The following list of events is by no means complete. It is a compilation of local, annual and the series of 150th reenactments that are available to us or ones that there is an interest in attending. The listed events include the scenario, our impression, uniform and weapons guidelines. If anyone has any other events that they are interested in attending or would like to extend an invitation to the WSS or the National Henry Rifle Company, please contact Todd Koster at firstname.lastname@example.org. This list will be ammended from time to time, based upon members interest and unit committments.
We realize that the 150th Chickamauga is over a year away, but we also realize that vacation time and reenacting funds becomes valuable commodities and schedules fill up quickly.
It is our intent to form the two scout companies of Wilder's Brigade. One company will represent the 17th Indiana (armed in part with Henry rifles) and the other company will portray the 72nd Indiana (armed with Spencer rifles). We have been in touch with the command staff of the First Federal Division and given the go ahead to form a battalion to portray Wilder's Brigade. We are also working with the Division Cavalry Brigade and tentatively looking into the option of riding into one of the scenarios as true mounted infantry, just like they did 150 years ago. With that said, allot in the way of logistics needs to be worked it and we have just over a year to get it done.
We realize that some of you may be questioning the historical validity of Wilder's boys arming themselves with Henrys, but we have the research and first person accounts to justify the use of the Henry and our results the will be forthcoming.
Some of you may be frustrated because you don't own a repeating rifle, however do not let that be a deterrent. You don't have to carry a repeater to fall in with us. The majority of the 92nd Illinois, one of Wilder's regiments, still carried their Enfields at Chickamauga. In addtion, you could claim that your Spencer or Henry went down and you picked up a battlefield muzzle loader. Yes, it did happen. Or this will give you that excuse you need to buy a repeater.
Basic uniform requirements for Chickamauga:
These requirements are not meant to exclude anyone or to promote an elitist attitude, but to tighten up our impression. These are very basic but if you cannot meet these maybe you should reconsider your choice for the Chickamauga event.
1. Plain Hardee Hat
2. Period Civilian Style Hat
3. Forage Cap
No hat cords or brass. No hat cords or brass. No hat cords or brass.
1. Military Contract Shirt
2. Period Correct Civilian Shirt
1. 4 Button Sack Coat
2. 2. Untrimmed Shell Jacket (No Yellow Trim)
1. Period style glasses
3. Squint allot
No modern eyewear. No modern eyewear. No modern eyewear.
Sky Blue wool infantry or mounted style trousers
Infantry leathers, haversack and canteen
2. Period Correct Military Boots
No modern boots or shoes please. No modern boots or shoes please.
1. Shelter half, dog tent
3. A-Tent if you must
1. Spencer Rifle
2. Henry Rifle
3. Springfield or Enfield 3 band
***No Spencer Carbines, they didn't reach the field until October of 1863.***
We need to keep a military camp and impression the entire event once it has started. Hide all non period items such as coolers, cell phones etc. We want to keep the impression sharp and need everyone to help by “policing” their impression.
If you have documentation proving our requirements wrong, please let us know. There is always an unturned stone.