CS Command Postings

 

The C.S.A. Command Post

June 14, 2014

To my fellow reenactors,

As I prepare this dispatch, the “Last Great Invasion”, our annual reenactment at Gettysburg is but 3 weeks away. It seems just yesterday we were at the 150th Spotsylvania/Wilderness or the 150th New Market. Here we are though, in the middle of June, preparing to head up and across the Mason-Dixon Line.

With this being the 20th anniversary of the movie “Gettysburg”, it is truly an honor to return to the filming site to have this year’s event. Being so much closer to the actual battlefield is also a huge bonus. Reenactors and their families will have no problem leaving and returning to the site to tour the battlefield and take in all the town of Gettysburg has to offer. Having a trail ride from the reenactment site to, and on, the battlefield during the event is another great opportunity that you just can’t find at other events. This will be a very laid back and enjoyable event for everyone.

As always, the logistics for the event will be top notch and second to none. You can be assured that ice will be plentiful; there will be plenty of clean port-o-lets, close water, good firewood and all the things that you have come to expect at a GAC Gettysburg event. We will always stand by our reputation of taking care of the reenactors.

We will continue to work hard to make this and future events about the reenactor. As always, I want to hear from you. Feel free to stop by my camp to share your ideas and discuss the event. I look forward to talking with you all.

I hope to see you all in the field very soon, with full haversacks and cartridge boxes.

I respectfully remain,

Brian Gesuero
General, Commanding
Provisional Army of the Confederate States
“Nous sommes la Legion”

 

 

 

March 31, 2014

To my fellow Reenactors,

As I prepare this dispatch, snow falls outside. This seems to be the winter of our discontent. But the reenacting season is upon us. It will soon be time to take to the field and resume our campaigns. As we prepare to descend upon Spotsylvania Courthouse for the 150th Spotsylvania and Wilderness, as well as New Market for the 150th New Market, I want you to know that the planning for the 151st Gettysburg has been going on since last year.

Both General Baldwin and I have visited this year’s site several times to help plan the camp and battlefield layouts. Scenarios have been discussed at length to utilize the unique terrain. As always, logistics for the reenactors will be top notch and second to none.

With this being the 20th anniversary of the movie “Gettysburg”, it is truly an honor to return to the filming site to have this year’s event. Being so much closer to the actual battlefield is also a huge bonus. Reenactors and their families will have no problem leaving and returning to the site to tour the battlefield and take in all that the town of Gettysburg has to offer. Having a trail ride from the reenactment site to, and on, the battlefield during the event is another great opportunity that you just can’t find at other events. This will be a very laid back and enjoyable event for everyone.

Don’t forget about the Seminary event the weekend prior to the 151st Gettysburg. Once again we bring you the chance to camp on historic, hallowed ground and enjoy the newest Civil War Museum in Gettysburg.

We will continue to work hard to make this and future events about the Reenactor. As always, I want to hear from you. Feel free to stop by my camp at the Wilderness and New Market to share your ideas and discuss the event. I look forward to talking with you all.  I hope to see you all in the field very soon, with full haversacks and cartridge boxes.

 I respectfully remain,

Brian Gesuero

General, Commanding
Provisional Army of the Confederate States
“Nous sommes la Legion”

 

 

December 25, 2013

To my fellow reenactors,

With Christmas upon us and 2013 coming to an end, I would like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you that supported the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment. And now during the frenzy of shopping that has become so synonymous with the season during this last week prior to Christmas, before the true meaning of the holiday is lost, 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.

I hope to see you all in the field very soon, with full haversacks and cartridge boxes.

I respectfully remain,

Brian Gesuero
General, Commanding
Provisional Army of the Confederate States
“Nous sommes la Legion”

July 21, 2013

To my fellow reenactors,

I want to thank each and every one of you that stood with me and made the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment an event that we will never forget, an event of which we are all proud of.

 Many thanks to General Baldwin and his staff, Colonel Patrick Davis and my staff, General’s Jennette and Bair and their staffs, General Nalls and his staff and General Alexander and his staff as well the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee and their many employees. With an unprecedented level of cooperation on all levels, this event was an outstanding success. The feedback we have had has been overwhelmingly positive and it continues to flood in.

