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    Gentlemen,

    I am pleased to announce the beginning efforts for an advanced skirmish and operational campaign set in the fall of 1861. “A mighty mean fought fight: Missouri 1861” will be held on the weekend of October 18th-20th on over 600 acres in southwest Missouri (outside of Springfield). The events to be portrayed will be the period of skirmishing and maneuvering of the Missouri State Guard and Unionist Militia units after the Battle of Wilson’s Creek and before the First Battle of Springfield. This impression being somewhat unique in that the majority of both future Confederate and Federal forces were armed and equipped exceedingly poorly and essentially clothed as civilians.

    The event will heavily focus on the abilities of company commanders and their men to actively scout, gain intelligence, maneuvering, and engage enemy forces in a wide range of terrain and distances of actual proportions. Like much of the Trans-Mississippi Theater, the war was fought in a much smaller scale than that of the West and East, but often in much more brutal and almost more modern interpretation of both tactics and military means. Accordingly, as an event, we will fully embrace the inherent limitation of numbers of reenacting to more accurately portray the small hotly contested battles of Missouri.

    Event participants should expect the following:

    - Marching
    - Skirmishing
    - Scouting
    - Military intelligence gathering
    - Drill (if Missouri State Guard)


    Additional information will be posted in the up-coming weeks and months, but if you are interested in the event or raising a company, please send a message to either Andrew Kasmar at ajkasmar@yahoo.com, Sam Galyon at stonewall421@gmail.com, or send either of us a message on Facebook.

    An event page has been started on Facebook and a website will be released later this summer.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/381198875727323/
    Last edited by Eric Tipton; 06-02-2018, 08:32 AM.
    Most respectfully yours,

    Sam Galyon
    Trans-Miss Hellcats

    "Like True Badgers" -- 4th Wisconsin @ 155th Port Hudson

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    Re: Missouri 1861: "A mighty mean fought fight!"

    ***IMPORTANT UPDATE***

    Folks,

    Due to a miscalculation on our part and after speaking with several folks, we have moved this event to the weekend of August 31-September 2. We feel this will allow for less conflict of interest and provide a more historically accurate time frame to the events following Wilson's Creek.

    The event will be capped at 120 attendees; split evenly at 60 CS and 60 US.

    Missouri State Guard guidelines will be posted shortly, with US guidelines posted in the next couple weeks, once accurate information has been discerned.

    Thank you for your patience and we look forward to having you join us.
    Last edited by Eric Tipton; 06-02-2018, 08:39 AM.
    Most respectfully yours,

    Sam Galyon
    Trans-Miss Hellcats

    "Like True Badgers" -- 4th Wisconsin @ 155th Port Hudson

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    • #3
      Re: Missouri 1861: "A Mighty Mean Fought Fight!"

      GUIDELINES FOR MISSOURI STATE GUARD

      Overall Appearance:

      Unlike many military impressions, civilian and militia impressions are heavily dictated by the participants first-person background, particularly that of the individuals social class and occupation. It is critical that each participant take this into consideration when building their impression and adjusts the clothing and the methods of wear to appropriate meet these expectations.

      Headgear:

      Civilian hat (appropriately blocked and lined)
      Civilian Wheel Cap (appropriate construction and based off of known images in Missouri, Arkansas, or Kansas)
      Civilian straw hat

      Coat:

      Civilian Frock Coat
      Civilian Sack Coat
      Oversmock
      Summer Frock Coat/Sack Coat
      Overshirt
      Battleshirt (copied from a known Trans-Mississippi pattern) – limited numbers
      Militarized civilian frock coats and overcoats

      Vest:

      Civilian vests
      Wool
      Silk
      Cotton

      Shirt:

      Civilian Shirt (cotton, linen, or wool)
      Cravats and ties are encouraged for certain social class appearances.

      Trousers:

      Civilian Wool or Cotton Trousers
      Civilian Jean cloth Trousers
      Overalls

      Shoes:

      Civilian Shoes
      Civilian Boots

      Equipment:

      The vast majority of the Missouri State Guard at the time of Wilson’s Creek and directly after the battle were still very poorly equipped and armed. Accordingly, this list is not inherently all inclusive, but give the primary concept of the gear to be used.

      Weapon Related:

      Percussion caps
      Pocket
      Hunting bag
      Haversack
      Cartridges
      Pocket
      Hunting bag
      Wooden box cartridge box (one known exampled linked to the MSG)

      Haversack:

      1808/1828 Cartridge box (extremely limited numbers)
      Any common civilian method for carrying ammunition

      Bayonet Scabbard:

      1808 or 1828 Pattern (extremely limited numbers)
      1839 Pattern (extremely limited numbers)

      Haversack:

      Civilian bag of any-kind
      Cloth haversack (not a Confederate Depot Pattern)
      Fieldmade
      None

      Canteen:

      Flask
      Wicker bottle
      Sprat Can
      Tin Drum Canteen
      Wooden Canteen
      Any well documented civilian method of carrying water.

