Living History Living History organization of the United States Navy and Marine Corps portraying sailors and marines as an infantry expeditionary force during the Civil War.
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Joining the U.S.S. Fort Henry
Men of Good Character
to join the United States Navy and Marine Corps
aboard the U.S. Gunboat Fort Henry
     Like many other units that portray the sailor and marine as "reenactors" of the Civil War, our members find that these rolls differ considerably from that of the Army reenactors.  Following the course of the original "Tars" of the Civil War, our members find themselves as both infantrymen and artillerymen as well as  well as using slightly different commands, and a considerable difference in uniforms, training, and equipment.  Members have much more to do in camp and have a lot to explain to the many spectators we see at events.

     Perhaps the best way to test if you are interested in joining is to go to one of the events ([Schedule] > [Events]) and see us in person and in action.  Unlike the Army units which require a full uniform and gear to participate, the Union Navy hired civilians as pilots and guides.  Civilian attire is an inexpensive way to get started almost immediately.

     Families are welcome in camp, even overnight.  As the Union Navy was responsible for protecting Unionists on various barrier islands around Florida, it would not be out of the ordinary to see them in camp.  Keep in mind that many event hosts do ask that overnight family in authentic camp has to be in period attire (again, inexpensive).

    For those that may not want to"take the field" you have the option to remain in camp for living history.  This can vary depending on your desires.  Perhaps you just might want to be seen in the role such as at work, cooking, maintainig gear, etc., or perhaps you would like to provide demonstrations and/or presentations.


     Please feel free to contact any of our members if you have an interest in joining.  This can be at an event in person, or as many of us use the internet, via email using the [Contact] tab above.  We can supply all of the information and training you will need to become a Sailor or Marine in the Union Navy!

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