig is getting ready for battle against his invader. Of course we will all keep him in our hearts and prayers as he moves into and through his fight.
Please read a letter from our Colonel with a thank you for your participation in the Remembrance Day Parade.
Please read the post shared by Ted Brennan below and make your members aware of this. Because of the situation, as Colonel I have decided that participation in the parade will be voluntary. No one will say anything to any man who chooses to exhibit common sense and pass on the parade, but know this. IF there is a parade, the National Regiment will be in it. We will not be dictated to by cowards.
By order of
T. M. F. Downes
The National Regiment
Dear Ladies and Gentleman,
On November 6, 2017 the Gettysburg Times received a letter from an unknown person/persons stating that he/she/they were going to do potential harm at this year’s Remembrance Day parade. The Gettysburg Times immediately turned the letter over to Gettysburg Police Department, who contacted both the FBI and ATF who are now investigating. As a result, to safeguard both the re-enactors and the general public the route of the parade has been changed.
The parade will form on Lefever Street between Baltimore Street and East Confederate Avenue, however we will have to form in reverse as the parade will start on Lefever street turn left onto Baltimore Street travel South on Baltimore Street and then turn right (west) on to Steinwehr Avenue, and then left (south) on Taneytown Road. The end point will be the Cemetery entrance on Taneytown Road. The parade participants and the horses and carriages may proceed through the Cemetery onto Baltimore Street and back to the Middle School on Lefever Street. While this shortens up the parade by several blocks we must look at the safety of everyone involved.
Because of these changes we respectfully ask the following:
First and foremost if you see something say something. We don’t expect trouble but it is always better to be cautious. The Provosts for the parade will have yellow armbands on marked Provost and Deputy Provost. Please keep the space between units tight. We usually say 20 feet between ranks, we are going move that to 10 feet between ranks. This is probably the most important. If and we are saying if any of these anti- Confederate “groups” are in the crowd, DO NOT ENGAGE THEM! They will look for confrontation that they can film to make us look bad. If we see any of these people in the crowd we are going to make sure that we have a Provost by them so we can film them. We realize that this is going to be a change for us and we are also disappointed that we must shorten the parade. We share your disgust that an individual/ individuals would try to disrupt the largest and oldest Civil War parade in the United States. Ladies and gentleman we cannot allow this threat to deter us from not participating in the parade. If we do, then they have won. Let us stand against people who wish to highjack our hobby and American history. Sadly in this post 9-11 world we do ask you that if you see or hear something suspicious please notify the Gettysburg Police immediately. As information becomes available, we will update this page. We also invite you to join us at the Parade briefing slated for Saturday, November 18 at 9:30 AM at the Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center, 2634 Emmitsburg Road. Let’s not allow this threat to stop us. Let us have a great parade and honor the men in the Blue and the Gray!
Slaughter Pen Farm/Fredericksburg2017 Living History, December 9-10, 2017, Fredericksburg, VA
• Affiliation (US/CS, Inf./Art) :
• Email Address (for paypal verification and event updates):
• Emergency contact name & phone # :
Registration fee is $25.00 prior to December 2, 2017. Anyone not registered by December 2nd 2017, will have to pay the walk on registration fee of $35.00.
Please either register via paypal & email the information on this form to Mike Scheibe at Southerndivisionaag@gmail.com and/or print it out and mail it in along with your registration check. Registration info is as follows: Registration/payment for the December 2017 Slaughter Pen event can be made via PayPal to: 3dVaInfy@gmail.com.
Please mark payments posted to the account with "Slaughter Pen" as we are currently using our account to track funds for multiple events. Payments received will be recorded on a spreadsheet in order to track the event budget and for posted to the event page periodically. Payment can also be accepted by check or money order, payable to "3d Virginia Infantry". Mail to: Chris Stevans, 1200 Woodstream Ct, Chesapeake, VA 23322.
Please address questions or concerns regarding registration & payment to Chris Stevans at email@example.com, or 3dVaInfy@gmail.com. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Civil War trust for the preservation of the ground that the event is taking place on. This is a unique opportunity to interpret on the actual ground and help save it at the same time! We look forward to your participation and thank you for your participation in this event!
Gents, Here is the information on Remembrance Day rooms. We have a block of 20 rooms reserved. When you call, tell them you’re with the National Regiment.
