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Thank you for your Interest in the 1st Maryland/Southern Campaign. We are a Revolutionary War reenactment unit This web site has been prepared for potential members and other interested people. Most of your questions will be answered by the information contained here on our website. However, feel free to contact any of the people listed in our Point of Contact section, with any other questions. We hope you will join us to help preserve our rich American Heritage. We look forward to you soon taking the field with us.
This unit, organized in March 1997, was started because there was a considerable interest and a need for a good, local, family oriented, politic-free regiment that stresses quality events over quantity. There are not any Continental Line units headquartered in Western North Carolina, all others being primarily in Piedmont or Eastern North Carolina. Spouses and children are welcome to take part in all our events and encouraged to become voting members if they wish. Leave your politics at home (enough said).
We plan to attend several good reenactments per year and have day trips to battlefields; museums, historic events and unit get-togethers make up the rest of our schedule. The bottom line is to make reenacting fun and not a chore.
While the 1st is open to anyone meeting the membership requirements, our recruiting will be concentrated in the Carolinas & Georgia. It should be stressed that you DO NOT have to live in his area to be a member. Most current members are veteran reenactors bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience. We have a member who has ancestors in the Maryland Line but this is not a requirement for membership. This is another reason why we decided to reactivate as the 1st Maryland/Southern Campaign.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT REENACTING
Because you are obviously interested in history and what better way to learn about our history, than to participate rather than just read about it. You can go to historical sites and see them from a different perspective. We are sometimes allowed to do things at historic battlefields that tourists never have the opportunity to do--like camping on the actual battlefield or staying in the barracks of some old fort. Besides, it's alot of fun.
ABOUT YOUR UNIFORMS/EQUIPMENT? AND WHERE TO GET THEM?
13 items will get you started in the 1st Maryland/Southern Campaign (See uniform guide). If your coming from another unit most of your uniform/equipment will probably be correct for the 1st Maryland/Southern Campaign. We do not require anyone to replace items unless they are totally incorrect for the 1st Maryland/Southern Campaign. You can buy these items or patterns from reenactors called "Sutlers" who recreate the merchants that followed the armies and sold to the soldiers. Usually a good source of general knowledge, sutlers sell at reenactments and by mail order and some do it via the Internet.
MUCH WILL ALL THIS COST?
The cost of your uniform & equipment will be around $600 plus your musket which will run from $600-$700. If you know of someone who can sew, it is possible to get outfitted much cheaper. Sometimes it is possible to find muskets at local guns shows or blanket traders at reeenactments at more resonable prices But don't let that scare you off, we allow new members to aquire their uniforms & equipment over a period of time. It is alot like golf. Once you have the golf clubs, the cost is quite reasonable.
OTHER EXPENSES ARE THERE?
Membership dues are $15/year due September 1st. Dues for new members are prorated if you join after the due date (subtract $1.25 for each month after Sept). This pays for unit equipment items (dining flyies, cooking utensils, ect) that all members can use).
TYPE OF ACTIVITIES DOES THE UNIT PARTICIPATE IN?
Our main emphasis is battle reenactment. However, we will also participate in living history programs, parades, local festivals, memorial services, school lectures and trips to battlefields, museums and historic events.
MANY EVENTS OR MEETINGS MUST I ATTEND TO BE A MEMBER?
There is no minimum participation requirement. However, most intrusion on drill, use of the musket, helpful hints, unit business, etc. will be given at events and meetings. So you should attend some, just to learn the basics.
DO YOU GO TO REENACT BATTLES?
Reenactments are held just about every weekend. Our schedule is planned with travel time in mind There are quite a few good events are within a reasonable driving distance from us including: Greensboro, NC; Camden, SC; Elizabethton & Vonore, TENN. However, for an important event or one that holds significance to the 1st Maryland/Southern Campaign, we may plan one event per year that is farthest away.
DO YOU PORTRAY THE 1ST MARYLAND?
The 1st was prominent in most of the battles of the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War (all NC Continental units being captured at Charleston, SC in 1780), was a typical Continental Line regiment and no one in the carolinas portrays it.
AREAS ARE YOUR MEMBERS FROM?
We have members in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia
MUST I DO TO JOIN?
Read the information on this website, but do not make a hasty decision. It will require to make an initial Monetary outlay of some expense. Think it over. If you decide to join, print and fill out the application & medical form and send it with your check (payable to: Ron Norman/1st Maryland) to: Ron Norman (CO) (see below).
WHAT IF I HAVE SOME MORE
Feel free to contact any of the PoCs (Point of Contact) below
PoC for Buncombe & areas
Pvt. Tom Ballard
710 Sand Hill, Lot #5
Asheville, NC 28806
PoC for Henderson & areas
Pvt. Billy Modlin
1429 Ridgecrest Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28792
PoC for McDowell & areas
Pvt. Jeff Phillips
624 Quarry Trail
Old Fort, NC 28762
PoC for General Info, Etc
Capt. Ron Norman
300 Long Shoals Road, Apt. 1G
Arden, NC 28704
This page was last updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2008