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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or Ted Brennan (email@example.com) 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 September here!
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 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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.
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.