Channeling the 19th Century

Time-Vestites Revisit the Civil War

Story and Photos by Melinda Nye

Almost 58,000 New Jersey men served in the Civil War. With reenlistments, the state would eventually receive credit for more than 80,000 terms of service. Its men fought at Gettysburg, Antietam, Spotsylvania, the Wilderness, Winchester, etc.: they saw tragedy and triumph while participating in the nation's epic struggle.

140 years after the start of Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant's Overland Campaign, the men and women of the war years still receive vivid tribute in reenactments, living history demonstrations, and round tables. Over the summer, infantry, artillery and cavalry reenactors form an integral part of commemorative activities throughout New Jersey.


"We have to be fit enough to jog a quarter-mile and march thirteen to fourteen miles a day, sometimes in heat or mud. Still, it's nothing compared to what the infantry went through," says First Sergeant Hugh Brennan, a twelve-year veteran of the 3rd New Jersey. "Once you walk a mile in their shoes, you understand how difficult it was."

Physically demanding, but not a sport: reenacting entails following a carefully scripted sequence of events. At the same time, the staged battles are not quite theater ­ in the way the thrilling chariot race in Ben Hur is not quite a movie. Participants refer to reenacting as a hobby. Recruits beware; as hobbies, stamp collecting and the recreation of Civil War battles exist in separate realms.

The first issue for potential recruits is cost. Members adhere to a strict dress and weapons code. Uniform buttons come from the same Connecticut company that manufactured them for the original soldiers; anyone requiring glasses must invest in period eyewear. An estimated cost of the basic uniform ­ which includes a forage cap, sky blue trousers, an appropriate coat, belt and buckle, four button shirt, suspenders, cartridge box/strap and box shield, canteen and shoes ­ hovers between $450 to $500. Add in a replica musket rifle ­ made in Italy ­ and the cost rises another $400 to $450. In addition, to sleep and eat in camp requires a tent and period utensils.

Subsequent issues develop around time and safety. For devotees, an avocation can be as time consuming as a vocation. The big battles, often categorized as a Maximum Effort Event, the designation refers to regimental attendance efforts. The hobbyists bestow promotions on members of their company and regiment; officers often find their duties within the unit rise accordingly. Everyone trains regularly for public demonstrations of skill and knowledge.

Read first. Study the battles, the tactics, and the leaders. We follow a military structure of rank. Then decide. We spend a lot of time drilling, learning how to handle the muskets. We have complete weapons inspections, focusing on control for safety," says Sgt. Brennan. Nonetheless, reenactors suffer from gunpowder burns, dehydration, and heat exhaustion. The cavalry seems especially prone to broken bones. Sgt. Brennan shrugs off the risk: "More guys get hurt around the campfire."

There is a limit to the quest for realism: most reenactors prefer to study hospital gangrene, chronic diarrhea, amputations and the execution of deserters from a distance. For the public, the 7th New Jersey Infantry Hospital offers a gritty depiction of battlefield medicine. Twenty members assist with trauma cases and catastrophic amputations. "We tell people what we will be doing. We use theatrical makeup and fake blood to make the wounds and surgery look as realistic as possible," explains Michelle Catona, a nurse with the Infantry Hospital. She frequently treats her husband Mark Catona, a Sergeant with Company A of the 7th New Jersey.

"He's lost his hand a number of times," she laughs. "Fortunately it grows back."

Typically, the organizers try to avoid more mundane hardships: on its website the 14th New Jersey, Company H, gracefully concedes the use of motels for members unaccustomed to sleeping on straw-covered ground.

In the field, the soldier-volunteers need their sleep. Their war games ­ the highlights of the hobby ­ can last through a weekend. One set of exercises, called Tacticals, uses Civil War strategies to test combat skills and knowledge. For depictions of the great battles ­ Gettysburg, Winchester, Spotsylvania, the Wilderness, and Cedar Creek, among others ­ New Jersey's representatives join "regiments" from the north and south to replicate as closely as possible the excitement and deafening thunder of attacking infantry, artillery, and cavalrymen.


In early May, New Jerseans loaded up their vehicles and headed south. "If you've grown up boy scouting, it's a lot of fun," Sgt. Brennan says. He describes his group as a mixed bag of typical Jersey guys, their ages ranging from 16 to 44. The unifying force is a passionate interest in the era, and the trips that forge a sense of camaraderie. By the carload, reenactors arrived at a site near Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, to depict the vicious, hand-to-hand combat at the battle of Bloody Angle.


