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42nd Georgia


REGULATIONS AND BYLAWS

  I. To accurately, authentically and respectfully portray either the Georgia Volunteer in the Confederate Army of Tennessee or the Ohio Volunteer in the Union Army of the Cumberland, their loyalty, dedication, duties and lifestyle.

 II. To promote esprit de corps and pride of belonging among soldiers of the unit.

III. To nurture and expedite growth in the art of reenacting by continually educating the unit's soldiers as well as the general public, and by selflessly granting assistance (other than financial) to those who benefit from it.

    A. REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP

        1. You must be physically fit and able to carry out assigned duties as well as abide by the regulations of this unit. 

        2. Minimum age to carry a weapon in a battle reenactment is 16 years.

        3. Those under minimum age must have written permission from parent or legal guardian to participate as a weapon-carrying member at a living history program. The field staff also determines if an underage member is knowledgeable and capable of firing a weapon.

       4. Members must be current on their dues to receive the newsletter and to participate in a reenactment.

       5. One must be voted into the unit by the members after having attended two (2) events and agreed to abide by the regulations.

       6. Associate memberships are available to reenactors if they are permitted by the staff of their regiment to join the Stone Mountain Historical Reenactors, Inc.

   B. DUES AND FINANCE

       1. Dues are $25.00 per year. Payment is due by January 1 or immediately upon enlistment. Should enlistment occur in the last quarter of the year (September to December), dues will be carried over into the following year.

       2. Dues are to be used to finance unit expenses.

       3. The Financial Officer is responsible for proper upkeep of financial records.

   C. DRILLS

       1. Drills will be scheduled for the fourth Sunday of the month in the newsletter or at the discretion of the unit commander.

       2. Participation in at least 50% of the unit drills and designated maximum effort events in each calendar year is mandatory to remain on the active roster and 75% to retain elected rank. Members may be excused from drill if they regularly work on days that drills are scheduled, or for any other extenuating circumstance. To qualify for an exemption, the individual must notify the field commander. Failure to comply with this rule will result in the individual's loss of privilege to muster in with the Stone Mountain Historical Reenactors, Inc. at any event until the member requalifies, or, at the field commander's discretion, expulsion from the unit.

       3. Uniform and equipment are required for each member. All members should be prepared to participate in weapons inspection at each drill.

   D. UNIT AND ORGANZATIONAL MEETINGS

       1. Unit business meetings will be held twice a year. All members are requested to attend. The schedule of events shall be discussed at these meetings.

       2. Meetings will be held after drills, as needed.

   E. UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT The uniform and equipment of members will comply with the Regulations of the 42nd Georgia and 125th Ohio (see attached).

   F. GRACE PERIOD Any new member shall have one calendar year, after joining, in which to furnish himself with the required equipment and uniform. Consideration will be given those with unforeseeable financial hardship, contingent upon their interest and dedication.

   G. DECISIONS Voting by the unit will be made in such matters as: changes to regulations, new members, policy, disciplinary actions, officer & NCO elections, including increasing of staff due to increase in the side of the unit or for other legitimate reasons, and approval of major expenditures. Field decisions are vested in the field commander and NCOs. Amendments to the regulations can be made on an annual basis only. Field staff, organization officers and enlisted personnel will vote on any amendment after review of the amendment.

   H. PROFICIENCY

       1. All members of the Stone Mountain Historical Reenactors, Inc. are expected to be proficient in the duties of their respective positions, as listed in Hardee's Tactics.

       2. New members will be required to go through a drill and safety inspection before being allowed to participate in any major reenactment event.

   I. ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND NCOs

       1. Candidate Qualifications Any member desiring to place himself in a position to be a candidate for any elected position must recognize the additional obligation that he is committing to this unit. Therefore such candidate to qualify for any such position must be in compliance with section C.2., of these regulations.

       2. Field Officers and NCOs Field Officers and NCOs will be elected every two (2) years by written ballot. The number of Officers and NCOs will be determined by the size of the unit at the time of the election. Elections will be scheduled three (3) months or more before the date on which ballots are counted.

       3. Organizational Officers Organizational Officers will be comprised of the following: Chief Executive Officer, Executive Officer and Financial Officer. These will be elected every two (2) years at the same time as the elections of Field Officers and NCOs. Those elected at the organizational level will carry no rank on the field.