      Belt:

      Civilian belt
      No knapsacks

      Personal Items:

      Blankets:

      Civilian Blankets and Coverlets
      Buffalo Hides/Robes
      Painted cloth groundsheets
      No Federal or Confederate Depot gum or painted blankets

      Tentage:

      Large cotton fly tents are encouraged
      Appropriate construction is required

      Long-Arms:

      M1816-1842 Springfield Muskets
      1795 Flintlock Musket
      Civilian Shotguns
      Civilian hunting arms (percussion or flintlock)
      1841 Mississippi Rifle
      Hall Rifles
      Common Rifle
      Pike
      Pistols
      Any pre 1861 Revolver
      Any pre 1861 Horse pistol

      Knives:

      Large fighting knives
      Hunting knives

      Notes:

      Additional guidelines will be provided prior to the event based on the research obtained by the event organizers.

      GUIDELINES FOR MISSOURI STATE MILITIA (Home Guard prior to December 1861)

      Overall Appearance:

      Unlike many military impressions, civilian and militia impressions are heavily dictated by the participants first-person background, particularly that of the individuals social class and occupation. It is critical that each participant take this into consideration when building their impression and adjusts the clothing and the methods of wear to appropriate meet these expectations.

      Headgear:

      Civilian hat (appropriately blocked and lined)
      Civilian Wheel Cap (appropriate construction and based off of known images in Missouri, Arkansas, or Kansas)
      Civilian straw hat
      Federal Forage Cap – Pre-war pattern (Officers and NCOS only)

      All Participants are required to have a white band of 1-4 inches wide wrapped around the hat or cap (hat band). Based on the surviving images from 1862 (post the date of the event) this appears to have been the one and only uniform note seen and was used to identify their forces from that of the Missouri State Guard and other pro-Confederate forces in the region. The material in use in unknown, but cotton, linen, or wool will be appropriate. Equally the width of the band varies greatly within the same unit, and as such it can vary for each participant. The only exclusion from this rule are the officers and NCOs that can wear Federal pre-war forage caps.

      Coat:

      Civilian Frock Coat
      Civilian Sack Coat
      Oversmock
      Summer Frock Coat/Sack Coat
      Overshirt
      Battleshirt (copied from a known Trans-Mississippi pattern) – limited numbers

      Vest:

      Civilian vests
      Wool
      Silk
      Cotton
      Shirt:
      Civilian Shirt (cotton, linen, or wool)
      Cravats and ties are encouraged for certain social class appearances.

      Trousers:

      Civilian Wool or Cotton Trousers
      Civilian Jean cloth Trousers
      Overalls
      Shoes:
      Civilian Shoes
      Civilian Boots

      Equipment:

      Cartridge Box:

      1808/1828 Pattern
      1839 Pattern
      1857 Pattern

      Cap Box:

      1839 Pattern
      1857 Pattern

      Bayonet Scabbard:

      1808/1828 Pattern
      1839 Pattern
      1857 Pattern

      Belt:

      Militia Belts
      1839 Belt
      1857 Belt

      Haversack:

      Civilian cloth bag
      Pre-war 1830-1850s Military Pattern
      No war-time US Haversacks

      Canteen:

      Flask
      Wicker bottle
      Sprat Can
      Tin Drum Canteen
      Wooden Canteen
      Any well documented civilian method of carrying water.
      Mexican War Pattern
      US 1858 Pattern (limited numbers)

      Blanket:

      Civilian Pattern
      No Federal issue blankets
      Painted Cloth Groundsheet
      No Federal or Confederate Depot gum or painted blankets

      Tentage:

      Large cotton fly tents are encouraged
      Appropriate construction is required

      Knapsacks:

      No knapsacks

      Arms:

      M1816-1842 Springfield Muskets
      Civilian Shotgun
      1855/1861 Springfield (only if no other arm can be found)
      1841 Mississippi Rifle
      No 1853 Enfield Rifle Musket or 1863 Springfield Rifle Muskets
      Last edited by Eric Tipton; 06-02-2018, 08:41 AM.
      Most respectfully yours,

      Sam Galyon
      Trans-Miss Hellcats

      "Like True Badgers" -- 4th Wisconsin @ 155th Port Hudson

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      • #4
        Re: Missouri 1861: "A Mighty Mean Fought Fight!"

        Registration is now open!!

        https://www.mightymeanfoughtfight.com

        Contact: Michael Comer, Michael Gordon, Andrew J. Kasmar, or myself if you have any questions regarding company structures.
        Most respectfully yours,

        Sam Galyon
        Trans-Miss Hellcats

        "Like True Badgers" -- 4th Wisconsin @ 155th Port Hudson

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