A couple weeks has passed since our annual battalion meeting. I think everyone would label it an overwhelming success. We had one of our largest turnouts in years and that was very encouraging. Mother nature cooperated nicely, and for the first time we made it an overnight optional event. Many spent the night bivouacked throughout the compound after watching a late showing of "Waterloo". Many more stayed late into the evening and maneuvered troops in the miniature game held downstairs. Poor Toby is still trying to remove the Iroquois battle axe from his gut as he now has more sympathy for poor General Braddock.
On the business side of things a number of issues were discussed and voted on. All company commanders and their respective mem-bers discussed which drill manual would be more authentic to use in 1864. It was unanimously agreed and passed by vote to use Har-dee's drill manual this upcoming year. Major Alcox will be sending out missives in the near future to help in that regard. It is expected that by our first event in May all companies will be efficient in Hardee's as well as Gilhams.
As far as events go, the representatives of each battalion company voted unanimously for the 7th to support 5 events in 2014. Two of those are ANV max effort events, 150th Spotsylvania in May and 150th Cedar Creek in October. The three max effort battalion events are Old Bedford Village in June, Mumford in July, and Beaver Creek in September. This is probably one of the best schedules we have had in many years. All are important quality events spread evenly throughout the year. As reenacting will most likely be changing drastically at the end of the 150th cycle, I would encourage everyone to enjoy the opportunity of having five diverse and top rate events this year.
On behalf of myself and the 7th battalion staff I would like to officially welcome our new company with veteran battalion members - the 21st Georgia co B. I also would like to officially welcome Captain Jim Powell to the 7th battalion staff as Aide de Camp. Jim is a friend, has decades of experience in the hobby, and will be a great asset to the battalion.
Recruitment is the life blood of every company. When you stop putting effort and energy into recruiting new troops you are looking at the beginning of a slow death to your company. Complacency is an evil and insidious thing in any facet of our lives and a reenacting company is no exception. Recruit, recruit, recruit. Every member should be a recruiter. Reenacting is a para military based hobby, and without troops you essentially have a little camp out. Soldiers drive the hobby and civilians have an important role to give an empirical impression of the time period. Recruit, recruit, recruit.
As discussed at our annual meeting by Major Dave Coleman, I would like to see us tighten up our camp authenticity. We will be more vigilant this year in looking for visible things such as coolers, plastic, modern labels, etc. This should be a matter of pride and should not involve btn. staff, but as we have had it brought to our attention by battalion members, we must get involved when necessary. Be forewarned, Captain Vandusen and his provost staff can and will ask you to remove or cover up anything that would not be period. This especially is important when public is around. You have asked us to do this, and as we serve you, we will respond. Also we will be more vigilant in regards to modern cigarettes being smoked when public is in view. You might as well put a big plastic jug of mus-tard on your head if you are standing there in front if the public with a modern cigarette hanging out of your mouth. Cigars, brown cigarettes, and other non glaring options are out there. Again, you asked use to address it and we will. Although this segment would seem to be rather negative, it is not. All of us want to have the best period impression we can and all of us fall short from time to time, so this is not a judgement issue but just a reminder we all need to be a little better in how we represent the Confederate soldier and lady. This of course includes myself and all your staff.
There is one important event I want to remind you of. Confederate Memorial day is Saturday April 26th. For over 25 years the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the 7th battalion have conducted a ceremony at Johnson's Island Confederate prisoner of war camp in Sandusky Ohio. It has not only been a privilege and honor to take part in this ceremony honoring our Confederate dead, but an obligation no self respecting representative of the old South would shun. This is one of the most impor-tant things we can do to show our loyalty to those we say we represent. Last year I am very sad to say was our lowest turnout in battal-ion numbers in decades. God bless those that went, but where were the rest. I am ashamed to say that I missed last years event for the first time due to illness. I should have been there anyway. I feel I dishonored my ancestors and the uniform of the Confederate soldier I wear. There can be no excuse for not taking the opportunity to spend a few hours to honor those Confederate officers that gave their life for their country. I call on all of you that are within four hours drive time to join with me and restore our battalion.'s and our per-sonal honor. This year there will be a special dedication ceremony to honor the memory of Gail Robinson of the UDC who was a driv-ing force in updating and protecting the cemetery. Those of you that knew or met her know she was a blessedly wonderful lady that bled gray. A beautiful bench will be dedicated to her name. This will be a special day. Those of you that wish to spend the night standing guard post over the cemetery gates leading up to the ceremony please contact Toby Brock. On federal memorial day Yankees of every size shape and origin descend on that cemetery and conduct some type of ritual that has no business being done over the graves of Confederate soldiers on that day. As any Southerner will tell you, there is no bigger disgrace then a so called Confederate or anyone else conducting a ceremony on federal memorial day over the grave of a Confederate soldier. If I need to explain that one to you then something is way off on your thinking. Anyway, a large gaggle of these possibly well intentioned individuals, who non the less feel the need to take control of our soldiers cemetery, gather there on the federal holiday. We are honor bound to have a larger number of our people there on our memorial day ceremony. By the way, our memorial day was created first and then copied by the federal government. I look forward to seeing all those with a true Confederate heart at Johnson's island sat. April 26th for Confederate Memorial Day. Not for me, not for you, but for them.
On federal memorial day please show respect to all American soldiers lost in all war's, not including Confederates that served for the Confederate States of America in the war for Southern Independence as they have their own special and proper day. Americans yes, but proud Confederate Americans. OK, enough soap box.
