The majority of Civil War reenactors fall under the category of military impressionists. This includes everything from the average footslogger infantryman, to commanding officers, to vivandieres, or daughters of the regiment.
Q: How much will the equipment cost?
A: It depends on how and where you purchase your equipment. To purchase a brand new kit for an infantryman, including rifle, expect to pay upward of $1,200. However, you can often find good deals on used equipment from people who are getting out of the hobby. In order to off-set the start-up cost, the Third has loaner equipment and uniforms available which we will allow you to use for a small fee (see our Operating Manual for more specifics) while you are getting your kit together, and which will also give you more time to look for used equipment. Remember: Do NOT purchase anything without talking to a knowledgable unit member first.
Q: What about learning drill?
A: Drill will be taught to a new reenactor at events. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes! During the Civil War, a new recruit who was assigned to an already existing unit would have to go though the same things and would make just as many mistakes as a new recruit will. However, if you would like to get a head start, feel free to glance though Casey’s Tactics.
Q: Are there any age limits?
A: Any person can fall in with us for drill and other activities. However, nobody under the age of 12 can follow us onto the battlefield, and until they are 14 they are not allowed to carry a firearm. There are still plenty of things to do for those from 12 to 14 on the battlefield without carrying a weapon, like being a messenger, musician, flag bearer or medic.
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