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School of the Battalion: Column to Line

By Austin Williams, 5th VA Co. A A battalion marching in a column has several options to return to a line of battle, formed to the left, front, or right of the column’s original line of march (see School of the Battalion: Forming the Battalion for a description of forming the battalion into line and …

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How to Adapt a Confederate ANV Impression by Time Period

By Austin Williams, 5th VA Co. A One of the most challenging aspects of accuratly protraying Confederate infantry is the wide variation in uniforms and equipment based on location and period in the war. A member of the Army of Northern Virginia in 1862 looked vastly different from the same individual in 1865. To improve …

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School of the Battalion: Forming the Battalion

By Austin Williams, 5th VA Co. A Before a reenactor infantry battalion can be marched the drill field or battlefield, its various component companies must first be formed into a cohesive single unit. Soldiers during the Civil War likely formed their battalions thousands of times over the course of their service, rendering it a habitual …

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Drill Videos from Liberty Rifles

Winter is a great time to work on improving your impression. A big part of our ability to accurately portray veteran soldiers from the Civil War era is to ensure our drill appears as accurate and as practiced as possible. We’ll never get as good as the men who practiced and drilled for hours and …

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Drill Bits: Building a Company Front

By Brad Ireland, 4th Virginia, Co. A When a battalion is marching in a column of fours (for sake of discussion, by the right flank), the battalion commander has the ability to build a company front to the left, right, and straight ahead of the column of march. Each scenario requires a different command, and …

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The Humble Housewife

By Brad Ireland, 4th Virginia, Co. A The personal sewing kit, affectionately called a “Housewife”, was an indispensable tool carried by Civil War soldiers both North and South. Soldiers were issued clothing in limited quantities. They couldn’t pop out to their local Wal-Mart to buy a new pair of pants every time they wore hole …

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Drill Bits: The Oblique Firings

By Brad Ireland. 4th Virginia, Co. A The Right Oblique What the manual says: “192. The oblique firings will be executed to the right and left, and by the same commands as the direct fire, with this single difference—the command aim will always be preceded by the caution, right or left oblique. Position of the …

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