Above: Eileen Anderson portrays a hardscrabble farmer’s widow who has joined the Confederate cause.
Below: Jeffrey Rodriguez in Zouave infantry dress. Their colorful uniform, based on those of the famed French colonial troops, and their effectiveness in combat won these volunteers universal respect.

Friday afternoon thousands of reenactors struggled to set up a military-styled camp in a gale-force storm. Wind buffeted the rows of white tents. (The members of the 14th unanimously declined the option to go to a motel.) The Confederate reenactors camped in the trenches. The organizers decided to break the battle into two parts; staging the twenty-hour struggle in its entirety would be like staging Richard Wagner's The Ring. Saturday afternoon, after a night on soggy ground, the combatants delivered the first depiction of the conflict at the Mule Shoe. That night the volunteers slept in their uniforms. Sunday morning, as a chilly mist covered the ground, a 4:00 a.m. reveille traveled through camp. Gradually the troops, fell into formation. Carrying musket rifles, canteens, and battle gear, the troops marched to the battle site. Civil War buffs by the thousands had begun to arrive. As dawn broke, 4,000 Union and Confederate reenactors converged. Lawyers, policemen, psychiatrists, firemen, plumbers, fathers and sons fell into a time warp.

Men shot black powder at each other and fought hand-to-hand in the trenches. Adrenalin levels rocketed skywards. Shouts rose from the trenches; in the orchestrated chaos, Confederate and Yankee units lost men to wounds, death, and capture. The battle ended as quickly as it began; while most Virginians were still considering breakfast, dead and wounded combatants stood up and brushed dirt off their uniforms. Shivering away their goose bumps, the spectators gradually dispersed. Volunteer-soldiers returned to camp to pack up the tents. By 10:30 a.m. the weekend warriors started the five-hour drive home to Central New Jersey. Some grappled with cognitive dissonance, reliving 19th century combat as they reentered a life of turnpikes, cell phones and internet usage. Few stayed for the second staged battle. The hobby demands support from the home front, and it was Mother's Day.

A week later the combatants were still winding down. "We talk about some of the battles for years. Any predawn or dawn battle has a realistic atmosphere. Especially when there are no modern intrusions," explains Private Ken Coanshock of Co. H, 14th New Jersey Volunteers. "In Spottsylvania, you're in the thick of it. It's confusing, you get lost, misguided, people are yelling instructions and it's hard to tell who's shouting what. It's easy to imagine what it was really like."


Leveraging the natural interest of children, the Catonas turned reenacting into a family affair. Their own children play-act as civilian children in camp and around the hospital. Inured to hospital scenes, the children are familiar with Nurse Catona's patter as she weaves lessons about the horrors of war through hospital experience. "We are play-acting," she explains. "We get up after we're shot. We remind the kids that guns are real, and the damage they cause is real."

Reenactments and living history offer children the opportunity to glimpse what text books can't depict. As part of The New Jersey Civil War History Association, Inc., Company H of the 14th New Jersey Volunteers visits schools and performs in public regularly. "Younger kids are dumbfounded," says Private Croanshock. "The thirteen-to-seventeen year olds are the most interested. At schools we're sometimes approached by kids who ask where they can sign up."


If the children are interested, the adults are obsessed. "Hang out with us and you'll become a time-vestite," says Robin Stokes, a mid-19th century clothing historian.

It's hard to tell if the greeting is meant as an invitation or threat. Robin and Wesley Stokes participate in Living History activities. To design realistic clothes, Robin haunts the internet in search of womens magazines from 1861-1865. Following the illustrations, she creates dresses, with appropriate hoops, wrappers, petticoats, and trim. From surviving bolts of 19th century fabric, she orders custom runs and makes special order dresses; she also sells to a store in Gettysburg (Abraham's Lady) off the rack. The results are so convincing that she stamps dresses with her name and year lest, 100 years from now, surviving creations be mistaken for original period pieces.

Her replicas hang in most of the vignettes at the Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, where Robin serves as Assistant Guest Curator for a show titled "Essential to the Cause; Women's Roles in the Civil War." She also participates at different events as a civilian reenactor, and sews costumes for her husband's role in Mr. Lemuel's Red Mill Serenaders. The musicians give summer performances at the Red Mill; to the delight and awe of children, Wesley Stokes plays percussion by scraping a bone along the teeth of a massive mule jaw bone.

