How do I best go about finding out what units are in my area? I live in Overland Park, Kansas, just a 20 minute drive southwest of Kansas City. I found a group called "Elliot's Scouts" through a recruitment ad on Craigslist. I watched them last weekend entertain the crowd at the annual "Bushwacker Days" festival in Nevada, MO. They do a variety of impressions and could be a group of interest but I thought it would be bad taste on my part to ask them who else might be in the area. Is there a roster or national registration source? I'm also finding many sites on the web that have become inactive, citing upcoming events for 2007, for example. Any help in this would be appreciated.
Gary, Being here on this site is a good start. Usually someone knows something about some unit, and you find all kinds of connection. That’s how I ended up with the 1st Maine. I met them all in here. Keep using the sites on the web, and even if they have an old schedule posted, most have a contact person on it. Drop them all an e-mail, see what there doing. As for bad taste about asking about other units, I would say no. Most good units will tell you who else is around, and what there about (i.e. mainstream, authentic) It’s good to ask question. You need to find a unit that fits what YOU’RE looking to get out of the hobby, and the only way to do that is to ask around. Hope this helps
Ken Doyon Bugler 1st Maine Cavalry "Sound out mighty bugles, Blow with strength to end battles. Pierce the smoke-heavy air with Your strains of noble commands. Calls for the weary, Calls for the wounded, Sound out to guide, Sound out to fortify. Warm the soldier’s heart, Ease the officer's burden. Sound out gentle bugle. Sound out to end this war." Jerry Pollard
Thanks, Ken. I appreciate the response. This whole area is historically amazing. The Civil War essentially started in Lawrence, Kansas, 5 years before Ft. Sumpter was fired upon. The largest calvary battle of the war took place at Mine Creek, Kansas, which is about 50 miles south of here. I live 7 miles from the Missouri border and about 1/2 mile from the road Quantrill used to attack Lawrence. I would think that there would be several units to choose from, and there might be, I just have yet to find them.
Hi Chris, I'm considering reenacting for the first time although the ACW has been a keen interest of mine since I was a boy. The Federal cav in particular is more to my liking, although I could cross lines when needed. What kind of impressions does the 8th do? It sounds like confederate, but I don't want to assume that you don't do both. Do you have a website? While I don't have reenactment experience, I feel my other experiences would allow me to transition somewhat easily into a mounted unit. A mounted unit with a spare mount, that is. You can read more about me in my "Bleeding Kansas" threads here and in the New Folks forum. I appreciate the reply. G
Post by quatermaster on Aug 16, 2010 20:24:36 GMT -5
If you are looking for a unit in the KC area try the MCWR web site www.mcwra.org/ You should be able to find units there a Federal Unit that i know of in the KC area is the 2ND Colorado Cavalry and Mclains Independent Battery