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I thought I would post a very brief summary of our
meeting from January 14,
2017. The meeting was held in Fort Wayne and thanks to Steve
for arranging the facility and Greg
for jotting down some notes. The meeting was well attended and we
We had a few guests who
updated us on their respective organizations, specifically:
Denny Whiting, Nathan
Tingley and Tom
Emerick from the Great Lakes Battalion visited with us. The GLB will be
attending Jackson and will be meeting towards the end of the month to
their 2017 schedule. The GLB is also hosting a Battalion Drill at
Wayne in Detroit, MI on March 24-26, 2017.
A Minton of the First
Federal Division also came out to the meeting and discussed 2017
discussed the Grand Armies of the Republic group of Western Federal
groups of which Rob Van distributed copies of the signed resolution
out after Perryville, representing most of the major Federal groups in
/ Midwest. The affiliation helped stop a second Shiloh event from
and Shiloh 2017 will be the first time the group will be in command of
event. Shiloh will be hosted by Earl Zeckman’s group, and
registration is open.
After our guests, we went
around the room and provided updates on individual groups.
Calendar year 2016 was
reviewed, and the following Cumberland Guard Blue Ribbon events were
The following was noted.
Charlton Park Civil War
- Great weather
- Good skirmish/tactical
- No injuries
- Great cavalry, good usage of them – suggest galvanizing a
few for each side
- Having the rear gate open helped reduce if not eliminate vehicle
- Campaigners appreciated the support of the organizers and event
Jackson Civil War Muster
- Public very enthused – loved the interaction period with
soldiers in crowd
- Reenactors pleased
- Small issue with Port a Johns in back – adding more and
trash receptacles to
- Few safety issues with encroachments on guns on union side, may need
- Reenactors will be replacing retiring members of the Jackson Board =
- Perhaps burying the speaker wire to avoid safety issues
- GLB very positive impression, liked the crowd interaction
- Frustration with lack of activity at times
- Struggled with communication, organization at times from event staff
- Fun to have large MI, IN companies
- Good parking!
After breaking for lunch,
the full list of events was discussed (see my other post which contains
2017 events) including various smaller and regional events, as well as
opportunity for some campaign events. For 2017, the Cumberland Guard
Ribbon (Focused) events will be:
Shiloh April 6-9
- Need to support to get GAR off the ground – large financial
cost to put on an
- Inclusive to all styles of reenactors
- The AOW, Cumberland Guard, Great Lakes Battalion, and Earl
Department of the Mississippi would be under Rob Van and Rob will
brigade. Reduce micromanagement
- Fallen Timbers land area will be used: actual battleground owned by
- Try to get battles with early as possible on Sunday to facilitate the
- Hornets Nest scenario, Grant’s counterattack –
artillery will be required to
galvanize for proper show
- Mixed camps, but also an authentic period village as well
- Rob Van will be attending a site walkthrough Jan. 28-29
Hastings, MI Charlton
Park July 14-16
Cascades Park Jackson, MI
- Meeting with Sheriff and city police for security after last
- Driving range is closing, will have the entire area for use during
- 2017 scenario is Centreville 1861
Thanks to everyone who
attended, and we will see you on the field in 2017!
Cumberland Guard Meeting
Saturday, January 14, 2017
10:30 am EST
Lutheran Hospital of
7950 West Jefferson Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Rooms 3 & 4
(Lower Level next to Dining Room)
War Field Music School
Captain Russ Paul, Fourth Michigan Infantry
past June, I attended the National Civil War Field Music
School at Ft. McHenry in Baltimore. The school is for
and fifers of all abilities. I personally am working at
drummer, in anticipation of the day when I get tired of carrying a
rifle (or just as an option for any event where a drummer may be
I can say without question that attending this school successfully laid
groundwork for that preparation.
instructors are first-rate in their respective fields.
I can't speak for all the instruments, but among the drum instructors,
from Camp Chase Fifes and Drums and another is with the U.S.