"Living History is more accessible," claims First Lieutenant Robert Costello of Company D, 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers. "Fewer spectators come to the tents when we're camped in the field. They seem more comfortable at the exhibits, where we get all kinds of questions about clothing, weapons, and history." For a change of pace, Lieutenant Costello frequently steps out of uniform. He shaves his beard in Quaker style, following the line of his jaw, and blackens his hair with actor's dye. With a stovepipe hat on his head and a dark suit over his tall, lanky, frame in a long dark suit, he morphs into Abraham Lincoln. Ever popular, Abe's appearance is requested for numerous occasions. If the role sometimes requires a Mount Rushmore-sized patience (spectators at Gettysburg asked Abraham Lincoln, a.k.a. Robert Costello, when George Washington would appear), it also provides odd, unexpected pleasures. One year a group of South Koreans recognized the sixteenth President of the United States. Through an interpreter, they explained how, as school children, they had been required to commit to memory the Gettysburg Address.


While many reenactors adopt a low profile in the winter months, round tables function year round. The Library of Congress estimates that "more than 70,000 books have been written about the U.S. Civil War ­ and more join that body of work each year." Fiction, histories, diaries, etc., provide fertile ground for New Jersey round tables.

In December 2000, Harry Carpenter founded the North Jersey Civil War Round Table. Thirteen people met in January 2001 at the Morristown Club. Years later, a thriving club meets monthly at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum to listen to guest speaks on topics ranging from Gen. William T. Sherman to "Lincoln and Great Women of Women's Suffrage."

In February the reenactors, living historians, and civil war buffs celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday at a ball in Philadelphia. Formal period clothing is de rigueur for the event. It is a modest but fitting tribute for a man whose spirit still graces the reenactments: as confederate and union soldiers come back to life and men prepare to walk off the field, they stop to perform a time-honored ritual. "At the end of every battle, union and confederate soldiers take their hats off," says Lieutenant Costello, "and someone plays Taps."


Sample websites for reenactment information and schedules:
United States Volunteers
Camp Chase Gazette
6th New Jersey Infantry
First New Jersey Light Artillery Clark's Battery 'B'

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Greetings!
I am writing on behalf of the 7th and 8th grade History classes at Neosho Christian School in Neosho Missouri. Our class project this year is to create an civil war History Wall. Our class has put together a list of the most important events in American History and we are making a American History wall and I am assigned to New Jersey and Iowa.
This is were we need your help. if you could send any materials from pictures, videos, pamphlets, souvenirs, newspapers, posters or recommend a source that might be able to help,we would greatly appreciate your time and effort.
As we gather contact information ranging from museums,state and national parks and government agencies, we are reminded of our country's rich history and are grateful for the efforts to keep that history alive. Thank you for your service to keep our history alive!

