!!! RECRUITS WANTED !!!



Company K of the 67th New York, 1st Long Island Volunteers is looking for brave souls to fill our illustrious ranks!

ARE YOU BATTLEREADY?

Welcome to our Recruitment Page

Granted, it might not seem like much however instead of strafing you senseless with pages upon pages of tedious text on Civil War Reenacting, we strongly recommend that you simply attend one our monthly meetings held the last Sunday of every month at the Grange in Sayville, Long Island NY. All visitors are welcome and you can watch us drill, inspect our gear, and, most important, ask any questions that might come to mind.

Or you can contact us via e-mail at our address: [email protected]

In the meantime, here are some basics that may satisfy your curiosity...

Yes, the 67th New York is based on an actual regiment that fought in the Civil War. Seven of the ten companies (Co. A, B, E, F, G, I, & K) were raised in Brooklyn, then considered 'Long Island', with the others coming from Alleghany (Co. C), Wayne (Co. D), and Rochester (Co. H) counties in upstate New York. Our historical 'archive' on the Original 67th provides us with a solid historical basis for emulating the men and how they lived as soldiers. And from this material, members are eventually required to take on the nom-de-guerre, or the persona, of one of the original soldiers. A surprising amount of detail can be learned by requesting pension records and other documentation from the National Archives in Washington so that members can flesh out an 'impression' that can be used at events.

The Re-enacting season traditionally kicks off with parades on St. Patrick's Day and ends Remembrance Day (November 19th) in Gettysburg with a grand procession through the main street followed by ceremonies inside the cemetery & battlefield. Pictures are worth a thousand words. Our photo album better demonstrates just what we do during the year. As you will see, there are several different types of events we perform:

Educational Programs: Schools invite us, typically in the spring, to give lessons to grades learning the Civil War. We do this by setting up a small camp with a few soldiers, interacting with the students, teaching them the basic aspects of a soldier's life including their uniforms, diet, camp life, and their weapons.

Living History Events: These are simply educational programs held for the general public. An establishment such as Historical Society invites us to set up a full camp where we can fully engage with the general public. We perform 'living history'on our own but more often than not we join other reenacting units on Long Island, especially our Confederate comrades in the 9th & 30th Virginia Infantries and Co. H, of the 14th Brooklyn. Every Autumn, we host a Civil War Weekend at the Grange in Sayville where we are based to give local Long Islanders a look into our Hobby without having to drive hours out of state.

Parades: For holidays such as Saint Patrick's Day, local villages on Long Island ask us to march in their celebrations. The grandest of all however takes place in Gettysburg on Remembrance Day when thousands of Living Historians from all around the country converge to march down the main thoroughfare of Baltimore Street and into the Battlefield.

Special Events: Occasionally, we're asked to perform at ceremonies, such as honoring veterans' graves at cemeteries, assisting in the dedication of a monument, or partaking in some historical commemoration. We are nothing if not adaptable to ocassion as any real soldier should.

Re-enactments: Ah yes, this is what gives us our name. Re-enactments can range in size from mere hundreds to tens of thousands of participants yet regardless of scope they all seek to meticulously recreate an actual battle as it happened. For these events, we combine forces with other regiments in our battalion organization, the U.S. Volunteers. These are scripted affairs so as to ensure the viewing public sees the battle as it occurred. More often than not, thanks to the chaos that is this hobby, re-enactments do not unfold quite as expected nevertheless the aim is to stay true to the real battle. In addition to the annual re-enactments such as Cedar Creek in Virginia and Neshaminy State Park just outside of Philadelphia, we typically attend one other on the road per season and that usually coincides with big anniversary dates such as the 140th of Antietam, the 145th of Gettysburg, or the 150th Anniversary events such as the 150th of First Bull Run.

Lest you believe we are simply grown men running round with guns playing war...we actually are paid for many of the events listed above. We are a non-profit educational organization incorporated under the New York State Board of Regents and we also recognized as a public charity under 501c3 of the Federal IRS Code. In addition to serving the community as 'Living Historians', a substantial portion of our earnings are donated to historical preservation, usually through the The Civil War Trust so that Civil War battlefields and other relevant sites may be saved from neglect or 21st Century development.

While the costs of joining may appear daunting, the required capital for participating is certainly no more extravagant than any other hobby and best of all, the most important purchases can last for years if properly maintained. Understanding that everyone comes from unique financial circumstances, we make joining as easy as possible through extending loaner equipment and granting enough time as possible to acquire the needed gear.

Fun loving as we are, two matters we never joke about are Health & Safety.

We strive for authenticity but only if it does not conflict with either of these two central tenets of our hobby. We all have day jobs and families and do not fancy losing life and limb senselessly. We are equally vigorous in excluding anyone who may threaten either or both through their behavior or carelessness. Hence, the following disclaimer...

IF you believe our hobby is a means for consuming mass quantities of alcohol, we are NOT interested but strongly suggest entering a 12-Step Program.

IF you believe our hobby is an avenue for preaching some extremist political agenda, we are NOT interested but strongly recommend creating your own blog on the Internet.

IF you believe obsessing on such details as the thread count on a sack coat or what salinity of urine will give your brass buttons just the right patina of authenticity, is more important than camaraderie then we are NOT interested and strongly suggest a part-time job at the Smithsonian or New York Historical Society.

IF you see our hobby as a means for become so engrossed in your role of Civil War soldier that you start insisting everyone, including family and friends, address you by your adopted soldier’s name, showing up at work in uniform, and/or taking shots at passing motorists bearing southern license plates, then we are DEFINITELY NOT interested and strongly suggest intensive psychotherapy plus heavy medication.

HOWEVER...

IF you believe we are a means for exploring Civil War history, for teaching the young and old an era that our nation has almost disgracefully forgotten, for creating a camaraderie with pards of similar interest, for traveling through some of America's most beautiful scenery, for having the privilege of visiting and sometimes even performing on the battlefields, and for assisting the preservation of those very same sacred grounds... not to mention indulging in the endless carping, bitching, whining, griping, and moaning just as all real Civil War soldiers did about their circumstance...

...then we are definitely interested !!!

See you at the Grange

UNION FOREVER