   J. DISCIPLINE This unit, when on duty or within public view, will conduct itself as a  military unit. Orders of the commanding officer of the unit or of the event will be obeyed. Due respect will be shown all officers. Should a member be subject to disciplinary action for violation of these regulations, the following procedure applies:

       1. The charges will be preferred at a regular drill.

       2. The charges will be sent in writing before unit drill by the field commander to the individual concerned.

       3. The charged individual will be given an opportunity to respond to the charges.

       4. Unit members will decide final disposition based upon the charge, the individual's response to the charge, and the circumstances.

       5. Unit members who are delinquent in payment of dues or other monies, after 90 days, will be sent notice and placed on inactive roster until such time as the unit is reimbursed in full.

       6. Unit members not fulfilling the 50% attendance requirement will be placed on inactive roster and will not receive the newsletter.

   K. FIELD REGULATIONS The primary purpose of this unit is to demonstrate battlefield and camp appearance of the 1860s. The following provisions apply to activities of the Stone Mountain Historical Reenactors, Inc. in the field:

       1. All modern items in authentic camping area must be camouflaged.

       2. When first arriving at any event, a member shall immediately report himself present to the field commander or an NCO. A member shall register according to the event regulations as soon as possible.

       3. A duty roster will be posted by the field officer as early as possible.

       4. Meeting, drills, or details scheduled as part of an event shall be attended by all members required.

       5. Coats will be worn in any formation unless permission is received from the unit commander to remove coats.

       6. A minimum of 40 rounds of cartridges and percussion caps is required of each rifle carrying member for each day of an event. Cartridges will be prepared prior to the event. No loose cartridges are to be carried anywhere except in the cartridge box tins. Extra cartridges should be securely wrapped in a safe and historically correct manner.

       7. Camp will be policed each morning before breakfast.

       8. The tent inspection layout in the reprinted Hardee's Tactics will be  used for morning bivouac inspection.

       9. Dirty or unsafe rifles will be rejected by the unit commander.

     10. Each member will know the serial number of his rifle.

     11. Smoking will be prohibited in formation while weapons are loaded, or in formations of duration of two (2) hours or less.

     12. Each member will report to any formation of the regiment or duty requiring arms, accoutrements and coats with a minimum of one half canteen of water.

   L. GENERAL REGULATIONS

       1. No modern items of clothing will be used in the Stone Mountain Historical Reenactors, Inc., without approval of unit commander.

       2. No modern eyeglasses will be worn. Only period frames or modern "granny" styles are approved.

       3. No weapon other than those authorized in the uniform regulations will be used or carried.

       4. Modern cigarettes will not be used while in public view. Handrolled cigarettes, period pipes and chewing tobacco are allowed.

       5. Modern jewelry, watches, car keys, lights, etc., are prohibited from being in public view.

   M. QUARTERMASTER REGULATIONS

       1. General. The Unit Quartermaster is an elected position. Elections, made by the general body of troops, are held every two (2) years, concurrent with the elections of the regular unit officers. It is a rank-nebulous position. The Quartermaster may hold position as a Private, a Corporal, or as a Quartermaster Sergeant, not to exceed the latter.

        2. Responsibility

            a. Purchase (either through monetary collection or the unit fund) of government rations. Overall responsibility for the preparation and issuance of rations, when applicable or practical.

            b. Maintenance, repair, and repository of unit cooking gear, tentage, donated items of equipment and uniforms, and the documentation and issuance of same.

           c. Maintenance of historically correct quartermaster and supply documents for use in living history demonstrations.

           d. Serves as the unit Purchasing Agent, in conjunction with, the Financial Officer.

           e. Other supply and requisition functions as designated by the Field Commander.

       3. Reparations The Unit Quartermaster is not held personally responsible for the purchase of items of supply. The Quartermaster will be reimbursed by the Unit Treasury for all approved purchases. Purchases will be pre-approved by the unit Officers. Full receipts are to be kept for all purchases.

       4. Quartermaster Detail Troops assigned to quartermaster detail by the Unit Commander will report to the Quartermaster at the beginning of the event and shall remain in service until released by the Unit Commander. Details include water service, firewood gathering, cooking, cleaning, police of the camp (excluding Provost Guard), and weapons cleaning.