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Ali Pavlica
20 Jul 2015, 11:11
Any pictures of the 28th nj regiment?
SCHIFFERS Peter
30 Jun 2015, 02:33
Do you know who is the true owner of the CW photograph of Joseph Simmons Baldwyn, 13th New Jersey Infantry I found on Flickr? Thanks.
SCHIFFERS Peter
30 Jun 2015, 01:44
Hi, do you know what sort of rifle-muskets were issued to the 13th New Jersey Infantry Rgt? Thanks in advance. Peter
Conor Montrone
14 Apr 2015, 17:34
How does a high school student in New Jersey join this reenactment group? I'm very interested in the Civil War and would love sign up.
Jon Cook
31 May 2014, 20:46
Citta Scout Reservation in brookville NJ is looking for some confederate reinactors to supplement the union reinactors that will be attending a civil war theme scout weekend June 13,14 and 15th. if you know of anyone let me know so i can give the info to the civil war reinactor that is organizing it.
thanks
Jon
Ed Danberry
03 May 2014, 02:53
Would you be able to participate in a flag day celebration in Bridgewater, NJ on June 14, 2014?
N. Demme
12 Feb 2014, 14:16
I was wondering whether or not you have reenactors who perform in libraries. I am interested in booking, if so.
3rd NJ Vol. Infantry
30 Dec 2013, 04:26
If you are interested in either reenacting or getting on our event e-list...email me at glennwleboeuf@msn.com Our web-site is www3rdnj.org My cell is 908-938-5518 \r\nGlenn
Cifford Mazuskas .H
21 Nov 2013, 20:04
hello,\r\nI am a young man who enjoys the civil war and would like to join a reenactment in New Jersey I would like to add that I'd rather join a confederate army or work to what others that don't fight do\r\n\r\n ,Thanks
Sarah
08 May 2013, 08:51
I just moved to New Jersey and I am interested in femal parts for re-enactments. Can anyone give me information on where I can start? Thank you!
Lynda Meyer
27 Jan 2013, 13:55
Yes! I love history! Please send me your schedule ASAP! I don't want to deprive my son from real CW learning that he may not get in school. \r\n
John Walker
25 Sep 2012, 17:13
I am with Boy Scout Troop 48, Berlin, NJ. We are interested in making a tgrip to see the actual reenactment of the CW. Can you please provide dates of when we could attend as a Troop. \r\n\r\nThanks, John Walker, Tenderfoot.
Theresa H
20 Sep 2012, 14:06
I would like to take my 8th grade history class to a reenactment. Are there are tours, school group type things I can book?
john maleski
12 Sep 2012, 05:56
I am doing a jr. camp olden here in Hamilton NJ for West Windsor studants. I need to see if anyone of your guys / Doug Mount can do a station or help Doug with his Navy talk?..please tell Doug to get hold of Myself or Bruce Smith. tks. so much.. the camp will be on a Fri. in October from 9:30 - 2:00
John Thier
22 Aug 2012, 02:51
I have a reproduction civil war Springfield black powder musket in perfect condition done in stainless steel. I am ready to part with it should anyone be interested.
Mrs. G
03 Aug 2012, 13:45
I am very interested in having a civil war reenactment for my scholars or having people come to talk to my students about the civil war. PLEASE contact me if you could help. This would be an amazing experience for my scholars. We are in Brooklyn, NY @ Frederick Douglass Academy VIII.
Jim Ivins
29 May 2012, 14:56
Late notice We need reenactors for Movie 1864...Last film sequence Sat June 2, 2012 call Jim Ivins 609-685-1796\r\nMostly non speaking parts.
Olivia L. Golubowski
20 May 2012, 17:38
I love the idea of reenactments and I'd like to know if there are any coming up in central NJ. Can you send me a schedule or something? I'm 11, how do I sign up? (If I can...)
Terry Matkowski
17 May 2012, 09:27
I work for a senior living facility in Brick New Jersey and we are looking to have a historical re-enactment for our residents some time in July 2012. Our facility is called Brandywine Senior Living. Please let us know if you might be able to do something for us. Thank you.\r\nTerry Matkowski\r\n(732) 836-1400\r\nmatkowskit@brandycare.com
Ms. Cooklin
15 May 2012, 17:05
Would love to have a reenactor talk to my 7th grade students. Anyone in South Jersey or willing to come to Pleasantville?
Kenneth
06 Apr 2012, 12:36
I have always been interseted in the civil war and the time peorid around it.
mike harty
02 Mar 2012, 17:28
i am a retired civil war reenactor and have mens used clothing tents enfield musket and pistol and 2 drums that i am selling if anyone is interested in, please contact by e mail
Bill Pollanger
02 Mar 2012, 06:38
I work in Cape May County and we have a Judge That is retiring the end of march He just loves George Washington, I was wondering if maybe you might have a reinactor that does Washington in this area that might like to do a appearence and the Judges Retirement Lunchen?\r\nI dont know what the cost would be but it is just for about 10 or 15 minutes and the judge would love it.if at all poss and you have someone maybe local that would be a great send off for a great judge and a great guy.\r\nPlease let me know if that can be done.\r\nThanks\r\nBill
