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October 6-8:


UPDATED 10-10-06 


This is a difficult report since so much was good and so very little was not. In fact, I am at a loss to really list any negative things other than trying to get out of the site and being ordered through the crowd for the Saturday AM battle. For those of you who were not in earshot, the order to advance was delivered by a very young courier who was impossible to understand. The staff had to ask questions and he was able to answer "yes" and "no". It was like the scene from The Jerk when Steve Martin thought the motel was on fire. I suspect the poor young man was nervous and probably should not have been put in that situation.
The weather was great except for the cold at night. Friday night seemed the worse and, personally, resulted in shivering more than sleeping.
The camps were well maintained and looked great. I think the markers provided by Wont helped direct the men to their proper camp.
The first battalion had two companies of National Regiment troops from the east. They did a great job and are welcome with us anytime. They had a looong drive on Sunday that we normally face when we go east.
The battles were great. It seemes like we got the lions share of the combat assignments but that is fine with us. I do wish the other brigade(s) had supported us but we are used to being outnumbered. In the Saturday afternoon battle, we took on 7 CS brigades. Oh yeah, did I mention we were decimated? Our "rally by brigade" was used to defend against confederate cavalry who had earlier closed to a dangerous distance (horses nose to soldiers nose) with the Illinois boys. That was not in the scenario and they were not supposed to be there. Nothing was done to stop them by either overall command staff so we took actions to defend ourselves. Tough to ignore a couple of hundred giants galloping down on you with multitudes of blazing pistols-aimed straight at us, of course.
A humourous moment was when, toward the end of the scenario when nearly everyone was out of ammo and the battalion volleys were composed of about 2 or 3 shots. Wow-that stopped the rebs in their tracks. LOL.
Sundays battle was fine for us. The same reb cav saw the Blackhat battalion on the ridge all alone. They figured they could gallop over the ridge and sweep in behind them. As they crested the ridge, they saw the Illinois Battalion and the Cumberland Guard battalion drawn up in line and at the ready. The lead rider reined his horse as hard as he could and yelled, "Oh S**t" as the Guard battalion unleashed a perfect volley. They dismounted and occupied a fence line. I was not about to let them experience anything like a victory so the 1st and 3rd battalions were moved up and flushed them out like quail. Needless to say, they mounted up and rode away.
But then, the reb infantry advanced and ruined our day. We were driven back like the scenario called for and made several stands along the way-only to break and fall back to our next rally point.
Oddly, this day was actually hot and after such cold nights, many of us, me included, were dragging after the battle from the heat.
Afterwards, we marched, ok, walked, ok, straggled, back to camp and dismissed the brigade with many cheers and much regret the event was over.
It is impossible to name those who deserve to be thanked or acknowledged for their tireless contributions. The men in the ranks did all they were asked-including brigade and division guard duty, they accepted the pass situation without complaint.
The music was great and we were joined by a bugler from Denmark. His calls even had an accent-not really but it makes a good joke.
He declared after the Saturday battle that it was the greatest day of his life. Now THAT'S enthusiasm.The battalion commanders and staffs and the brigade staff did an exemplary job. It simply could not have been any better.
I urge you to send me your impressions of the event for posting on the website. Lets put up an electronic diary for all to read.
To all who gave their all to make the event a success-THANKS. It is only with your effort that the event was as glorious as it was.

