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    Re: Should Perryville Become an NPS Site?

    I am in the minority it seems but any battlefield we can convert to National protection is a good thing. State budgets are limited and more volatile,

    DougCooper Yesterday, 11:26 PM Go to last post
    Mark Choate

    Re: Should Perryville Become an NPS Site?

    I agree with Craig and vote no to this idea.

    In addition to Craig's reasons, I don't know of a time in the history of this country that

    Mark Choate Yesterday, 08:23 PM Go to last post

    Published on 06-20-2015 11:53 AM  Number of Views: 232 

    If you are tired of trying to find out what quality events are out there for the rest of 2015, look no further. Here are the upcoming military events for the remainder of this year. To get more information about each event, just click on the name of the event and it will take you to our event calendar.

    Seminary Ridge Living History - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: June 26-28, 2015 - "The Buzzards Mess is hosting a living history in conjunction with the Seminary event on June 26-28th 2015. We will be camping at the site of the last stand of the Iron Brigade, at the site of the Barricade at the Seminary! This is going to be a great opportunity to do some great scenarios for the public, and also camp and live on the battlefield for a weekend."

    Cavalry Adjunct - Fort Caspar (Platte Bridge Station), Wyoming: July 20-26, 2015 - "We are hosting a commemorative "Last Ride" that recreates the 150 mile journey from Ft. Laramie to Ft. Caspar (Platte Bridge Station) that the 11th KVC traveled just days before many of them would die. We will be riding the same 150 miles from fort to fort along the original Oregon Trail. This campaign event is not for the lighthearted. Although this mounted cavalry adjunct is a sub-event to the main 150th event at Ft. Caspar in Casper, Wy, the standards and focus of this ride will be to authentically recreate the daily frontier hardships for the 11th KVC along the Oregon trail."

    First at the Fort! - Fort Stevens, Oregon: August 7-9, 2015 - "Historical records indicate that the US Army Engineers that constructed Fort Stevens had also built several structures for use by the garrison, but none are currently in existence. Therefore, the camp will be set up like a regulation army camp. Soldiers will be quartered in common tents. We are working with the fort to secure a nice shady spot immediately adjacent to the reconstructed earthworks."

    Home Sweet Home - Fort Snelling, St. Paul Minnesota: August 14-16, 2015 - "On July 20th, 1865, the veteranized 2nd Minnesota Volunteers Infantry mustered out of service at Fort Snelling. It was almost 4 years prior that they had left Fort Snelling to begin an adventure they would never forget. We plan on recreating the welcoming home festivities and mustering out ceremony that took place 150 years prior on July 18th – July 20th, 1865."

    Floyd's Folly - Carnifex Ferry, West Virginia: September 11-13, 2015 - The weekend of September 11-13, 2015 the 36th Virginia Infantry, Company B will be hosting a full-immersion event based on the Battle of Camp Gauley, more commonly known as the Battle of Carnifex Ferry on the original battlefield just outside of Summersville, West Virginia. This event will recreate the events of the battle at Carnifex Ferry on the original ground and will be comprised of a combination of both a tactical based on local documented situations preceding the Battle of Carnifex Ferry and a historical portrayal of the Battle of Carnifex Ferry.

    Adjunct - Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas
    : September 25-27, 2015 - "We will be portraying no other than the 24th Missouri itself! The 24th Missouri Infantry Volunteers was organized in 1861 and began its service on December 28th of that year. In January 1862, the 24th joined General Samuel Curtis at Rolla, MO for Curtis' 1862 campaign against Confederate General Sterling Price. The regiment's first major engagement was the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas in March of 1862. Designated as the Union Provost Guard, the men of the 24th occupied the area around Elkhorn Tavern. It was in this area that the early fighting of the battle occurred."

    Garrisoning New Madrid - New Madrid, Missouri: October 3-5, 2015 - "Living history the weekend of Oct 3-5 in New Madrid, MO. We will interpret some of the CS forces that garrisoned New Madrid in Oct. 1861. We will be right on the river and will do regular garrison routine: guard, fatigue, drill etc. with some other things thrown in. This will also be in conjunction with the City of New Madrid's fall festival. We will have the levee between us and the town to block many of the modern intrusions, but Saturday will have public coming to see what we do and there will be an educational factor to the event."

