Post by Dave Myrick on Oct 7, 2010 21:40:33 GMT -5
I dont want to comment on forming a group to portray one particular unit or one side or another. What I do want to say is this. You asked about starting a dismounted cavalry unit. This can be acceptable if and only if the members of said unit are well versed in the care and use of the horse. I would wager that every cavalryman at one time or another was dismounted. There were also documented instances of the army taking the horses from entire units, leaving the entire regiment unmounted for a period of time. None the less, those men knew and were familiar with the horse. How to care for it, how to use it to travel, how to fight from it, what equipment was needed and how to carry it. A modern dismounted reenactor needs to have this knowledge in order to field a credible impression. Another item that is needed is the mind set of the cavalryman, the panache and the flair. Lastly, take the time to learn the role of mounted cavalry, what it was required to do and how it would have been done. That means being familiar with the drill manuals, and using them.
IF you form a dismounted group you are pretty much consigning yourselves to to the bottom of the pile. The worst farbs think themselves above the dismounted no matter what the dm's look like. Over-coming that is difficult, and speaking from long experience, not worth the effort. You can be the most authentically outfitted group in reenacting history, but if you're dismounted, no one will notice.
I still see event ads that say "no dismounted cavalry."
Form a blue infantry group - it's cheaper and easier to do well and every bit as needed down there among the pines.
Post by hanswelliver on Oct 8, 2010 19:34:12 GMT -5
I would love to have horses again, just can't afford it right now. I don't want that to stop me though. I reenact proper, we are just small with 3 persons. I would love to talk more about it with you please shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Post by Nutmegtrooper on Oct 18, 2010 22:19:22 GMT -5
If you are looking to do Federal in GA, but you don't have the numbers to make it work on your own, I would serious think about contacting either Jerry Ross and his pards in the "Hog Drivers" or Mark Choate in the 7th TN. Both do Fed and CS, but both have some access to animals that can be rented or borrowed, and both do things right in terms of impression etc. Both outfits are headed up by great people.