150th Gettysburg National Reenactment Early Registration Extended!
With approximately 5,000 reenactors already registered, or waiting to be entered on our database, for the July 4, 5, 6, & 7 Gettysburg National Reenactment, at the request of many individual reenactors, units and senior military command, we are extending early registration to February 15. We know that a multitude of registrations come in between December 25 and January 31st, so it seemed prudent and sensible to extend this registration due to the fact that many groups and units do not meet until January. The fee will remain at $25 through February 15. We remind you that $5 of every reenactor registration fee will be donated to five local preservations. We are already engaged with several of these organization’s projects including the Sgt MAC National Wreath Project and improvements to the1886 Eisenhower Iron Bridge and the Sachs Mill Covered Bridge. The other three beneficiaries’ are the Adams County Historical Society, Gettysburg Museum on Seminary Ridge and the Land Conservancy of Adams County. Registering this many reenactors is a large and time consuming task – so your understanding and cooperation with accurately proving the requested information as soon as possible is greatly appreciated.
Army of Northern Virginia Withdrawal Letter from Alliance
Army of Northern Virginia
December 17, 2012
The premise and vision of the Blue-Gray Alliance as a means to form a strategic partnership was to bring the many and diverse reenacting organizations together to pursue common and agreed upon goals. All concerned seemed to believe such a partnership was essential to address and solve the critical needs within the hobby for leadership, unity of direction and harmony to make the 150th anniversary events as outstanding as possible. At the formation meeting, it was decided that we would form an alliance without a Commander or Director of the Organization. Further, the commanders of the participating alliance organizations committed themselves to do everything possible to ensure that the 150th events were occasions where all the reenactors worked together in unity and harmony.
Since that time, we have seen two Shiloh’s, two Antietam events, and most recently two Gettysburg events scheduled. Subsequent to the announcement of the second Gettysburg event, a Federal General and I were in a meeting with a group of US and CS commanders who asked us to meet with George Lomas and the Gettysburg GAC event staff. The purpose of such a meeting was to ascertain what improvements, they would be willing to make to enhance the event and make it more reenactor friendly. In response to the request I met with the GAC representatives and discussed improving the scenarios, providing an opportunity for a tactical, allowing the commanders to make scenario changes to better utilize the ground and to commit to a ‘Give-back’ of a portion of the registration monies to Preservation. At this meeting I obtained acceptable concessions and guarantees such as to allow me to support their effort.
A second meeting was held on the Sunday after Remembrance Day in Gettysburg. The attendees were given an in-depth tour of the site where we observed that the camping areas for both sides have been greatly enlarged. I also noted the engineering stakes that are placed to guide the construction of 6 bridges across the creek. The number of port-o-johns has increased and the CS shuttle route will pass through the CS camp so none of us have to climb the ‘Hill of Death’ in the CS camp to go to the sutlers and back. They have also enlarged the battlefield, added more stone wall, and will erect a rail fence for Pickett’s Charge. In some of the scenarios, the use of terrain will be totally different.
Since the 145th events cycle reenactors have discussed and envisioned that “ONE LAST MASSIVE PICKET’S CHARGE” before leaving reenacting following the 150th Gettysburg or in 2015 after Appomattox. In my personal opinion and that of the 1st Division, Army of Northern Virginia, Inc. Board of Directors we will not achieve this goal.
Subsequent to the formation of the BGA, members of the leadership within the BGA have formed divergent views and opinions regarding how the organization should operate. As these differences of opinion surfaced, involving this and other issues in the hobby, it became apparent that we lack the unity to meet our goals. Therefore, it is with deep regret and disappointment that I transmit on behalf of the Board of Directors of the 1st Div., ANV, Inc, this Letter of Withdrawal from the Blue Gray Alliance.
Major General, Cmdg.
Army of Northern Virginia
Numerous Resources Already Being Staged At Event Site
In the past ten days over 100 cord of hardwood has been delivered and placed on 16 designated woodpiles and cut to length. Another 5 piles will be moved and placed in the middle of fields at their final destination after the hay is cut in June. Over 1000 feet of fence posts and rails for the 5-rail historic fence are on site waiting to be placed for Pickett’s Charge. The 5-rail fence was along Emmitsburg Road during the battle and you will notice that it is utilized by the NPS today. Over fifty 150 gallon horse troughs are also staged and ready to be placed. The troughs are filed by two dedicated farm wagons with mounted 500 gallon water hoyers that have mechanical pumps for expeditious filling and re-filling. AC&T Inc. from Hagerstown, the regions premier portable sanitation company and our exclusive supplier for all eighteen years of our existence, has already been contracted for approximately 300 units. No one supplies better units and services them more professionally then AC&T. They are not only our business partners
they are friends and treat us accordingly. There is no question regarding preparation, organization, permitting, operations and access to local resources at The 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment. We have included several resource pictures including the wood firewood process last week.
