As some of you might already be aware of, Olafson, Vincenzo, Admiral and me have started our own American Civil War impression around a year ago: The 110th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Its creation has been quite succesful and we now have a solid core of around ten people, though we have managed to get as many as fourteen on our latest event. Many of us, including myself, are in the process of getting high-quality gear and uniforms to replace our old equipment.
Why the 110th?
We choose the 110th Pennsylvania for the very simply reason that it's just one of the hundreds of plain simple infantry regiments in the civil war. They didn't have a fancy uniform, a distinct (national) identity or a special story; They were just Americans from Philidelphia and central Pennsylvania who answered the call to serve their country. When looking for a regiment to re-enact, we came across a photograph of small Union company; the men were wearing regular sack coats and forage caps, with only the corps badge as decoration. This photograph had been wrongly identified as being the 6th Maine. We did one event as the 6th Maine, but when realizing these men were actually of the 110th Pennsylvania, we changed our name accordingly.
Our impression is based on the later half of the war, approx. from spring 1863 to the end of the war. However, we also do events in an earlier timeframe and try to adapt our impression as best as possible when doing so. We are a progressive unit: This means we attempt to do our best to get the best possible impression. In practise this means we drill often, use modern items to a minimum and only when necessary, have the smallest cadre possible and try to march and do battle with all our gear carried. We also do not use A-tents, using only shelter halves or simply creeping up to a fire.
Photos and videos
Civil War event in Walldürn in early spring. Great weather and great event. Excuse our Paki gear tho.. Were getting it changed.
Our camp, cooking breakfast (i.e. warming up the remains from dinner) and rolling cartridges.
Doing evening skirmish drill (Sadly we were doing it wrong, but some people of the German mess have trained us properly at a later August event)
Big album: Civil War Event in Venlo/Limburg. It was really fun. We had the ability to dig and construct our own trench, which was super great, we set up camp in the woods behind it, overall we had a very good time.
Beginning of a trench
Counter charging dem Rebs
Preparing for the Rebel Attack
Exchanging coffee for bread
Getting mowed down by a Confederate volley
Instructing the new recruit
Vince, the sniper
We are always looking for enthusiastic new recruits! Loaner gear will be provided at no extra cost for new people, as well as firearms (with provided training).
However, due to the nature of ACW re-enactment and our approach to re-enactment in general, we are obligated to have some restrictions:
- While unexperienced people are welcome, we do have a preference for experienced re-enactors.
- Our events are mostly in Germany, the Netherlands and Flanders.
- We cannot allow people under the age of 18, mostly due to logistics: Minors do not have their own transportation and usually limited financial possibilities. We have made an exception to this rule, but this exception is someone we know personally. Besides this, we also want to keep the number of unarmed soldiers, such as musicians, to a minimum.
- Our approach to re-enactment is, as mentioned earlier, progressive: Recruits should be aware that a degree of physical fitness is necessary.
Our next event is Walldürn
in May 2017! We will be part of a larger unit, re-enacting the 110th in its very first campaign: The 1862 Valley Campaign, against Jackson.