Early Registration Extended to February 15th!
As the end of January approaches, there are close to 6,000 Reenactors registered for the 150th
Gettysburg National Reenactment. Be advised it may take several weeks for your name to be entered into the database as this is only one of the tasks our reenactment administrative staff is performing. A reminder that early registration was extended to February 15. The cost of early registration is $25.00 with $5.00 of every Reenactor registration fee being donated to five local preservations and beneficiaries. The donation presentations will be made on the field at the event. On February 16 the registration fee goes to $35 until April 1. For an event of this size, planning, resources and logistics, for the large number of military Reenactors, living history Reenactors, dependents and cavalry, is critical to provide responsible operations and service. Please help us serve you by registering early and urge your pards to do the same!
June 29, 30 & July 1 150th National Reenactment Prelude Event Information
Anticipation is building for the 150th National Reenactment Event prelude “Historic Seminary Ridge Experience”. This is a unique and limited opportunity to provide living history, engage in a First Day skirmish and camp on the historic grounds of the Gettysburg Theological Seminary both Saturday & Sunday. In addition, on Saturday evening the action will move to the village of Hunterstown for the cavalry battle “Springing the Trap”. There will also be an opportunity for campaign style camping around Schmucker Hall. Schmucker Hall with its famous cupola overlooking the town and battlefield is the most significant privately owned historic building in Gettysburg. Registered participants may camp until Tuesday morning on the seminary grounds. The Grand Opening of the newly renovated Gettysburg Museum on Seminary Ridge (Schmucker Hall) will be at 10:00 Monday, July 1. Schmucker Hall is going through a year-long $17 million renovation during restoration and conversion into a world class Civil War museum. Inquiries for both military and living history participation should be directed to Kirk Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org 717-338-1776. There will be a $5 registration donation fee with all proceeds being donated to The Gettysburg Museum on Seminary Ridge. Due to limitations if your registration application is not accepted your registration and donation will be returned to you. You must be registered for the 150th Gettysburg National Event. If demand exceeds availability priority consideration will be given to individuals and units who have supported the Annual Gettysburg Event. Artillery and Cavalry should contact Generals Baldwin & Gesuero directly. These are very rare and unique opportunities only made possible through local contacts, resources and a track record of responsibility.
2014 Remembrance Day Activities Date Changed
Organizers of Gettysburg’s Remembrance Day parade have announced the annual parade has been rescheduled for 2014. The parade, which draws thousands of Union and Confederate Reenactors, will be held Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. Events held in conjunction with the parade have also been rescheduled. The effects of the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary were the catalyst of the change.
Parade organizers, the Sons of Veterans Reserve, initially planned to hold the parade the Saturday prior to the Nov. 19 Dedication Day, but made the decision to change the schedule last week. “We felt a change in the date was necessary in order to find adequate lodging for our people and the Reenactors that participate in the parade,” said Brig. Gen. Henry E. Shaw Jr., Deputy Commander of the Sons of Veterans Reserve. Shaw said the Sons of Veterans Reserve and the Sons of Union Veterans will stay at the Wyndham Gettysburg, and their original Civil War ball will be held at the hotel on Nov. 23. Sons of Veterans Reserve is the military component of the Sons of Union Veterans, both national organizations. According to Shaw, the parade will follow its customary route, kicking off near the Gettysburg Area Middle School before continuing onto East Middle Street, Baltimore Street, and Steinwehr Avenue. The place where the parade forms may be altered slightly to accommodate ongoing construction at the middle school property, Shaw added.
An updated annual schedule was released by Gettysburg National Military Park Wednesday listing the 11th annual Remembrance Day Illumination on the evening of Nov. 23. The annual event in the past had been held the same day as the parade, and is organized by the Gettysburg Foundation.
Other events rescheduled for the weekend of Nov. 22-24 include:
- Remembrance Day Dinner and Ball at the Gettysburg Hotel, Nov. 22;
- Remembrance Day Military Ball at the Eisenhower Hotel, Nov. 22;
- Woolson Monument Ceremony at Zeigler’s Grove, GNMP, Nov. 23; and
- President’s Remembrance Day Dinner and Ball at the Gettysburg Hotel, Nov. 23.
