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Frequently Asked Questions 


1. What branch of service is the 30th N.C. Troops: infantry, artillery or cavalry? The 30th NCT is an infantry unit. There are also artillery, cavalry and other specialized branches of service in the hobby. 80% of all Civil War soldiers were in the infantry.

2. If I decide to become a Civil War re-enactor, should I participate as Confederate, Union or both? The 30th N.C.Troops, like most North Carolina re-enactors, portrays both Union and Confederate troops on some occasions. In the hobby, its called "galvanizing." We portray the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves (38th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry) approximately 20% of the time. Here in the South, re-enactment groups do this in order to keep the Union-to-Confederate ratios historically accurate at events. Up North, many Union groups galvanize to the Confederate side for the same reason.

3. If I join the 30th NCT will I have to portray a Union soldier? No. Galvanizing is optional. The Confederate infantry impression is our primary portrayal. However, all of our members galvanize when the unit votes to do so. You will spend more time with us at events and enjoy the hobby more if you galvanize with the rest of the group.

4. Can I portray a more specialized impression such as musician, surgeon or pastor? We are actively recruiting musicians: fifers and drummers. We have a pastor who serves at that post for our company and battalion. Occasionally, surgeons assistants are needed. Our group, like most, is primarily looking for soldiers to fill the ranks.

5. Should I join a family oriented unit or one that is for men only? Different units allow and/or encourage different levels of participation by family members. The 30th NCT is a "mainstream" or family-oriented group as opposed to a "progressive" or "campaigner" group. This does not mean that you need a family to join us, only that we maintain more of a family atmosphere in camp. We usually have one or two events each year that are for male members only. We have a companion organization for our wives and children who want to do civilian impressions. Please visit the "About Us" and "Francis Marion Parker" pages on this website to learn more.

6. What is the meaning of the terms "progressive," "campaigner" and "mainstream"? Progressive or campaigner groups allow little or no family participation with their military units. The 30th NCT is a mainstream group as are the larger regional organizations with which we affiliate: the 4th ANV Regiment and the First Division, ANV (Army of Northern Virginia). Our families camp with us in the field and participate with us at events. They are a major part of our overall portrayal.

7. How much will it cost to participate with the 30th NCT/ 9th Pa. Reserves? No matter what infantry group you join, the cost is about the same. Most of the equipment you will need is listed here. On the average, you should look to invest from $800 to $1200 in either new or used equipment to put together a good impression. Your musket will be the single most expensive item, but with proper care it will last indefinitely as will most of your leather equipment. Some equipment and clothing can be borrowed from our Quartermaster Sergeant. We allow 12-18 months for the individual/family to acquire the basic equipment and clothing. We ask that before making any purchases, you seek the advice of one of our staff or experienced members to ensure that your money is well spent on quality, period authentic items that are acceptable to the unit. Since our group is a non-profit corporation (501-c3), certain purchases and mileage to and from events are classified as charitable donations by the IRS. Consult a CPA before making any such deductions. We are incorporated as the Living History Association of North Carolina.

8. Will I need to camp overnight at events? Camping is almost a necessity. Some modern equipment is allowed such as cots and coolers, but these items must remain hidden in your tent. Overnight stays at hotels while the rest of the unit is in the field are not recommended. Large events draw lots of re-enactors, spectators and traffic. Traveling back and forth between your hotel and home unit at the event is often impossible due to large crowds and traffic control.

9. Are t We want you to fully participate and enjoy your membership in the 30th NCT. The large events can be quite demanding. The smaller ones, less so. Our uniforms are made of wool and/or cotton. They will keep you warm in cold weather, but can be quite hot in summer. We encourage our members to remain in reasonably good physical condition and take appropriate steps to maintain good condition at events. There are also several avenues of participation available in the hobby that are for those less physically capable: smaller local events, living history events, militia impressions, the Senior Reserve program, etc. Our members can answer any specific questions that you have about these.

            American Civil War re-enacting is a worthy, even a noble hobby. Each year, thousands of Americans learn more about their nation and its past through the programs and events we present. The Living History Association of North Carolina wants you to make the best of your reenacting experience. We also want you to fit well within any group you ultimately choose to join. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you have or any advice you need.


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The Living History Association of North Carolina (L.H.A.N.C.) is a non-profit,

non-political educational organization that is registered with the

North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Historic Sites Section