 It was an incredible experience for me. There were some incredible fights. I will never forget how the Wheatfield looked from behind the Confederate lines. I watched the attacks on Culp’s and Cemetery Hill from a knoll where I could see both attacks. While it looked incredible, the sound of the intense rate of fire coming from Culp’s Hill will always be remembered. Who will forget Pickett’s Charge? After an incredible cannonade, the gray lines started across the field only to be destroyed in front of the Union position while General Armistead crossed the stone wall. I think that we all came away with our own fantastic and positive memories.

 Many thanks to the GAC and the Redding family. They delivered as promised. The shuttles ran just like we said they would. I saw four at one time in Confederate camp! Ice deliveries were constant. When we needed to, they were readjusted to make sure all got the ice they needed. The port o pots stayed clean with two trucks on site 24/7. Plenty of water. Everyone got the hay they needed. Firewood for everyone. Parking lots stayed orderly and organized because of the GAC employees that were stationed in them. Three EMS stations were on site and manned 24/7. Once again, I can’t say enough about the logistics. We made a lot of promises before the event and we kept them all. Don’t you wish every event was like this??

And a special thanks to the Confederate Forces. I rode the camps on Monday and they were pristine! Trash was bagged and taken to the port o johns. Firewood was stacked at the end of camps. For an event of this size, almost 6,000 Confederates, to leave the camps in this kind of condition is incredible and I, the GAC, the Reddings’ and the Entwhistles’ sincerely thank you.

I appreciate each and every one of you that helped to make this event a success and make me proud as the Confederate Commander. I hope to see you all in the field again soon. On to Cedar Creek!

 I respectfully remain,

Brian Gesuero
General, Commanding
Provisional Army of the Confederate States
“Nous sommes la Legion”

 

June 3, 2013

To my fellow Reenactors,

On June 1st, we had our last commanders’ meeting and site walk through before the event. With over a hundred commanders, staff and interested reenactors in attendance, the enthusiasm to the scenarios that were presented were very positive. A tour of the battlefield and camps followed. The commanders are ready to take the field! With just a few short weeks left before we actually take the field, our hard work continues to prepare the site and be ready for the thousands of reenactors we anticipate on site. When the site opens to reenactors on Tuesday morning, July 2, the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee will have over 400 employees on hand making this possible. My primary goal has always been, and still is, to make this the most memorable, enjoyable, realistic, and exciting event where everyone of you in the ranks, from private to company captain and up, has the opportunity to go home completely out of ammo, tired, and with a smile on your face. Without Divisions, there is no need for a General and his staff. Without Brigades, there are no Divisions. Without Battalions, no Brigades, most importantly, without the riflemen in the ranks, there are no companies and officers to form Battalions. It all comes down to the riflemen in the ranks are the most important reenactors on the field. Any officer who has worked their way up from those ranks cannot ever forget that. All of you who know me, know where I have come from, and know that I will not forget it. I will do all that I can to ensure the goal has been accomplished. The planning is complete. Preparations are in full swing. We will be ready. Stand with me and we will make the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment an event that we will never forget, an event of which we can all be proud.

I respectfully remain,

Brian Gesuero

General, Commanding

Provisional Army of the Confederate States   “Nous sommes la Legion”

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May 9, 2013

To my fellow Reenactors,

Here we are, less than 60 days away from the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment. The reenactment season is in full swing. Many of you stopped me at the 150th Chancellorsville this past weekend to discuss and ask questions about our event. I enjoyed talking with everyone. The excitement is pretty evident. Everyone is gearing up and preparing to go to Gettysburg.

I was able to answer a lot of questions and dispel some rumors and misconceptions. For those of you with additional questions, General Baldwin and I are always available to you. We are dedicated to listening and working with you, the Reenactor. Don’t hesitate to email us at gac3@comcast.net. We will get you an answer. Don’t rely on hearsay, come directly to the source!

