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MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

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Stone Mountain Historica1Reenactors, Inc.

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Stone Mountain Historical Reenactors, Inc.

The Stone Mountain Historical Reenactors. Inc. is made up of a group of living historians who create authentic impressions of Civil War soldiers. The organization professes no political or social ideals other than those of the United States Constitution. It is a non-profit organization that exists for the enjoyment of its members, the education of the public, and the preservation of historical accuracy in honor of our gallant forefathers.

Most members of the Stone Mountain Historical Reenactors live in the Atlanta and northeast Georgia area. The unit is a part of a loosely knit battalion which consists of units from Central to North Georgia, which do impressions of all army divisions, infantry, artillery, cavalry and medical.

The unit primarily portrays soldiers of Co B. 42nd  Georgia Volunteer Infantry. Army of Tennessee, between the fall of 1862 and the spring of 1865.  This regiment was raised in what is now the northeast Atlanta area. This area included the counties of Gwinnett, Co A & B; Milton (now Fulton County), Co C, DeKaIb, Co D; Newton, Co E & F; Walton. Co G & H; and Fulton, Co I & K.   The battle honors of the 42nd Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment include, but are not limited to, the Battles at Tazwell TN;  Cumberland Gap, TN;  Chickasaw Bayou, MS;  Baker's Creek. MS,  Vicksburg, MS;  Missionary Ridge, TN;  Rocky Face, GA;  Resaca, GA;  New Hope, GA;  Pumpkin Vine, GA;  Kennesaw, GA;  the Battles for Atlanta (Peachtree Creek; East Atlanta - this battle is portrayed in the Cyclorama at Grant's Park.  During this battle the 42nd Georgia was attached to Stovall's Brigade. This brigade is featured prominently in the painting as the brigade which has just captured the heavy Federal artillery battery known as DeGress' Battery and shows the 42nd Georgia heavily involved in the fighting around the Hurt House;  Ezra Church,  Jonesboro. GA;  Franklin, TN;  Nashville, TN;   Edisto River, SC;  Binaker's Bridge, SC;  Orangeburg. SC;  Winston. NC;  and Bentonville, NC.    However. on occasion, we portray Confederate Soldiers from any other theatre at any period of time.

We also portray, on occasion, soldiers of Company B, 125 Ohio Infantry. USA. This outfit was a fighting unit of the Army of the Cumberland which fought in all major engagements including holding its own against the 42'nd Georgia at the Battle of Resaca, Georgia and the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.

To compliment our unit,  members also do an artillery impression of the DeKaIb Light Artillery which, at a period during the war,  was assigned to the 42nd Georgia for support. The unit has available to it one of the only light artillery pieces in reenacting  known as a Confederate Mountain Rifle, Model 1862. mounted on a prairie carriage.

The Stone Mountain Historical Reenactors meet at Stone Mountain Park normally on the fourth Sunday of each month for drill and living history in conjunction with the Park's activities Please contact one of our representatives for the exact day, during the weekend, we will be at the park.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT CIVIL WAR REENACTING

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Reenacting with the Stone Mountain Historical Reenactors combines a love of history with theater, camping, exercise,  firearms, and escape from the stresses of 20th century life. Ours is a non-political social organization that prides itself on being professional but has a good time. Our reenactment unit is over 10 years old and is recognized as one of the premier units in the Southeast. We are a non-profit corporation in the State of Georgia and enjoy tax-exempt status with the IRS. We publish a newsletter monthly to ensure all our members have complete information about upcoming e\events and activities. No previous experience in the modern military is required for membership.

All you need to start is the desire to learn, a willingness to help educate the public on this era in our Nation's history, and some free weekends. While we take great pride in being authentically uniformed and equipped, our members have enough extra gear that we can usually fully equip prospective recruits. This ability to 'try before you buy" ensures that you won't invest a lot of money only to find out reenacting doesn't meet your needs. The following are answers to frequently asked questions by folks thinking about getting involved.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

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Well, you've already taken the first step by asking about it!    If you're not sure yet that you want to join and just want to try it out first, then talk to one of our NCOs or officers.   We were all in your shoes at one time or another.   So we understand what you're going through.    We will review with you our upcoming schedule of events, and try to pick one that would be convenient for you to participate in.

IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD BRING MYSELF?

If you plan to stay in authentic camp you should bring a quilt and/or one of two wool blankets to sleep in, depending on the weather. You may use a sleeping bag, air mattress or other modern bedding but we will want to keep these out of sight during the day when the public is in and around the camp. Also, bring a plate, knife, fork and spoon to eat with. If you want to do modern camping then it's up to you what you bring.

 

WHAT WILL I BE EXPECTED TO DO AT THE EVENT?

