Reenactment Units – Civil War

This page is dedicated to helping you find Civil War reenactment units in your area. You can click on your state or the adjacent state/s to find units in your general area.

Most of the unit lists that I have seen give the regimental units by the states in which they were formed.  However, today many reenactors live in states that weren’t even territories at the time, or they want to be in a Confederate unit while living in a northern state, or vice versa.  Thus I have endeavored to list units where they say most of their members live, as this also helps with carpooling to drills and events.

For the novice, this will help you contact local Civil War reenactors, get more information, and “jine up.”

10th Michigan Infantry

10th Michigan Infantry

For the veteran or officers, it will help you to link to other units in your region for camaraderie and to enlarge your event participation.

Most reenactment groups have a primary impression that they usually do, such as Union or Confederate.  However, since some states had units that fought on both sides of the war, causing some confusion when just seeing unit names, I shall use “[U]” and “[C]” to differentiate between units doing primarily Union or Confederate impressions.  Many units will “switch sides” for certain events if there are not enough primary units of the opposition in attendance.  The officers in your unit will inform you of this.  A few units may do about an even split between Union and Confederate impressions and will get both “[U]” and “[C]”.

It is my desire to make this a comprehensive, yet current, resource for every active reenactment unit.  For some of the units below I could not find a current website or contact info, so I’m not sure if they are still active.  If you have that info, please leave it as a comment or on the Contact Me page.  If you know of one that is not listed or a link that needs to be updated, please contact me and give me the proper information.

Because of the size of this page, I have had to break this into multiple pages. Please click on your state or adjacent state in the links below.

 

 

UNITED STATES REENACTORS

 

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut

Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa

Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana640px-South_Mountain_re-enactors_MD1

Nebraska, Nevada, New England Area, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota

Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas

U.S. Colored Troops, U.S. Regulars, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Union & Confederate Units at Brigade, Division, Corps, or Army Organization Levels, Regional & National Organizations

 

INTERNATIONAL REENACTORS

 

 

 

 

 

68 Comments

  1. Larry Burden

    Greetings from New Brunswick Canada and Company I, 20th Maine. We represent the 1000+ Atlantic born (Canadian) British Colonials who served in numerous Maine regiments during the Civil War. We work closely with Company B, 20th Maine from the northern border region of the State of Maine.

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    1. Marty

      Glad to hear from you Larry. Keep up the good work.

      Marty

      Reply
  2. Justin

    Hello im justin kimbrell im wanting to join a reanactment team if possible i live in pauldibg county ga

    Reply
    1. Marty

      Hi Justin,
      I see that you live just west of Atlanta. You have several units and events to choose from. Go to http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units/delaware-iowa and click on Georgia units until you find one or two that you think you would like to be a part of and contact them. Also, go to my reenactment schedule at http://civilwar-reenacting.com/civil-war-reenactment-schedule to click and find some events coming up in your area. Then go to them, meet some reenactors and they will be glad to have you join up.

      Marty

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  3. Kristine Tennant

    Hello Marty – I am in search as a viewer (not participating) of a reinactment event this summer in the Indianapolis or southern Illinois areas. Is there a webpage you could direct me to that has a listing of reinactment events for the year? I especially would like to learn anything I can about the 43rd Illinois Infantry. Wondering if there are any reinactments in the area where those men came from (st louis, Belleville). Thank you so much for your help!

    Kristine Tennant

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    1. Marty

      Kristine, go to my schedule page http://civilwar-reenacting.com/civil-war-reenactment-schedule and click on the months to see if there is anything coming up in your area. Also go to http://www.civilwartraveler.com/ and look under you state for events and attractions that may be of interest.

      Marty

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  4. Cayden D.

    I live in Gloucester Va and I was wondering if there is any groups around here????????