3rd Brigade-Perryville, Kentucky

Cumberland Guard Brigade Order of Battle

Colonel David Shackelford-Commanding

Lt. Colonel Jim Dedman-Chief of Staff

Lt. Stan Hurt-AAG

Captain Dave Downing-AIG

Lt. Will Ott-Officer of the Day/Chief of Aide de Camps

Major Roger Ford-Safety Officer

B. Dedman-Chief of Mounted Orderlies & Guides

Steve Smunt-Principal Muscian

Neal Rudy-Principal Bugler

P. Steele-Medical


1st Battalion-Lt. Colonel Ric Lemon

Lt. Colonel Will Eichler

Adjutant Matt Merta

Sgt. Major-Sam Lowe

1st Co. 7th Michigan

2nd Co. 4th Michigan

3rd. Co. 49th Indiana

4th Co. 30th Indiana

5th Co. 5th Michigan/19th Indiana, Co K/Sinkdiggers

2nd Battalion

Lt. Col. Craig DeCrane

Major Steve Bouldin

Major Wissinger

Sgt. Major- Tod Willis-Redfern

Adjutant-Ted Klos

1st Co. 19th IN, Co A

2nd Co. 2nd WI, Co F/24th MI

3rd & 4th Co. 2nd. WI, Co's B,E,K

5th Co. 17th MI

6th Co. 6th Ohio


3rd Battalion

Col. Rick Keating

Major-Bill Turton

Adjutant-Steve Fratt

Sgt. Major-Jim Little/Dave Delinger

1st Co. 10th IL

2nd Co. 45th IL

3rd Co. 64th & 13th IL

4th Co. 9th IN/8th TN

5th Co. 104th IL

6th Co. 1 MI. Engineers (detached to Brigade HQ)

Again, register now so the hosts see what we are bringing to the table (or, er, battlefield).
When you register, make reference that you are in the Cumberland Guard Brigade-they know that you are not all Guard but that is their name for the organization. You can lead a horse to water but....oh, never mind.

Bring as little camp equipage as you can get by with. This will be an event not to miss.


This packet is intended to act as the guidelines for the Oct. 2006 Battle of Perryville reenactment.  It is prepared in a subject format and will address various issues affecting the campaign.

 The Battle of Perryville event will encompass 3 actions various camping styles, movement with battles on an original battlefield.  Everyone participating is expected to meet the expectations for reasonable authenticity, to abide by any orders that follow the chain of command, and above all act in a safe and responsible manner.  Failure to do so will be cause to be removed from the event.

 Index of Headings

Staff Work
The Schedule
Impressions & Authenticity


Upon Arrival
The Battles
Artillery Notes
Couriers & Mounted Personnel
Special Notes

Appendix D – Corp Badges & HQ Flags
Appendix E - Provost
Appendix F - Music



The 1st Federal Division Headquarters henceforth will be known as Headquarter, 1st Corp, Army of the Ohio for the event.  Since that HQ element was present at all battles being recreated it was selected to ease paperwork.  All paperwork emanating from Federal HQ will be so marked.

 The component Brigades of the 1st Federal Division, along with the Cumberland Guard Brigade will be portraying units from the 3rd and 10th Divisions.  Both Divisions had component brigades involved in the battle of Perryville.  The Brigades and units that were most involved will be the ones selected to use as the Division's Guiding Impressions.  Units will not be separated without prior approval.

 Assignments are as follows:


Saturday Morning (Fight at Pottsville, Oct 7th, 1862)
                Cav - 9th KY, 2nd MI, 9th PA
                Art - 2nd MN Batt.
                Inf – Inf support will be fed into the battle

 Saturday Afternoon (McCook's Right)
                Cav - 2nd IN, 1st KY, 3rd KY, 7th PA
                Art - 5th IN Batt, 19th IN Batt, 4th US Batt M
                Inf - 10th OH, 42 IN, 10th WI, 2nd OH/88th IN, 38th IN, 94th OH

  Sunday Action (McCook's Left)
                Cav - 9th KY, 2nd MI, 9th PA
                Art - Parson's Improvised Battery, 1 KY (Stone's ) btty, 4th IN Batt., 2nd MN Batt
                Inf - 123 IL, 105 OH, 80 IL, Garrard's Detachment, 21st WI,  79th PA, 1st WI 

Staff Work

The 1FD staff is expected to provide support to all Brigades and insure that all goes in accordance with the overall plan.  The staff reports directly to the Commanding General, 1FD and will represent the best interest of the Division at all times.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Chief of Staff (CoS): 

  • Sees that all directives and assignments are carried out
  • Communicates directly with the Infantry Brigade Commanders, the Cavalry and Artillery Branch Chiefs
  • Insures that the schedule is followed and timelines are met
  • Advises the Commanding General (CG) on all matters

 Assistant Adjutant General (AAG):

  • Reports to the Chief of Staff
  • Overseas the activities of the Division staff as per the directives of the CoS
  • Insures all orders are delivered to the appropriate commands
  • Maintains Division paperwork and records
  • Responsible for collecting after action reports
  • Reports to the CoS
  • Coordinates safety with the AIG and Provost

Assistant Inspector General (AIG)