Sonny Hand
30 Jan 2012, 09:15
Hello all! Originally from NJ, I am organizing a book-signing and CW presentation "tour" of eastern PA the third week of Aug, 2012, from Idaho. I don't want to travel with the musket and bayonet on the planes. Would anyone in NJ let me borrow their .58 for a week for a free autographed copy of my book "One Good Regiment?" I have been a CW historian since 1960, an active reenactor since 1990, and am still active. The musket would be treated with care. Email me!
elizabeth
24 Sep 2011, 14:35
are you guys going to be doing this in 2012 I would love to take my daughter who is learning about civil war this year\r\nthanks
bill gent
16 Sep 2011, 05:52
I portray a medicial officer and am graced to be a key historian at many events especially The First Battle of Manassas as surgeon general. Anyone interested in a lecture should visit my site http://www.manlytoolman,com and tour my lecture pages for further information.
Mrs.Martinez
10 Sep 2011, 17:17
I am very interested in having a civil war reenactment for my students or having people come to talk to my students about the civil war. PLEASE contact me if you could help. This would be an amazing experience for my students. \r\n\r\nmiss224@gmail.com
Sarah Todd
21 Jul 2011, 11:44
I am looking for a small group to come and do a reenactment program of some sort for my 4th-6th grade class of about 25 students. In our studies this year we will be studying the Civil War in the early spring and would like to do something more interactive. We are located in Edison, NJ.\r\n\r\nSarah Todd
matt Carroll
07 Jul 2011, 16:32
The 7th Annual Soldiers Weekend Event is being held at Fort MOTT NJ in Sept 2011...details and information can be found at www.soldiersweekend.com\r\n\r\n-Thanks!\r\n
Karen Hoffman
18 Jun 2011, 19:16
I am looking to bring a Civil War Battle Reenactment program to the 6th grade students in my school. If you have any information that could help me with this, I would greatly appreciate it.
Will Leggett
14 Jun 2011, 14:58
I am interested in a reenactment that would take place in Hamburg, NJ for a corporate group of 150 people. Curious about options and how we might make that happen! Also if there are currently scheduled reenactments when those are. \r\n\r\nPlease email me with a time to follow up. \r\n\r\nThanks so much. \r\n\r\nWill
Jen
28 Apr 2011, 11:58
I am interested in bringing in a civil war reenactor to my classroom. Please contact me if you have information on this or how I can get in touch with someone.\r\n\r\nThanks
Kim Strenger
20 Apr 2011, 20:00
I am looking for a Civil War re enactor for a program in early November for Veteran's Day. (My programming is due in a few weeks). The target audience is kids and adults.\r\n\r\nThe program would be held at the Atlantic County Library System-Ventnor Branch. The program would be held on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night around 6;00 p.m.\r\n\r\nIf interested please contact me at (609) 823-4614.\r\nMany thanks in advance!
Jacqueline Turner
26 Mar 2011, 15:26
I am looking for one or two Civil War Reenactors for April 5th from 6:30-7:30 to meet with 3rd Graders who have read Pink and Say for Community Read party in Edison, NJ. Can anyone help? 908-835-0695
Owen Gelsinger
25 Mar 2011, 10:13
Civil War Themed 50th Birthday Party on the Delaware River at RiverWinds in West Deptford, NJ. 75 guests \r\nSeptember 17.2011from 6-7 pm Looking to rent/hire/donate funds? Union and Confederate soldiers, Abraham Lincoln, Gen. Robert E. Lee or Stonewall Jackson.\r\nAll will mingle, speak and interact with guests during the cocktail hour out on a berm. Thank you for offering your services or advice.
Andrew Damiter
23 Feb 2011, 15:28
I am a Middle Scool (8th Grade ) SS teacher studying the Civil war ...It would really bring it to life to have a reenactor visit our classroom.\r\nmr damiter \r\nLong valley MS\r\n908 876 3434
diann gray
21 Feb 2011, 04:55
Please send me a schedule for the civil war events planned in 2011....Hopefully you have something in August ....Leonard Neighbor was my 5 Th\r\ngreat grandfather and we will be in this area doing research ....I am a daughter of the Union Civil War...Tent 139 out of Fostoria Ohio...Diann Gray\r\n847 N. Main St......419-619-3051
Linda
18 Feb 2011, 07:37
My nearly 12-year old grandson is very interested in US history and seeing a reenactment. Will you please send me a schedule of any planned in 2011? Thanks!- Linda
Erik C
14 Feb 2011, 11:27
Can someone please email me any info on reenactments in New Jersey. Thank you.
