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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