Command Structure

Maj.Gen. Allen Baldwin,
Federal Commander and
Overall Military Commander
Allen assumed the rule of Federal and Overall Military Commander with the retiring of Major General Dr. David Valuska in 2006 at the 143rd Gettysburg Reenactment. Allen is a graduate of Point Park University with a degree in Public Administration. He is currently the Fire Chief for the City of Winchester, Virginia. He was previously the Director of Safety, Operations and Incident Response for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission overseeing Emergency Operations and Response along the historic 600 mile roadway. Allen was also  an active member of the Gettysburg community and served as the Chief of the Gettysburg Fire Department. Allen has been involved in reenacting for just shy of twenty years. He served on Major General Valuska’s staff as a Courier, Junior Officer, Aide de Camp and most recently as a Colonel and Senior Aide de Camp. He has been directly involved in event planning and military operations, and has served as a Brigade, Division and Army Commander at numerous events along with being responsible of Overall Command at several events. Allen and the entire Federal Staff look forward to continuing their excellent working relationship with the officers and gentleman of CSA Comander Brian Gesuero’s staff. General Baldwin’s interest in Civil War history began when he was a youngster with his grandfather who had an extensive interest in the civil war and was a professor at the University of Pittsburg. Allen spends some of his free time researching the 20th Pennsylvania Cavalry Company F, which his great-great grandfather was a member of and was engaged in pursuit of Lee as he entered Hagerstown on his retreat from the Gettysburg battle. Allen, his wife Julie and son Ryan live in the Gettysburg community adjacent to the Battlefield. Allen and the Federal staff bring a long standing tradition of professionalism and organization to the hobby. He and the staff look forward to the challenge of reenacting this extremely significant chapter in American history while meeting the needs of the reenactors at this anniversary event.

Brian Gesuero
General, Commanding
Confederate forces
It is an honor for me to serve you and the troops as the Commander of the Southern Forces at the Annual Gettysburg National Reenactment. With an ever increasing passion for history, I began a career in our hobby of reenacting in 1980, serving as a rifleman in an infantry unit. Marching shoulder to shoulder to face destiny as one of “A Band of Brothers”, I learned the value and importance of taking care of the man next to me, knowing he would do his all to do the same.This was to be a life lesson that would follow, if not pursue me, in real life situations as well. First as a member of the fire company within my local community and, for the past twelve years, as a career fire fighter at the Baltimore Washington International Fire & Rescue Department (BWI FRD). The lessons learned in over 24 year’s involvement with Public Safety have also been invaluable in guiding me through my subsequent positions within our hobby. In 1993, I incorporated my love for horses and riding into reenacting by joining a cavalry unit. Soon thereafter I was asked to serve as a staff officer for General Don Patterson of the Army of Northern Virginia. I have since served on the staffs of General Patterson, 1st Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia, General Clark, 1st Division, Army of Northern Virginia and General Bair, 1st Legion, Provisional Army of the Confederate States. In my career to date, I have been a company commander, Assistant Adjutant, Adjutant, Chief of Couriers, Aide-de-Camp, Chief of Staff and now General in command of the 1st Legion, Provisional Army of the Confederate States (PACS). Through it all, whether a company commander serving the rank and file, a staff officer serving a commander, or a General serving the troops, one thing I will never forget is rank is a privilege bestowed upon us by the people we serve. Accepting the rank means accepting the responsibility to serve them well. I hope that my many years of reenacting and varied experiences will help to make this nationally significant event, of such a pivotal point in our American history, a success for the reenacting community and the public alike.