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3rd Georgia formed up at attention

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What’s It Like to Be a Civil War Reenactor?

It’s Fun!

Remember when you were ten years old and you played soldiers? Imagine how you would have felt if you could have done that in authentic uniforms with real guns? This is your chance to have your childhood fantasy come true! Reenactors of Civil War soldiers participate in mock battles, camp out in period military camps, and immerse themselves in the era for a day or weekend at a time. If you enjoyed watching a reenacted Civil War battle – imagine the view you’ll have from the ranks!

It’s Easy!

Getting started in reenacting is easier than you think. “Veterans” love to see newcomers join the hobby and you’ll find that everyone around you is eager to help. Learning what you need to know to take part in your first battle will only take a couple of hours – and then you’re on your way! And you don’t have to buy all your gear first. We have lots of loaner uniforms, muskets and equipment to help beginners get off to a good start. And when you do start buying your own things, you’ll discover the investment is tax deductible.

It’s Interesting!

If you are a Civil War buff, this hobby is for you! Whether you’re interested in the Civil War from a historical perspective or you are into military things, you will find lots of people in the hobby who share your passion. As you put together the pieces of your “impression” – your uniform, musket, and other equipment – you will enjoy adding to and improving your collection. And as you learn more, you’ll want to start sharing your knowledge with spectators at events or when we visit a school. Learning and sharing information is one of the most rewarding aspects of reenacting.

Please Join Our Company

Once you decide to try it, you’ll want to join a unit - a kind of club. Ours is the 3 rd Georgia Volunteer Infantry, a Confederate Infantry regiment that fought in Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. What makes our unit unique is the importance we place on a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for everyone. We have a diverse group of people from all walks of life – from cartoonists to computer programmers, a democratic leadership structure, and we strongly encourage the participation of families. We also have one of the largest stockpiles of loaner gear for beginners!

How to Find Out More...

If you think you’d like to give Civil War Reenacting a try, please give us a call or send us an email. We’d love to put you in a uniform and let you get a taste of our favorite hobby!


As of 2012 the 3rd Georgia has consolidated with Hamptons Legion. For information about joining, contact:

 Capt. Larry Kelsey




Some Things You Should Know
About Civil War Re-enacting
by John Warling, 3rd GVI

Choosing A Unit:

Membership Costs:

Age Restrictions:

Getting Outfitted:

On-Going Additional Costs:


Some Other Important Things To Consider

Cleaning Weapons:

Whether you borrow or own a musket, you will have to clean it. You may spend as much as an hour or two cleaning. You may have to buy cleaning patches, chemicals, and a cleaning rod. You should make time for cleaning as soon as possible after each event. If you take part in overnight events which have battles on both days, you will have to clean your weapon in camp before the following day's battles.


Most re-enactors will car pool if there is room. Be prepared to arrange your transportation to and from events and cleaning sessions. Make arrangements well ahead of time.


You will need to bring food to most events. Sack lunches or small coolers can be used for one day events. For overnight events you need to plan for dinner, breakfast, and lunches. Some camp cooks will sell you food at a minimal cost ($2 or $3 per meal), but you'll need your own period correct eating utensils, cup, and plate. After a few events you may see what others do and even choose to cook for yourself over the camp fire!


Black Powder is gunpowder. The muskets are real. Many re-enactors participate in live round shoots - shooting lead mini balls at targets. Even without bullets, powder can be very dangerous. Listen and learn from others on the proper handling of powder, caps, and weapons.

"Farby" Gear:

Farby is a term re-enactors use for modern behavior or gear that is not "period correct". Re-enactors will tolerate some non-period gear such as ice chests, sleeping bags, aluminum cans, plastic items - BUT, these are NEVER to be used or in sight of the public. Many units will not tolerate such items at all. Try not to offend other re-enactors by use of "farby" gear, music, behavior, etc. Try to be "Civil War Correct" at re-enactments. Some re-enactors get emotional in their objection to "farbiness."


Please join us!

One of our recruiters can answer all of your questions about reenacting.
Give us a call today!


Civil War bullet"Return Fire" to 3rd GVI Home Page, 1/1/2013