  • Overseas Division authenticity working with brigade and branch commanders
  • Overseas internal Division safety standards (weapons inspections & safety checks)
  • Advises the Commanding General on Authenticity recommendations
  • Reports to the CoS
  • Maintains Division library of support manuals, textbooks and regulations

Division Quartermaster (QM)

  • With the CoS is responsible for the placement of all main Army camps, depots, and supply points
  • Works with event sponsors in the placement of watering points for both foot and mounted troops
  • Works with the PM in marking and supervision off limits area such as hay and straw storage points
  • Is responsible for advising the event host on the placement of port-o-johns
  • Is responsible for the placement of wood
  • Communicates with the event host on any shortages in regards to water, wood, straw and other QM related issues
  • Works as liaison for Division staff in regard to food rations and cooking
  • Assigns details as needed and requisitioned from component brigades to guard and help distribute QM supplies
  • Overseas any transportation assigned to Division  (At Perryville he will work with the reenactment coordinator to ensure any assigned wagons are distributed equitably as needed)
  • Reports to the CoS
  • Advices the CG on all relevant matters

Division Engineer Officer (CE)

  • Responsible for all maps used by the Division and brigades
  • Maintains a journal of movement and significant actions by the army
  • Coordinates the activities of all engineers, brigade and division to insure there is no conflict in assignments
  • Oversee the design, construction, and improvement of all field works
  • Where possible assign an engineer officer to each component brigade to advise the brigade commander as to placement according to orders, maintain a record of that brigades activities, and assist in maintaining safety standards
  • Reports to the CoS

Division Provost (PM)

  • Responsible for internal safety and security of the Division
  • Liaison to local law enforcement agencies
  • Reports to the AIG on all security issues (internal & external)
  • Works with AIG to insure weapons checks are carried out
  • Insures that check and guard points are manned with personnel as supplied by component brigades
  • Sees that cars illegally parked are dealt with the most expeditious manner as possible up to and including towing
  • Maintains a record of any major safety issue
  • Works with Confederate Provosts to insure NSA security and safety issues

Division Surgeon and Medical (CMO)

  • Provides period medical impressions for the general public
  • Coordinates various activities of the Division and brigade medical organizations and sanitary components
  • Provides minor medical support
bullet Identifies personnel with medical backgrounds
bullet Assist with the distribution of ice and water to troops in the field
bulletProvides other assistance as necessary bulletReports to the CoS bulletAdvises the CG on medical and associated activities

Division Signals Officer (Sig)

  • Responsible for setting up a system of communication between General Headquarters (GHW) and the component brigades and battalions of the army
  • Sees that all participating signals units meet minimum standards of authenticity and are able to perform in a competent manner
  • Recommends best methods of communicating long distances when the army is in the field
  • Maintains a record of the movement of the Army and records all signals passed
  • Reports to the AAG
  • Advises the CG as needed

Chief of Couriers (Courier)

  • Responsible to see that adequate mounted couriers are available to support the staff
  • Sees that all communications are delivered in a timely and efficient manner
  • Reports to the AAG
  • Insures that all mounted couriers assigned to staff meet authenticity and safety standards

Secretary to the General (Sec)

  • Maintains personal notes and observations of the CG
  • Regulates the CG’s personal schedule
  • Acts as the CG’s personal Courier and representative as necessary
  • Reports directly to the CG

Aides de Camp (ADC)

  • Assist various department and branch heads as needed
  • Oversees work, guard, and/or scouting details as assigned
  • Advises the CG, CoS , and AAG as needed
  • Maintain a personal journal of their activities and battles
  • Act as sector safety officers
  • May report to AAG, AIG, or CoS as assigned

Music (Mus)

  • Oversees the qualifications of all Division and Brigade buglers
  • Provides guidelines for all music to be used in both camp and battle scenarios including bugles, drums, fifes, and any assigned bands
  • Works with Brigade musicians to coordinate the overall music program
  • Insures that all musicians know when and where to practice
  • Insures that all musicians know when to play the appropriate music/call during camp and/or battle situations
  • Insures that a trained corps of buglers is available with each brigade to transmit battlefield commands as needed by the CG
  • Reports to the AAG
  • Sees that each brigade commander and Division staff member is educated in the use of basic bugle calls, both movement and daily routine, as to recognize them when sounded.