A full list of Remembrance events and other events held in and around Gettysburg throughout the year is available at www.gettysburgcivilwar150.com
120 Full Size Cannons Registered For 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment
There will be plenty of artillery at the 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment on July 4, 5, 6, & 7. During the cannonade that began at 1PM on July 3, 1863, preceding Pickett’s Charge infantry assault, there were approximately 150 Confederate cannons and 80 Federal cannons in the center that engaged in this massive artillery duel. There were about 300 cannons overall on the hills about equally divided. Tons of ammunition was expended and it was reported the effect of the cannonade could be heard in Pittsburgh and Baltimore. This summer more than 50% of that center artillery number will be on the battlefield at the 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment for the re-creation of Pickett’s Charge on July 7. Artillery will play a significant role in the scenarios the preceding three days as well. The big guns will also be featured during various commemorations and salutes each day, including honoring and recognizing Gettysburg 100th Anniversary participants. As an added dimension are number of horse drawn artillery units our registered that will provide a unique visual for Reenactors and visitors. This will be the most full size artillery ever assembled at one reenactment.
Reenactors Coming From Around The Across The Nation & Around The World
As we approach 6000 registered reenactors and have registered 120 full size artillery, we have begun to receive quite a few quite a few registrations request from unusual places both domestic and foreign. Here are just a few examples of what our office staff is sorting through and responding to:
My name is John W. Fuld, Ph.D. and I am a Master Instructor with the DoD’s Defense Information School at Ft. Meade, MD and a U.S. Air Force Reserve Major. The Defense Information School would like to field a unit at the 150th Gettysburg Battle reenactment in 2014.
We are all military public affairs professionals and we want to represent U.S. Army Civil Affairs personnel (which became Public Affairs).
We will have current active duty personnel, reserve military personnel, DOD Civilians and DOD contractors in this unit. We will represent our current military or retired ranks. If they have not served, which will be few – they will be privates. This will be “staff” troops and officers.
*Note: These troops will be falling in with and under the command/supervision of General Allen Baldwin.
Hi, My name is Davide Arpa and we would like to participate to Gettysburg battle ………Do you know if will be possible to come to Gettysburg just to participate to the battle in some reenectors group….? We are old reenactors from Italy and we know that is not possible to carry our rifles in the USA…thanks a lot for your answer..!
* Note: Check out these guys pictures in uniform!
My group is registered for your Gettysburg Reenactment. Name of our Captain is Richard P. Madzarac. The Unit is 96th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. We travel from Germany and take our Springfield/Enfield Rifles with us. To import our rifles from Germany, we need from you an invitation. We must submit the invitation to U.S. Customs. For each man we need one invitation with name.
Names below: Last name, first name. L. Ortschig, Christian. 2. Ruster, Detlef. 3. Zellmann, Frank. 4. Manthei, Carsten. 5. Weidenberg, Alex. 6. Hartkopf, Lutz. 7. Kuske, Andreas. 8. Muller, Peter. 9. Lorenc, Viktor. 10. Odorfer, Gerhard. 11. Tetsis, Boris. 12. Schafer, Michael. 13. Kroneisen, Mathias. 14. Jae, Marcus. 15. Kuster, Hartmut. Can you make for us the invitation and sent it to me by mail please?
150th Gettysburg National Reenactment Participant Medallion Has Special Significance
Below is an excerpt from a correspondence we received this past week that we thought was worth sharing with you.
As I read the information about the medal I am struck by the design. it is impressive!
This year marks 18 years in the hobby for me. A hobby I wouldn’t be in if my son hadn’t asked his dad at the age of 6. My son brought us into this hobby with his desire to reenact with what he saw at events we had attended. It broke our hearts when we realized that he would miss the 150th Gettysburg because his unit with the ARMY National Guard will be serving in Afghanistan this year. I did consider registering him just to get a medal -but backed off because the cost. I thought they may be available for purchase at the event. But I read that they will only be for participating Reenactors. I was wondering what the cost might be to order one for my son?
He is 24. He will turn 25 while over seas. 18 of his 25 years he has been a Reenactor. He arrived home just a month before the 145th Gettysburg and attended regardless of PSTD because it was important to him. Last year when his unit decided not to come to the Gettysburg event, for several reason not the least that it would be the closest my son would get to the 150th Gettysburg, he came to the event as we knew by then he wouldn’t make the Gettysburg 150th.
If there is any way to get one of the medallions for him short of the $25 registration I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you for your note. On behalf of the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee and our command staff, I would like to thank your son for his service to our country, and thank your entire family for your sacrifice and commitment to your son and our nation.
We also believe the medallion design is impressive for the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Reenactment with the iconic Hands At The Wall and Friend To Friend design. The medallion will be only for registered Reenactors at the 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment and has not yet been struck. These specific medallions will not be available to the general public before or after the event as we feel this should be a special commemorative for participants. The medallions will be provided to the Reenactors at registration.