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    1. Marty

      Cayden, in eastern VA you have lots of units and events to choose from. Go to http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units/u-s-colored-troops-wyoming and click on VA units until you find one or two that you think you would like to be a part of and contact them. Also, go to my reenactment schedule at http://civilwar-reenacting.com/civil-war-reenactment-schedule to click and find some events coming up in your area. Then go to them, meet some reenactors and they will be glad to have you join up.

      Marty

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  5. Kolby

    I’m looking to get into the hobby of reanactments but I don’t know if any groups are active in my area.I live near Fort Worth Texas.Thanks for any help.

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    1. Marty

      Kolby,
      There are a number of units in Texas, but oddly enough, I only show two on my reenacting Units page. I suggest going to http://civilwar-reenacting.com/civil-war-reenactment-schedule and look at the list of events coming up to see which ones are in your area. Go to one or two and meet the reenactors. Then ask how you can join up. They’ll be glad to have you.

      Marty

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  6. Anjelica B.

    I moved from Florida, where I was a huge member within the reenactments down there (I was a personal currier for the main General), and am looking into starting back up here in Indiana if there are any. If anyone could give me some information as to whom of which I would speak to become a currier or anything rather that deals with my horse(s) and I, I would greatly appreciate it! I prefer to be emailed, as I check it on a daily basis so anyone with info, please feel free to send me a message!

    ringo271474@gmail.com

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    1. Marty

      Angelica,
      Did you get my previous message? If not, then go to this page http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units/delaware-iowa for units in Indiana and contact them until you find one you like. I noticed that there are three cavalry units with members in Indiana. Good luck.

      Marty

      Reply
  7. Marcus

    Hi. I’m looking for regiment near me in Southern Illinois. I take schooling that ends in May and would be available then until August.

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    1. Marty

      Marcus,
      I suggest that you look at this page and contact some of the units in Illinois. http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units/delaware-iowa If you don’t find one you like then try some units in eastern Missouri, northern Kentucky, or southern Indiana. Good luck.

      Marty

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  8. Natalie

    Hi, I am going to school fall-spring in Northern Utah, and am wondering if there are any reenactment groups based around there. (Especially close to Provo or Peyson) I’ve had trouble finding a group that is close enough to my university and apartment.

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    1. Marty

      Natalie,
      Unfortunately there are not many groups in that part of the state. There are several in southern Utah and Nevada that I am aware of and you might want to contact them to see if they have members or know about groups in your area.
      http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units/u-s-colored-troops-wyoming
      This link will take you to those groups. Best of luck and happy hunting.

      Marty

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  9. Brock

    Hello,

    I just moved to Alexandria, VA and am looking for any units in the Area. I used to do reenacting when I was younger and would like to pick the hobby up again.

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    1. Marty

      Brock,
      You are in luck because there are lots of units in northern VA that would love to have you join up. Go to http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units/u-s-colored-troops-wyoming, scroll down to VA, and click on some of these units to find one or two that you are interested in joining in your area. Contact each one and get more info about them. Then have fun.

      Regards,
      Marty

      Reply
  10. Spy that does not lie

    I am the spy and I do not lie. I was told to say that to you by a man who served as a reenacter 15 years ago. I was told that if I ride up on any battlefield my name and story would be known. As proof I give you my record https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Fujimori

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    1. Marty

      Scott,
      You will have to be a bit less cryptic. I don’t know Mr. Fujimori and I don’t recall you.

      Marty

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  11. Jason

    Does anyone know of any Union reenactment groups in Richmond, Va? Moved here 4 yrs ago and would love to get into it again. Thanks!

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    1. Marty

      Jason, look at http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units/u-s-colored-troops-wyoming for groups in VA including Richmond. Also go to http://www.civilwartraveler.com/ for events near you where you may meet some reenactors.

      Good luck,
      Marty

      Reply
  12. Jamie H.

    I am looking for units in the mid-atlantic area (pref northern harford county or lower PA/MD).

    thanks!