Friday November 17, to Sunday November 19, 2917
Days Inn Gettysburg
865 York Rd. (Rte. US 30)
$135 per room, per night. We will be meeting in the same location as in the past few years. Try to arrive by 11:00am.
A note from the Colonel:
I had a bad day yesterday. Not as bad as some of my friends, but bad. At about 5pm that evening, while doing my weekend shopping, I became a target. Let me explain. I am a reenactor of the American Civil War. Specifically I am a Union reenactor of the American Civil War. If you follow the current, accepted mantra, the "good" guys. The ones against slavery and the Confederate flag. This weekend there was an event in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. I did not attend the event but at about 5pm I started to get messages from friends who were there that a suspected IED was found concealed in the sutler area. Specifically a nail filled pipe bomb. Later reports would confirm that there were 2 IED’s, which the bomb squad detonated. For those unfamiliar with my hobby, the sutler area is the event marketplace where the vendors set up to sell their wares to one and all. It is a neutral territory where participants from both sides as well as the general public come together. A Civil War midway, if you will. I do not know the politics of the sick bastard(s) who planted this device. I do know this was NOT about the Confederate flag, or targeting those so-called "apologists for slavery", my Confederate brothers. No, his was about putting something where it would do bodily harm to children, women, innocent spectators and Union reenactors as well. The only thing the intended victims would have in common is an interest in the Civil War. So now I, and all my brothers and sisters in my hobby, are targets. Not of some belief or philosophy, no matter how misguided, but of hate, pure and simple. Hate for all things we were raised to hold dear, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom to disagree with each other while still respecting each other. And the person or persons who planted this device are Americans.
Truly, a bad day.
Added 67 more images from the 155th Battle of Crampton's Gap event courtesy of Carl Byrd to the Burkittsville Preservation Association Website here.
Gents, Here is the information on Remembrance Day rooms. We have a block of 20 rooms reserved. When you call, tell them you’re with the National Regiment.
Friday November 17, to Sunday November 19, 2917
Days Inn Gettysburg
865 York Rd. (Rte. US 30)
$135 per room, per night
Gentlemen, The Battle of Crampton's Gap is 11 days away! The dates are 9/15-17. Read the Colonel's Fall 2017 Schedule here! If anyone would like to galvanize for the battle, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, go: here! Remember, the fee includes a cooked meal Saturday night after the battle and all net proceeds go to the preservation of the Hamilton Willard Shafer farm!
Gentlemen, The Battle of Crampton's Gap is 12 days away! The dates are 9/15-17. Read the Colonel's schedule here! We are up to 14 CS Infantry registered and we feel we need another 10 or so to hold the battle. If anyone would like to galvanize for the battle, send me an email at email@example.com. To register, go: here! Remember, the fee includes a cooked meal Saturday night after the battle and all net proceeds go to the preservation of the Hamilton Willard Shafer farm!
The Battle of Crampton's Gap is coming close. The dates are 9/15-17. Registration has been open since January 19th and the the $25 fee will be increased to $30 on July 15th! If you are going, please register by July 15th! Register here! Remember, the fee includes a cooked meal Saturday night after the battle and all net proceeds go to the preservation of the Hamilton Willard Shafer farm!
Attached is a summary of issues discussed by the Board of Directors and the Colonel with the attendees of last month’s School of Instruction.
Topics addressed include:
• Status of repairs to the NR’s old national colors.
• A new nomination procedure for Soldier of the Year.
• A discussion of the Board’s recommendations regarding the NR’s mission, values, and objectives.
• Opening up the School of Instruction to like-minded reenacting units.
• An update on the actions being taken to change our insurance carrier to provide appropriate reenactor liability and personal injury coverage.
• Recruiting methods, including allowing for an adjacent civilian camp.
The Board welcomes all comments, suggestions and recommendations.
Captain Tom Carlson, Captain Timothy App, Corporal Tim Viezer
The 96th PA is sponsoring an event in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. They have benn able to donate over $10,000 for the Preservation of Pa. Battle Flags at Harrisburg, Pa. If anyone would like to participate in the June 16th-18th event, check it out here!