The Schedule

The Schedule for the Perryville reenactment for the Union forces is as follows:

Thursday  – Oct. 5th

9:00am – 12:00am   Brigade and Battalion Headquarters’ Can Set Camps.
12 am – 1 am  Camps may be set by Union troops and Civilians
4:00 pm  Division Staff Meeting
6:00 pm    Dinner
8 pm Division Officer's Call - Division Staff, Brigade Commanders, and Battalion Commanders  (for those present)
9 pm Extinguish Lights

  Friday – October 6th

5:30 am   Camps open (Remote camp will be marched to from main camp) 
7 am   Breakfast
8 am  Fatigue Duty for those present
11 am  NSA/Division meeting for those present
12 noon Lunch
3 pm  First Adjutants Reports due
6 pm Assigned Brigades on March to Perryville Remote Site
8 pm  Division Officer’s Call (for Brigade Commanders, their adjutants, and Senior staff)
10 pm  Extinguish lights (set pickets are appropriate)

 Saturday – October 7th  

Sunrise First Call (main camps) (remote camps and Cavalry will have reveille appropriately and will be ready to march at sunrise)
6 am Reveille (in main camp)
6:20 am Adjutant’s Call (morning & SAFETY reports due to Division)
7:15 am Units in main camp will be prepared to march to the sound of the guns
7:30 – 11 am Morning battle and skirmishing
11 am Disengage, lunch in the field
noon – 1:15 pm Resupply
1:30 pm   Brigades Formed, Safety Inspection – Reports Due to GHQ by 1:45 
2 pm Battle of Perryville (McCook’s Right)
(Medical scenarios to follow)
3:30 – 4 pm  Disengagement and return of all troops to main camp.(Approximate)
6 pm  Dinner
7 pm Division Staff Call 
9:30 pm Extinguish lights

Sunday - October 8th

6:30 am   First Call
7 am  Reveille
7:30 am  Sick Call
8 am Morning Reports to Division
8:15 am to 9 am Church Call  (those units having church call please notify GHQ)
9 am to 11 am General’s Time
12 Noon  Lunch
1:15 pm Safety Inspections due to Division
1:30 pm  Form for Battle
2 pm Battle of Perryville (McCook’s Left)

Return to Camp

Break Camp

Impressions & Authenticity

Basic early war and western impressions are expected.  Four button sack coats, kersey blue trousers, and slouch hats are the recommended order of the day.  Frock coats and Hardee hats are appropriate.  There were some veteran and green units involved on both sides  Special impressions such as Zouaves and chasseur units are discouraged.  Infantry should not wear boots.  It is requested that brass on hats and uniforms be kept to a minimum, unless documented.  Cockades and early war patriotic buttons, Irish harps, German eagles and other such devices should not be worn.  Scottish bonnets and glengarries are not to be worn in the field.  Smoking and lounge camps are allowed in the main camps.  Bowie knives are not to be carried by any ranks.  3 banded muskets are expected to be carried by all infantrymen.  Rifles such as Sharps and Spencers may be carried with prior approval (Colt revolving rifles were present) .  All cartridge boxes will include tins and may be carried on slings or belts.  No modern footwear.  Pistols will not be carried by enlisted personnel in the infantry and artillery.  The AIG will inspect each Brigade and Branch and issue recommendations to the Brigade and Division Commanders.  Weapons deemed unsafe will be referred to the company commander with reports to the battalion and brigade commander.  These weapons will not be allowed on the field. 

 Cavalry and other mounted troops will have proper mounts and tack.  Please leave the palominos and paints at home.  It is encouraged that saddles be of the CW period and not post war.  McClellan and Grimsley pattern saddles are preferred.  Trimmed saddle blankets (shabraques) should be limited to officers as appropriate.  Boots worn by mounted troops should be of appropriate construction.  No modern cowboy or multi color boots.  Sabers should be of appropriate pattern with 1860 preferred.  No pistols will be carried without holster (no pistols in waistbands or sashes).  It is recommended that no mounted trooper carry more than 3 pistols (one on person, two on saddle holsters).

Full time dismounted troops should be armed as infantry with long arms and proper cartridge box.  Carbines may be carried with the endorsement of the appropriate brigade commander and passing safety inspection.   Haversacks will not be used as primary source of ammunitions supply.  Sabers should not be carried for battle by dismounted troops.  Shell jackets in addition to standard issue sack coats may be worn by such units.