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    1. Marty

      Jamie, look at http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units/kansas-montana or http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units/ohio-texas for groups in PA & MD. Also go to http://www.civilwartraveler.com/ for events near you where you may meet some reenactors.

      Good luck,
      Marty

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      1. Marty

        Jamie, look at http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units/kansas-montana or http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units/ohio-texas for groups in PA & MD. Also go to http://www.civilwartraveler.com/ for events near you where you may meet some reenactors.

        Good luck,
        Marty

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      2. Marty

        In reply to Jamie H..
        Jamie, look at http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units/kansas-montana or http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units/ohio-texas for groups in PA & MD. Also go to http://www.civilwartraveler.com/ for events near you where you may meet some reenactors.

        Good luck,
        Marty

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  13. Avi Dey

    This is a very well done website for local reenactment groups . Thank you.

    Café Twin
    Fairfax, VA

    Reply
    1. Marty

      Thank you.

      Marty

      Reply
  14. Scott Sizemore

    Hello! Excellent site! I emailed to get my unit on the list…but I wanted to add this.

    Reenacting season is almost upon us! Co. F 4th Virginia Infantry is actively recruiting for members! Along with the men in the ranks we are also looking for civilians, muscians, and anyone with a passion to teach and continue the legacy of the Grayson Daredevils! We are fully insured and have a great schedule this year including events in the battlefield at Gettysburg! Interested parties can contact us either through the website link below or directly through Scott Sizemore, Captain at the4thva_cof@yahoo.com. Also check out recruitment video on our YouTube channel! Come join us for a great season!

    http://Www.4thvacof.com

    Our recruitment video:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lI54DEcjji8

    Reply
    1. Marty

      Scott,

      I have added the 4th VA. Good luck on your recruiting this year. Advertising your unit and invitation within a 50 mile radius using various methods and free write-ups in local newspapers will help your efforts.

      Marty

      Reply
  15. Dominic S

    Hey, I’m from Bucks County, PA and was thinking if there is any nearby good Union civil war reenactment regiments? Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Marty

      Dominic,

      Go to http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units/ohio-texas and scroll to PA. You’ll have to open several of these and contact a few to see who has members in your area.

      Marty

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  16. John
    1. Marty

      John,
      Thanks for letting me know about these two groups. I have added them to the states and to the regional organizations lists. Please check them to be sure they open properly in both places. Let me know if there are individual units within these groups with websites that you would like listed separately under the states.

      Marty

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  17. James Edwards

    To who it my concern, I am the recruiting officer for the 61st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Company A based in around the Gettysburg and Hanover, PA areas. We too are currently recruiting for the upcoming season and have come across your wonderful website and compilation of units. Please feel free to add our information to your site to help us recruit and get the knowledge out there.

    http://www.61stpvi.com
    http://www.facebook.com/61stPvi

    Thanks again, James Edwards

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    1. Marty

      James,
      I have added your unit. I’m always happy to add units or info of which I’m unaware.

      Marty

      Reply
  18. Daniel Walls

    Greetings everyone,

    My name is Dan Walls and I’m from the Ashbel Wooward Museum in Franklin,CT,USA. We are holding our annual Ashbel Woodward Day on May 14th,2016 and the museum board would like invite you all to participate in our event. Please email me if you are interested and have inquiries.

    Thanks you and we look forward to hearing from you!

    Dan Walls

    Ashbel Wooward Museum
    387 RT.32
    Franklin,CT 06254
    Board Member

    Reply
    1. Marty

      Dan,
      I just sent you an email in response, but I think i addressed it to Tom.
      If you didn’t receive it or have more questions, please respond.

      Thanks,
      Marty

      Reply
      1. Daniel Walls

        Sorry,I did not recieve your email Marty.

        Reply
        1. Marty

          Hi Daniel, sorry for the lost email.