150th Gettysburg National Reenactment Participant Medallion Update!
The 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment is a very special event and the Participant Medallions should be very special as well. After consulting numerous reenactors it was determined that a Participant Medallion on a campaign ribbon was most desired to be displayed both on and off the uniform. The campaign ribbon will appropriately be blue & gray. The one side of the draft concept shown here conveys: the iconic Gettysburg Reunion Hands At The Wall image, 150th Gettysburg Participation and denotes 150th Anniversary The Battle Of Gettysburg, July 1863-2014. The other side of the medallion conveys the iconic Friend To Friend image, and denotes the chronology from top to bottom of Brother against Brother, Friend To Friend and One Nation under God. The 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment July 4th, 5th & 6th, 2014, 2014 is also engraved on this side. These medallions will only be available to registered reenactors at event registration and will not be made available to the general public. We want every registered reenactor to receive a Participant Medallion. Due to the need to order these custom made special Participant Medallion in advance, there will be an announced reenactor registration cut-off date for guaranteeing a Participant Medallion. Organizers will provide ample notice. Please note that the image conveyed in this Blast will not reflect the sharp finished image of the actual Participant Medallion.
Event HD Video By Prominent Filmmaker With LiveStreamed Pickett’s Charge
We are very proud to announce that nationally prominent documentary filmmaker Rob Child will be directing a professional camera crew at The 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment to document the event for reenactors and the public. Rob is the winner of more than 20 national awards including five Telly awards, two CINE Golden Eagles, Best Director at New York independent film festival and a Special Jury Award at the Huston Worldfest. Rob’s internationally distributed and viewed films mainly focus on military history including Gettysburg: Three Days of Destiny, Gettysburg: The Boys In Blue & Gray, Lincoln & Lee At Antietam: The Cost of Freedom narrated by Ron Maxwell, Silent Wings: American Glider Pilots, The Wereth Eleven (Nazi Germany) for the National Geographic channel and USS Franklin: Honor restored.
We are thrilled to have Rob rejoin our team after the fine work he did at the 140th Gettysburg with the award winning Gettysburg: Three Days Of Destiny. With Rob’s experience, professionalism, background and film making philosophy, this year’s film, 150th Gettysburg: Final Measure Of Devotion, filmed entirely at the event, not only promises to be action packed; but satisfying and informative to the historian in each of us. 150th Gettysburg: Final Measure Of devotion will be filmed entirely in high definition with a Remembrance Day premier and delivery. Both the Gettysburg 140th & 145th were delivered on time as promised. To watch the video trailer go to www.gettysburgreenactment.com and go to 150th DVD. As we have done in the past – we will ship the video out in order received. We are also in the planning stages with Rob to Live Stream Pickett’s Charge so that you or your friends can view it in Live Time or view it later.
Gettysburg National Reenactment Prelude Weekend June 29 & 30
Planning has been preliminarily completed between The Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, Generals Baldwin/Gesuero and GAC with highly anticipated results for two exciting and unique skirmishes, camping and living history at The Lutheran Seminary on June 29 & 30. The skirmishes will be on the actual ground and around the historic buildings. Military Command and the organizers are also involved in planning a Cavalry Battle in Hunterstown. One seminary skirmish will be on Saturday morning June 29 and the other Sunday afternoon June 30. The Calvary Battle in Huntertown will be Saturday afternoon. Participating units will also be providing ceremonial responsibilities for the Monday July 1 grand opening of The Gettysburg Museum at Seminary Ridge – home of The Historic Old Dorm and its famous cupola. Schmucker Hall is called the most historic privately held building in Gettysburg. Besides the two skirmishes there will also be limited opportunities for camping and living history from Friday, June 28 thru Tuesday July 2. These are rare and unique opportunities only made possible through local contacts, resources and a track record of responsibility. The Gettysburg Museum On Seminary Ridge & The Adams County Historical Society located at The Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, are two of our five 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment beneficiaries. Please contact Generals Baldwin, General Gesuero and Living History Coordinator Kirk Davis regarding these opportunities.
|National Reenactment Official Event For The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
The 151st Gettysburg National Civil War Reenactment, to be held on July 4, 5, 6, & 7, has been designated by the Pennsylvania legislature as the Official Gettysburg One Hundred Fiftieth Anniversary Commemoration Reenactment Event in Pennsylvania.
