The Recreated Unit
The First Maryland Volunteer Infantry Regiment has been
an active living history group since its formation in 1972. The organization is
made up of dedicated volunteers who have an interest in the history of the
Civil War period and strive to accurately portray the life of the common
soldier or civilians from the State of Maryland.
The First is involved in living history demonstrations, authentic encampments,
educational lectures, ceremonial events, and battle reenactments across the
Mid-Atlantic region. Occasionally, the unit travels beyond the
mid-Atlantic as the ELF Mess. The group takes part in programs
regularly in national and state parks; a privilege reserved for organizations
with high state discipline and authenticity. A wide variety of events take
place every year. The First designates one event each month as a company event,
at which we urge our members to turn out.
The First Maryland Vol. Infantry Regt US is a non-profit corporation in the State of Maryland. Unit drills are carried out over
the winter months; at places such as Ft.
monument in Baltimore.
At the winter drill a meeting is held to elect company officers and to create
the schedule for the upcoming season. Campaigning in the field begins in early
spring and runs through November. (Please see our Calendar for individual event
locations and dates.)
The unit puts out a newsletter, The Marching Orders. The newsletter, along with
the “H”, newsletter of our sister unit the 7th PA, and email are the way in
which event information goes out to the membership. Members must supply their
own period clothing and equipment. A large number of sources are
available for both military and civilian reproduction goods and we would gladly
help guide the beginner to find the most authentic sources.
In the field the unit lives in period pattern canvas tents, in the open, or in
shebang’s, cooks over open fires, and uses the same type of equipment and
proper military drill that the Civil War soldier used. We pride ourselves in
being one of the few units able to fully utilize period Union tactics. All of
this is done to authentically portray and honor the lives of our Maryland ancestors. Authenticity in
appearance and is the watchword, without the negative attitude found in many
other authentic units. There is great satisfaction in doing it right and having
fun while doing it!
At many events The First MD teams up with the 7th PA Reserves and the 3rd MD to
flesh out a larger Company appearance known as ELF company.
In addition, at larger reenactments the First Maryland joins with authentic groups from
other states to form a full sized regimental organization called the National
Regiment of which the First MD is a charter member. Finally, we have also
fallen in with the Army of the Pacific and other national organizations at
non-NR attended events.
If you are looking for more than to simply read about your country's history,
if you want to reach out and touch the past, and do honor to the memory of
those that answered the call, then join
our ranks. We are always looking for people to join us by the camp fires.
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