Living History Association

35th Alabama Infantry & 73rd Indiana Infantry Regiment

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Field & Staff
Company E


8:00AM = Event Opens & School Day Participants Arrive

9:00AM = School Day Begins

3:00PM = School Day Ends

4:00PM = Lecture: Camp Life

5:00PM = Lecture: Military Structure

6:00PM = Dinner

7:00PM = Lecture: Antebellum History of the Tennessee Valley

9:00PM = Meeting: 155th Battle of Gettysburg

11:00PM = Tattoo



5:30AM = Reveille

6:00AM = Morning Roll Call & Drill: School of the Soldier

7:00AM = Breakfast

8:00AM = Lecture: Antebellum Political History

9:00AM = Drill: School of the Company

11:00AM = Drill: Skirmish Exercise

12:00PM = Lunch

1:00PM = Drill: Bayonet Exercise

3:00PM = Drill: Firing Exercise

5:00PM = Lecture: Penmanship & Writing

6:00PM = Dinner

7:00PM = Lecture: American Literature

10:00PM = Tattoo



5:30AM = Reveille

6:00AM = Morning Roll Call & Drill: School of the Soldier

7:00AM = Breakfast

9:00AM = Church Service

10:00AM = Drill: School of the Company

11:00AM = Lunch

12:00PM = Drill: Skirmish Drill

2:00PM = Drill: Firing Exercise

4:00PM = Event Ends



We will be portraying the faculty, staff, and cadets of the La Grange Military Academy, as well as the hundreds of men from North Alabama gathering to form the regiment which would later be designated as the 35th Alabama Infantry. This is an early war event, taking place in March and April of 1862. Civilian attire, Cadet uniforms, early war commutation uniforms, or Alabama Volunteer Corps uniforms are encouraged, but not required.



There will be no registration fee for this event, although a donation to the LaGrange College Site Park is highly encouraged.


Event Location

This is the location of the actual La Grange Military Academy, which was burned down in 1863. The address is;


LaGrange College Site Park, 1477 LaGrange College Rd, Leighton, AL 35646



Camp will be located near the Pavilion. Camp is to be set up in the regulation style.


Drill Manual

Although records show that the 35th Alabama used Scott’s Infantry Tactics for muskets and rifled-muskets, and Hardee’s Light Infantry Tactics for the shorter rifles, we will use William J. Hardee’s Infantry Tactics, also known as Revised Hardee’s, or the Confederate Hardee’s. Optional drills will be held for individuals wishing to drill in Scott’s Infantry (muskets or rifled-muskets only – 3 banders) or Hardee’s Light Infantry (rifles only – 2 banders).



Although there will be no battles during this event, we will still fire muskets. Soldiers will need at least 40 rounds of ammunition per day. Rounds are to be wrapped in arsenal packs. Since we will be demonstrating various loading techniques, at least 20 rounds should be of the Enfield style, with 20 rounds being of the Springfield style.



Cook for the event will be Private Tim Morris. Prior to the event, he will release a Menu for Friday Dinner, Saturday Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner, and Sunday Breakfast & Lunch.


La Grange Courses

Although the La Grange Military Academy had officially closed by the time of our portrayal, we hold several lectures through-out the weekend. Although these lectures are primarily for the cadets, they will be open to anyone wishing to attend. Lectures will be;


Camp Life

The lecture will consist of a brief explanation of the regulation camp setup for infantry, how to set up tents, how to dig firepits, how to deal with weather, and the proper policing of camp. If camps are required to be placed at the time of the lecture, the cadets will be placed in charge of setting up the camp, per regulations.


Military Structure

The lecture will consist of a detailed description of the military unit, including; the departments, the army, the corps, the divisions, the brigades, the regiments, the battalions, the companies, the platoons, the regimental divisions, the sections, and the comrades in arms.


Antebellum History of the Tennessee Valley

The lecture will consist of a discussion of pre-war events in the Tennessee Valley, such as the settling of Alabama, the Mississippi Territory, the Alabama Territory, Statehood, the Era of Good Feelings, and the Mexican War. The subjects are tentative, as time may not permit a discussion on all the events.


Antebellum Political History

The lecture will consist of a discussion of the Missouri Compromise, the Dredd Scott decision, and the importance of Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John C. Calhoun.


Penmanship & Writing

The lecture will consist of shaping the uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet, as well as numbers, in Spencerian style script. Additionally, the structure of private letters, and structure of official/business letters will be discussed.


American Literature

Cadets have already been assigned to read James Fenimore Cooper’s “Last of the Mohicans”, and will discuss the book, and the author, during this lecture.