Gettysburg 100th Anniversary Participants To be Honored During Event
It is an honor and privilege for us to recognize participants from the Gettysburg 100th Battle Anniversary in 1963 at this year’s 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment. The 100th Anniversary participants will be recognized and honored on the battlefield with a 100 gun salute, and will receive a special medallion and a citation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If you qualify and plan to attend the 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment please contact Joanne Sease at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 717-338-1525 to register.
|Gettysburg National Reenactment Event Command Post General Allen Baldwin
To My Fellow Reenactors,
|Site Tour At The Wall – Remembrance Day Weekend
Since the Mayan’s don’t seem to have the calendar right and I have finished unloading my Henry, Springfield, Colt, Navy and Star since no zombies showed up, I thought it was time to update you on what is happening with your event. I promise to keep it short because this time of year it’s all about friends and family.
The Federal Command Staff and General Gesuero’s Staff have been and continue to be hard at work on preparations for the 150th Gettysburg Reenactment and the special June 29 & 30 prelude events being held on significantly historical ground which we will all have a chance to fight and honor on.
The staffs including Divisional and Branch Commands will be in Gettysburg on February 9th to start to layout scenarios on the expanded battlefield. Your commanders are setting up the scenarios. Rest assured we are not taking the holiday off.
If you have the opportunity to visit Gettysburg you will find it beautifully decorated and in the holiday spirit. New Years Eve is always a real blast on the square. If you’re in town for the holidays or News Years and have any questions etc. as always feel free to look me up.
More importantly than anything else, don’t forget the meaning of the season and on behalf of my family, myself, and the Federal Staff let me extend a very Happy Holiday and a Joyous New Year.
Major General Allen Baldwin
150th Gettysburg National Reenactment
Gettysburg National Reenactment Command Post General Brian Gesuero
December 25, 2012
To my fellow reenactors,
|Vast Wheatfield Tactical Field: Rear CSA Camp
With the holiday season upon us and 2012 coming to an end, I would like to take a moment to think about all that I have to be thankful for. It has been an eventful year. One that has seen too many good men and family members leave us. One in which I have personally lost good friends, both within and without this hobby. As I reflect on them, I am thankful for the guidance, support and friendship of each of them. It has also been a year I have witnessed the membership of 1st Legion, PACS step up and support me, my staff and several events this year that we did not expect when 2012 started. I am honored and thankful to represent the membership of this organization.
In looking forward to 2014, I am already expecting another eventful year. 2014 marks the midpoint of the Civil War Sesquicentennial with events being planned for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville, May 3rd through the 5th and the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 4th through the 7th. When it comes to the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment, we will all have many things to be thankful for that will make this event so much different from any other event. This will be an event where reenactors are taken care of and nothing is left to chance. The best logistics and level of preparedness in the hobby await us! Let me explain; Nobody does operations, resources and emergency services better than the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee. The GAC Principal & Operations Manager Randy Phiel, General Allen Baldwin and I are all career public safety and emergency responders. Between the dynamics of background, experience, proven performance, professionalism, access to local resources and having earned the respect of local governmental entities from 18 years of proven performance, there is no question our permitting and operations, for an event of this significance, has significant value to the reenactors, visitors and the community. This has allowed GAC to actively pursue the resources and work on the details to benefit both reenactor and spectator alike since the 145th Anniversary event!
At the heart of the event is a command and dispatch center that is staffed 24/7 by trained and experienced Fire, Police and EMS dispatchers. Over 100 Motorola radios with 5 operational frequencies are at our disposal. The GAC Command Center Communications System operates under the National Incident Management System (DHS/FEMA), the Pennsylvania Statewide Basic Life Support Protocols, and Local Ordinances for Special Events. The FCC has authorized the GAC Command Center to operate on five (5) radio frequencies. The CC is also equipped with telephones, additional radio communications, and internet service. A Multi-Hazard Emergency Incident Action Plan has been developed. Upon activation, the GAC Command Center will operate as “Area Command” (under the Incident Command System) under the Adams County Department of Emergency Services. There are three fully staffed 24/7 EMS/triage areas. There is one in each camp with a third centrally located in the visitor use/living history/sutler area. Also there is a 24/7 wild land fire fighting crew on site that has more EMT’s and wild land rescue and firefighting equipment. If an emergency arises, whether it is night or day, anywhere on site, we will be ready to handle it then and there. Making frantic 911 calls or waiting for help to arrive from offsite somewhere will be a thing of the past! GAC has made sure that help will already be there.