It is an honor for us to provide a 150th Gettysburg National Event Reenactor Participant Medallion for your son at no charge when they are available to us prior to the event. Also, please provide his full name and unit, so we can potentially provide a banner for signatures and notes of thanks from attendees at our event’s Patriotic Area. We send signed banners to active combat troops every year and it is extremely well received by the attendees and our active combat military. We will also provide your son a complimentary copy of the 150th National Reenactment Video, Gettysburg 150th – Final Measure Of Devotion when they are available next November. Please provide your son’s information to Marine Stan Clark at email@example.com Our best wishes, thoughts and prayers to you and your family for your son’s safe return.
Randy L. Phiel
Event Operations Manager
150 Gettysburg National Civil War Reenactment
Mother’s Response 1/21/13
I cannot thank you enough for your generous offer. it will be a proud moment for us… to see the banner and will bring joy to my son I am sure. Thank you soooo sooo very much !
You couldn’t have pick a better day to send you reply…… it is my wedding anniversary and what a gift you have given us.
LIVING HISTORY REPORT: HISTORIC SEMINARY RIDGE EVENT June 29, 30 and July 1st
The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee (GAC) is finalizing the planning of the 151st Gettysburg
National Reenactment on July 4, 5, 6, & 7. In addition, they have teamed up with the American Living History Education Society (ALHES) and would like to inform all Reenactors and living historians of another historic event planned for the weekend before the grand event. The Historic Seminary Ridge event located at the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary.
GAC and ALHES have been invited to organize an event at the Lutheran Seminary property as they did two years ago. There will be various areas set aside for military troop camping and several areas planned along a walking trail for the living historians to provide their unique style of historic presentations to the public.
On Saturday and Sunday the military troops will have another opportunity to reenact some of the First Day’s action on this sacred ground. What an opportunity to once again stand, camp and fight where our fore Fathers hallowed this ground with their sacrifices.
On Monday July 1st, the Lutheran Seminary will hold a Grand Opening Ceremony at 10am for their newly renovated Schmucker Hall which will now house Gettysburg’s newest Historic Civil War Museum. This unique opportunity is being provided to the Reenactors and living historians because of local confidence in organizers and in return for provided Reenactor services on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. “I know I plan on waking up on the historic Seminary Ridge” said Kirk Davis, President of ALHES, “and I hope you will join us as we experience this historic American civil war history event”.
There will be a limited number of participants each day because of the limited space available for
camping and on the battlefield. The following are the limitations for each day; 300 Infantry troops for each US and CS military and 4 cannons for each side. There will be openings for 300 Living Historians. Mounted Cavalry will take the stage in The Village of Hunterstown on Saturday evening. . “We may attempt to split the participation per day thus allowing more troops sharing in this historic event” said Davis. The Military Commanders will manage all battles and field Reenactors.
GAC and ALHES are asking each participant to make a $5.00 donation to the new Gettysburg Museum On Seminary Ridge with your registration form. The check presentation will be made on Monday at the opening of the museum. All costs incurred with this event are being donated by the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee organization.
All registration forms will be available on the GAC web site or at ALHES.com. This registration form is SEPARATE from your 150th Gettysburg form. The form will be available starting February 1st, 2014. The various categories will close as they reach their capacity or at the discretion of the commanders. For additional information or to have a registration form emailed to you, contact American Living Historian Education Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-338-1776 and ask for Diana Forgett or Kirk Davis.
Gettysburg National Reenactment Command Post General Brian Gesuero
January 27, 2012
To my fellow reenactors,
The New Year is upon us and the first month is already at the end. Before we know it, the end of June will be upon us and the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment will have begun.
In less than two weeks, General Baldwin and I will be hosting representatives from across the country as they converge on Gettysburg. Dedicated individuals from many reenacting organizations are coming to town at our invitation to tour the event site and participate in a day long workshop. Everyone present will have the opportunity to work on the scenarios as a team, step by step. Union, Confederate, Infantry, Artillery and Cavalry all together in one room, working together, every voice heard. You want historically based scenarios? This is where it will happen, through team effort all the way. I have already heard several times how excited people are to have a seat at the table and have a part in the planning.
Site preparations continue every day. The roads are being improved. Brush and trees are being cleared. Wood is being brought in and delivered to camp areas. The logistical support team is way ahead of schedule. When July rolls around, there won’t be any wondering or worries whether the site will be ready, whether the port-o-johns will be delivered, whether the water tankers will be in place, if the ice will be on site, etc. The GAC logistical support team does this every year. Most of the team has been doing it for more than ten years. They will be doing it next year as well!!! This isn’t our rookie event and our logistics will prove it.
