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  • Battle of Prairie Grove, 37th Ill Adjunct. Dec 2-4

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    24th Missouri is hosting a campaigner adjunct for the 2016 Prairie Grove Reenactment. This will be conducted in the same quality manner as the Pea Ridge Adjunct March and the 8th Kansas Chickamauga Adjunct.

    Impression will be the 37th Illinois. A hard fought, veteran unit who had proved itself during Pea Ridge.

    The 37th Illinois Infantry was organized at Chicago, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on September 18, 1861, nicknamed the "Fremont Rifles" and "Illinois Greyhounds". The regiment suffered 7 officers and 91 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 5 officers and 164 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 267 fatalities.

    Their engagement at the Borden House was referred to as the fiercest firefight of the war.

    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1103812396303044/

    Research:

    Ketzle, Henry. "Diary of Henry Ketzle, Company A, 37th Illinois Volunteer Infantry". Civil War Diary of Henry Carl Ketzle.

    These guys force marched from Springfield in three days, They were ragged at the battle of Prairie Grove.

    A short march will take place across the Illinois along the original route, and straight in to the engagement per the actual movements of the 37th.

    After engagements on Saturday we will have camp set up at the location of Black's Headquarters after the battle. There will be a "Christmas in Camp" theme with period adorned A tents, caroling, and festivity. Feel free to make and bring any period holiday items you wish to have as decoration or comfort. The camp will be set up before we arrive.

    Impression Guidelines:

    Uniform Items

    Coat:
    1. State Jacket
    2. Sack Coat

    Headgear:
    1. Forage Cap
    2. Civilian Hat

    Footwear:
    1. Federal issue Jefferson Bootees.
    2. Civilian pattern brogans or boots.

    Trousers:
    1. Sky Blue Foot Trousers
    2. Civilian Trousers

    Shirt:
    1. Civilian Shirt
    2. Issue Shirt or Contract Variant

    Drawers:
    1. Issue Drawers of Canton Flannel
    2. Civilian Pattern Drawers

    Socks:
    1. Hand knit, documented patterns.


    Ordnance Equipment

    Weapon:
    1. European Import Rifle Muskets
    2. 1855 Colt Revolving Rifle
    3. 1855 Springfield
    4. 1842 Springfield
    5. 1861 Springfield
    Enfields permitted.

    Bayonet:
    Correct pattern for your weapon with a functional locking ring required.

    Waist Belt:
    1857 pattern waist belt with US belt plate required. Belts maybe of bridle, waxed or blackened buff leather.

    Bayonet Scabbard:
    Two-rivet Gaylord pattern bayonet scabbard preferred. All sewn Gaylord pattern bayonet scabbards permitted.

    Cap Pouch:
    Shield Front cap pouch preferred, all sewn 1850 Pattern cap pouches permitted.

    Cartridge Box:
    1. 1857 pattern .69 Cal and .58 Cal cartridge boxes.



    Personal Items

    Canteen:
    Federal issue canteen (smooth side) leather sling and twine attachment preferred. .

    Haversack:
    Federal Painted Haversack

    Knapsacks:
    1855 Double Bag
    Blanket Roll

    Blanket:
    Federal Issue blanket in Grey or Brown preferred.
    Coverlets Permitted

    Ground Cloth:
    Federal Issue Gum Blanket preferred. Period Oil Cloths permitted.

    Shelter Half:
    NO SHELTER HALF.

    Mess Furniture:
    Tin Plate or Canteen Half, Cup and Utensils required. This is a encampment event. Groups are encouraged to utilize a ‘Mess’ structure to cook over company fires, camp kettles and coffee pots. Further direction may come down from company leadership.

    Penknives, watches, jewelry, etc. must be of period style. "Comfort items," such as camp hats, balaclavas, scarves, mittens, gloves permitted. NO MODERN EYEWEAR. Period personal hygiene items permitted. Prescription medications/contact lens care items should be concealed in period containers. Smoking items permitted, except for modern cigarettes.


