At every event we attend, there is a wonderful opportunity to introduce people to the world of reenacting. Often times, the same questions will emerge. We would like to take this time to answer some of the questions we hear most often. Our experience has shown that people's questions general fall into two categories, how do I get involved in reenacting and how do I join the Washington Artillery of New Orleans Reenactors. Click here for questions about reenacting in general or click here for specific questions about the Washington Artillery of New Orleans Reenactors

How do I get into reenacting?

What is so good about the artillery?

What equipment will I need?

Where do I get this stuff?

What else do I need?

Do I need to join a unit to reenact?

Who organizes the events?

How do I find these organizations?

 

 

How do I get into reenacting?
This is the most often asked question. First you have to make a decision about which side of the conflict, Union or Confederate? Which branch of service interests you, Infantry, Cavalry or Artillery? Some people have a specific unit in mind, others a particular state. We will help you and point you in the right direction. Of course, we hope you choose the artillery.

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What is so good about the artillery?
Not to detract from our brave boys in the infantry or those dashing young men in the cavalry, you have not heard the roar of battle until you have heard the artillery speak! There is a practical point also, joining the artillery is the least expensive way to get into reenacting. The gun owners have already shouldered the expense of the armament. You do not have to buy a musket, or any of those other accouterments that the infantry and cavalry require.

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What equipment will I need to get started?
You will need a uniform to match the unit you join as well as weaponry. Do not buy anything until you decide on a unit and talk to the unit officers. Many units have loaner gear to get you started.

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Where do I get this stuff?
Don't you worry! There are any number of Sutlers who are willing to sell you this stuff. They come to the events and many have a mail order service, even web pages! We have a list of the sutlers who have what you need and we even have our own sutler who will tailor your uniform to you.

Once again talk to your unit officers before you buy anything and they will help guide you to the right stuff and the right prices.

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What else do I need?
Once again don't worry, when you see the "goodies' the other members have you can set up your own shopping list.

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Do I need to join a unit to reenact?
Not really, but it's a good idea. Unless you want to always have to find a unit to attach to when you go to an event. Unless you never want to know what is going on. Unless you want to avoid the embarrassing statement of; "Hi I am the blankety blank regiment and I represent 300 men.

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Who organizes the events?
Most events are organized by Civil War reenactor Associations such as WBSHA and ACWS in Southern Calif. Some of the associations in Central Calif include NCWA and CHAS . Some units have their own events also. Many units as a whole belong to these associations or are recognized by the associations.

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How do I find these organizations?
Just check our Contact Us page, or click here.

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Okay, you've decided that the Washington Artillery is the group for you. Congratulations, below are some of the questions we hear most often.

What equipment do I need for the Washington Artillery?

What else will I need?

I have the basics and still have money burning a hole in my pocket, what else can I get to make my gear more "complete"?

How do I join the Washington Artillery of New Orleans Reenactors?

Where can I get an application to join the Washington Artillery?
How can I get a copy of the by-laws?

How do I learn to shoot the cannon?

What about my wife and children?

 

What equipment do I need for the Washington Artillery?
The basic uniform is sky blue trousers with a red welt down the leg, red being the color of the artillery branch of service.. A red gold trimmed kepi, a red shirt, suspenders and a pair of period shoes or something that will pass for period shoes.

Basic equipment is a canteen, we suggest a stainless one, a cup or "Mucket', once again stainless. (rusty tin does not taste good.) a tin or wood plate, fork, spoon and knife. To carry it all you need is a haversack. Don't forget period looking specs. If you need to wear glasses. The unit will sell you letters and crossed cannons for your kepi.
Since we also do a Union impression you will need to add a union forage hat and brass for it.

You need your own set of welding gloves and a period looking chair unless you want to spend your time in camp setting on the cold, hard ground.

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What else will I need?
When you are ready you can get the shell jacket. There are many places to acquire this. Since we also have a Union impression you will want to get either a "sack' coat.(unlined) or the nicer looking shell jacket lined and trimmed in artillery colors. We also wear gaiters as part of our uniform.

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I have the basics and still have money burning a hole in my pocket, what else can I get to make my gear more "complete"?
The list is endless, a tent, sleeping bag, cot, lantern, lantern holder, a dress uniform, your own cannon, a camp box, a table, a saber, etc. But once again, decide how much you want to spend and talk to the guys in the unit, see what "goodies" they bought and find out where to get them.

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How do I join the Washington Artillery?
Fill out the application, and send it to us, along with your yearly dues and make arraignments to come to an event. You also need to join the American Civil War Society (click here for their application). You avoid having to pay their event fee when we go to their events and you get liability insurance. And finally, call one of the officers and ask them questions.

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Where can I get an application to join the Washington Artillery?
To download a printable version of our application, click here, or you can email a request for an application to info@washingtonartillery.info.

Please note: In order to download the printable version of our application, you will need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. If you don't have a copy of this free software, click here to be taken to the Adobe web site and get your copy now.

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Where can I get a copy of your by-laws?
Ask us at an event, or email a request for a copy of the bylaws to info@washingtonartillery.info.

 

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How do I learn to shoot the cannon?
We teach you how to do that and we issue you a manual for the service of the piece. It is not rocket science! All you need is the ability to master a few simple tasks, safely and cheerfully.

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What about my wife and children?
Families are more than welcome! This is a family unit and we will make every effort to see that they are comfortable and happy to be a part of our unit. There are limitations on age for minors to be on the field. This varies depending on the association and could be at least 12 or at least 14. But they can still be part of the camp even if not allowed on the field. Our ladies will help you wife select her clothes. Many of our ladies have made their own dresses. The family takes an active part in our camp, ladies doing handcrafts such as embroidery, spinning, tatting, making quilts are a big favorite with the public

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For any questions about the Washington Artillery of New Orleans
Re-enactors, please email us at: info@washingtonartillery.info