r cwieka
10 Feb 2011, 17:11
i teach victorian / civil war dances...anyone interested in taking lessons?
Marina
03 Feb 2011, 11:57
I am looking for a George Washington, Martha Washington, Abe Lincoln, and other older presidential figures for an event. I'm looking anywhere between February 17th to the 27th. \r\n\r\nI appreciate any help.\r\n
Buddy Shover
18 Jan 2011, 09:23
\r\nI am a member and captain of the the 12TH.NJ.Vol.Co.D We are looking for people to do reenactments and living history events. Please contact me if your interested. Captbud12d@yahoo.com
Jim Folkerts
12 Oct 2010, 05:25
I am a leader in Boy Scout Troop 49 in Oakland, NJ. We would like to have a reenactor come to a troop meeting and talk with the scouts prior to a trip we are taking to Gettysburg Nov 11/5-7. Thank you. My # is 201.294.2487
Dennis Brigance
27 Sep 2010, 06:21
I am doing research on the 11th and 12th NJ. I have a question that I hope someone can help me with. I would like to see military correspondence/letter where the 11th or 12th NJ, using the 1842 Springfield smooth bore muskets, refuse or turned down the upgrade to new Springfield rifles?\r\nThanks for any information,\r\nDennis Brigance\r\nWilmington, NC
Ed Hermann
24 Sep 2010, 10:33
Please advise of local civil war events and re-enactments. Thanks, ED
Jan Zachary
21 Sep 2010, 06:23
I'm creating a program that interviews\r\nAbraham Lincoln just prior to his carriage ride to Fords Theatre. I am portraying Major Rathbone.\r\nI am looking for a uniform to borrow or rent for 1 hour. this interview will take place at the Village Inn, Englishtown NJ. please email me if you can steer me in the right direction to get a uniform. shirt 16 1/2 pants 36 waist 30 inch long.\r\nJan Zachary
Jan O.
13 Jul 2010, 13:03
I have an M1928 McClellan and would like to get a saddle blanket for it. Does anyone know where I can purchase one? (Needs to be a Northern - blue and gold)\r\nThanks!
Vince Rossi
05 Jul 2010, 12:04
Can anyone supply me with info on any of the larger reinactments in New Jersey for balance of 2010 or next year of 2011.\r\n\r\nThanks
Television Production Company
10 Jun 2010, 08:26
TV PRODUCTION COMPANY SEEKING WAR REENACTORS FOR NEW TV SHOW\r\n\r\nDo you participate in historical war reenactments? Civil War? Revolutionary War? Any War? Are you between 20 and 45 years old, energetic, and funny? Would you like to be on TV? A New York based non-fiction television production company is looking to cast individuals for a new television show that will demonstrate your passion and knowledge of history and war reenactments. Please email us with with you some info on yourself and pictures. If you have any links to video of yourself send those along as well. \r\n\r\nPlease feel free to forward this to friends. \r\n\r\nEmail us soon at televisioncasting242@gmail.com\r\n\r\nThanks!
Jim Vance
11 May 2010, 05:12
I have inherited a number of pieces of antique clothing from my mother who was born and lived in the Shenandoah Valley. The items include homespun woolen skirts in good condition, bearskin gloves, man's waistcoat, jodphers, etc.
bernadette moore
10 May 2010, 11:02
I have a 1861 Springfield reproduction rife from my late husband's estate that I wish to sell. Can you forward me in the right direction. I would think a reinactor would be more interested than the general public. Thank you.
Stuart
24 Apr 2010, 06:45
I am going too do a Marine impression. Please let me know, if you have the information,about all the Civil War activities that are taking place this year in New Jersey. My wife also participates(her clothes are every day working womans clothes,not fancy dress).Thanking you in advance Judi and Stuart Buncher.
John A Brown
07 Feb 2010, 17:31
I am a member of the 8th NJ. I was looking at your web site and saw questions about where to get a uniform and leathers to get started. There is a sutler called Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot. You can get a complete starter uniform and leathers for $325.00. They are on the internet. The site is philaqmdepot.com. I hope this will be of help to your organization. See you at Dey Farm in June.
David Hann
08 Jan 2010, 08:00
Hi,\r\n\r\nIs there a way you could list our web site. We are Company D, 7th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry.\r\n\r\nThank you for your time.\r\n\r\n\r\nhttp://sites.google.com/site/companyd7njvi
gistmom
20 Oct 2009, 12:40
I am lookng for a source from which I can purchase or have a Civil War uniform made for my husband - specifically a First Sergeant uniform. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
Bill Gent
04 Oct 2009, 00:02
A Lecturer on the ciivl war for 8+ and reenactor for 3. I will lecture to any school and or organized group . I have a web site \r\n http://www.manlytoolman.com\r\n Go to my civil war section and click on schools for details
