Hot! Help a new recruit find a unit!

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As many of you know, this blog is not the only reenacting-related site that I run.  Along with a couple sites for units I belong to, I also run Daily Reenactor, a Tumblr blog filled with photos of reenactors, both at reenactments and doing reenactor-y things in their daily lives.  At present it has 8,537 followers and at least once a week I get an inquiry from some curious soul who wants to give the hobby a try.  Last year I was able to help 57 such folks find units (I’ve helped over 100 since I began that blog several years ago), but there were many I was not able to help, due to my unfamiliarity with either their period of choice or the reenacting scene in their geographical location.

With that in mind, I’d like to start a semi-regular feature here at Historically Speaking, wherein a couple times a year I compile all the requests I haven’t been able to help with (or get to, for that matter – I have a lot of responsibilities and not a whole lot of time) and post them here in the hopes that some of you readers know who they need to contact.  This is also a great way for units looking to recruit new members to do so – if someone in your area and period is looking for a unit, feel free to suggest your own!

Without further ado, here’s the list of prospective recruits who are currently looking for units:

  • Time Period:  Revolutionary War
  • Location:  New Jersey and Pennsylvania
  • Has Transportation:  ?
  • Time Period:  Revolutionary War
  • Location:  Indiana
  • Has Transportation: Yes
  • Time Period:  WWII
  • Location:  South Florida
  • Has Transportation:  Yes
  • Time Period:  WWI
  • Location:  North Carolina
  • Has Transportation:  ?
  • Time Period:  Any
  • Location:  Dallas, TX
  • Has Transportation:  No
  • Time Period:  Any
  • Location:  Iowa
  • Has Transportation:  Yes
  • Time Period:  Any
  • Location:  Portland, OR
  • Has Transportation:  Yes
  • Time Period:  WWII
  • Location:  Georgia
  • Has Transportation:  Yes
  • Time Period:  WWII, WWI, Middle Ages
  • Location:  North Florida
  • Has Transportation:  Yes
  • Time Period:  WWII
  • Location:  Philadelphia and Southern New England
  • Has Transportation:  Yes
  • Time Period:  Any
  • Location:  Greater Hudson Valley, NY
  • Has Transportation:  Yes
  • Time Period:  1700 – American Civil War
  • Location:  Southern Alabama
  • Has Transportation:  Yes
  • Time Period:  WWII, WWI, Napoleonic
  • Location:  Wilkes County, NC
  • Has Transportation:  Yes
  • Time Period:  Revolutionary War, Regency, American Civil War
  • Location:  Northern Iowa
  • Has Transportation:  Yes
  • Time Period:  WWI, WWII
  • Location:  Southern Florida
  • Has Transportation:  Yes
  • Time Period:  Post-1700
  • Location:  Denver, Colorado
  • Has Transportation:  Yes
  • Time Period:  American Civil War, Revolutionary War, Elizabethan
  • Location:  Savannah, GA
  • Has Transportation:  No
  • Time Period:  Revolutionary War
  • Location:  Northeast Ohio
  • Has Transportation:  Yes

I’ve also gotten a couple more generalized questions that aren’t quite suitable for Ask A Reenactor but are outside my realm of knowledge, that someone here might be able to answer:

“Are there any units that portray the IRA?”

“Do you know of any timeline events in the southeastern USA?”

I’m hoping that at least a few of you will take up the torch with me and help these folks find their way into our beloved hobby.  If you see any listings here that you think you can help with, leave a comment with your info on this post, and I will make sure that it makes it back to the original inquirer.  Even if you don’t personally know of any units in the area the person is looking but you know someone that might, go ahead and speak up – most of the people asking here have no idea where to begin.

So, if you can help, speak up!

11 Comments

  1. The 43rd Regiment of Foot and the 2nd PA are always looking for new people. Attached to the unit is a gun crew as well. Our unit does both American and British reenactments allowing our members to be fully involved in reenacting both sides of the war. We have members from all over the east coast, from Maine down to Florida. Our regiment is well established, being founded before the Bicentennial, and remains a strong and prosperous unit.

    Our unit is very well equipped with clothes to get you dressed and out in the field on your first day! The only fee involved is a yearly due of $40 dollars that pays for every even and meal you go to.This due will not be collected at your first event, we allow everyone to try an event with us for free! Check out the website or email Cpl. Chip Cash at pvtwebb243regiment@gmail.com. The website is 243regiment.com.

  2. The IRA reenactor can get in touch with the 150th Fenian Raids Facebook group or 7th Buffalo AIL via Sam Levitt, myself or Ray Ball, Jr. We are having a living history event in up Schoharie, NY – http://theoldstonefort.org/index.html on June 21.

  3. For the WWII interested who lives in Southern NE/Philadelphia, there are a ton of units. I recently joined up with the 3rd Rifle Division, a Soviet WWII re-enacting group based out of New England. We do several tacticals and living history displays a year, and I had a blast at Newville 2014, my first tactical. Their website is http://www.3rdriflediv.org/ . If you have any questions, there is a contact form you can fill out and the Starshina will receive it.

  4. The prospect in Wilkes County, NC, can contact the Red Guard (Soviet WW2) through http://theredguard.weebly.com/. What’s better than shooting Nazis? :-)

  5. Westmearc is a Portland, OR area reenactment group.dedicated to the study and re-creation of life in northwestern Europe during the Viking Age – Viking, Anglo-Saxon, Norman. You can contact me directly or via our website.

  6. The Portland OR person might be interested in the Lady Washington, a tall ship that sails the West Coast, including the Columbia River by Portland. You sail an 18th century replica, handle the ship for real (and all is by hand; it’s hard work), and dress in period gear, what we call “funny clothes” which make kids say, “Mommy, look at the pirates! ” The original Lady Washington was a privateer during the American Revolution and was the first US flagged ship to round Cape Horn and get America into the China tea trade, in 1789. Check out http://www.historicalseaport.org

    There are also a number of pirate groups in the NW, many of whom are interested in the historical end and community service, not just dressing up.

    The Oregon Historical Society is a good source for historical research from Pioneer days to the present, at http://www.ohs.org

  7. And the Society for Creative Anachronism would be a source for Medieval / Renaissance re – enactors. There are groups all over the country. http://www.sca.org

  8. I do IRA with the West Cork Flying Column – Tom Barry’s unit. We’re based around the Northern VA area.

  9. For the person in the Greater Hudson Valley, my group, the Quebec Historical Corps, is actively looking for new recruits. Despite our name, we are not only based in Quebec, but into Ontario and throughout the US Northeast. We also portray three distinct colonial time periods (F&I, Rev War, and War of 1812). More information can be found at our website: http://www.qhc-chq.ca. Or I can be reached directly at markoftruth18@hotmail.com

  10. For the person out of Savannah, I know several of the guys in the Savannah Republican Blues (a Confederate Civil War unit), and they’re good folks who take their impressions seriously. Their Facebook page is here:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Republican-Blues/488291401194752

    If the person in question is female and wants to do a military impression, I’m not sure of what their unit policy on that is, but if they can’t help you themselves, I suspect they’d be able to steer her in the right direction. Ditto for Union units, if that’s more what the poster is looking for. One of the guys in the unit, is very up on Union history and involved with the Sons of Union veterans.

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