You’ll also find up to twenty experienced folks working registration when you arrive at the Redding Auction facility on Table Rock Road. The location is well marked, has easy access with plenty of room for parking and includes indoor restrooms. This should make registration an easy in, easy out process. Registration hours will be Tuesday 8AM -10PM, Wednesday 8AM -10PM, Thursday 7AM – 10PM, Friday 7AM – 10PM, Saturday 7AM – 7PM and Sunday 7AM – Noon. Reenactor parking is close to the camps. You will be able to come and go as you please. This will give you every opportunity to see historic Gettysburg and take in the sights. It is going to be hot in July for both man and beast. We will have six 6,000 gallon tankers strategically placed around the camps, a 6,000 gallon refill tanker on site 24/7, as well as an additional 1,500 gallon tanker, there are two 500 gallon mobile water buffalos, one assigned to each camp, mounted on wagons with pumps for rapid horse trough refill. These will keep the 50 plus 150 gallon horse troughs full that the GAC owns and distributes for the cavalry, artillery and staff horses throughout both camps.
Each camp will have two dedicated gators just for ice deliveries. Ice deliveries will be made through the camps four times a day to make sure you have what you need to keep your food and drink cold and fresh. Two refrigerated trailers will be onsite at all times to make sure we will have plenty of ice. The ice will be in 20lb bags selling for $4 a bag, just like you were buying it at Wal-Mart. There will be approximately 300 newer port-a-johns serviced daily by AC&T, whose service over the years for us has been unsurpassed. Port-a-johns will be strategically placed for all the camps. You’ll never see less than five at time together so they won’t be overwhelmed. Approximately 100 cords of wood is already on site! Most has been cut and placed on wood piles within the camps.
We have 1000 feet of historic 5-rail post and rails fence already on site. This will replicate the famous Emmitsburg Road fence. We will have up to 10 dedicated reenactor shuttles running from the Living History & Sutlers to the Confederate Camps. They will run from 7 AM till 11 PM every day and will stop in the middle and at the top of the Confederate Camps. Not only can you take a shuttle to the sutlers but you can catch it for a ride back to camp after the battles. This was an amenity General Baldwin and I requested at this year’s event that generated a lot of positive feedback! Both the Confederate and Union camps will each have a “Strike Team” that will be dedicated to their camp. Their only job is to handle any situation that arises in the camp. They are radio dispatched and deployed rapidly to resolve each issue as it occurs. There is no “we will get to it later”. We handle it now! The bottom line is during the event, total staff will approach 400 people. Not volunteers who would rather be back in camp or out having fun but paid people who are there to make sure that you have water, wood, ice, clean port-a-johns, event security, parking lot security, fire and EMS protection. This staff is in place to make sure that your experience at the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment is the best it can possibly be.
Are any of you curious about the schedule for our event? It’s on our website. How about information about the battles, scenarios and tactical? It’s on our website. How about a site map showing you the camp areas, battlefield, sutler area, living history area and parking lots? It’s on our website. We don’t have any secrets. This event has been in the planning process for over five years. We are ready! Go to http://gettysburgreenactment.com/ for a wealth of information. If there is something that you want to know but can’t find the answer, email us and we will get you the answer.
Are you curious about the command structure for either the Union or Confederate forces? We have listed divisional and branch commanders in past posts. Take a look under Commanders Posts on our website. Very soon we will have a page dedicated to the Order of Battle for each army. And I can guarantee you that it won’t change. If we have asked an officer to fill a position, our word is good. There will be strength in our command structure. The planning and work that is going into this event is immense. Everything that can be done to make this event better is being done. This team has been working together for 18 years now. I feel grateful and very proud to be part of it now. I will stack this infrastructure up against any event, east or west, north and south.
Well, enough of my rambling. General Baldwin and I want to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with prosperity. Let’s enjoy the holidays with our families. Then let’s start to get ready to come to Gettysburg for the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment!
I respectfully remain,
Provisional Army of the Confederate States
“Nous sommes la Legion”