matt
27 Aug 2009, 09:48
historic soldiers weekend is being held at Fort Mifflin on the Delaware on September 26-27, 2009. Hope all of teh civil war enthusiasts can come out and support the fort!\r\n\r\nThis is a timeline event, so there is lots to see!\r\n\r\nPublic Parking will be on Enterprise ave with transport to the event by bus (only 1 mile away)
Tommy Z
30 Jul 2009, 19:21
Hello, \r\nI'm a Civil War reenactor for the 7th New Jersey Infantry, Co. A. I see that many of you are interested in seeing a Civil War Reenactment, and my unit is in the top 5 for most reenactors. The next reenactment being hosted by our unit is Parker Press in Woodbride, NJ. For a complete list of events held by our unit and the 2d NJ Brigade, please visit 2dnjbrigade.org and select "Events Schedule". Thank you.
Rose Garwood, Library Director
14 Jun 2009, 13:14
I am applying to the NJ Humanities Council to host an Abe Lincoln impersonator in Oct. Would you be interested in joining us?\r\nThanks,\r\nRose Garwood\r\nDirector\r\nPequannock Library\r\n973 835 7460\r\n
bill gent
02 May 2009, 17:55
I see alot of interest in reenacting depending of where you live it would be best to join a reenactment unit for the small cost of dues it is worth it to get the insurance and also inside track on reenactments\r\n simply google cw reenactment units in your state\r\n gettysburg which is in july is the largest event of the year lots of opportunities to see first hand what this hobby is all about be sure to tour both camps just because it bears a certian state dont rule it out because they may be active in your state and just use that states unit in name \r\n
Cheryl Mustachio
23 Jan 2009, 04:32
Hello, \r\n I am looking for Civil War re-enactors to come to our school some time in May.\r\nPlease call me with any information You may have. You can e-mail me or call 732.671.0132.\r\n Many Thanks,\r\n Cheryl\r\n \r\n
Bobbie
19 Nov 2008, 11:24
Were can I find the rosters of the soldiers of the revolutionary war that fought in Hunterdon, New Jersey.
Roni Olizi
19 Nov 2008, 08:24
The Haddon Heights Republican Club will be hosting a 200th birthday for Lincoln event on February 11, 2009. We are looking for a character actor for an hour or so. Can you possibly direct me to someone in the area? Camden County (south) Thanks
peggy steward
10 Nov 2008, 09:39
How can I get a scheule of re-enactments? dates and places? Thanks
denise mellusi
06 Nov 2008, 10:34
Hello,\r\nI am looking for cival war reinactors to come to our school sometime in may. \r\nwould you be willing to demonstate to our 5th grade class at woodruff school? We are located in berkeley heights, new jersey. \r\nPlease tell me what your program entails and how much would the cost be. if you want to talk to me on person my phone number is 908-464-7169. or email me back asap. I am responsible for getting this program into our school and would like to get this done asap.
t grimando
08 Oct 2008, 09:37
email me on civil war reenactments in nj
Sheryl Stone
26 Sep 2008, 15:05
I am co-chairing the Tercentennial Celebration of the Pennington Presbyterian Church in Pennington,NJ outside of Trenton, NJ.\r\nWe are looking for reenactors who would be willing to be part of our Harvest Festival on Oct. 18th. How would I go about contacting folks who might be interested in making an appearance to reenact our Revolutionary War period.\r\nThanks for your help!\r\nSheryl Stone, Co-Chair\r\nTercentennial Celebration \r\nPennington Presbyterian Church\r\n13 S. Main St.\r\nPennington, NJ 08534\r\npennpres.org
Joann
23 Sep 2008, 17:40
Do you ever have groups that come and talk to schools - perhaps do mini-reinactments? Thank you.
chris cramo
22 Sep 2008, 17:38
Tis is for diane silvia if your grandson is interested inthe civil war there is a civilwar reenactment in allentown newjersey on october 11th and 12th there is going to be artillery drills, weapon drills, and a sort of large battle so come and enjoy the great autumn reenactment.\r\n\r\n 2nd Rhode Island CO.D Chris cramo
Lisa D
21 Sep 2008, 12:38
may i please have info regarding any war re-enactments in New Jersey?\r\n\r\nThank you!\r\n
Diane Silva
09 Sep 2008, 07:22
My ten-year old grandson is very interested in the civil war. He collects soldiers from that time frame and reads a lot about that era. I would love to take him to a reenactment so he can get a feel for what it was really like and what the soldiers had to go through. \r\n\r\nI would appreciate any help you can give me. \r\n\r\nThank you,\r\nDiane
civil war nut
08 Aug 2008, 20:41
Civil war is the S#$%
Julio A. Ibarra
25 Jul 2008, 07:41
Can you please send me a schedule of your reenactment for these coming month.
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