Artillerymen are encouraged to wear 4 button sack coats with appropriate head gear.  Artillery shell jackets are also encouraged for this event.  Boots may be worn where appropriate.  Pistols may be worn where approved by the Chief of Artillery (CoA).  The CoA is responsible for the inspection of each artillery piece and equipment.  The CoA with the AIG will review all artillery personnel in regard to their appearance.  Artillery flags should indicate formed batteries and not individual pieces.  All sidearms are subject to safety inspections and reports.     

Specialized Impressions must be approved by GHQ (CoS or AAG).  Engineers must be functioning and work with the Chief Engineer Officer if not a part of a recognized 1FD Brigade.  Provosts are assigned at the Division Level and will not carry shotguns.  Signal impressions must be approved by the Division’s Chief Signal’s officer.  All medical and sanitation commission must notify and be approved by the Division Medical Officer.  Period Sutlers wanting access to the Union Camps must be approved by the CoS .  Foreign Observer impressions will be considered only with the approval of the CG.

Battalions will consist of a minimum of four or more companies with color guard and adequate staff.  Larger battalions are encouraged.  Smaller organizations (3 companies or less) will be placed with larger organizations.  Every effort will be made to keep like-minded units together...pards will not be separated without prior approval, nor will any unit be broken up for reassignment.

Each battalion is allowed to carry one National Color and one Regimental Color.  Only one National and Regimental Color may be displayed in camp starting at 4 pm Friday.  Until that time individual unit colors may be displayed.  Flank markers, either with the unit designation or small US flags of proper construction may be used by each battalion.

Battalions of 6 companies or less are encouraged to carry only one National Color.  Colors should be of period construction, generally silk with painted or embroidered devices.  Only one stand of colors is allowed per battalion

Division and Brigade HQ flags for this event should be restricted to 33/34 star US National flags.  However, if your organization or branch has a specific HQ flag that will be carried in the field, please notify the AAG with a picture or drawing of this flag for field identification purposes.   


There are two major sites for the Federal Army at this event.  These are the Main Camp and the Remote Camp.  There will also be a Medical/civilian camp near the main Federal HQ.  In addition there is a standard Civilian Camp for those with “regular” civilian impressions.

Basic Rules in regard to Camps

  1. Camping areas will be located by the QM with input from the CoS and/or his designate.
  2. Garrison camps (company streets) will be established in the main camps.
  3. Bivouacs (para. 547) will be established in the campaign camps.
  4. Brigade and battalion areas are to be respected by other units.
  5. Kitchens are to be established on the company level and will be maintained at the end of each street as established by regulations for those in the main Camps.  No fires on or near Color Line.  Those fires deemed contrary to 1861 Regulations will be removed.
  6. A uniform Color Line will be established by GHQ.
  7. Civilian attired personnel will not be allowed to camp in the Remote Camp.  Civilians with a full authorized impression, such as laundress or nurse will be allowed in the medical/civilian camp.  Those period civilians with no set impression will be expected to camp in the event’s Civilian Camp
  1. A pass issued by Brigade or Division is REQUIRED by civilian attired personnel (spectators excluded).  Failure to have proper pass and identification will result in detainment.
    1. Passes used by individual brigades must be sent to Division for verification purposes.
    2. Division level passes will be available from Division HQ.
    3. Each Brigade will be expected to keep a log of those passes issued.
  2. A pass will be required by those troops leaving camps to attend outside functions or visit the sutlers.  Failure to have such a pass when returning to camp will result in detainment.

10.  Music/bugles/drums will not be played in camp unless scheduled/approved by Chief Bugler (Mus).

  1. No bugle calls, particularly reveille or musicians call, will be played prior to sounding from Division HQ.
  2. Brigade Guards will be set as appropriate.  Brigades will be expected to work with the AAG’s office in providing men for the Grand Guard.  Each Brigade is expected to maintain it’s own guard from 6 am until midnight (midnight to 5:30 am or off limits due to safety reasons)
  3. Work Details and other unit officers will respect the boundaries and limits of other camps.
  4. The Provost, QM, ENG, AIG, AAG, CoS will have access to any area of the camps at all times.
  5. The military is not responsible for activities in the Civilian camps.  There is a separate Civilian Camp coordinator as appointed by the event sponsor.

