We are working professionals that enjoy Civil War history and camping in 18th century conditions. A few take their familys with them and the comradry around the camp fire is contagious.
Organized at Garysburg on May 27
1861, Company B joined the 3rd regiment NC Volunteers on November
14, 1861 and was renamed the 13th NC Troops. A part of the Living
History Association of Mecklenburg, the reenacters of the 13th
NC, take their hobby very seriously. From the Confederate Grey
Kepi (caps), to the linen suspenders and Enfield Muskets, every
article of clothing, blankets and eating utensils are made to
be an exact replica of that which was used during the Civil War.
Most events are staged from Fridays
through Sundays and in some cases, on the actual field where the
original battles were fought. During this weekend, each reenacter
is completely absorbed in 19th century life. meals are prepared
over an open fire the same way they were in 1862, and each night
is spent covered in a wool blanket in a tent or under the stars.
There are many suppliers
or Sutlers, to choose from to obtain the needed items. After
the first year, the only costs are annual dues of approximately
$25 , and registration for each of the ten
yearly events which averages around $5 - $10 per event. Transportation
is shared by the close knit members of the unit and meals are
usually provided at the major events. The Living History Association
of Mecklenburg, Inc., also produces a monthly newsletter, The
Ranaleburg Rifleman, which is the official publication of he
13th North Carolina, Company B and the 136th NY reenacters.
The purpose of Civil War Reenacting
is in educating people of the life and times of a Civil War
soldier through presentations, living history, and battlefield
reenactments. Accurate reproductions of equipment and uniforms
are used to inform and enlighten North Carolinians of their
ancestors. For more information on scheduling a school presentation
or to learn more about becoming a reenacter, contact Unit Commander
Geary Shafer at 704-635-8639 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org