          I recommend first that you go to my webpage http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units and select some units from CT, MA, NY, RI, PA, & NJ. I noticed that each of these had one or more units that you could invite to participate. Click on the unit and search for contact information. Some may only have contact info on the “Join Up” page, but you can use that to contact the commanding officer. Reenacting units often travel 100-200 miles to an event that they think is worthwhile.

          Then you can go to my Sutlers page http://civilwar-reenacting.com/civil-war-sutlers and click on some of the General Sutlers to find contact info. Do this quickly, especially for any you find in a 200 mile radius, as they will be getting their weekends booked very soon.

          Finally, go to http://civilwar.travel/mobile/ and http://www.civilwarnews.com/ to contact these excellent scheduling sources. Tell them about your event and they will post it so that it is seen nationwide.

          I wish you every success with this event.

          Marty

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  19. Johanna

    Hello all,
    I have a quick question. I’ve been a Civil War enthusiast for years and would like to get into re-enacting. I’m from the Piedmont of North Carolina and would be looking at doing civilian impersonations. What would you recommend as the best regiment to join? I’ve seen quite a bit about both the 26th and 49th North Carolina, but it’s hard to tell which one would be the most active, or would be the most welcoming to women.
    Your advise would be welcomed!
    Thank you,
    –Johanna

    Reply
    1. Marty

      Johanna,
      Both are excellent units and have a civilian group. Both can be found and contacted through my Units page, but here are their webpages:
      http://www.26nc.org/Civilians/civilians.html
      http://www.49nct.org/default.html

      I recommend looking at both and then contacting them for more info.
      I will say that I have had some personal experience with the 26th NC several years ago and I was very impressed. They are a much larger organization with strong Civilian participation. They are also very active so you will have multiple opportunities to participate each year. They claim over 300 total members which makes it one of the largest units in the country, that I’m aware of.

      Best Regards,
      Marty

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  20. Diana Douglass

    I am trying to find information for another party on a reenactment unit for Northeastern Utah. There was one that was held around Heber City and Soldier Summit.
    My boss would like to participate in this next year but we can’t find any information on it.
    Would you know any contact information on this or how I would find out who would have the information we are looking for?
    Any help you can give to me would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Diana

    Reply
    1. Marty

      Dianna,
      I just replied to your request from today. Also, you can check with the tourism dept., city hall, and local newspapers in the Heber City and Soldier Summit area. One or more of these sources will likely know what they’ve done in the past and what is upcoming. They will also be able to give you a contact name for participants. You may also want to contact the state tourism board as they often have records of events, especially annual ones, in every town in the state.

      Regards,
      Marty

      Reply
  21. Susan

    There is growing civilian interest and groups who like to do living history/reenactments. Check out Facebook for groups such as The Civilian Civil War Closet. If looking in Ohio for civilian info check out The Ohio Civilian Network-Ohio Civil War Reenactors

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    1. Marty

      Thanks Susan, that is good information.
      Sorry I didn’t reply sooner.
      Marty

      Reply
  22. Scott Gyenes

    I am currently researching the unique and ever present role the American Civil War in general, with special emphasis on the Gettysburg Battlefield, plays in the American psyche. To this end, I, along with my students, are beginning the process of compiling as many oral histories about the importance of Gettysburg Battlefield for Americans (and those outside America) of all walks of life. Reenactors and living historians play a major role in Civil War education and would love to speak with as many of your members who would like to discuss the importance of Civil War reenactment and/or the Battle of Gettysburg. This may be done in person, over the phone, internet, or social media. If you or any of your members are interested and have questions please have the contact me directly at 717-815-6736 or sgyenes@ycp.edu. Thank you. Scott Gyenes, Department of History, York College of Pennsylvania.

    https://www.facebook.com/gettysburgoralhistory

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    1. Marty

      Hi Scott,
      Sounds like a great topic. I don’t have members but I can make some suggestions for you to follow up and make contacts. First, Contact the folks at http://www.gettysburgreenactment.com and ask them for a list of participating units over the last 2-3 years, preferably with contact info. If they only provide you with a unit list, then go to http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units click on the units individually and try to contact them. This sounds like a great class assignment to be divided up among your students. Many of these reenactors are historians who will be glad to share their knowledge and insights. You may also want to look at newspaper articles from 1863 about the battle to see how it impacted people then.

