Civil War Reenacting
Frequently Asked Questions
We know people have many questions about Civil War Reenacting. For instance, What is Civil War Reenacting? Who are the people that are reenactors? How does an individual become a reenactor? Where do I purchase uniforms and equipment? How much does it cost to become a reenactor?
What is Civil War Reenacting?
American Civil War Reenacting is a unique and fascinating hobby shared by hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States, Canada and Northern Europe.
Reenacting is in itself a re-creation of a person who was a civilian, soldier, hero, criminal, musician, surgeon, nurse, or clergy during the Civil War.
Civil War reenacting is also a re-creation of an event that took place such as a wedding, dance,
execution, funerals, mail call, drill, tacticals and battles.
Members of the 1st Company, Richmond portray camp life which includes cooking, eating, chopping wood, maintaining accouterments, living quarters, and speaking with the public. We also participate in military drills, tacticals and battle reenactments. New members do not have to be experienced reenactors, and are under supervision by company officers to show new members how a civil war soldier lived 140 years ago.
Who are the people that are reenactors?
The people who are reenactors are not professional actors or actresses. Reenactors are people from all walks of life that have an interest in American History and the Civil War. People who become reenactors come heavily armed with curiosity. It is their curiosity that draws them into the 19th century. Learning about a divided America and its people who suffered and endured the loss of over 600,000 fathers and sons in one of the most tragic times in American History.
How do you become a reenactor with the 1st Company, Richmond Howitzers?
We encourage potential members to attend a company meeting or reenactment before filling out an application for membership that came with your recruiting package. This gives you a chance to meet the members of the 1st Company, Richmond Howitzers to ask questions, so that you can make a sound decision if American Civil War reenacting is right for you and your family.
Where do I purchase a uniform, equipment, or 19th century civilian clothes?
In your recruiting package you will find Uniform, Equipment & Authenticity Guidelines for New Recruits and the 1st Company, Richmond Howitzers Sutler List. This information gives a detailed list on what you will need to reenact as a Confederate Soldier or Civilian.
How much does it cost to become a reenactor?
Initially Civil War reenacting is more expensive for those considering a military role then a civilian role. For instance, a 1861 Springfield Musket could run as high as $400.00, However as an artillery unit this is not a required item. Civilian clothes could cost anywhere between $35.00 to $350.00. All reenactors experience this sticker shock. The 1st Company, Richmond Howitzers and it’s members have items that can be borrowed until new members can afford to purchase their own items. New members are permitted one year to purchase their items.
We hope that you and your family will consider join the
1st Company, Richmond Howitzers and rediscover history!