 Those camping at the remote site are expected to use campaign impressions.  Water, firewood, and sinks will be available.  No A or wall tents, camp furniture, or other impedimenta that cannot be packed in will be allowed.  Paragraph 547 (bivouac) of the 1861 regulations is expected to be used at the Spring Hill site. 

 Garrison style will be allowed in the main military camp.  If you have a questions about the main camp establishment please ask the AIG.

 The Federal Main Camp will include:

    1. This camp will include depots for the campaign troops, and act as the main camp for those military units choosing not to camp at the remote site. 
    2. Camping in this area will be reserved for the military.  A tents may be used by the enlisted men along with shelters and flies.  Officers may use wall tents.  Actually there is no record of shelters being used at Perryville.  There were A tents, Sibley tents, and some tents of British design.  Please limit canvas for this event. 
    3. The main QM Depot, Signals detachment, Engineers and Division HQ will be located in this camp.
    4. Passes will be required to enter and leave for those in period attire.
    5. There will be no extended parking in this camp (drop off equipment and proceed to parking).
      1. Cars deemed parking over the limit will be towed!

Remote Camp

    1. The Remote Camp will be open Friday.  Those units camping there will be marched to the site late Friday afternoon. 
    2. Those soldiers unable to make the march to the remote site (approximately 4 - 6 p.m. Friday afternoon) will camp at the Main Camp site and will join their units Saturday morning.  Other arrangements may be made by the unit commanders at the remote site.
    3. All equipment in these areas must be campaign in nature.  No wall and/or A tents by any participants.
    4. Civilians will not be allowed in these camps without authorization from Division HQ, or in the case emergencies only.
    5. Units choosing to stay in camp must be organized on a battalion level.  Individuals cannot remain in these camps unless they are affiliated with one of the units that selected the campaign option, or have the endorsement of the brigade commander and reported this information to Division HQ.
    6. Passes will be required to enter and leave for those in period attire.

Medical Camps

    1. These are garrison camps.  A tents, walls and flies may be used.
    2. Authorized civilians may be camped here with approval from the CMO or GHQ.
    3. Camps first priority is to serve the Division Medical Impression
    4. Passes will be required to enter and leave for those in period attire.

Civilian Camp

a.        These camps serve both Federal and Confederate Civilians and will be overseen by a Civilian Coordinator.

b.       A tents, Wall tent and flies accepted.

c.       No parking for extended periods or you may be towed.

Parking for Camps

    1. Parking will be in lots an average of 350 yards from the main Federal camp. 
    2. It is expected that gear be dropped off and cars parked as soon as possible.
    3. The event will tow those cars that remain in the camp areas that are over the limit.
    4. There is no special parking for those camping at the remote site.
    5. Parking for RV’s and buses will be provided and regulated by the event hosts.

General’s Note:  As you can see we have several camping options for this event.  Each Brigade Commander has selected the option their organization will take in regard to campaign camping.  Please note that the decision where to camp is an organizational decision, not an individual one, particularly for the campaign camps.  This is done for safety reasons.

*Paragraph 547, Revised Regulations for the Army of the United States , 1861

            547.  In infantry, the fires are made in rear of the color line, on the ground that would be occupied by the tents in camp.  The companies are placed around them, and, if possible, construct shelter.  When liable to surprise, the infantry should stand to arms at daybreak, and the cavalry mount until the return of the reconnoitering parties.  If the arms are to be taken apart to clean, it must be done by detachments, successively.

**For Garrison Camps Brigades and Battalions are expected to use Paragraph 498 – 536 of the Revised Regulations for the Army of the United States , 1861

***Artillery Camps are expected to use Paragraph 537-539 of Revised Regulations for the Army of the United States , 1861.

Upon Arrival


All participants, military and civilian, are expected to have pre registered for this event.  There will be no walk-ons allowed to register.  Any  disagreement in regard to the claiming of Federal related pre-registration will be resolved by a member of 1FD staff.

There will be further information about where to report for registration when it is received by HQ.

Once in camp:

If you are enlisted personnel please report to your appropriate battalion or brigade HQ.

If you are a company commander please report to your battalion or brigade HQ.

If you are battalion or brigade staff please report to GHQ.

If you are Division staff please report to GHQ.


The Battles

There will be three battles held at this event. 

