School of the Soldier

At the 154TH Anniversary Gettysburg Reenactment Site
The Gettysburg Reenactment Committee and the United States Volunteers
have come together to offer


Do you think you have what it takes to be a soldier during the Civil War? Besides being a spectator do you want to experience what it’s like to be a reenactor first-hand? Now you have the opportunity to go back in time and experience the training, rules, and lifestyle that the soldiers of blue and gray experienced. The first annual School of the Soldier is being held at the Gettysburg Reenactment site, 965 Pumping Station Road, Gettysburg, PA, on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 9:00 am until 4:00pm. The School of the Soldier is one day preceding the July 1, 2, & 3 Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment. This event site is also the same location where the movie Gettysburg was filmed.

If you have ever wanted to learn about and experience what it is like to be a reenactor, this is your chance. The School of the Soldier will teach you the rules and skills of basic soldier life and reenacting the Civil War. These will include:

  • Basic Safety Rules In Camp & Battle
  • Morning Roll Call and Setting the Line
  • General Manual Of Arms
  • Marching Pattern & Movement Into Battle
  • Firing Positions & Loading Weapon Commands
  • Stacking Arms
  • Rifle Care
  • Bayonet Drilling
  • Camp Etiquette & Command Rules

If you have already purchased a ticket to the 2017 Gettysburg Reenactment, the charge for this school is only $10.00 with purchase of an event ticket. A Gettysburg Reenactment ticket must be purchased first. In addition to the training, this price includes a period Civil War lunch with the instructors and other experienced reenactor soldiers.

There will be loaner clothing and equipment available on a first come first serve basis.

Available for an additional charge will be a US or CS uniform package. This will include a kepi, shirt, pants, braces (suspenders), and a basic sack coat. We will need to have the student’s measurements 3 weeks prior to the event to ensure availability. The uniform will be available for pick up on the morning of registration. Cost for the package is $295.00.

All reservations for School of the Soldier must be received by June 17. You must be at least 16 or older to participate and sign a waiver acknowledging rules and regulations. This will be your First Days journey in becoming a reenactor. The School is a prerequisite for taking part in reenactments and joining a reenactment unit of your choice. This is the first phase of training to be a reenactor.

Click Here to Register for the School of the Soldier