Living History Association

35th Alabama Infantry & 73rd Indiana Infantry Regiment

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155th Battle of Gettysburg

4th Alabama Infantry Regiment

July 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th, 2018

Officers & Non-Commissioned Officers

Event Schedule

Captain Al Sprinkle, chaplain
Pending, quartermaster
Vacant, acting ordnance sergeant
Amy England, civilian

Company F
Captain Matthew Joe Mallory
First Lieutenant Noah Thomas
First Sergeant Andrew Sprinkle
Second Sergeant Manny Jaime
Corporal Alex Wells
Corporal John Smith
-Thursday, July 5th, 2018-
1300 – North of the Mason Dixon – Buford probes the enemy position.
(following the battle) – Live Mortar Fire Demonstration
Gettysburg Address
1800 – The Enemy Approaches – Pennsylvania Militia opposes General Early.

-Friday, July 6th, 2018-
1000 – Those Damn Black Hats – Repulsing rebel assault on Seminary Ridge.
(following battle) – Live Mortar Fire Demonstration
Gettysburg Address
1600 – Springing the Trap – Cavalry ambush at Hunterstown.
1800 – Thundering Hell – Defending East Cemetery Hill.

-Saturday, July 7th, 2018-
1100 – A Bloody Harvest – Battle of the Wheatfield
(following battle) – Live Mortar Fire Demonstration
1300 – We Have No Time – Stuart’s Cavalry arrives on the field.
1700 – Attack That Stone Wall – Anderson attacks the Federal center.
(following battle) Gettysburg Address

-Sunday, July 8th, 2018-
1030 – Come On You Wolverines – East cavalry field.
(following battle) – Live Mortar Fire Demonstration
1430 – High Tide at Gettysburg – Pickett’s Charge.
(following battle) – Gettysburg Address


1. We will be portraying the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment, Company F. We are assigned to the 3rd Brigade under General Terry Shelton of Longstreet’s Corp, and serving under the overall Confederate commander, General Tim Perry. We will camp with the 3rd Brigade in the area they assign to our company. As we get closer to the event, I will try to find out exactly where that will be. If permitted, we will have our regular Infantry camp.

2. Registration for this event will be $20.00 from November 1st, 2017, until January 31st, 2018, where it will be increased to $25.00 from February 1st until April 20th, 2018. It will again increase to $35.00 from May 1st until June 1st, 2018. If you do not register by June 1st, you will not be permitted to attend as Registration will be closed. This is a group registration, so I will be collecting fees from now until January 30th. I will register all that I have collected on the 31st of January, meeting the first wave’s deadline. I will collect the second wave of registration fees until the 19th of April, sending them on the 20th. Last chance registration will be collected up to May 31st, and sent on June 1st. To ensure your participation in this event, you will need to make arrangements with me as soon as possible.

3. There will be a total of ten (10) battles from Thursday to Sunday of this event. We may, or may not, be participating in all of them, but we will need to prepare to do just that. To prepare, we will need to stock up on ammunition and rations. I want each of us to have forty (40) rounds per battle, equaling 400 rounds total, or 40 arsenal packs. As this is not a campaigner event, so ram rods are not expected to be drawn, therefore, cartridges will not have any simulated projectiles, and will be rolled as either an Enfield, Springfield, or our old style blank cartridges.

4. As the schedule for this event appears to be packed, we will need to ensure that our haversacks have enough rations. I know some of us plan on staying at a hotel, so they will not need to have the full rations. Everyone, regardless of sleeping arrangements, will need to have at least ten (10) hardtacks per day, for a total of forty (40) hardtacks for the weekend. Also make sure to have lemon drops, and plenty of water. Rations for those staying will be, per day; one pound and four ounces of beef, 10 pieces of hardtack, 1 1/4th ounce of roasted coffee, 2 1/3th ounces of sugar, 2 1/4th ounces of beans or peas, 1 1/4th ounce of rice, ½ ounce of salt, ½ ounce of lye soap, and one candle. An additional $5.00 will need to be paid to the company to secure these rations.

5. Due to the intense schedule of this event, we will have a hard time gathering for drill. We do have a few months to prepare for this event, and as such we will drill extensively at every event leading up to Gettysburg. Non-Commissioned Officers are encouraged to correct any issue they find in the ranks if necessary. We will be following William J. Hardee’s “Rifle and Infantry Tactics”, also known as the “Revised Hardee’s” or “Hardee’s Confederate”.

6. No one will be permitted, regardless of age or experience, to take the field as part of this company without first passing a weapons safety test. If necessary, a quick course in weapons safety will be given to any who request such, or any who fails to pass the test. The test shall consist of the manual of arms, load in nine times, and reenactor blank loading. At least two shots will be made from the standing position, the kneeling position, and the prone position. One shot shall be loading while using a ram rod, the other without.

7. We are raising a company with an aggregate of thirty-three men. It will be broken into twenty privates, four corporals, four sergeants, one first-sergeant, two second-lieutenants, one first-lieutenant, and one captain. Staff positions, such as Chaplain, Surgeon, Quartermaster, etc., as well as civilians, will be listed as “Field & Staff” of the 4th Alabama Infantry. This is a multi-unit effort, and we encourage participation from anyone. Feel free to invite your friends, or their entire company.