    Before the Storm - Savannah, Georgia: November 13-15, 2015 - "Fort MacAllister has sat just south of Savannah defending from ironclad attacks for years. But now it not only faces the threat from the sea but also from the land. It's final months before the December battle is a busy time as regular Artillery units and Georgia Reserves prepare the forts landward defenses as well as maintaining an eye to the sea. Before the storm is a living history garrison type event that attempts to replicate this time. We will have a two to three company garrison portraying the units stationed there in 64. This will be a working garrison as participants will preform guard mount, Artillery and infantry drill as well as fatigue duties."
    Published on 04-12-2015 11:13 AM  Number of Views: 1006 

    FORT BLAKELY CS LIVING HISTORY - Spanish Fort, Alabama

    April 1-3, 2016

    The Independent Rifles will be hosting a Living History weekend at Fort Blakely in 2016 for CS ONLY. The idea behind the event is to rebuild sections of the works in preparations for the next CS v US living History in 2017. More information to follow.


    PICKET POST - Morganton, Kentucky

    May 13-15, 2016

    Sponsored by the WIG and Hairy Nation Boys.

    CS forces will be commanded by Herb Coats. Federal forces will be commanded by Ivan Ingraham.(one company of Hairy Nation Boys, one company of SCAR)

    Each side will have a 100 participant force cap with a goal of three Companies of 25 rifles each. We will also have cavalry for each side.

    This will be an immersion campaigner event.

    Cost: $20 ($10 for landowner stipend; dirt cheap, really, and $10 for food for the weekend).

    Each participant will need 40 rounds and caps for the weekend and needs to bring two one-gallon jugs of water to establish water points within their area as the water on-site is not potable despite the numerous streams and ponds.


    LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN LIVING HISTORY - Chattanooga, Tennessee
    June 24-26, 2016

    The Hairy Nation Boys will host a living history at Lookout Mountain June 24-26, 2016. Our impression will be that of Company B of the 31st Iowa. At this time we are working on the guidelines. We do have a Facebook page for information but we will use this site as well. If you have any questions please contact me at or call 319-471-0571


    BATTLE OF PERRYVILLE - Perryville, Kentucky
    October 7-9, 2016

    Murray's Federal Battalion at Perryville

    We are excited to announce the formation of a Federal Brigade for Perryville 2016. There will be 2 battalions. Will Eichler will lead one effort and Tyler Underwood of SCAR the other. Rob Murray will command the Brigade.

    Impression: William R. Terrill's Brigade - 105th Ohio and 123rd Illinois
    Brigade Commander: Rob Murray -
    1st Battalion (105th Ohio): Will Eichler -
    2nd Battalion (123rd Illinois): Tyler Underwood -


    Our plan is to work with our friends the WIG on the Confederate side during the event.

    WIG CS Battalion at Perryville (9th Tennessee Infantry)

    Host Group – Western Independent Grays

    Primary Battalion POC: Herb Coats - hcoats007@

    Preservation Effort: Extra funds go to the park.

    The Plan: The WIG is planning to return to Perryville in 2016 to portray the 9th Tennessee Infantry of Maney’s Brigade. The goal is to field a battalion of CS troops within the overall battle scenario and event activities, and provide a home for those who want a little more to their campaigning experience. Drill, camp, kit, rations, etc will follow the history of the command during the battle.

    Military Command: Herb Coats, Western Independent Grays, Commanding

    Company Commanders/POCs are as follows

    Company A Whit Barr

    Company C, Paul Jerram, Armory Guards

    Company K, Russ Dykes Keithstone Guards

    Jordan Roberts, Red Clay Volunteers

    Brian Chastain, Breckenridge Grays

    Michael Comer, Midwest

    Sam Gaylon, Trans-Mississippi Hellcats

    Other campaigner groups have been contacted in regards to putting companies together for this effort. We are waiting on word from them.

    Look here and the forthcoming WIG event website for more information regarding event items, kit guidelines, and of course historical information.