    Contact Jonathan Siltman, jonathan.siltman@gmail.com
    Last edited by Ken Cornett; 01-28-2016, 06:18 PM.
    Jonathan Siltman
    24th Missouri Vol. Inf.
    Bully Boys Mess
    www.24thmissouri.org
    Ft. Sill Museum Gun Crew
    Good ol' Fashion Troublemaker

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    Re: Battle of Prairie Grove, 37th Ill Adjunct. Dec 2-4

    Please adhere to the uniform standards. If there is a item you would like to wear that is not listed, ask.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Regiment went into camp at Camp Lyon Mo.
    On account of the rapid marching qualities of the 37th and the fact that it was always on the march in pursuit of the enemy, when not actually engaged in battle with him, it gained the sobriquet of "The Illinois Greyhounds," by which name it was known all over Missouri and Arkansas.
    December 3, 1862, the order came to the Regiment, then at Camp Lyon, Mo., to proceed to the relief of General Blunt, then besieged at Sugar Hill, Ark.
    Leaving the baggage to follow, the Regiment started for the relief of Blunt and marched to Prairie Grove Ark., in three days, a distance of 112 miles, double-quicking the last ten miles.
    On the morning of December 7, 1862, engaged the enemy at Prairie Grove, Ark., near Illinois Creek. General Herron commanded the Division at this battle and Colonel Dye, 20th Iowa, commanded the Brigade composed of his own regiment, the 37th Illinois, and one battery. The battle lasted all day, and was one of the most hotly contested and bloody battles of the war, considering the number engaged. The 37th lost about one-seventh of its number in killed and wounded.
    Colonel Black, at this battle commanded the Regiment with one arm in a sling shattered at the battle of Pea Ridge, and late in the fight had his other arm shattered by a rifle ball. Many of the company officers were killed and wounded.
    That night General Marmaduke, commander of the rebel army, and under a flag of truce, approached the outpost, under command of Major Payne, Officer of the Day and after being disarmed and blindfolded by that officer, was escorted by him to the headquarters of General Herron. Exactly what transpired at this conference is not known, except that the battle was named Prairie Grove. It is surmised, however, that General Herron demanded an unconditional surrender, to which General Marmaduke could not fully accede. Returning, the rebel leader muffled his artillery wheels, and fled during the night across the mountains. The 37th accompanied General Herron the next day, and pursued the rebel army over the Boston mountains to Fort Smith, Ark., where General Marmaduke, with the remnant of his rebel army, crossed the river and escaped.
    The 37th returned to Prairie Grove, and as a part of General Herron's Army of the Frontier, spent the winter and spring of 1862-63 marching from point to point in Missouri and Arkansas, having numerous skirmishes with the enemy, until April 24, 1863, when the Regiment proceeded to St. Louis
    Jonathan Siltman
    24th Missouri Vol. Inf.
    Bully Boys Mess
    www.24thmissouri.org
    Ft. Sill Museum Gun Crew
    Good ol' Fashion Troublemaker

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    • #3
      Re: Battle of Prairie Grove, 37th Ill Adjunct. Dec 2-4

      This will be a good event!
      Dustin Darby,

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      • #4
        Re: Battle of Prairie Grove, 37th Ill Adjunct. Dec 2-4

        Question, will Potsdam and French rifle muskets be permitted or encouraged for those that have them? Arming the Suckers shows a lot in the ranks along with Colt Revolving Rifles. There's still a lot of time for guys to go out and get a cheap one for the event.
        Mark Krausz
        William L. Campbell
        Prodigal Sons Mess of Co. B 36th IL Inf.
        Old Northwest Volunteers
        Agents Campbell and Pelican's Military Goods

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        • #5
          Re: Battle of Prairie Grove, 37th Ill Adjunct. Dec 2-4

          Yes! For those who have the imported muskets and rifles, this is a great opportunity to bring it out.
          Jonathan Siltman
          24th Missouri Vol. Inf.
          Bully Boys Mess
          www.24thmissouri.org
          Ft. Sill Museum Gun Crew
          Good ol' Fashion Troublemaker

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          • #6
            Re: Battle of Prairie Grove, 37th Ill Adjunct. Dec 2-4

            Can you update the uniform requirements? I feel that Potsdams/French Rifled Muskets can be obtained in decent shape for the $400-700 range at this time, or the cost of a repro anything.