NCO School is this weekend! Just a reminder that the location for the school this year will at Gettysburg Fire Hall (35 North Stratton Street, Gettysburg, PA, 17325). Registration opens at 6:45am, with the uniform of the day being appropriate uniform coat with insignia and cap (uniform trousers are optional).Soft-soled shoes are required for the use in the facility. Officers should have their swords and sword belts. NCOS and soldiers should have their rifle and accoutrements, as well as packs for the Pack Inspection class, which can be empty. Cost for the school is $35 PER PERSON, which includes the school, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. We will NOT be providing a dinner Saturday night, so plan on making arrangements for your own meal the evening of Feb 26.
Posted the NR 2017 Schedule on the Schedule page with links to registration sites. Also added the "Colonel's Challenge to the Honors page.
Check out the 5th New York Website found on the Units page! Also, make sure your current unit website is linked. If not, send an email to the webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Haley of the 17th Maine was working with a road crew the day before Christmas. As his body toiled, his mind focused anxiously on a parcel he expected from home. “It is rumored that there are sundry boxes and mysterious parcels over at Stoneman’s Station directed to us,” Haley had written in his diary. “We retire to sleep with feelings akin to those of children expecting Santa Claus. We have become very childish in some matters–grub being one of them.”
On Christmas Day, Haley returned from his work detail to his tent. He wrote that he had endured the day’s work only by virtue of the “anticipation of what was in store in our boxes.” Then he had to endure a practical joke from his tentmate:
On returning to camp, I was informed by my tentmate that there was no parcel at the station bearing my name. My mental thermometer not only plummeted to below zero, it got right down off the nail and lay on the floor. Seeing this, my tentmate made haste to dive under the bed and produce the box, which he had brought from the station during my absence, and in a few minutes we were discussing the merits of its contents. Most of the men have been remembered, and any that have not received something from home are allowed to share with their more fortunate neighbors. Christmas in the Civil War
Read the Christmas Greeting on the Letters page or click the image above.
Read the December Newsletter on the Letters page or click the image above.
Read the recap of the NR 2016 Annual Meeting on the Letters page or click the image above.
View three videos of 150th Fredericksburg here.
View three videos of Morgan's Raid here.
More Morgan's Raid Information General Order 1863-2
SUBJECT: Morgan's Raid
I was on a conference call about the event for over an hour last night, and I'll say this. If this isn't a fun event it won't be for lack of trying on Markijohn and his staff. Although they've had to pare down the event somewhat for lack of participation during the week, it still sounds like a great weekend. If you can get there on Thursday, the fun starts first thing Friday morning. There will still be the option of a 3 or 4 mile overland hike for those who wish to participate before the battle, otherwise busses will be provided. One major change, there will not be a field camp. All activities for the weekend will generate from the base camp and ALL infantry will return there in the evening. I've once again attached the General Orders for the event with the schedule of activities.
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF LOCATION FOR THE BASE CAMP.
The Federal Base Camp will be located at the Buffington Island Memorial Park on the Ohio State Scenic Parkway. The physical address for those using map software is:
55890 STATE ROUTE 124, PORTLAND, OH 45770
I was told yesterday that there were 2 reasons for the change of base. One, because Pomeroy will be having the steamboat festival it was felt that with us there it might put too much strain on the infrastructure of the town, i.e. safety, fire, EMS, etc. And second, if you look at a map you'll see Pomeroy is on a big bend in the river. To navigate this we'd have to go through 2 sets of locks which would turn the boat trip into a 6 hour tour which was felt to be too much of a good thing. So they moved us to Portland. I've been told to pass along to you to bring PLENTY of ammunition, this will be a full-blown powder burner. In fact, it was mentioned that when we're on the steamboats we might come under fire from the shore. I asked if the rules of engagement allowed me to return fire from on board the boat. Gen'l. Markijohn said: "If you don't, I'll throw you in the river". So it could get interesting. We will be fed breakfast and dinner each day so bring lunchables and be prepared to be entertained. If I get anything new I'll get it out to you ASAP.
I'll be getting in sometime on Friday, everyone have a safe trip and we'll see you there.