On June 1st, we will have our last commanders’ meeting and site walk through before the event. Once again, committed Reenactors from across the country will meet at the site to work together on our event. All aspects of the event will be discussed including camp layouts, logistics, schedule and scenarios. Hundreds of hours have already been spent researching and preparing the scenarios by several key staff members. Historical accuracy and proper battlefield utilization have been paramount in the planning. They will be presented at the meeting with a power point presentation, taking the commanders step by step through the action. After lunch, we will finish the day with a site tour.

On June 28th, registration and camping will begin at the Lutheran Seminary, part of the first day’s battlefield. Many of you will be joining us there. Those in attendance will get a special tour of the new Civil War Museum, and will experience two concerts, one of which will be performed by the 2nd South Carolina String Band. These same participants will have a chance to skirmish on the actual battlefield around Schmucker Hall. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Reenactors!

On July 2nd, registration and camping begins on site for the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment. Do I need to say anymore? There is one additional thing I would like to share. With so many organizations and so many people coming together, travelling from many places around the globe to attend this event, it is obvious that this event stirs deep emotions in all of us. No single participating organization is more important than the rest. We will be united with a common goal. After much thought and consideration, I have decided on Sunday when General Armistead goes over the wall at the High Water Mark of the Confederacy during Pickett’s Charge, a company of soldiers will go with him. This contingent will be made up of members of every single Confederate organization present at the event. Every organization represented, all together with a common goal, going across the wall as one. That kind of unity is what this event is all about.

Over 10,000 of you will soon descend on Gettysburg with the highest expectations. Be assured that we have worked tirelessly to meet and exceed those expectations. Experience has taught me that it takes communication, cooperation and hard work to create an exemplary Reenactors’ event. Stand with me and we will make the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment an event that we will never forget, an event of which we can all be proud.

I respectfully remain,

Brian Gesuero

General, Commanding

Provisional Army of the Confederate States

“Nous sommes la Legion”

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April 2, 2013

To our Fellow Reenactors,

We are less than 100 days away from the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment and it will be here before we know it. By the time you receive this communication we will have surpassed the 9,000 registered Reenactor mark. We continue to receive registrations daily in the mail as well as from our easy online registration through our website, www.gettysburgreenactment.com. To encourage those of you who plan on registering but have not yet, any registration postmarked by April 15th will have the current registration fee of $35 extended. Take advantage of this and register today! All Reenactors who have registered by May 15 will have their names printed in the official 150th Gettysburg Anniversary Reenactment Program.

While we are talking about registrations, let’s not forget the prelude events that we have scheduled at the Lutheran Seminary and the Gettysburg Museum on Seminary Ridge. For those of you who want to take advantage of these prelude events, please register today. We still have room for a few more Reenactors. Stand in the shadow of the cupola where Buford stood and watched the fighting as the Confederate infantry began to flank both Gamble’s brigade and Devin’s men. Stand where Reynolds rode up to the Seminary and called out to Buford, “What goes, John?” which elicited Buford’s characteristic response, “The Devil’s to pay!” This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to come and fight on the actual battlefield so don’t miss out.

Our site preparations are in full force. Lumber has arrived to construct the bridges. Firewood is already being distributed to our campsites. The 5 rail fence has been on site since last year just waiting to be built. Water troughs are here and ready to be distributed. General Baldwin and I visit the site weekly to assure that we are on track and taking care of the Reenactors needs. We could go on but the bottom line is we have the best logistics in the reenacting business and we prove it year after year.

On June 1st, we will have our last commanders meeting and site walk through before the event. Once again, Reenactors from across the country, committed to our event, will meet at the site to work together on our event. All aspects of the event will be discussed including camp layouts, logistics, schedule and scenarios. Hundreds of hours have already been spent researching and preparing the scenarios. Historical accuracy and proper battlefield utilization have been paramount in the development of the battle scenarios. They will be presented at the meeting with a power point presentation, taking the commanders step by step through the action. After lunch, we will finish the day with a site tour.

As always, General Baldwin and I are always available to answer your questions or concerns. We have also received several unit requests and are happy to work with you to make them happen. We are dedicated to listening and working with you, the Reenactor. Feel free to email us at gac3@comcast.net.