8. This portrayal is not a campaigner adjacent for the 155th Battle of Gettysburg. This is primarily a mainstream effort to portray an Alabama unit that fought at Gettysburg. We will not be as strict with our uniform guidelines as an authentic campaigner unit, but we still have certain guidelines that must be met. In short, we want our appearance to be as authentic as possible, but most of us choose to keep our tents. For those wishing to campaign, we will have a small campaigner mess within the company during this event. The Campaigner Mess will be placed at the end of our company street, and may use shelter halves or no tents. To sign up for the campaigner mess, simply inform me, or contact Cadet-Corporal Taylor Bishop.

9. Hair should be worn in a period style. Hair that is unusual for the period, or long, must be kept hidden by the use of a hat during “open” hours where spectators may be present, or during picture or video shoots.

10. Women will be permitted in the ranks, so long as they make every effort to disguise themselves as men.

11. Modern glasses will not be permitted. Period glasses or contact lenses are required by the event.

12. Although there are examples of the “barefoot confederate”, shoes must be worn. Shoes must be period styles, and cannot be modern. The event threatens to remove anyone who goes barefooted.

13. Due to the expected heat of the event, each battalion is authorized to use Military or Hospital Ice Angels (two or three). Each Ice Angel must be at least sixteen years of age, and must be in proper uniform. Dresses for the ladies will not be permitted on the field.

14. We are a Western Theater unit, and our regular impression will utilize western theater uniforms, and insignias. This is an Eastern Theater event, and as such we will need to appear as Eastern Theater. This can be accomplished as easily as purchasing a proper Eastern Theater jacket, and removing any insignias that indicate a western unit.

15. All modern items must remain hidden at all times, especially in the presence of spectators or cameras.

16. Tobacco products, if used, must be used in the form of pipes, cigars, snuff, chew, or filter-less cigarettes (rare).

17. Alcohol will not be permitted in or around the Chapel, and any use elsewhere within the company must be discrete. Drunkenness will not be permitted, and any person found drinking before the conclusion of the day’s battles will not be permitted to take the field.

18. All uniform pieces (jackets, trousers, and kepis) should be made of mixed cotton and wool fabric, sewn in either a jean weave (under one cotton thread, then over two), cassimere weave (under two cotton threads, then over two, offset to create a defined twill line), satinette weave (several threads going under one), or a plain weave (over one thread, then under the next). Officers may use the same material as the enlisted personnel, or may choose to use broadcloth or kersey wool.

19. The uniform guideline of this event shall consist of; a civilian style slouch hat or kepi; a civilian or confederate issue shirt, with or without a neck tie of appropriate color and pattern; Richmond Depot trousers, civilian pattern military trousers, or some other acceptable eastern depot trousers; North Carolina Depot, Richmond Depot Type II, or a Commutation Jacket; cotton or knit socks; civilian, confederate issue, or British blucher shoes with heel plates or inlet heel rims, and optional hobnails.

20. The accoutrement guideline of this event shall consist of; Richmond Arsenal or other eastern arsenal accoutrements (cartridge box, sling, bayonet scabbard, waist-belt, and cap pouch); Kibler, British, or captured Union issue knapsack, or the use of a blanket roll; confederate issue oilcloth or painted haversack; confederate wooden or tin drum canteen, or captured Union issued smooth-side or bullseye canteen with a jean cloth cover.

21. All weapons must come with appropriate bayonet, and must have a cleaning kit consisting of a bore brush, bore swab, worm, private’s tool, and tompion. A gun sling, nipple protector, and oilcloth gun cover are highly recommended, but are not required. Weapons are to be cleaned after each use, and will be inspected prior to falling in for any marches or battles.

22. Weapons are to be muskets or rifled muskets of the period. Only the ranks of sergeant will be permitted the use of the shorter rifles, such as the M1841 U.S. “Mississippi” Rifle, or the P1856 British “Short” Enfield. Only officers are permitted to carry a pistol or sword.

23. Artillery and Cavalry carbines, shotguns, revolving rifles, and the 1863 Remington “Zouave” Rifle are prohibited.

24. The weapons guideline of this event shall consist of; the P1853 British Rifled Musket (Enfield, Birmingham, etc.); P1856 British Navy Rifle (Enfield, Birmingham, etc.) (Sergeants only); P1858 British Rifle (Enfield, Birmingham, etc.) (Sergeants only); M1841 U.S. “Mississippi” Rifle (Springfield, Harper’s Ferry, etc.) (Sergeants only); M1842 U.S. Musket (Springfield, Harper’s Ferry, etc.); M1855 U.S. Rifled Musket (Springfield, Harper’s Ferry, etc.); M1861 U.S. Rifled Musket (Springfield, Colt, etc.); M1842 Austrian “Lorenz” Rifle (Sergeants only); any other documented, Gettysburg used, Musket or Rifled Musket.

25. The camp equipment guideline for this event shall consist of; a wedge/A-frame tent for mainstream use, and either a confederate issue or a captured union issue shelter half for campaigners; civilian, confederate issue, or captured union issue blanket; confederate issue oilcloth or painted ground cloth, or captured union gum blanket; and a mess kit consisting of either a tin plate or canteen half, tin cup or boiler, and a knife, fork, and spoon.