I am commander of a Civil War reenacting unit that honors the legacy of Alabama unionists, specifically the 1st Alabama Cavalry, Co. C, United States Volunteers.
We are about 25 strong and do reenactments in Alabama and surrounding states. We have been around for more than 10 years, and there is some out-of-date references to us on Glenda Todd's web page about the 1st Alabama. Unlike most Civil War reenacting groups, we do not have a Confederate counter-identity. We are strictly true blue.
We are about to launch our own web page soon, which will include history of the unit, how to get involved in reenacting with us, as well as our quarterly newsletter, The Loyal Southron.
I want all descendants of the 1st Alabama and anyone interested in southern unionists to know of our reenacting schedule for 2003. All good loyal union folk are welcome to visit our camp at these events. Our schedule below will also be posted on our web page when that is up and running, which should be soon.
Some of the comments below pertaining to events will likely be understood by unit members, who voted on the schedule this past Saturday at our annual business meeting, Camp Light Horse. This is an excerpt of an email going to them. Again, you are all welcome in our camp. And if any of you wish to help us rid our land of this Secesh scourge, well, we can make the arrangements.
Dean Barber Birmingham, Ala. DBARBER@bham.rr.com
2003 Schedule for the 1st Alabama Cavalry, Co. C., USV
March 14-16. Bibb Furnace, aka Brierfield, Ala.. A new and improved field. Rebs are making iron there. But not for long.
March 28-30. Gainesville, Ala. Seldon's battery and Mike Graham's 4th Alabama Cav. are the sponsors. A two-hour cavalry school both mornings. Let's show our comrades how we fight on foot.
April 4-6. Shiloh Living History. Not a maximum effort event but some members attending. See Noot and Hurley if interested. Fall in with the 7th Tenn., Co. C.
May 3-4. Forrest-Streight Raid. Blountsville, Ala. Nice event poster but who's bringing the mules?
May 23-25. Tannehill. An Alabama Divsion maximum effort event. Just west of Bessemer, Ala.
June 6-8. Brice's Crossroads. Tupelo, Miss. Forrest put the skeer to us at this one, but we'll repay him.
NOTE: The Wildman will look into a living history sometime in June at Looney's Tavern, a spiritual birthplace for the 1st Alabama and the unionist movement in Northwest Alabama.
Sept. 5-7. Battle of Tunnel Hill, Ga. Good fight, good ground, great host in Ken Sumner. Proof you can have fun in Georgia.
Sept. 19-21. Chickamauga Living History. Not a maximum effort but contact our drunken Irishman, Omhaille, if you wish to attend.
Sept. 26-28. Battle of Mule Crossing. Winfield, Ala. (near Guin and Gu-win, Ala.) I said whoa mule! Big community turnout.
Oct. 24-26. Battle of Murfressboro, Spring Hill, Tenn. Expansive Saturn property ideal for a national event.
Nov. 7-9. Tallassee, Ala. SCV landowner may want us in a low swampy area newly opened, but we will try to camp atop the hill where we have always been. Good event. Cars no longer a problem.