Q: Why Reenact?
A: Everyone has different reasons for choosing to reenact. Civil War reenacting is a great family activity, giving you a chance to spend some quality time together that all can enjoy. It’s highly educational; as everyone you meet has some tidbit of interesting information to share. You also have the opportunity to share your own knowledge with others if you wish. For the soldiers there are battles, as well as tacticals, and raids on the Mason Dixon township. If you choose to reenact as a Union soldier, there are pickles, lemonade, and cookies after the battles. There are also Saturday night dances, winter balls, good music, wonderful time spent with friends, and great times around the campfire. To be perfectly honest, it’s just a lot of fun.
Q: Why the 3rd Michigan? (And, why not?)
A: First, we will answer the “why”:
1. We are one of the few family friendly units in the WCWA, allowing civilian members to bivouac in the same camp as the military. 2. We have a company cook, who for a nominal fee (usually around $13 for an entire weekend) purchases and prepares meals. 3. We have several musicians in the unit who work hard to raise unit morale and welcome new talent. 4. The Third is a very flexible unit that takes pride in their ability to adapt and take part in various scenarios.
Now, to move on to the “why not”:
1. .........Maybe if you lived in Bulgaria?
Q: Do I have to show up at every reenactment?
A: Not at all. Reenacting is completely voluntary, and we only ask for as much of your time as you are willing to give.
Q: What do I need to know?
A: As a new reenactor, nothing. Everything you will need to know will be taught to you by members. Usually we will assign a mentor to a new member to help them with learning the ropes.
Q: Do I need to have a specific persona?
A: It’s up to you! You generally want to have at least a name and an age, maybe a hometown, but it’s your decision as to how detailed to get and how often you stay in “first” person.
Q: What will be my responsibilities?
A: As a “fresh fish”, your list of responsibilities is essentially nothing, however, after reenacting for a few years you may want to run for a position in the company administration, in which case your responsibilities will depend on your position.
Q: Who do I contact for more information?
A: You can contact the 3rd’s commanding officer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or for more specifics on the management of the 3rd Michigan, read our Operating Manual!