As we all head into the grind of our northern winter I pray you all stay safe and of course find a place to drill. May will be here before you know it and we will finally be able to join together at Spotsylvania for comradeship, and of course, shoot at some yankees.
I am looking forward to seeing all of you in a few short months. And as always;
In the bonds of the Old South,
Tim Perry, Col., 7th Battalion, ANV Commanding
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The 150th Gettysburg is officially over. I want to commend every soldier on his excellent conduct in each battle throughout the weekend. From your legendary fight against three divisions in the Wheatfield (minus
the wheat) to your extraordinary job during Longstreet’s (Pickets) assault. As usual the 7th proved that we are the best Confederate reenacting battalion anywhere.
As you are probably aware, we are the only ANV battalion that didn't have a soldier forced to leave the event due to heat related issues. I want to thank our wonderful Doc Annabelle and his staff for their dedication
to our health and welfare. Many of us would not have made it if not for their care. I also would like to thank all of our band members for an inspiring job all weekend. You are "the best damn
band in the land".
We now only have one battalion event left for 2013, Zoar. There is no need to tell you about Zoar as all of you have raved about this event in the past. I will say a few things that are different this year.
First, Daryl Markijohn (general of the USV's) will be in charge this year after a two event absence. Second, there will be three confederate battalion's and not just us.
Lastly, we will be handing out the Maryland My Maryland medallions that many of you saw at Gettysburg. We are a family. In good times and bad we have always stood together. There is a reason why so many are jealous of what we have. So many battalion's out there are in constant turmoil or falling apart. Be proud, as you should be, of being a member of the 7th battalion ANV. You are second to none. I am proud of each and
every one of you.
Enjoy your summer and I look forward to seeing each and every one of you the first weekend of September at Zoar. It will be a very enjoyable event.
Ladies and gentlemen of the 7th Battalion. ANV. Our annual battalion meeting was one of best attended ever. The 7th continues to grow and thrive. With over three hundred members last year we look to continue that growth. I at this time would like to officially welcome one of our new units, The 7th Battalion Fife and Drum Corps.
As a long time national organization our membership takes great pride in our national reputation for safety, authenticity, and field evolutions. We strive to portray the Confederate soldier and lady correctly. This is the only true way to honor them. Anything else dishonors them. Many of our companies and individuals have long time associations through living histories with the national battlefield parks further enhancing our reputation as one, if not the premier, Confederate organizations in the country. It is not easy being the best. It takes hard work. There will always be those, who out of envy or jealousy, that will not like us. We have always felt that is their issue not ours. We will continue to strive to be the best in all areas. In over two decades as a member of a national organization (ANV) we have honed our skills and proven ourselves on hundreds of battlefields across the country. We must always strive to continue that drive for excellence. A heartfelt well done to all loyal members of the ANV foot cavalry regiment. We have many wonderful events scheduled for 2013 including the 150th Chancellorsville and 150th (GAC) Gettysburg events as well as two Ohio events at Beaver Creek and Zoar. We will always strive to work with and support brother organizations such as Birney's 2nd battalion, The Army of the Ohio, The Army of the Shenandoah, as well as all other local companies. It is imperative for the health and survival of the hobby we love that we put aside egos and petty immature differences and work together as reenacting continues to evolve. Shame on those that would put their own ego or agenda ahead of this cooperation and spirit of brotherhood. We will always take the high road and attempt to work with all in our community even if their are those that put self interest ahead of cooperation and reenacting as a whole. I desire that all of us in reenacting truly make an effort to put differences aside and enjoy the hobby together. I am looking forward to seeing all of you at our first event. As always,
In the bonds of the old South,
Tim Perry, 7th Battalion, ANV, Commanding
The 2012 season is here, as the Colonel has already stated we will be doing more this year to sharpen our drill and impression. There are also some off the field items that will be addressed. I have attached several files that you can either print or forward at your desecration. The pdf on morning parade is the format we will be using. Please make sure your 1st Sgt has the correct forms for report. There is a pdf of the ANVs insurance procedures. The bulk of this pdf is directed to the battalion Colonel and the Adjutant. BUT....it all effects every member. I want you to read it and pay attention to the sections that I have highlighted in yellow. So what does all this mean to me you are asking...well here is what I will need from each company at each ANV and 7th Max effort event.
A complete roster of all PAID MEMBERS of the ANV that will taking the field under your command.
A list of any NON ANV MEMBERS that do not have ANV insurance. As the procedure states these people will have to be approved to take the field by appearing before Col. Perry and being issued a field pass by the Adjutant.
It will be absolutely imperative that this information is present at the Adjutants tent at the specific time posted. If we do not have the info your company's field participation will be in jeopardy.
I have to report this information bothdays at max effort events so your company designate needs to be prepared to do this each day for paid and non paid combatants.
I have attached pdfs of two forms for your use. Make sure your company clerk has forms at the event and remember I will need a form each day.I would suggest that your company keeps a copy for its records.
At 7th max effort events the same information will be needed but the only difference is that we do not have to report it to division.
I know this is just more procedures we have to attend to but this matter of insurance has become a major issue and so we have to be "dead on" with our information. Safety is important and in the event of some unforeseen accident we want to be prepared. One uninsured accident could devastate your company, our battalion and the entire ANV. Please do not take this new procedure lightly because I will be directly responsible for making sure this information is at Division Headquarters at noon each day. One last not on the subject...please know there is NO backup to this. I know I can count on all of you for 100% support.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.
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