The Liberty Rifles will be hosting a living history at Brawner's Farm for the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Second Manassas, portraying the 21st Georgia Infantry. The weekend will include a tactical demonstration of the charge of the 21st Georgia, as they and the 21st North Carolina advanced head long into the Federal line, suffering 76% casualties before falling back. We will be demonstrating this charge for the public in real time, in conjunction with an NPS ranger guided tour on the battlefield. We'll run the weekend on a strict military schedule, have a detailed immersion camp setting, issue some special rations (think Manassas Junction) and the weekend itself will be immersion-oriented in nature. Public visitors to the living history will be the ONLY modern anachronisms in camp.
WHEN & WHERE
The event will be held from the evening of Friday, August 25 through midday Sunday, August 27 at Manassas National Battlefield on Brawner's Farm. Parking information is forthcoming.
Food will be supplied for the weekend. A registration fee of $10 will be used to cover rations.
Order of Battle
We intend to have 2-3 companies and a color guard. Command structure is forthcoming.
Rounds must be collected per NPS guidelines. Bring 20 rounds in two arsenal packs with "Buck and Ball" Richmond Arsenal stamps. These will be used for the tactical demonstration.
Packaging instructions: take a roll of brown Kraft or masking paper and cut out some 8.5"x11" sheets. Print this template onto it, cut on the dotted line, wrap 10 cartridges and a tube of 12 caps, and then tie it closed with thin cotton twine (cotton crochet thread or thin butcher's twine is similar to the thread used on Richmond ammo packs).
"Georgia Jacket" Trim
The preferred jacket for the event is a "Georgia jacket," per photographic evidence of Georgia troops early in the war. A pattern for the cuff trim is available digitally (be sure to set your printer is set to "Actual Size," not Fit to Page). Conversion kits will be available free to LR members and $10 for guests, which will include all the trim and facings necessary to convert a Richmond Clothing Bureau jacket or otherwise to resemble a "Georgia jacket."
Impression Guidelines – 21st Georgia Infantry, August 1862
The Quartermaster General of Georgia reported that by March 1863, he had supplied 4,556 coats, 5,288 pairs of trousers, 4,646 hats, 5,449 shirts, and 5,744 pairs of shoes to Georgia troops in the field, with a large supply of clothing still on hand.
Appearance and clothing should be worn, this is after all the low point in terms of appearance, clothing, shoes, etc. for the ANV. Dirty is good, but be subtle about it – don't go overboard.
Hair should be kept short, or "shingled" as Capt. Ugie Allen called it in a letter to his wife where he stated that all of the men in the company kept their hair shingled. Long hair is discouraged and modern hair styles are unacceptable.
Gear quality MUST be high. Mediocre, mainstream reenactor grade reproductions are unacceptable. All clothing and equipment must be made with proper construction techniques, correct patterns, and 100% natural fiber cloth to closely mimic original goods.
- Georgia State Jacket shall be of grey or brown domestic cloth (jeans, cassimere, or satinet), with proper black scallop cuff trim, black epaulet facings, and 3/8" black tape trimmed collar. A pattern for the cuff trim is available digitally (be sure to set your printer is set to "Actual Size," not Fit to Page). Conversion kits will be available free to LR members and $10 for guests, which will include all the trim and facings necessary to convert a Richmond Clothing Bureau jacket or otherwise to resemble a "Georgia jacket." This is the preferred jacket for the event.
- Frock Coat of domestic cloth
- Plain domestic cloth jacket with no trim.
- Civilian and military style trousers of domestic cloth. Georgia Relief Hospital Trousers are a plus.
- Federal trousers in limited numbers.
- Confederate Issue shirt of osnaburg - VERY common, issued in large numbers throughout the war, and preferred for this event.
- Federal Issue shirt
- Civilian shirts are fine but consider a wool flannel or printed cotton shirt, as opposed to "homespun check" styles
- Civilian hat
- Kepi of domestic cloth
- CS, US, and civilian are all appropriate.
EQUIPMENT – LIGHT MARCHING ORDER
- Civilian styles, coverlets, and carpet blankets as well as Federal blankets and ground cloths.
- US knapsacks and CS knapsacks that are appropriate to the time period.
- CS or US is perfectly acceptable. Should be a good mix of both. CS bags should be copied from originals and be appropriate for 1862.
- CS or US are acceptable. Should be a good mix of both. Smoothside Federal Canteens, no corrugated.
- Good mix of CS and US accoutrements. CS belts to include roller buckle, GA Frame, brass plate, and double billet and other similar styles. No 7-rivet bayonet scabbards. All accoutrements must be appropriate for 1862.
***All arms and bayonets shall be in EXCELLENT working order, clean, functioning, and safe.***
- .69 caliber is the preferred arm, including m1816 conversions, m1842 Springfield, etc.
- m1861 Springfield is second choice
- m1853 Enfield
Follow the link to complete the form, then you must submit $10 for rations to complete registration. Send a Paypal payment "to a friend" (to avoid fees) to LibertyRifles1861@gmail.com, or send a check or concealed cash to Michael Clarke, 1155 Irishtown Rd., New Oxford, PA 17350.