By the time we reach the registration deadline of May 15th, we will be well in excess of 10,000 Reenactors. We do not need a “force multiplier” to reach these numbers. We have reached out to the reenacting community, brought them all together, listened to their concerns and made changes that are beneficial to all. We established our Order of Battle for both sides early on and there have been no changes. We have a proven track record that is 19 years in the making when it comes to logistics that no event can match. No learning curve, no “we will do better next time”, no apologies. Our permits have been approved and are in hand, with no conditions to be met by a certain date. Contracts for water, port a johns, traffic control, security, medical, fire suppression, etc. have been signed and in hand for months. No last-minute surprises, no wondering if they will get signed or if we will be in business when the event rolls around. We have used the same vendors over and over again, building relationships that make a difference. All these things will make the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment an event that you will not forget, an event that you will be proud you attended. We are looking forward to it as much as you are!

We respectfully remain,

Brian Gesuero                                                                              Major General Allen Baldwin
General, Commanding                                                              Commanding, U.S. Forces
Provisional Army of the Confederate States
“Nous  sommes la Legion”

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February 15, 2013

To our fellow Reenactors,

This past Saturday, the second organizational meeting for the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment took place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Representing the Confederate and Union Armies, and the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee, more than 100 Reenactors demonstrated incredible enthusiasm and commitment for this event. Some Reenactors came from as far as 1000 miles to take part in this meeting as we had a carload from Tennessee that had traveled two days to make it and a division commander and his staff from the western part of Indiana. It is sacrifices such as these which shows us the belief in and commitment to the event and it’s what keeps us going to provide the best event possible by Reenactors for Reenactors.

The meeting began with introductions of the Federal, Confederate, and GAC staffs. Every Division and Branch command was well represented. We also recognized each organization that was in attendance. The list was quite impressive. But before any further business was discussed we made sure to show the actual event permits from Cumberland and Straban Townships to those in attendance and offered copies of these permits. We wanted to make sure that there was no doubt that we had the permits, no letters of intent, lists of items to be completed, promises that they are coming, it is clear WE DO HAVE THE NEEDED PERMITS. After the introductions a brief overview was given on the living history and skirmish at the Gettysburg Theological Seminary, including the Saturday afternoon Cavalry skirmish at Hunterstown. This will be two great opportunities for those that are coming to town early for the 150th Gettysburg or want to drop in for the day to experience a once in a life time reenacting experience and opportunity.

Next, we had an in-depth overview of logistics for the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment. Many events tell you that they have good logistics. Well, the GAC delivers. Everything was discussed from the onsite registration process for the different branches; port a johns, wood, hay, water, ice, to the dedicated and committed on scene EMS and Fire protection. Many questions were fielded and answered. We had direct answers on everything because the GAC does this every year. The infrastructure is in place and has proven itself. The GAC has the equipment and resources to take care of the Reenactor. These excellent and well planned logistics and proven history of well supported events are the reason that the permitting process was not a major undertaking for 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment.

For the breakout sessions, everybody sat down for a working lunch while maps of the battlefield were on projector screens on both ends of the room. The infantry, both blue and gray, took the front table while the cavalry and artillery gathered around in circles in the middle of the room. Scenario by scenario, these groups went through and discussed each action and their part in it. The room was full of lively discussions from front to back. You would not believe the excitement. After ample time for lunch and the scenarios, we reconvened the meeting to review the scenarios as a group. We discussed them and worked through each one, step by step, scenario by scenario. Battlefield utilization, combined branch operations, historical accuracy, everything was discussed and more importantly, we worked on it together. Every voice heard, every branch represented, by Reenactors, for Reenactors. We finished the meeting by fielding questions from the breakout sessions and scenario reviews, and providing answers.

