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    Company B 31st Iowa Living History at Lookout Mountain

    The Hairy Nation Boys are happy to announce that our living history at Lookout Mountain is back on! This year there was a last minute conflict with the date so we had to cancel. The new date will be June 23-25, 2017. This date was picked so that it would not hurt attendance at other events. Our impression will be Company B of the 31st Iowa. More details to come as we work with the NPS on this living history.
    Nathan Hellwig
    AKA Harrison "Holler" Holloway
    "It was the Union armies west of the Appalachians that struck the death knell of the Confederacy." Leslie Anders ,Preface, The Twenty-First Missouri

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    Re: Company B 31st Iowa Living History at Lookout Mountain

    Registration for our living history will open after Christmas. We are capping our number to 25 men.

    Holler
    Nathan Hellwig
    AKA Harrison "Holler" Holloway
    "It was the Union armies west of the Appalachians that struck the death knell of the Confederacy." Leslie Anders ,Preface, The Twenty-First Missouri

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    Re: Company B 31st Iowa Living History at Lookout Mountain

    Lookout Mountain Living History
    June 23-25,2017
    Hairy Nation Boys
    Impression for the weekend: Company B 31st Iowa

    REGISTRATION FORM

    All registrations must be postmarked June 9, 2017 For insurance reasons, no walk-ons
    can be permitted. Please email registration forms to: mikepalada@yahoo.com

    Please fill in the form below and mail your checks to the address indicated.
    All leftover funds will be donated to the Lookout Mountain NPS

    Name:

    First-person name:

    Mess Affiliation:

    Address:

    Email:

    Phone (please give cell # if you have one):

    Emergency contact:


    Expected arrival and departure times:



    Registration for Lookout Mountain:

    Registration Fee is $25.00 to be used for rations and money left over will be donated to the NPS. If you cannot pay by using Pay Pal please contact Nathan Hellwig headlog@gmail.com or Mike Palada mikepalada@yahoo.com

    When Using Pay Pal please enter the money as a “gift”.
    Send to to Mike Palada: mikepalada@yahoo.com

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    31st Iowa Company B Guidelines for Lookout Mountain Living History
    June 23-25, 2017
    Impression date is November 1863

    Muskets
    1) P1853 Enfield
    2) M1861 Springfield
    3) NO SMOOTHBORES ALLOWED
    All weapons will go under NPS inspection. Come without any caps or rounds. NPS will provide.

    This is the one thing we know. Companies A & B had enfields right off the bat, while the other 8 companies had to start out with Prussian smoothbores. Thankfully, they also received enfields while at Benton Barracks, so they never had to take the field with the hated Prussians.
    Headgear
    1) Forage cap
    1) Dress hat
    In November ’63 the 31st Iowa had been in the field only 11 months. Their time in the works at Vicksburg was their only extended time on campaign to this point. For this reason, we imagine there was still a large number of caps in the regiment. Ideally, we feel like it should be about evenly split between caps and hats.
    Coats
    1) Sack coat
    2) We do not believe they were issued frock coats.

    Trousers
    Standard sky blues issue of correct period construction.

    Shoe
    Brogans of correct period construction
    Boots

    Baggage
    1) Knapsack
    Again, with less than one year in the field everyone should still have a knapsack.

    Blanket
    1) Army blanket
    2) Civilian blanket
    With the blanket shortage in the fall of ’62, the 31st (along with many other regiments) were asked to bring along blankets from home. While there was plenty of time in the next year to draw army blankets, it seems possible that there could have been a fair number of citizens’ blankets still being carried.
    2 Rivet scabbard, Canteen with leather or linen sling.
    Last edited by Hairy Nation Boys; 01-10-2017 at 11:45 AM.
    Nathan Hellwig
    AKA Harrison "Holler" Holloway
    "It was the Union armies west of the Appalachians that struck the death knell of the Confederacy." Leslie Anders ,Preface, The Twenty-First Missouri

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    Re: Company B 31st Iowa Living History at Lookout Mountain

    Did the Enfields have blued/browned barrels at this time, or had the finishes been stripped to be bright?
    Thanks.
    Paul Hadley

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    Re: Company B 31st Iowa Living History at Lookout Mountain

    1. How many Enfields do you have?
    2. Are you coming to the event?
    3. I don't know. We don't have that specific information
    Nathan Hellwig
    AKA Harrison "Holler" Holloway
    "It was the Union armies west of the Appalachians that struck the death knell of the Confederacy." Leslie Anders ,Preface, The Twenty-First Missouri

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    Re: Company B 31st Iowa Living History at Lookout Mountain

    Howdy, Holler.
    Am firming up my summer plans this week, so first thing first is to make sure I have that time available. (And avoid the disappointment I experienced in missing the boat ride to Shiloh some years back ...) Anyway, I may have access to an M1861 if the .577 Tower I principally use won't pass muster; that is, if the standards were to call for "bright/burnished" hardware. (My Armisport model has the blued barrel, etc.)
    Sounds like it would be OK, but just wanted to check.
    Thanks. How close are you to the 25-man registration cap?
    Paul Hadley

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    Re: Company B 31st Iowa Living History at Lookout Mountain

    Paul,

    Whatever rifle you have will be fine. No worries.
    Nathan Hellwig
    AKA Harrison "Holler" Holloway
    "It was the Union armies west of the Appalachians that struck the death knell of the Confederacy." Leslie Anders ,Preface, The Twenty-First Missouri

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    Re: Company B 31st Iowa Living History at Lookout Mountain

    Quote Originally Posted by Hairy Nation Boys View Post
    Whatever rifle you have will be fine.
    Then you've apparently witnessed my (relative lack of) marksmanship! About as accurate as a Husker quarterback ...
    Paul Hadley

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