If a potential soldier member, you will be assigned to a section with a Corporal in charge. Your Corporal will be responsible for your well-being and safety. He, or one of the experienced Privates in the section, will instruct you in the School of the Soldier including the manual of arms that you will need to know. You will be expected to follow any reasonable instructions given you by the NCOs and officer in the unit. Your fellow reenactors in the ranks will also help and coach you, especially on the battlefield.

You'll be treated as a member of the unit in all respects, which means you are expected to participate in any drills and help out with guard and camp duties as required. You will also have plenty of free time to relax, ask questions, and participate in any social activities at the event. Besides the soldier's impression, you can choose to portray a civilian such as a spy, journalist, photographer, preacher, undertaker, teamster, sutler, or other period civilian. If you are interested in Civil War medicine, surgeon, assistant surgeon, and hospital steward impressions are possible.

 

DO I HAVE TO HAVE AN ANCESTOR WHO FOUGHT IN THE CIVIL WAR?

No, but you do have to have ancestors.

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I'M A DIEHARD REBEL (OR YANKEE). WILL I HAVE TO WEAR THE UNIFORM OF

THE OTHER SIDE?

Although our unit was founded as a Confederate infantry unit, we also portray Federal infantry as the 125th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. We seek to honor the soldiers of both sides who fought in that War, and most of us find that doing a Federal impression, now and again, adds another dimension to living history~. Besides. it is darn tough to find 'real" Yankees this far south, and it is hard to have a battle with everyone wearing the same color jacket.     So we "galvanize", as it is called, when necessary.

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ARE THERE ROLES FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN LIVING HISTORY?

Absolutely.   Women played a key part in supporting the troops in the field, but remember that we are portraying the 19th century so the roles of women were different than modern attitudes. Women and young ladies can portray refugees. nurses, laundresses. cooks, seamstresses. and if we are in a garrison camp. wives or sweethearts visiting their men folks in the army.    It is just as important for us to portray civilian roles authentically as it is the military roles, so correct period dress will be equally important if your wife, girlfriend. or daughter wants to participate. There are often special activities for the ladies at most events, and almost always a dance on Saturday night to period music. Likewise, young men under the age of sixteen, may serve as drummers or fifers, if they have musical abilities or inclinations, or may help the nurses tend the wounded soldiers on the battlefield or back at the field hospitals. In short, this is a good educational activity for a familv. especially if they all like camping.

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OK, I'M SOLD! HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ME ONCE l JOIN?

Our annual dues are $30 per year. As for uniforms and equipment, it's hard to give one figure because of the variables involved. Used uniform items and equipment are often available depending on your size, and luck, and can be a great source of savings. Also, if you or someone else in your family is handy at sewing, you can purchase patterns and material for most clothing items and make them yourself also at a savings. This is especially true for women's clothing. In addition, most of your out-of pocket expenses, including uniform and equipment purchases, are tax-deductible as a charitable contribution for your services in public education and living history. This is especially true as a member of the Stone Mountain Historical Reenactors, which is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation.

Finally, we allow every member a year to become fully outfitted, which allows you to buy a little bit at a time. For a soldier, the single biggest expense is the rifle which runs about $400 new ($300 used). As an estimate, your average monthly expenses, if you had to buy everything new, would run between $50-$100, for the first year of membership, only. Thereafter, you would only incur expenses for consumables (e.g., powder, caps) and maintenance of your gear.

 

ARE THERE ANY OTHER COSTS OF MEMBERSHIP?

The only other "cost" is your time to participate. Ours is a very active unit, and we often have two or more activities on our schedule some months. Normally, there will only be one Maximum Effort event a month. These are events where we really are counting on all our members to arrange to be there, if at all possible. Other events are designated as Voluntary, and you are encouraged to make as many of these as you can. There are no minimum attendance requirements for continued membership. If you pay your dues, you are a part of our "Band of brothers and sisters", and we all recognize that this is a volunteer activity and that family and work responsibilities come first. Still, as with any activity in life, you get out of it what you put into it, so the more active you can be, the more enjoyment you will have.

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HOW DO I JOIN?

In order to become a member you must attend 3 events. After this time if you are still interested in joining,  a unit meeting will be held to confirm your membership.

Contact one of the Unit Officers listed below;

 

President Lamar McDougal

17 Chestatee Spring Ridge

Dahlonega, GA  30533

lmcdougal@42ndgeorgia.com

 

Lt. Colonel (CSA Retired)  Ric Palmer

Secretary/Treasurer

2144 Starlite Way

Snellville, GA 30078

(770) 985-4684

rpalmer@42ndgeorgia.com

 

Captain Rick Fallaw

5553 Ridgemoor Drive

Braselton, GA 30517

(770) 967-4106

rfallaw@42ndgeorgia.com

 

In the past, we have mailed out recruitment packages.  Since all of the information is now available on this web site, packages will no longer be mailed out.   All of the information is available on the membership page, the newsletter, the by-laws/regulations, and the schedule.   If you need more information, please contact one of our representatives.

 

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