Living History Weekend at Fredericksburg Battlefield
The smells of campfires and gun smoke will once again fill the air on Marye's Heights at the Fredericksburg battlefield this Labor Day weekend. Talk and ask questions to Union soldiers as they show the weapons, uniforms, and equipment carried by the armies over 150 years ago. Watch as troops march in formation and hear about the techniques used to fight battles during the Civil War. Walk through the camps to learn how the troops lived "in the field." The event is ongoing from 9:00am–5:00pm on Saturday, September 3 and 9:00am–2:00pm on Sunday, September 4. Musket firing demonstrations will occur at 11:30, 2:30, and 4:30 on Saturday and 11:30 and 2:30 on Sunday. Parking is available at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center at 1013 Lafayette Boulevard. Programs are family friendly, free of charge, and open to the public. For additional information, call (540) 693-3200. NPS Fredericksburg Website
I write you realizing 2 things. One: this is very last minute. Two: It’s a medium haul event for the most of you. Interestingly enough it’s about 5 ½ hours from Baltimore to Pomeroy, which is only 1 ½ hours longer that it is from Cleveland. Several of us from the 8th are already registered. However, having said that let me expound. This has the earmarks of being a memorable event.
YOU ARE NOT, REPEAT, NOT OBLIGATED TO COMMINT TO THE ENTIRE 4 DAYS. YOU ARE NOT, REPEAT, NOT OBLIGATED TO DO THE ENTIRE MARCH, OR ANY PART OF IT, IF YOU CAN’T OR DON’T WANT TO. For those of you who can though, it could be a total immersion style event.
I had a long talk with Darrell Markijohn last week and he’d really like an NR presence there. (Why wouldn’t he?) Gen’l. Markijohn has always had a soft spot in his heart for the NR and has always treated us well. He will be overall infantry commander for this event and will command the troops in the field. I call your particular attention to the Garrison Troop Battalion. This is expressly set up for those who may not be able to commit to the entire event, or those who time has dictated their days of humpin’ and gruntin’ are behind them, but would still like to participate in some fashion. I have been asked, and have accepted, command of the Garrison Troop Battalion. My recent experience at Bull Run has convinced me that I’m not 35 anymore, but I’m not dead, yet. But that’s not why I’m hawking this event. What makes this event unique in my estimation, is the opportunity to ride the tall-stack steamboats on the Ohio River to the battlefields on both Saturday and Sunday. Darrell has 3 steamboats reserved for sure for troop movements with one more in reserve if needed. Also, this is the weekend of the steam boat festival in Pomeroy which could be worth the price of admission alone.
I know they’ve done this sort of thing way out west in Mississippi or Tennessee. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I don’t recall anything like this, this (relatively) close to home. There is also the opportunity for naval impression. Darrell tells me they have over 20 web-feet registered already. Food is somewhat ambiguous, it seems that they may issue raw food stuffs for those who do the march, but also state you will live out of your haversacks. The Garrison Battalion is less clear except we will be fed Saturday evening. I’ll be there on Friday and I’m bringing my own food. If I don’t need it I’ll bring it home. If I do need it, I won’t go hungry. I’ve included the registration form, there is NO on line registration. Again, I know this is short notice but give it serious consideration. I only ask that if you do decide to come, let me know at the above address when you hope to arrive. We’ll make sure you’re well taken care of.
It’s been a long week since Bull Run. I apologize for my long silence after the event. When you live in an old Victorian house with no central air and shut it up and go away for several days of 90+ heat strange things happen. Although my computer did not die from the heat, it did have a nervous breakdown and is just now getting back on its feet.
I send along a thank you to the NR from General Markijohn. I strongly echo his sentiments and double the thanks to you all. To those of you who had the great good sense not to come to this event at all, I congratulate you. To those of us who didn’t and came out anyway, I can’t express to you my admiration for your fortitude and strength. The one thing that struck me more than anything else about the weekend (aside from our rabid stupidity for being there) was the constant good humor that prevailed throughout the NR during the course of the event. Other than the seemingly good natured griping about the weather, I did not hear ONE harsh word spoken in anger. From all I did hear over the weekend however, I think we all need to consider our participation in these extremely hot weather events. Something to be discussed at the winter meeting in November.
I would be remiss if I did not give special thanks to the staff of the NR for the event, Lt. McNerney, Sgt. Major Cronin and especially Lt. Col. Adler who filled in for me when I was unable to take the field due to the heat, and who led the NR to great glory on the field. As always the NR never skipped a beat and set the bar high for all the other organizations. My thanks to all of you, it is always my honor and pleasure to lead the National Regiment.