       5. Rations Depending on the size of the contingent at each event, rations will be prepared for the breakfast and supper meals. Lunch is the responsibility of each individual. There may be cases in which a unit mess is not practical. In those cases, individual responsibility is the rule of the day. Those not desiring to participate in the unit mess, for whatever reason, will prepare and clean their own mess. At the beginning of each event, troops and dependents will report to the Quartermaster and place their names on the "meals list". This list will provide the Quartermaster an accurate accounting of the amount of rations needed for that event. Payment for rations will be collected from ether the Unit Treasury or from participating individuals. Collections will be made up front in order to offset purchases.

       6. Powder The procurement and storage of black powder is the personal responsibility of the individual. Due to federal government and safety constraints, the Quartermaster cannot hold large amounts of black powder for issuance. There may be some special cases in which powder may be obtained for issue at a special event; but, this is, unfortunately, not to be the normal procedure.

       7. Uniforms and Equipment The Quartermaster is the repositor for donated/purchased items of uniforms and equipment. Items signed over by members to the Unit are considered "on loan" and must be returned at the donator's request. The Quartermaster will mark the items with the member's initials and careful records will be kept as to their disposition. Items will be issued and returned at each event. Historically correct receipts will be executed for loan and return. Items will be maintained and cleaned by the Quartermaster, including repair of said items. Firearms will be cleaned by the user prior to return. Extra items for Federal gear will be used to supplement Confederate issue. Additionally, members may turn in broken or unserviceable items for repair.

 

UNIFORM REGULATIONS OF THE 42ND GEORGIA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY

STATEMENT OF INTENT

Each man shall be historically correct in portraying a common line infantry soldier of the War Between the States through proper dress and  attitude, based on recognized documentation of the troops in the Army of  Tennessee during the Atlanta Campaign of 1864. The following regulations, as well as the Regulations of the Stone Mountain Historical Reenactors, Inc., will govern the appearance of its members.

I. CONFEDERATE IMPRESSION

   A. Uniform

        1. Coats For enlisted men and officers are listed below. They are ranked #1 through #3 with #1 being the most desirable.

           a. Enlisted men:

              1) Alabama or Georgia Depot pattern shell jacket of wool or cotton jean weave. All hand sewn topstitching and buttonholes. Brown or gray in color.

              2) Common shell jacket of gray or brown wool. Richmond Depot type not permitted.

              3) Sack coat of gray or brown wool.

          b. Officers:

              1) Gray frock coat of either kersey wool, wool broadcloth, or wool & cotton jean weave.

              2) Shell jacket of gray or brown wool.

          c. All coats may have blue or black wool trim on the cuff or collar.  Sack coats should have little or no trim.

          d. Buttons may be either brass "I", brass Georgia State Seal or wooden two hole type.

      2. Trousers

           a. Shall be button fly, suspender supported design.

           b. Should be a military pattern, although a limited number of civilian style may be accepted subject to the field commander's approval.

           c. Restrictions - no back pockets, no zippers.

           d. Colors and Materials - same as coat colors and documented civilian colors and designs. Federal blue kersey trousers are discouraged, but not prohibited.

       3. Brogans

           a. Type - Period Style (Jefferson pattern recommended), all natural of leather. British or Southern manufactured military or civilian footwear are permitted. **Restrictions - no hushpuppies or moccasins and no officers or cavalry boots are to be worn by enlisted men. No modern boots or shoes of any kind are permitted.

       4. Hats

           a. Kepi and forage caps may be of brown or gray wool. Slouch hats should be made of wool felt. Straw hats of period design are also permitted. Kepis may be trimmed in blue or black wool. ? Slouch Hat - black, brown or gray in color ? Forage cap - must have period buttons ? Kepi - must have period buttons.

          b. Restrictions - no non-natural parts, havelocks, plumes or furry feathers are permitted.

          c. Hat brass - limited to regimental number "42" and company letter "B" only (the letters "GA" are not permitted). Georgia seal hatpins are permitted.

       5. Suspenders

           a. Common U.S. military or civilian of the period. 

           b. Must be button type. May have leather tips or button holes.

           c. Pillow ticking, cotton webbing or canvas materials. No nickel plated buckles. Buckles should be tin or brass.