Everyone is also very excited about the opportunity to camp and fight on the actual site of the historic first days fight. The grounds of the Gettysburg Theological Seminary are full of history. Having the opportunity to camp and fight where General John Reynolds rode up to yell to General Buford above in the cupola is certainly a once in a lifetime experience. Another advantage is you will be camped in the town of Gettysburg with so much to see and do within walking distance. Camping will be allowed until Tuesday, when you can move to the reenactment site on Table Rock Road.
The Saturday evening cavalry skirmish in Hunterstown will also add something extra to the event for the Cavalry. We have plenty of activities planned for all that want to come to town early and take in the sights and enjoy themselves. Inquiries for both military and living history participation should be directed to Kirk Davis, email@example.com 717-338-1776. Artillery and Cavalry, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As I have said before, there is strength in our command structure. We have listed divisional and branch commanders in past posts. Take a look under “Commanders Posts” on our website. Our page dedicated to the Order of Battle for each army will be posted any day now to make it easier to identify this structure for you. And I can guarantee you that it won’t change. If we have asked an officer to fill a position, our word is good. No surprises, no changes, no guessing as to who is really running the event. Start to finish, our event is rock solid, top to bottom.
I can assure you that both command staffs, General Baldwin’s and mine, are busy going over each and every detail, leaving no stone unturned for our event. With the help of so many dedicated people from so many diverse reenacting organizations, there is no doubt that the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment will be an event we all can be proud of.
I respectfully remain,
Provisional Army of the Confederate States
“Nous sommes la Legion”
Gettysburg National Reenactment Command Post General Allen Baldwin
To my brother and sisters in arms,
January is all but a memory and a very short memory at that. My staff, General Gesuero’s staff and the GAC team have been very hard at work to bring you the event we have promised, an event by Reenactors for Reenactors. If you drive by the site on Table Rock Rd. you will already see that the fire wood has been distributed, site work to prepare the battlefield and its crossings and services roads is well underway or completed, the clearing of brush and other prep work on the site is occurring daily. This is all in preparation for a world class event. The world will be watching. Everything is falling into place on the site, in the community and in the troops. While the Commands have been working on ensuring great scenarios and adjusting the battlefield layout of the scenarios, the entire staff has made sure that the event has received its permits from the municipalities. Not letters of intent or lists of a few more loops to close and conditions to meet – but issued permits which show the work and commitment that has been made by the whole event staff – and the confidence and respect local officials have in this organization. Let’s just call it what it is, let there be no doubt that our event permitting process is complete. There is no doubt.
On the second weekend in February 8-10, my staff and General Gesuero and his staff will be holding a series of scenario planning meetings and site visits with Division and Branch Commands. The Commands will be returning to Gettysburg with their “Homework” from Remembrance Day weekend complete with their thoughts, guidance and input on the scenarios helping to script and layout the scenarios. Reenacters crafting scenarios for Reenactors. These scenarios will not just at the whim of command. Everyone present will have the opportunity to work on the scenarios as a team, step by step. Everyone all together, in one place, all together in one room, working together, every voice heard and having input. These will be historically based scenarios that you have requested and this is where it will happen, through a team effort all the way. General Gesuero and I continue to hear how happy and excited Reenactors are to have this input and to be given a chance to work on ideas etc. and bring them to the table.
Just as exciting is the weekend before when Reenactors will have a chance to camp and battle on such significantly historic ground as the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary on Saturday and Sunday – and the Village of Huntertown on Saturday evening. I live within less than a mile of the Seminary and I am personally excited to have this opportunity. I was not able to participate in the event at the Seminary last year during the 150th Kick-off event, due to taking responsibility for coordination of the battle at the Seminary and the battle on Baltimore St. To me it was more extremely important to make something like this happen once in a lifetime for my brothers and sisters in arms. Now to have our hard work pay off once again. To be on first days ground again is all worth it to help create this lifetime moment of Respect, Honor and Loyalty. Inquiries for both military and living history participation should be directed to Kirk Davis, email@example.com 717-338-1776. Artillery and Cavalry, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the hard work, dedication and determination, the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment will be an event we will all remember and be proud of. You have my word, and commitment as the overall and Federal Commander that the military staffs and event staffs are committed to making this an exciting, organized, responsible and memorable event. As we look anxiously to July, think about 120 cannons belching smoke and fire during Pickett’s Charge, and standing at the Seminary ready for battle on the Saturday before the event- and remember these words ” Forward, ForGod’s Sake Forward”.
Your Obedient Servant,
Allen W. Baldwin
Major General Commanding
Federal Forces 150th Gettysburg
|P.O. Box 3482
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325