P.S. Thanks to Ira Siedel for the Presentation Picture.
DATE: July 20, 2016 at 1:35:31 PM EDT
SUBJECT: BULL RUN REGISTRATION
Just yesterday I got an email from Cedar Creek with my proof of registration and parking pass. BE SURE YOU GIVE YOUR PEOPLE A HEADS UP TO WATCH FOR THIS! If you don't print out and have this paperwork, you will not be able to go through express registration. Nothing like waiting until the last minute.
BREAKING NEWS(07/04/2016):The Colonel has posted the July Newsletter with marching orders for Bull Run at Cedar Creek. These are posted on the Letters page and at the link above.
Important news about First Manassas at Cedar Creek! Click here!
BREAKING NEWS(06/12/2016):The NR was represented in the North and South this past weekend. We were at the Fenian Raid in Canada and Cross Keys/Port Republic in VA. You may click on these photos to see larger images. More pictures will be posted soon. In the meantime, if you are on Facebook, you can see a lot more at Greg Starbuck's Thunder in the Valley Picture Place here. and at the National Regiment Facebook page here.
Still need more Federals at the event. Come join your comrades in Virginia next weekend! Click the link above!
Check out the G.A.R Webpage on the 116thpa.com website or click the link above.
The 119th New York Volunteer Infantry, Co. H has a new website which has been added on the Units page or click here!
The 2016 Schedule page has been updated. There are 3 Newsletters on the Letters page that refer to information needed for the Gettysburg Camp of Instruction, May 14th & 15th, 2016. Links are also provided above.
Check out the latest newsletter from Colonel Downes regarding the NR Scedule for 2016 on the Letters page or just click on the image above.
2016 National Regiment Schedule of Events:
Max Events confirmed at the School of Instruction:
May 14-15 Gettysburg Camp of Instruction (POC Col. Downes)
July 22-24 155th Anniversary Reenactment of First Bull Run @ Cedar Creek (POC Col. Downes)
November 19 Annual Meeting & Remembrance Day Parade, Gettysburg
Secondary NR Events:
June 10-12 Thunder in the Valley - Cross Keys & Port Republic (POC Mark McNerney)
June 10-12 Fenian Raid, Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada (POC Col. Downes)
Aug. 21-22 Second Manassas Living History, Cedar Creek (POC Mark McNerney)
October 7-9 Perryville Battle Reenactment, Kentucky (POC Rick Betley)
More information on the Fenian event (Battle of Ridgeway) on the Schedule page
Read a new post on the News about a book on reenacting by Dale Waters called Marty's War here!
The 2016 National Regiment School of Instruction, scheduled for February 27 & 28, is fast approaching. We need a head count from each unit on how many people are planning to attend, so we can plan on how much food we will need. Please get back to me (email@example.com) and/or Ted Brennan (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible with your best estimate.
Just a reminder that the location for the school this year will be back at Gettysburg Fire Hall (35 North Stratton Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325). Registration opens at 6:45am, with the uniform of the day being appropriate uniform coat with insignia and cap (uniform trousers are optional). Soft-soled shoes are required for the use in the facility. Officers should have their swords and sword belts. NCOS and soldiers should have their rifle and accoutrements.
Cost for the school is $35 PER PERSON, which includes the school, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. We will NOT be providing a dinner Saturday night, so plan on making arrangements for your own meal the evening of Feb 27.
Any questions or concerns, please contact Ted Brennan or myself...
Attached is more information on the Fenian Raid in Canada this June. IF your unit is planning on going, or if you have individual unit members who might be going, please pass this information along to them. Please print out the Auto Pass page IN COLOR, and cut out the passes. THIS PASS MUST BE ON THE DASHBOARD OF YOUR CAR BEFORE YOU GO THROUGH CUSTOMS!!!
In theory, the customs officers will be notified of our coming and the display of this pass shows we are headed for the event. Print out the registration form and fill out, either as a unit or as individuals. MAKE SURE YOU NOTE ON THERE THAT YOU OR YOUR UNIT IS WITH THE NATIONAL REGIMENT. WE WILL HAVE THE INSURANCE REFLECT THAT SO YOU MUST BE LISTED AS BELONGING TO BE COVERED.