       6. Shirts

           a. Type ? Period Style ? Natural fiber - cotton, wool or linen

           b. Buttons - pewter, mother of pearl, bone or wood.

           c. Restrictions - no short sleeves, no lace up at chest and neck area.

       7. Socks - wool or 100% cotton. No modern multicolored styles are allowed. Color should preferably be gray, brown or natural.

       8. Vests (Optional)

           a. Period style - military (stand-up collar) or civilian (with lapels)  

           b. Period style materials as specified for coats.

           c. Buttons - correct period vest buttons of brass, bone or other documented types.

           d. Colors - same as those permitted for coats.

       9. Glasses

           a. Period frames or modern "granny" equivalent. 

           b. Restrictions - no plastic ends, no sunglasses (prescription or otherwise).

  B. Accouterments Enfield, U.S. issue or confederate issue accouterments are required.

       1. Belt Leather (black or russet), black painted or tarred cloth.

       2. Acceptable Belt Buckles Georgia frame, oval U.S., rectangular CSA, oval and clipped corner CS, Georgia state seal, Enfield (serpent), forked tongue, roller buckle and  "sardine can" type. ? Enlisted men shall not wear officer's buckles.

       3. Leather goods (cap and cartridge boxes)

           a. Correct pattern and construction (must have inner flap).

           b. Colors - black, russet, black painted or tarred cloth.

           c. Boxes shall be plain and must contain the correct tins.

           d. Cartridge box plates are optional, if used to be oval Georgia Seal or oval CS.

       4. Cartridge Box and Musket Slings

           a. Materials - leather, painted or tarred cloth.

           b. Restrictions - no breast plates permitted. ? No personal items or any kind may be attached to sling.

       5. Haversacks and Knapsacks

           a. Haversacks may be of either Confederate or U.S. issue and be made of  white cotton or black painted cloth.

           b. Restrictions - no markings may be displayed on the outside of haversack.

           c. Knapsacks may be of Mexican War pattern or British pattern, such as Isaac & Campbell. Federal issue knapsacks are also permitted.

       6. Canteen

           a. Period military type of tin or wood.

           b. Confederate drum or U.S. "Smoothside" designs are permitted.

           c. Strap should be cotton or leather and may have a buckle or button fastener.

       7. Tinware

           a. Cup - period style, ether U.S. Army cup or civilian type of the period.

           b. Plate - tin U.S. Army style, canteen half or civilian type of the period.

           c. Eating utensils - knife, fork and spoon all of period style.

           d. No enamel or blue speckle ware cups, plates or other cooking utensils are permitted.

           e. No stainless steel cups are permitted.

       8. Bayonet and Scabbard

           a. Bayonet must fit weapon being carried and be secured with its clasp. Bayonet should not slide off as weapon is used in bayonet practice or drills.

           b. Scabbard must fit bayonet and must have a metal tip.

       9. Blanket, Ground Cloth, and Gum Blanket

           a. Blanket must be C.S., U.S., or Civilian style and made of wool. Preferably gray, brown or dark blue in color.

           b. Ground cloth must be period style and material. Acceptable types are gum blanket or oil cloth.

           c. Gum blanket or poncho must be of U.S. issue and be made of cloth vulcanized with rubber.

      10. Tents Civil War wedge or U.S. issue shelter halves of correct design and construction preferred. Wedge tents may be either 6' x 6' or larger. Wall tents may be used by officers and large families.

II. SHOULDER ARMS AND EDGED WEAPONS

    A. Reproduction three-band Enfield, Springfield or Richmond rifle-muskets are permitted. Original weapons in good, safe, firing condition are also permitted, subject to approval. All weapons must be a minimum overall length of 55" without bayonet. Each man is required to have an appropriate worm, ball puller, cone or nipple wrench and cleaning supplies for his weapon. All weapons will be inspected at every event or formation for safety. Those individual(s) whose weapons are found to be unsafe will not be allowed to participate in battle reenactments or firing drills until the problem(s) is(are) corrected.

   B. Restrictions:

      1. No pistols will be in the possession of any enlisted men at any event at any time.   

       2. All weapons shall be of either original or reproduction manufacture. Only those designs manufactured before April 1865 will be permitted. Only percussion weapons are permitted. No flintlocks, two-band muskets, musketoons, carbines or hunting weapons are permitted.

