How to Get Started
What to Buy
Your Basic Uniform
Needed for Infantry
To Complete Your "Kit"
Care and Feeding of your Uniform
Military and Camp Life
Rations and How to Cook
Military and Camp Life
Every soldier, whether doing an artillery or infantry impression, is expected to attend drills and become proficient in the appropriate drill for their discipline. For the infantry this would be the manual of arms and school of the soldier as per Silas Casey's Infantry Tactics of 1862. For the artillery, it would be the U S Field Artillery Drill as has been modified for safety. Full military protocol will be in effect for all events unless stated otherwise. Soldiers are expected to become familiar with military etiquette per the U. S. Military Customs of Service and exercise same. All soldiers will show the proper respect for NCOs and officers and obey the orders of same.
Upon arriving at an event, all soldiers should immediately report to their ranking NCO and accept any detail assignments. A soldier may not leave camp for any reason without the permission of his superior. If a soldier is excused by his superior from staying in camp overnight, he should attempt to arrive in camp before reveille sounds and roll call is taken the next morning. Unexcused absence from roll call may result in the offending soldier being assigned extra fatigue duty. Soldiers may not leave an event unless or until they are excused by their superior.
Roll Call: All soldiers will fall in when ordered to do so. When in camp, soldiers will fall in with blouses fully buttoned, headgear on and hands empty. When in the field, soldiers will fall in under arms (with muskets in hand and traps on) at the shoulder, unless muskets are stacked. When the sergeant calls your name, the soldier will answer, "here".
First Person: All soldiers are highly encouraged to conduct themselves in a period first-person impression. First-person will be required for some events or portions there of. If you do not feel comfortable using first person, you shall restrict conversations to matters relevant to the period and not engage in conversation about modern day topics.
Other aspects of your impression: There are references elsewhere in this guide relevant to creating and maintaining a correct impression. We won't repeat all of those here. A word to the wise however: no anachronisms are allowed. No wrist watches, modern jewelry, cigarettes, etc. Long hair styles or those not common for the period are highly discouraged (soldiers for the most part wore their hair short - it was mostly a matter of hygiene). Modern "fad" hairstyles, hair coloring, etc. are not permitted. As with everything else, if you have a question - ask!