Airborne Division (Air Assault) Band. This truly is an
learn from some of the best in the business.
you have never been to Baltimore and/or Ft. McHenry, this is
a good excuse to do so. The British bombardment at
during the War of 1812 is what inspired the writing of our national
There is plenty to do and see in Baltimore, including a small Civil War
the Inner Harbor, and four vessels open for tours (among them
USS Constellation and the submarine USS Torsk). And if you're
lover, you'll be in heaven as there is no shortage of quality fare!
information on the school can be found by visiting its web site at:
you have questions of a more "personal experience" nature, I would
be more than happy to try and answer them for you. I am not
with the school in any way, other than being a former (and future)
student. After 7 seasons as a company commander, however, I
have come to
appreciate and value the effect musicians have and the important role
in our hobby. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guard 2016 Blue Ribbon Events
Jul 15 - Jul 17
Aug 19 - Aug 21
Anniversary Battle of Perryville
Oct 7 - Oct 9
Orders for Hastings/Charlton Park are on the
'Special Orders' page
Orders for Jackson are on the 'Special Orders' page
Guard 2016 Meeting Minutes
wanted to take a few minutes and recap the annual Cumberland Guard
which was held on January 9 in Fort Wayne, IN. Again special thanks to
Smith for securing the meeting site.
meeting was very well attended, and we covered the following items:
message from Colonel Shackelford was read to those in attendance.
After general introductions, specific recognition was given to the
of Greg Swank as Chief of Staff. Greg expressed a desire to help
activities, facilitate cooperation, and to help everyone to get what
want/need from the hobby
Minton, First Federal Division was a guest at the meeting. Bob
desire to mend fences and end the squabbles that have plagued the hobby
the years. The annual FFD meeting will be held Jan. 30 in St. Louis, MO
Rob Van will be attending as a guest. Bob also mentioned the
dissolution of the
Vohlken reviewed the status of the CG website. We also discussed the CG
Facebook page and the success of both items.
Whiting with the Great Lakes Battalion was also in attendance. Denny
that the Great Lakes Battalion plans on having a drill in April open to
who wishes to attend. They also commented that the cooperation amongst
and the Guard was great at Jackson, and their members will march with
Perryville, KY later this year.
discussed attending not only the FFD meeting in January, but that he
attending the January Annual AOW Meeting, and the January Annual
Guard (Confederate) meeting in Indianapolis.
also discussed the end of the Indiana events Billie Creek and Conner
and expressed hope that they might return at some point.
Updates from all units present
Discussion / sharing of recruiting and retention strategies
General discussion of the state of the hobby, including the recent
story and subsequent protests in regards to Confederate flags. Several
recommended units having one spokesperson to handle this issue with the
and especially with media. We also discussed scenarios in regards to
protest attempts to interrupt a battle, and the appropriate response
planning by Command to address such an event.
reviewed the 2015 Blue Ribbon Events, Hastings, MI and Jackson, MI. We
discussed Indiana troops making the trip to Hastings and Jackson, and
Michigan and Ohio troops (including Marty Walker, Ryan VanMaldegen, and
Minton, just to name a few) at Hartford City.
discussed the 2016 Blue Ribbon Events, Hastings, MI, Jackson, MI and
Perryville, KY. (Please register as the Cumberland Guard).
like to thank everyone for a solid 2015, and I am looking forward to
the progress we made with the hobby as we turn to 2016.
The Cumberland Guard
officially welcomes to our ranks
The Seventeenth Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company "E"
A hearty Hurrah to Captain Nick Miner and his "Stonewall Regiment."
April 2017 -- Shiloh After Action Report
August 2016 -- Jackson After Action Report
July 2016 -- Hastings/Charlton Park After Action Report
August 2015 -- Jackson After Action Report
April 2014 -- Message from Colonel Van
October 2013 -- Retirement
Statement from Colonel Dave.
With thanks to First Sergeant Siler
of the 19th Indiana, the following forms are now available:
Questions about the Cumberland Guard
should be directed to:
Rob Van at email@example.com
Swank at firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about this web site can be directed to the
Cumberland Guard Webmaster, John Vohlken.