Information for Recruits
The 8th-16th Tennessee is very informal, and there are no dues.
You just show up when you can. None of us can attend all events. We do try and get a handle on who can make the more immediate upcoming events, but
that’s generally to let sponsoring folks know how many of us to expect. Most
events provide straw some provide food or a powder ration.
We choose events we want to attend by a vote of the troops. We put all
possibilities we know of on the table and vote on them, usually in January before the reenacting season starts. Some events require Confederates to galvanize (joining the Yankees) for at least one battle. Our officers and NCOs are elected once a year by vote of the company.
Uniform and Accoutrements
You’re going to be an infantry private. The costs indicated are estimates
for new equipment, but you’ll see that used items sometimes can be had from sutlers at events or from some internet
sites. Also, you can pick up items from individuals, sometimes at bargain prices. You’ll be surprised, however, at how well reenacting equipment holds its value. If you know a seamstress, you can acquire patterns cheaply, and make your own uniform
parts. Any new member just entering the hobby is STRONGLY advised to retain the advice and or counsel of an officer on NCO before purchasing
items for us in their impression. Here’s what you’ll need, and the
order you need to get them in.
$25-$65 Get this first… you’ll need it.
$10-$30 depends on the size and how it’s made.
$9-$20 you gotta eat.
Eating utensils $4-$25
$15-$50 plain or tarred this is for rations only.
$30-$50 with a buckle.
Cartridge box $40-$165 depends on the maker.
depends on preference, many varieties here.
$25-$70 many varieties here as well.
$150-$280 or a Shell jacket $130-$205
Note: You’re now set up to fight with the company musket. Next, though,
you’ll eventually need a gum blanket or oil cloth $35-$100. They’re
nice to have when it rains, and also used for a ground cover.
New or used, this is the big item. You’ll need a three-banded musket. Choices are the .69 cal. Springfield, the .58 cal. Enfield (from England) or the .58
cal. Springfield. Prices have gone way up in recent years. Muskets cost anywhere from about $630-$900. You will also
need a bayonet and scabbard $40-$160. We’ve got two company muskets (Enfield
and Springfield), and a couple of extras that belong to members. These are made
available to company members and recruits on a first come first served basis at events.
This should be the last items you get. Many of us have the infantry “A”
frame type tent that comfortably accommodates two soldiers, and there are many varieties.
When we camp we usually go “campaign style.” “Campaign
style” is when you carry everything you need for the event in a blanket roll or knapsack. Real Confederates went this way all the time.
A-frame tent $150-$250
Blanket $30 and up
Knapsack $100-$200 many varieties here.
That’s a quick breakdown of the things you will need. After acquiring
these items, there are few expenses outside of gas and food. One exception is
powder and percussion caps. You’ll learn how to roll your own blank rounds. Powder costs about $25 a pound retail, but we buy it in larger quantities when possible
and make it available at $10-$15 a pound (you get about 110 to 120 rounds out of a pound)
You’ll average about 25-50 shots per battle, depending on how fast you load.
We don’t expect new recruits to run out and buy all this at once… some get a whiff of it and get it all,
but realistically we understand what a heavy investment it is. We find, however,
that if a recruit like reenacting, he’ll want to get his own stuff as soon as he can.
In the meantime, we offer everything we can to help out, because the bottom line is the fellowship and good times that
come out of it. You’ll be surprised at how helpful the men of the 8th-16th
can be. We all been recruits once and know what it’s like. If you need help just ask.
If you’re interested in participating, contact:
Capt. Johnathan Smith 3947 Tanyard Hill Rd, Lynchburg, TN 37352
1st SGT Ron Neale 4487 New Smithville Hwy McMinnville, TN 37110