PLEASE NOTE: Don’t stress out just yet about the liability insurance requirement. I’m looking into getting a rider on the NR policy for us. We WILL have something in place before the event. Parks Canada has told me this will be the LAST time they will be doing this on the original site, so this truly is a “once in a lifetime” event.
I’ll see you at the school.
Webmaster's Note: This information and the forms are available on the Letters Page of the Website.
Check out the Schedule Page for a list of suggested events for 2016 and their links, if available. The Maximum Effort events have not yet been selected. We also added a link to the National Regiment Facebook Page.
Check out the January Newsletter by clicking the above link.
As Colonel of the National Regiment I’m supposed to be neutral on what events are selected for the NR max-efforts. However, one of the events on the list for consideration requires some advance planning, and as the NR contact person for that event I’m obliged to provide the information to the membership. I am NOT advocating this event over any of the others, I’m just passing along information so the members may make an informed decision on what to attend. Whether or not the NR chooses to make this a max-effort event, I know we will have an NR contingent attending so I will continue to forward information about this event as it comes available.
Check out the information on the Fenian Raid and find Form 4457 on the Letters page or click on the images above.
CHRISTMAS: Fredericksburg, 1862
The Army of the Potomac and the Washington defenses aggregated a force of 326,750 troops. Of that force, the authorities counted 86,330 absent by the end of January 1863 - a reduction of 27 percent. Gabriel Colby of the 124th New York deserted on Christmas Day. When recaptured, he offered the excuse that "so many were sick of the service after Fredericksburg."
Officers of the Army of the Potomac spent the holidays getting drunk. "Christmas was a dull day at our Camp," wrote a sanctimonious signal officer, "but the Army all through as a general thing enjoyed itself hugely." The inefficient commissary somehow acquired enough whiskey to issue a gill (4 fl oz, today's shot is 1.5 fl oz)"to all who applied for it" on Christmas Eve. "The result," recalled Louis Fortescue, "was the Army of the Potomac on the 25th was as drunk as an owl." Visitors to General Dan Sickles' camp noted that "Whiskey punches flowed like rain." Sickles and his staff became so furiously drunk that they had to buck and gag one of the staff officers, who in his cups attacked several of the aides with his saber. Pilgrims who continued on to Hooker's headquarters found things "in the same elegant condition with the exception of the bucking and gagging."
from "The Fredericksburg Campaign" by Francis Augustin O'Reilly
BREAKING NEWS (11/25/2015):Click on the Newsletter above to read a greeting from the Colonel on the Letters page!
BREAKING NEWS (11/23/2015):Watch a short video of the Ft. McHenry Music marching at the front of the National Regiment in the 2015 Remembrance Day Parade in Gettysburg here!
BREAKING NEWS (11/10/2015):Read the November Newsletter for details on Remembrance Day! Click on the Letters page.
BREAKING NEWS (10/30/2015):Added 26 images from Cedar Creek to the Images page and added a new link on the Links page. Also added a new post on the News about the recent GAR Event. Read about it here!
BREAKING NEWS (10/13/2015):Added a video from the 150th Gettysburg NPS Event to the News here!
BREAKING NEWS (10/06/2015):Added 17 more images from the Gettysburg Living History to the Images page
BREAKING NEWS (10/05/2015):Added 85 images from the Gettysburg Living History to the Images page
BREAKING NEWS (10/01/2015):Read the Colonel's General Order No. 6 here!
BREAKING NEWS (09/30/2015):View a video of the Colonel's Challenge at the Gettysburg Living History.
BREAKING NEWS (09/27/2015):View a video on the 150th Battle of Cedar Creek suggested by Bruce Milligan on the News blog here or as the first video listed on the Media page.
BREAKING NEWS (09/13/2015):Gents, Please PLEASE caution your men that the NPS has asked not to set up canvas until 4 pm Friday (Sept. 25th). Although I will be there about noon and will string the streets prior to 4 pm, DO NOT SET UP until we get the OK from NPS. The issue is that canvas draws 'taters like flies and the NPS isn't set up for crowds or traffic. Thank you! See you there. C. Sedlak
BREAKING NEWS (09/13/2015):View sketches by Jeffrey Allen Smith on the News blog here.