    C. Only commissioned officers are permitted to carry an officer's sword and scabbard. Sergeant Majors or First Sergeants may carry a NCO's sword and scabbard.

    D. Enlisted men are permitted to carry sheath knives or pocket knives of period style and design. No stainless steel blades, modern fighting knives or sheaths with metal snaps are permitted. All sheath knives should be carried in an all leather sheath on the wearer's belt. The knife should be secured in the sheath so that should the wearer fall on the ground the knife will stay secure in the sheath.

UNIFORM REGULATIONS OF THE 125TH OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY

 STATEMENT OF INTENT

 Each man shall be historically correct in portraying a common line infantry soldier of the Civil War through proper dress and attitude, based on recognized documentation of the troops in the Army of the Cumberland during the Atlanta Campaign. The following regulations, as well as the Regulations of the Stone Mountain Historical Reenactors, Inc., will govern the appearance of its members.

I. FEDERAL IMPRESSION

   A. Uniform

       1. Coats

           a. Enlisted Men - issue 4-button sack coat

           b. Officers - issue sack or officer frock coat

           c. Color - dark blue wool d. Buttons - eagle

      2. Trousers

          a. Sky blue kersey wool, Federal issue.

          b. Suspenders supported with button fly

       3. Brogans Jefferson issue of black leather.

       4. Hats

           a. Type - black slouch hat or dark blue forage cap (M1858).

           b. Only regimental number "125" or company letter "B" are permitted.

       5. Suspenders

           a. Common U.S. military or civilian of the period.

           b. Must be button type.

           c. Subdued colors.

       6. Shirts

           a. Type ? Period Style ? Natural fiber - cotton, wool, or linen

           b. Buttons - period style and materials c. Restrictions - no short sleeves, no lace up.

       7. Socks - wool or 100% cotton. No modern multicolored styles are allowed. Color should preferably be gray, brown or natural.

       8. Vests (Optional)

           a. Period style - military (stand-up collar) or civilian (with lapels)

           b. Period style materials as used for coat.       

           c. Buttons - U.S. military issue.

           d. Colors - dark blue wool.

       9. Glasses

           a. Period frames or modern "granny" equivalent.

           b. Restrictions - no plastic ends, no sunglasses (prescription or otherwise).

  B. Accouterments

      1. Belt Federal issue, black leather.

      2. Buckles ? Enlisted men - Oval US or Oval OVM. ? Officer - 1851 Eagle

      3. Leather goods (cap and cartridge boxes)

          a. Color - black

          b. US or OVM box plate on cartridge box.

          c. Cartridge box should have correct tins and be constructed of leather.

      4. Slings

          a. Black leather

          b. Eagle or Ohio militia breast plate are permitted on sling.

      5. Haversacks and Knapsacks

          a. Federal issue for Western Armies. 

          b. Ohio State issue are permitted.

      6. Canteen

          a. Federal issue

          b. Smoothside or bulls-eye type.

      7. Tinware

          a. Cup - period style or tin U.S. Army cup.

          b. Plate - tin U.S. Army style or canteen half.

          c. Eating utensils - knife, fork, and spoon all period style.

          d. No blue enamel or speckle ware cups are permitted.

      8. Bayonet and Scabbard

          a. Bayonet must fit weapon being carried and be secured with its clasp. Bayonet should not slide off as weapon is used in bayonet practice or drills.

          b. Scabbard must fit bayonet and must have a metal tip.

      9. Blanket and ground cloth

          a. Blanket must be period style and material

          b. Ground cloth must be period style and material. Acceptable types are gum blanket or oil cloth.

II. SHOULDER ARMS AND EDGED WEAPONS

    A. Reproduction three-band Enfield or Springfield Rifle Muskets are permitted. Original weapons in good, safe firing condition are also permitted. All weapons must be a minimum overall length of 55".

   B. Restrictions:

        1. No pistols for enlisted men.

        2. All weapons shall be of either reproduction or original manufacture. Only those designs manufactured and used before April 1865 are  permitted. Only percussion ignition system allowed.

        3. No shotguns, two-band muskets, musketoons or any other weapon shorter than 55" are permitted. No flintlocks or hunting weapons permitted.

    C. Only commissioned officers are permitted to carry officer's swords and scabbards. Only Sergeant Majors or First Sergeants may carry NCO's Swords and scabbards.

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