Hosted by the 1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House & the 25th US Infantry Living History Organization
July 17 2021
Purpose & Goals
This one day event aims to recreate a US Army recruiting party during the war of 1812. We will recreate a portion of the daily duty day of the soldiers, as well as perform demonstrations and drill sessions to interact with the public and introduce new recruits to the daily routine of the war of 1812.
Participants will dress as a soldier, citizen recruit, or Army dependent and spend the day conducting routine military fatigues and drill/training sessions under the watchful leadership of the Regular Army NCOs.
Where is the Event?
The event will be held on the grounds of the 1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House in Edwardsville IL. The address is 409 S. Buchanan St. Edwardsville IL 62025.
Parking will be in one of two locations that are yet to be confirmed.
When should I arrive?
All participants should aim to arrive the evening of Friday July 16 or first thing in the morning Saturday July 17. The event will kick off and be open to the public from 9am so we expect all participants to have their tents erected and cars removed from the site well before this time.
Cars cannot be allowed on the grass under any circumstances, so please bear this in mind when packing and planning for the weekend. All gear and equipment must be carried to the Front Lawn.
What impression is needed?
The event is hosted and sponsored by the 25th US Inf, and there will be participants from the 1st & 7th Inf, and the Southern District Regulars. All participants will fall in under the leadership of the 25th Infantry and participate as part of a consolidated Infantry Platoon.
We will be striving for authenticity and accuracy as we will be on a historic site and interacting with the public. All participants will need to attend in the Uniform prescribed by the 25th Infantry, or attend as private citizen recruits in their frontier or citizens suits.
Uniform requirements will be listed below, and if you have any concerns or cannot meet these standards, please reach out to your unit leaders, or the event organizers to see what can be provided or borrowed.
What is provided?
The 25th Inf will graciously provide Breakfast and Lunch on site, prepared in the historic kitchen.
A sit-down supper will be served, also prepared on site. All participants must provide their own utensils (bowl, spoon, cup, etc.)
While space is limited, all common tents will be used to set up a company street and parade. Straw for bedding will be provided for those sleeping on site.
What is Camp to be like?
Only common tents!
As we are representing US Regular soldiers, camp ought to be sparse and authentic! As much as is feasible, we ask all participants to “live out of the knapsack”, that is, only pack, use, and demonstrate items and kit that are appropriate to the impression and can be carried by you personally.
A Water Butt will be kept in camp at all times filled with Switchel, and all participants are encouraged to bring a canteen and use it throughout the day.
Modern Bathrooms will be available and unlocked throughout the event, and for those camping on site.
If some participants want to bring a variety of uniforms & equipment for demonstration & display purposes, this is of course encouraged.
Keep all modern items (coolers, cots, sleeping bags, modern tobacco, etc.) to an absolute minimum and completely out of sight of the public at all times. If possible, leave these items in your car until after the public has left.
What will the Day entail?
Roll will be taken at 8.10am, Colors will be held at 9am.
After this, the platoon will drill each hour for 20-30 minutes at a time, with a particular focus on new recruits.
Retreat will be held at 4pm, after which the platoon will hold a final formation and receive whiskey rations.
During down time, we strongly encourage all participants to demonstrate authentic skills: sewing/mending, cleaning muskets, helping with fatigue duties for the kitchen, etc.
Men of the squad will clean the kitchen, grounds, etc after supper.
There are no activities planned inside the house, unless participants wish to take a regular tour during regular business hours. Any Event activities such as drill, marching, fife & Drum music, etc. are subordinate to the regular site tours.
Is there a Registration Fee?
There is a $10 registration fee to cover the costs of food for the weekend.
What is required for my Physical Impression?
Though there will be participants from a variety of units present, as much as possible we will focus on the uniform and kit of Scott’s Brigade during the Niagara Campaign of 1814. Please keep all luggage or personal items to an absolute minimum
The list below reflects the ideal that the event organizers are striving for, but if participants bring other authentic issue uniforms to display or demonstrate, that is of course encouraged.
We expect that Regulars attend with brushed uniforms & polished brass. If you are not prepared for parade, expect to spend time during the day cleaning and preparing yourself & your uniform.
If you cannot meet these requirements, please reach out to your local unit leaders or event staff and we are happy to help to the best of our abilities. We cannot promise availability or any given items or uniforms as spares are limited, but we will do what we can!
If you have any spare 1808 stands of Arms and Springfield/Charleville, please bring them!
Citizen recruits & demonstrators:
What kind of attitude is expected of me?
While this is a relatively small event, the goal is to stay busy and put on a show for the public. The primary purpose of participants is to interact with the public with demonstrations, one-on-one conversations, and including citizens into drill whenever possible. Please make the public your focus and work to include them whenever possible.
We expect all participants to keep all conversations & Presentations family friendly and appropriate to the public setting, and to always remember that they are representing themselves, their unit, and the Stephenson house.
After hours things will be relaxed, but all participants must remember that this is a city historic site that we must respect. Excessive drinking, use of any and all illegal substances, or generally disruptive behavior will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Excessive noise, excessive drunkenness, or illegal activity of any sort will lead to you being ejected from the event and site.
Otherwise, come with a good attitude, an eagerness to learn, and willingness to cooperate with others.
Walt Raisner, Event Host, Capt 25th Inf.
Eric Wallace, Site Point of Contact
A $10 fee will cover all three meals served during the event to reenactors. This fee is for reenactors attending the event not visitors or anyone interested in becoming a reenactor.
If you have questions about attending this event please email one of our organizers through the link below.