Stan Daywalt, a Reenactor of over 50 years, provided our closing comments by addressing the  attendees and speaking about our need to uphold our standards and police our own ranks. Everyone could agree with his points and they were well received. Stan was a participant in the 100th Anniversary Battle of Gettysburg in 1963, as well as several of the larger anniversary events that followed. It was good to hear his perspective on what we as Reenactors are doing right, as well as what we need to improve. One area that has improved is the line of communication from event hosts and commanders down to the men in the ranks. Our maps, scenarios, schedules, etc, are all on the GAC public website for anyone to review.

Last but not least, a site visit was offered to all. Over 60 people drove to the site where they received a full site tour including the Union and Confederate camps and parking, the expanded battlefields, the 6 new stream crossing areas, and additional lands we have for camping and a tactical. Everyone was in agreement about the quality of the site and the endless possibilities we have there. For many, this was the first time to this site. Nothing but positive comments came from the visit. People were in disbelief at the piles of firewood already staged in the camping area. There is no doubt that the GAC will be ready come July 2nd when camps open to Reenactors.

The 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment is truly a team effort from start to finish. Everyone in attendance was excited about their ability to have a say in how we run this event. We both have been flooded with emails and phone calls since the meeting. The level of enthusiasm is incredible. One confederate Reenactor wrote “For the first time in my 25 years of reenacting, the organizers of a “National” event reached out to the reenacting community and asked for their input. The Commanding Generals are to be commended on your love of the hobby, and your dedication to the Reenactor. I heard nothing but good remarks and comments coming from the others in attendance. I personally had the chance to see old friends and make many more new ones, even some Yankees. I for one have never been this excited to be part of such a great event.” I think this says it all.

With current registration numbers reaching close to 7000, it is obvious that this is the event Reenactors are choosing to attend. With this kind of enthusiasm, this kind of teamwork “by Reenactors, for Reenactors,” this kind of turnout from the reenacting community, and by far the best logistical infrastructure of any reenactment, the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment will be an event that we will be proud of and always remember.

We respectfully remain,

Brian Gesuero                                                                        Major General Allen Baldwin,
General, Commanding                                                           Commanding, U.S. Forces
Provisional Army of the Confederate States
“Nous sommes la Legion”

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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, alhes1776@yahoo.com 717-338-1776. Artillery and Cavalry, please contact me directly at gesuero@verizon.net.

 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,

Brian Gesuero
General, Commanding
Provisional Army of the Confederate States
“Nous sommes la Legion”

 

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,

Brian Gesuero
General, Commanding

Provisional Army of the Confederate States
“Nous sommes la Legion”

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12/8/2012

To my fellow Reenactors,

Remembrance Day weekend was a huge success for the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment. General Baldwin and I were able to talk to so many Reenactors about the event, answering questions, talking about the scenarios and site preparations. Whether it was on the streets and pubs of Gettysburg Friday night, at the parade on Saturday or during the social hosted by the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee (GAC) after the parade, the enthusiasm and response was enormous.

I think the social was a huge success with many in attendance throughout the afternoon. There were a couple of times that I didn’t think we could get another person in the Reliance Mine Saloon! With site maps and informational handouts, General Baldwin and I were available to answer any and all questions. Many myths were dispelled and the facts of the event were obvious to all. People were excited about the event and the fact that they could talk one on one with the commanders. “By Reenactors, for Reenactors,” is what we heard over and over that weekend. I want to personally thank each and every person that talked to me, called, emailed or contacted me via Facebook that weekend to discuss the event. It truly showed me how dedicated the Reenacting community is to making this an epic Reenactment.

On Sunday afternoon, we held the first site meeting for the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment. Representing the Confederate and Union Armies, the GAC and the Reddings, the landowners, more than 50 participants demonstrated great enthusiasm for this anniversary event. We loaded up everyone in attendance and gave them a full site tour including the Union and Confederate camps and parking, the expanded battlefields, the 6 new stream crossing areas and additional lands we have for camping and a potential tactical. Everyone was in agreement about the quality of the site and the endless possibilities we have there.

We finished off the day by giving Division Commanders and their staffs homework packets consisting of all the scenarios and maps of the battlefield. They have been charged with providing input on how to best utilize the battlefield to make this an epic event. This is a charge many Division Commanders have requested. The 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment will truly be a team effort from start to finish. Everyone in attendance was excited about their ability to have a say in how we run this event. There are no power struggles here! Everyone is pulling in the same direction with the same goal, to produce a quality event of which we all can be proud.