      Regards,
      Marty

      Reply
  23. Ray Harrington

    I have been in reenacting for some time. Currently am a regimental surgeon.
    I have been looking to start an Irish unit. Are there any units of the 1st Va company E out there? By the way great page.

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    1. Marty

      Thanks Ray for the kind words. I am not aware of a 1st VA Co. E, but I’ll post your question and maybe someone else will know if the unit exits. Otherwise, start the unit yourself. You mentioned starting an Irish unit and I must ask if there are any already in your area, which you didn’t mention?

      Marty

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  24. warren mcguffin

    I am looking for info on the 5th Virginia regiment Stonewall Brigade. I am hoping there is a reenactment group.
    My gGrand Father was a soldier in that brigade and received a confederate pension for injuries at Spottsylvania. I am not sure what company he was in. His Name is the same as mine John Warren McGuffin. I also have his musket that he carried in battle.

    Reply
    1. Marty

      Hi Warren,
      I checked my Reenactment Units page (http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units) and I found the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 8th, 10th,etc. Virginia Inf. units but not the 5th. To my knowledge, there is not an active 5th VA unit. There is. however, the 21st VA Inf. “Jackson’s Foot Cavalry (http://www.21vafco.org/) and the Stonewall Brigade (https://www.facebook.com/StonewallBrigadeAOS?notif_t=fbpage_fan_invite) which you might investigate and contact. You didn’t tell me where you live, so if you are interested in joining a reenactment group in your area, go to my Reenactment Units page (above), find the state you live in, and check out the links to some of the units listed there. If you are close to a state border, also look under that adjacent state.

      Marty

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  25. Robert Jansen

    My kids and I (7 and 5 years old) have attended events and have our civilian impressions from Gettysburg sutlers. We are located in NY, but were wondering if you knew of any Confederate units that might want civilians in a support role for Gettysburg 2015.

    Reply
    1. Marty

      Robert, I’m sure that any reenactment group would be delighted to have you and your children join them. Anyone can show up at an event in period dress and just walk around. But if you want to be a part of a group, make some new friends and get included in some of the things the unit impressionists are doing, I would suggest that you consider finding a unit and joining up as a family so your can have more fun.

      That said, go to my website page http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units and look at units in NY that might be in your area. There are a number of units in NY but it is a big state. If you live within a hundred miles of another state, look at that state’s units to see if you might be closer to one of their units. Then click the link to go to their website and get more info about that group. Be sure to select one that is “family friendly” and has a civilian impressionist group. There usually isn’t an age limit in those groups. Larger units tend to be better organized, more active, and have more members in their civilian groups.

      There are two Confederate units listed in NY on the page above: the 38th Georgia Vol. Inf. and the 1st Virginia Vol. Inf. Check these out but also know that many units “galvanize” (Change uniforms and do impressions of the other side) at some events in order for the number of participants to be more even. Often, units will give the name of the opposite unit that they change to on some occasions on their website. I tell you this because you may find a Federal unit in your area that sometimes galvanizes, maybe even for Gettysburg this year, but the civilian group will dress the same either way. This way, you could join a unit nearby, go to their events several times a year, and have fun as a family.

      I hope this helps,
      Marty

      Reply
  26. Liesel

    Hello, e
    I live in the Tidewater Region of Va and was wondering if there is any Cavalry units in this area? I was also curious if you have to have your own horse or is there a place you can lease one for different events? Just starting out doing this and very excited for info on what there is in my area. Thank you in advance.