Please note there is no Friday battle

  Battle 1 Pottsville

Sunrise (starts as non spectator event)  

  • The remote site troops will be on the march on or about sunrise. 
  • Those at the remote site will have a 2.8 mile march to the main battlefield and will engage confederate forces along the route of march.
  • This is a heavy cavalry action with infantry and artillery support, especially the 1st phase.
  • This will be a meeting engagement with skirmishers and pickets locating the enemy and the army deployed to meet the situation.  Maximum use will be made of terrain and maneuver. 
  • Infantry units will be formed and fed into the battle as it progresses during the morning hours.
  • The battle will end with the withdrawal of the Federal Army to its deployment area.
  • Units engaged:

Cav - 9th KY, 2nd MI, 9th PA
      Art - 2nd MN Batt.
      Inf - 42nd IN (AoP), Other units will be fed into the battle

 Special Notes

  • Minimally scripted battle.
  • Cavalry will be used heavily.
  • Army will withdraw, water, break for lunch and remain on the field until the 2 pm afternoon battle.
  • Bugle calls will regulate the movement of the army where possible.

Battle 2, The Battle of Perryville, McCook’s Right

Saturday Afternoon, 2 pm

  • Battle on original ground.
  • More info as numbers are determined
  • Units engaged:

           Cav - 2nd IN, 1st KY, 3rd KY, 7th PA

           Art - 5th IN Batt, 19th IN Batt, 4th US Batt M

           Inf - 10 th OH, 42 IN, 10th Wisc, 2nd OH/88th IN, 38th IN, 94th OH

 Battle 3, The Battle of Perryville, McCook’s Left

Sunday Afternoon 2pm (Spectator Action)

  • Battle on original ground
  • More info as numbers are determined
  • Units engaged:

           Cav - 9th KY, 2nd MI, 9th PA
           Art - Parson's Improvised Battery, 1 KY (Stone's ) btty, 4th IN Batt., 2nd MN Batt
           Inf - 123 IL, 105 OH, 80 IL, Garrard's Detachment, 21st WI,  79th PA, 1st WI

Artillery Notes

The artillery has a couple of major challenges.  The main challenge will be the movement from around the site.  However, for the Saturday afternoon and Sunday battles the artillery will positioned in original battery positions at appropriate ranges.

Wall tents will be allowed for artillery units in the main camp, but any artillery units camping at the remote site will be expected to go campaign.

All tubes are subject to inspection by the Chief of Artillery.  All artillery personnel are subject o inspection by the Division AIG.

Couriers & Mounted Personnel

Each brigade is responsible for maintaining it’s own couriers.  These couriers will be registered as such at Division HQ where they will have a record of who works for what brigade.  Any trooper not so listed will not be allowed to carry messages during the event.

Any mounted troops not falling in with the Cavalry Brigade will be reported to Division HQ (excluding Brigade and Battalion mounted officers).

Special notes

Hay/Straw for Bedding:  There will be no hay/straw provided for bedding at this event.  The Park may allow vendors to sell hay/straw for such purposes.  We will notify each command if these vendors are authorized.

Trash in Camps:  Each unit down to company level is responsible for policing and maintaining their own camp.  While it is an anachronism the QM provide plastic trash bags to all units.  Trash items such as glass, metal, plastics (which should be minimal) are not to be burned.  These items to be placed in trash bags, which are to be disguised, hidden, or saved till the end of the event and then placed out for pickup at the conclusion of the event.

Civilians and other personnel in camp:  Civilians and unrecognized personnel found in camp without reason are to be detained.  The Army is in enemy territory and all collaborators or suspicious personnel are to be investigated.  Anyone mapping locations and camps, artillery positions and other military features are to be arrested and brought to headquarters.

No Trespass:  There are barns and hay storage areas on site that are to be left alone.  These areas are not to be trespassed on or disturbed by any reenactors.  Bottom line, stay out the barns, obtain hay from the Quartermaster Depot.  If there is a question ask!

No Bagpipes: between noon Friday and end of battle Sunday

Required Forms:

  • Each company and battalion will be required to supply it’s own morning reports and weapons inspection forms.  These forms are to be collated on the Brigade Report Forms and sent to Division.  The following reports will be needed:
  • Morning Report Form (company, battalion, brigade level)
  • Safety Inspection Form (company, battalion, brigade level)
  • Parole Forms (issued to Brigades from GHQ, only available from GHQ ---Other Parole forms will not be accepted)
  • Passes – Passes may be issued at the Brigade level.   A copy of the pass must be on record with the AIG at Division.  Passes will also be issued by Division.  (Examples available at GHQ).