            Damn Palmetto Arms stopped reproducing their revolving rifle, otherwise I'd try can get one.
            Mark Krausz
            William L. Campbell
            Prodigal Sons Mess of Co. B 36th IL Inf.
            Old Northwest Volunteers
            Agents Campbell and Pelican's Military Goods

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            • #7
              Re: Battle of Prairie Grove, 37th Ill Adjunct. Dec 2-4

              I can't edit the post on the AC. I tried, but it is updated on the other forums.
              Jonathan Siltman
              24th Missouri Vol. Inf.
              Bully Boys Mess
              www.24thmissouri.org
              Ft. Sill Museum Gun Crew
              Good ol' Fashion Troublemaker

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              • #8
                Re: Battle of Prairie Grove, 37th Ill Adjunct. Dec 2-4

                Per Arming the Suckers, Jonathan. Thank you for being receptive to upgrading the uniform standards. I think guys will be able to secure a musket for the event if they really wanted to, or allow some guys to bring them out for once.
                4th Quarter 1862
                US R.M. m/1855-1861 .58 7
                Colt R.R. 5-shot .56 112
                Enfield R.M. .577 5
                US R.M m1816 Alt. to Percussion .69 1
                US R.M. 1842 .69 6
                Belgium or French R.M. Brass or Bright Mounted .69 261
                Mark Krausz
                William L. Campbell
                Prodigal Sons Mess of Co. B 36th IL Inf.
                Old Northwest Volunteers
                Agents Campbell and Pelican's Military Goods

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                • #9
                  Re: Battle of Prairie Grove, 37th Ill Adjunct. Dec 2-4

                  I might have some use or lose PTO. I have to take before the end of the year. I was thinking about falling in with you all at Praire Grove.....
                  Aka
                  Wm Green :D
                  Illegitimi non carborundum
                  (Donít let the bastards grind you down!)

                  Dreaming of the following and other events

                  Picket Post
                  Perryville

                  The like to do a winter camp.....hint hint...

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                  • #10
                    Re: Battle of Prairie Grove, 37th Ill Adjunct. Dec 2-4

                    Overcoats allowed, or were they left behind with other baggage?
                    Paul Hadley

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                    • #11
                      Re: Battle of Prairie Grove, 37th Ill Adjunct. Dec 2-4

                      Paul, they were left behind. However, bring it. We will be having a garrison camp experience the second night, and even then, we will have a quartermaster to police up the site of Friday's camp and transport it to the tents. It will allow you to have more comforts if the weather gets as bad as it has been before. We are looking at a milder event, however.
                      Jonathan Siltman
                      24th Missouri Vol. Inf.
                      Bully Boys Mess
                      www.24thmissouri.org
                      Ft. Sill Museum Gun Crew
                      Good ol' Fashion Troublemaker

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                      • #12
                        Re: Battle of Prairie Grove, 37th Ill Adjunct. Dec 2-4

                        Gents, all are welcome, and encourage you all to join us. As to Paul's question, as Jonathan said, go ahead and bring it. Better to have a great coat in the car and not need it, than need it and not have it. We've had Prairie Groves where it was freezing, and we've had it like the last one where it was in the 70s. You just never know. I will say 3 PG events ago, one fellow didn't have an overcoat, and ended up going to the Sutlers and buying one. You can't wear it in the fights, but if it turns cold in the camp, you may want it. As Jonathan also said, we will have a quartermaster for this event like we did for Pea Ridge, but unfortunately no wagons to follow us this time. The quartermaster will ensure the remote camp gets water and plenty of firewood, help transport guys to the remote camp site, and we want folks to have enough bedding to prevent cold weather injuries. On Sat morning before we march off, we'll fold and stack our gear at a pickup point and the quartermaster will transport extra bedding and mess gear/coffee pots to the Saturday camp after we march off. Again, our effort is to maintain an authentic experience, but provide a compatible means to ensure folks are safe and able to be warmed up.
                        Frank Siltman
                        24th Mo Vol Inf
                        Cannoneer, US Army FA Museum Gun Crew
                        Member, Oklahoma Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
                        Company of Military Historians
                        Lawton/Fort Sill, OK

                        Pacifism is a shifty doctrine under which a man accepts the benefits of the social group without being willing to pay -- and claims a halo for his dishonesty.ó Robert A. Heinlein

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