Current registration numbers are reaching 3000. These numbers represent participants from over 20 different organizations from the United States and several foreign countries. The Provisional Army of the Confederate States (PACS), the 1st Division of the Army of Northern Virginia (ANV), the Independent Guard Battalion (IGB), the Army of Tennessee (AoT), and the Fighting First Regiment (FFR) have pledged their full support to the event. Some of the other fine organizations that will be represented are the Valley Division, the Alabama Division, Hampton’s Legion, Longstreet’s Corps, the Palmetto Battalion, Cleburne’s Division and the Department of the Gulf. With this kind of enthusiasm, this kind of teamwork “by Reenactors, for Reenactors,” this kind of turnout from the reenacting community, and by far the best logistical infrastructure of any reenactment, the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment will be an event that we will be proud of and always remember.

I respectfully remain,

Brian Gesuero
General, Commanding

Provisional Army of the Confederate States
“Nous sommes la Legion”

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11/14/2012

To my fellow Reenactors,

The 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment will give me an unprecedented opportunity to work with a great number of individuals and organizations from across the country. Building these relationships and utilizing their experience and expertise are essential to making events successful. At the 150th Antietam-Sharpsburg event this year, the Confederate Army was made up of individuals from 20 different organizations. That kind of mixture makes it very interesting, to say the least, but the experience I gained will be incredibly valuable for the 150th Gettysburg. Cedar Creek had considerably less organizations involved but the cooperation was just as strong amongst the Confederate Army.

One of the strongest relationships that has been built came from working with the 1st Division, Army of Northern Virginia all year. In addition to working closely with some of their Battalion Colonels, their commander, Major General Jake Jennette, has been an outstanding source of advice and inspiration. His experience, both in the real and the reenacting world is unsurpassed. He was an obvious choice to be named as the first Division Commander. Colonel Doug Nalls, Chief of Cavalry for the 1st Division, Army of Northern Virginia, acted as my Chief of Cavalry at the 150th Antietam-Sharpsburg and at Cedar Creek. I can tell you that he worked tirelessly both for the good of the cavalry and that of the event as a whole. Once again, an obvious choice to lead the cavalry at the 150th.

With this level of experience, cooperation, communication and dedication, we are well on the way to making the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment an event we will all be proud of.

For those of you in Gettysburg on Saturday, November 17 for Remembrance Day, General Baldwin and I will be at Reliance Mine Saloon from 2:30 to 5:00. We are making ourselves available to answer questions you might have and talk about the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment. Please feel free to stop in, have a drink and discuss the event.

I respectfully remain,

Brian Gesuero
General, Commanding

Provisional Army of the Confederate States
“Nous sommes la Legion”

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11/3/2012

To my fellow reenactors,

Many of us recently returned from campaigning in the Shenandoah Valley. I want to congratulate Tim Stowe and John Christiansen of the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation on another great weekend for both the reenactors and spectators alike. I think everyone had a great time this year and the weather was beautiful. I truly enjoyed the spirit of cooperation that was evident between all the reenactor organizations, regardless of side.

With Cedar Creek behind us, the reenacting season is winding down for the year. I know that many of you as well will be headed to Gettysburg this month for Remembrance Day. I will look forward to seeing you there.

Even though this reenacting season is almost done, there is no time to rest for my staff, my Federal counterpart or the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee (GAC). We are hard at work planning the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment. Our first meeting with Divisional Commanders, Chiefs of Artillery and Cavalry, staffs and the GAC will take place Remembrance Day weekend. We will discuss the expanded battlefield and camp areas, as well as scenarios and tacticals among other details. Input from the entire group will be used. The team approach, using so many experienced commanders from different organizations and branches will ensure that every voice will be heard and that the best possible decisions are made for all. There can be no more important voice at the table than that of the reenactor who wants to produce a quality reenactment for all.