Appendix D

Corp Badges & HQ flags

There were no Corp badges used at Perryville by Union forces.

HQ flags may be used where appropriate.  A 33/34 star National flag is recommended.

Appendix E


Provost / Federal parking guidelines for the 2006 Perryville event.

  1. All persons must have verification of registration to access the Federal Camp and battlefield areas and will provide it upon request.  No pass, no entry.  All persons will present their waiver forms and receipt of registration to the volunteers in order to receive their medallion.
  2. Vehicles will NOT be allowed into the Federal camp area and participants must use the designated drop off zone to deposit equipment.  Signage showing the location of each Brigade will be visible from the road.   No vehicles will be allowed onto the Brigade/Battalion streets for safety reasons.  The one exception is the drop off of artillery pieces to the gun line, and once the piece is dropped, the trailer must be moved.
  3. Participants will have reasonable time to offload gear and move their vehicle to the designated Federal Parking area.  Please make room for your pards by offloading expeditiously and moving on.  Due to the nature of their cargo, Cavalry and Artillery units will have a longer time to unload the limbers.
  4. There are two parking areas for Federal troops; one for automobiles and one for horse and gun trailers. 
  5. After a stated time, only authorized emergency vehicles will be allowed into the camp area for safety reasons.  This is designed to eliminate any chance of accidental injury to reenactors and preserve as much of an authentic feel as possible.
  6. In the event of a personal emergency, cars will be allowed in on a case-by-case basis.
  7. It is highly recommended that you "pack in" your gear if possible. 

Appendix F


Headquarters, 1st Federal Division
July 16, 2004
approved as GENERAL ORDER #2, 2006

1.       All brigades are expected and encouraged to actively recruit qualified Field Musicians (Fifers, Drummers, Buglers) to their organizations and make their presence known to the Division's Principal Musician.  Qualified Bandsmen are also welcome (a Division band would be a great touch). 
2.       A bugled prelude call will be provided for all major maneuver elements.  You and your men are expected to recognize your call.  Prelude calls will not change once established.  The Division’s Principal Musician will establish prelude calls.
3.       Musicians will be functional in order to participate in a Division National Event.  A musician is expected to know the duty calls, battlefield calls, Parade, Reviews for their branch and have the ability to play in front of troops and spectators.  To 'play' they must be able to play.  Hence a musician can be asked at any time to communicate to any Division troops, with no mistakes or false stepping.  Musicians will be used as they were meant: to maneuver, motivate, and mold troops into skilled, efficient units operating at the express desire of their commanders.  If there is a doubt that a musician is functional, an audition in front of a Brigade Principal Musician or the Division Principal Musician will be arranged. All musicians (world wide) know what an audition is.
4.       Buglers will sound the orders for the Division, Brigades, and Battalions first.... and in that sequence.  Small battalion or brigade Fife and Drum Corps should not operate on their own schedule, but shall be integrated in the overall event schedule.  Bugles first, fife and drums second, as per period requirements.  A drummer or bugler will be on duty near the Brigadier at all times, and near the brigadier on the battlefield.  Buglers should be within earshot of ALL Officers’ calls.
5.       “TAPS” will not be sounded at an event unless a special memorial service is held.  To “EXTINGUISH LIGHTS” will be used as the proper period bugle call.  Battles will end with “CEASE FIRE” sounded by each branch of service.  Drums will also beat the “LONG ROLL” for cease-fire.  “RISE UP” will be the command to resurrect the casualties that don't want to be processed through aid stations.
6.       Brigade, Battalion Commanders, and Division, Brigade staffs are expected to recognize the basic calls, in regard to both military schedule and battlefield movements.  All camp and battlefield orders will be communicated by music wherever possible, even if not necessary.  When the call comes in over the roar of a battle you and your men will be better prepared to act as they did.
7.       CASEY'S will be used as the primary source for all Bugle Calls and Drum Beats within the 1st Federal Division.  Bruce and Emmett’s will be used for all Camp Duty.
8.       Questions concerning the use of music in camp and field will be directed to and adjudicated by the Division’s Principal Musician.