BREAKING NEWS (09/06/2015):Read about the Colonel's Challenge for the Gettysburg Living History in Septemberhere!
BREAKING NEWS (08/16/2015):See images of the 3rd Maryland at Crampton's Gap here!
BREAKING NEWS (06/16/2015):Here is a link to the Passing of the Armies sponsored by the Soldiers & Sailors Museum in Pittsburgh. You can get directions here!
Added 72 images of the Grand Review to the Images page.
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
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
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!
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.
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!
Check out the January 2015 Newsletter from Col. Downes here!.
150th Sailor's Creek:
Read the 1st Announcement about the 150th Battle of Sailor's Creek in the News here!.
Read an article about Christmas in the Civil War from the Washington Times.
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.
Came across this photo of John Heiser in 1978 at Prospect Hill in Fredericksburg. Read the blog here!
Added Special Orders 2 from Col. Downes regarding Dress Parade at Cedar Creek here!
Added two notes on New Market Heights taking place this weekend, Rules and Parking here!
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!
Redesigned the front page with a bigger scrollbar for news, reinstalled the blog or 'News' page, and added a photo from Jeff Smith.
Adjusted the navigation menu to show well on the Samsung Tab4 mini tablet.
Visit the Unit Members Page for the link to the new website for the 27th Connecticut here!.
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 email@example.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.
Happy Valentine's Day!
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.
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.
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
Read an article about Christmas in the Civil War from the Washington Times.
Added copy to Home page, completed History and Media pages.
Changed menu placement to position below penant marquee. Edited images for slideshow and changed content in scrollbar.
First rendering of National Regiment Home page completed.
In late 1984, the "Mudsills" from the Mid-West, "Warren's Brigade" from the East coast, and other authentic Civil War reenacting units were invited to participate in President Ronald Reagan's Second Inaugural Parade on January 20, 1985, in Washington, DC. Approximately 400 reenactors were housed in the Gymnasium at Ft Meyer, VA. As it developed, the actual parade was canceled due to extremely cold weather. Out of the spirit of authenticity exhibited by these reenactors, and the comradery which resulted from their working together in preparing for and during this weekend, the idea was conceived of a national generic infantry regiment, made up of both Eastern and Western contingents. Each contingent would form under common leadership to portray a regiment of infantry, in all of its detail, in camp and field, with historical accuracy. Each member unit agreed that during a selected number of events each year they would relinquish their individual unit identity to form such a generic regiment.
During the early part of the Civil War's 125th Anniversary (1986 - 1989) the Eastern and Western Battalions worked in concert at most major Civil War events, building on and adding strength to the original concept. Time, logistics, and distance apart took their toll, however, and the two battalions gradually went their separate ways. Although still working together at some major events both East and West, in 1989 the Eastern Battalion incorporated as, "The National Regiment, Inc." During this same time frame, the Western Battalion styled itself as, "The Western Brigade of the National Regiment." Both maintain the original high standards in authenticity and the accurate portrayal of a regiment of infantry, and continue to cooperate closely when together at events.
Currently, the structure of the National Regiment consists of a Board of Directors who are elected by representatives of the 20 - 30 member units at an annual business meeting. The Board then appoints the Colonel of the Regiment, who, in turn, appoints all regimental officers on an as-needed basis. To solidify this process, officers and NCOs are trained annually to fill a variety of roles from Commander to Wing Commander, through Company Commander, to Sergeant Major, 1st Sergeant, other company-level sergeants, and corporals. Events are chosen at the annual meeting by a majority consensus of the member units, usually 5-6 events each year.
At these selected "National Regiment (NR) Events," member units are formed into numbered companies, each company often consisting of several member units. Thus, unit officers and NCOs are called upon to relinquish their unit command structure to aid the regimental organization, as required, to form full companies. At all other times, member units govern and command their own organizations; set their own additional schedule of events; fall in with other umbrella organizations (US Vols, Vincent's Brigade, etc.), as they choose at non-NR events; and participate independently in National Park Service, historical preservation, fund raising and similar events/activities. As a result of the superior training, high standards, strong comradery, and the spirit engendered within the NR, member units frequently choose to combine at non-NR events/activities to form a "battalion" under NR officers present at the event.