I will keep you updated of our progress as we move forward to July of 1863.

I respectfully remain,

Brian Gesuero
General, Commanding

Provisional Army of the Confederate States
“Nous sommes la Legion”

 

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10/4/2012

To my fellow reenactors,

Although we are still in the midst of the ’62 season of reenacting, we must prepare for ’63. The 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment will take 1000’s of hours of planning on the part of hundreds of people. Planning meetings have already started and will soon expand to include Division Commanders of both Armies. We must leave no stone unturned to assure that we make this event one worthy of a sesquicentennial anniversary.

I am pleased to announce the following command positions for the Southern Forces;

Division Commanders

Major General Jake Jennette, 1st Division, Army of Northern Virginia

Brigadier General Andy Peterson, Provisional Army of the Confederate States

 

Chief of Artillery

Brigadier General R. Wesley Jones, Provisional Army of the Confederate States

 

Chief of Cavalry

Colonel Douglas Nalls, 1st Division, Army of Northern Virginia

I look forward to announcing the remaining two Division Commanders in the near future. Until then, my staff and I will continue to work on making this event a truly memorable one.

I respectfully remain,

Brian Gesuero
General, Commanding

Provisional Army of the Confederate States
“Nous sommes la Legion”

 

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8/31/2012

To my fellow reenactors,

The planning for the 150th National Gettysburg Anniversary Civil War Battle Reenactment is well underway. Although the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee has been working on this event specifically for the last 5 years, my work has just begun.

The entire committee met this past weekend including the entire staff of the GAC, the Federal and Overall Commander Allen Baldwin, and myself. We started by reviewing the 149th Gettysburg and the steps we took to make it a better event while we faced such adverse temperatures. The lessons we learned this year can only help us next year. We then discussed all aspects of the 150th, from camping areas, amenities, battlefield utilization, and ways to cope with high temperatures as well as command structures.

We also had a lively discussion about the event’s website and how to make it more reenactor friendly. Look for changes to that very soon! I can assure you we are all on the same page and moving forward to bring you the best possible reenactment. Check out our webpage as we will be updating it often to keep you informed.

I am currently talking with other Confederate organizations and will soon be announcing Division Commanders for the event.

We are proceeding with the preparation for the 150th Gettysburg Reenactment next year in anticipation of a memorable event for all participants.

I respectfully remain,

Brian Gesuero
General, Commanding

Provisional Army of the Confederate States
“Nous sommes la Legion”

 

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7/16/2012

To my fellow reenactors,

I have spent the last week reflecting on my 5 days at the 149th Gettysburg Reenactment. Having command of the Southern Forces at such a paramount event is such a responsibility in itself but given the oppressing heat we were faced with, the tasks at hand were incredible. I can tell you that with the unsurpassed cooperation from General Baldwin, the Federal Commander and the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee, we were able to take measures everyday to ensure the safety of our people and our horses. Some of these measures included having ice and water along our march routes, shuttles from the battlefield back to camp, areas of shelter in the woods with ice and water, people misters and a horse washing station. I think these changes were well received by the troops and made a significant positive difference in the outcome of the event.

There was plenty of fighting for all branches. I think that each time the infantry left the field we were close to running out of ammunition, which is always a good thing! Our artillery was up against the crowd several times, showcasing their skills up close and personal for the spectators. The cavalry had plenty of fight time as well, especially on Sunday when they incorporated 2 horse drawn ambulances and artillery into the scenarios.

Overall, cooperation was fantastic on all levels throughout the weekend. We have had nothing but positive remarks from those in attendance, both reenactors and spectators. There is no doubt that the weekend was a huge success.

I plan to use the experiences I had at Gettysburg this year to make next year’s event even better. The ability to think outside the box and to be ready to improvise, adapt and overcome is essential to making an event a success. I can assure you that I will do everything possible to make our event successful for each and every reenactor.

We have nothing but anticipation as we begin to prepare for the 150th Gettysburg Reenactment next year.

I respectfully remain,

Brian Gesuero
General, Commanding

Provisional Army of the Confederate States
“Nous sommes la Legion”