    Reply
    1. Marty

      Hi Liesel and welcome to this site. I looked at my Reenactment units page http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units, scrolled down to Virginia, and I found two potential cavalry units. Go to the page and click on the 13th Virginia Cavalry, Co. I and also the 2nd US Cavalry Co. A. Both have members in VA and CSA units. Check out their websites, contact their recruiting officers for more info, then choose one you like and have fun!

      Marty

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    2. ruth shipley

      Hi there we have a few cavalry. I ride with 1st Maryland. Based out of northern maryland. We have two va groups we ride with the 10 va and 13th email me and i can get you in contact dna25317@gmail.com

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      1. Marty

        Hi Ruth,
        Could you give me precise website URLs or Facebook pages for each of these units? I will be happy to list them on my units page.

        Marty

        Reply
  27. Bob Heffner

    Now that I have just retired from Philadelphia Police Department, I am interested in getting back into CW reentacting. I was a member of an artillery unit 15 years ago, but I am now unable to be directly on the firing line. I am seeking a support position either within a unit, or an independent civil war support unit, in the Philadelphia area. I have tried to find a provost marshal unit that existed about 15 years ago, which would be perfect for me. Unfortunately, I have been unable to determine if this unit still exists. If anyone can suggest a unit for me, I would appreciate it.
    Thanks,
    Bob Heffner

    Reply
    1. Marty

      Hi Bob and thanks for the visit and the question. If you will go to my page http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units and scroll down to Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, you will see units that probably have members in your area. Look at there websites, select 2-3 that look interesting, go to their Contact page, and call or email them with the information that you just gave me. I’m sure that you’ll find at least one unit that would love to have you join in your area.

      Many units have participants like yourself who love to come and participate in a limited way because of age or disability. When I was an active reenactor in TX, we had an older gentleman, a captain in the unit, who had a form of palsy and could no longer form in the line. However, he was rich in knowledge and shared it with us. Sometimes he stayed in camp and sometimes a friend of his in the unit would bring a horse for him to ride along with the General. He was a great blessing to our unit as I’m sure that you will be to some unit as well.

      Let me know if I can help further,

      Marty

      Reply
  28. R W Brashear

    Hello, Just to inform everyone, their is the 11th Pennsylvania Reserves Infantry Co. F ( 40th PVI) located in Brownsville Pa. has been in a unit since 2010

    Reply
    1. Marty

      Hi Rocky, I’ll be glad to add your unit to my page of units. Do you have a Website URL that I can link to so that others can find you? If not, check out some of the websites in PA listed on my http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units page and contact their web designers. Let me know either way.

      Thanks,
      Marty

      Reply
  29. Pierre Hamel

    internet.grays and bleu montreal Canada, unit with major 22 menbers completed history on the net latess battle was Cedar Creek Virginia.

    Merci beaucoup Pvt. pierre copany M

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    1. Marty

      Pierre, I found your website and have linked it on my http://civilwar-reenacting.com/reenactment-units page. Because most of the units are in the US, you are located in the International section under Canada. Welcome to you and your unit. Are there other units in Canada or nearby that I could add as well? Let me know.

      Thanks,
      Marty

      Reply
  30. Pierre Hamel

    Organisation 27th Virginia C.s.a. company M /Montréal Canada

    we are the grays and bleu of Montréal(Gbm)are a registered not-for-profit(living history)association located in Montréal ,QUEBEC, Canada

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    1. Marty

      That’s great Pierre. Do you have a website for your unit that I can list on my Reenactment Units page? How many are in the unit? How long have you been active? What events are you participating in?

      Best of everything,
      Marty

      Reply
  31. Dane Deleppo

    Just to let you know there is a 53rd VA Co. H. reenactor unit 53rdvacompanyh.org
    Thanks Dane

    Reply
    1. Marty

      Thanks Dane for the info. I have added the 53rd to the Reenactment Units page under VA. I assume this is correct because I didn’t see any other states listed from which your present reenactors hail. You have a nice website and I hope I can help you with your membership. Let me know about any big events you are going to this year.

      Marty

      Reply

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