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Joining the 10th Virginia
On behalf of the organization, I want to thank you for your interest in joining the 10th Virginia - the premiere authentic unit in the Shenandoah Valley. We appreciate your interest and hope this letter will give you an idea of what we are trying to accomplish with this organization.
We are an educational historical living-history unit organized in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. The Valley was the original home of the 10th Virginia. The unit was active from before Manassas to Appomattox.
The purpose of this organization is to preserve and perpetuate the memory of the Confederate soldier in general, and the men of the 10th Virginia in particular. We do this in several ways. The first and foremost is by educating the public through the accurate portrayal of the soldiers of the 10th Virginia. Our unit teaches the public through a living history format during reenactments and camp displays, and while participating in appropriate dedications and ceremonies. We are also involved with preservation of local, state, and national historical sites. While the vast majority of our members represent soldiers, we feature a number of other interpretations that are appropriate - cook, assistant surgeon, medical orderly, and numerous possible civilian interpretations. We are limited only by historical fact as it applies to the 10th Virginia; we follow the original unit members as closely as possible. We also have a number of members who, for one reason or another, cannot participate actively in the field at reenactments or living history events. These members are our associates, and are very important in our preservation activities.
This reactivated unit is organized and run as close to the original as is humanly possible. Company grade and non-commissioned officers are elected by their companies, as was the policy during the War. Rank structures are based on the number of men in the company. The unit uses the Manual of Instruction for the Volunteers and Militia of the Confederate States by William Gilham. We follow the original soldiers in everything as much as possible. This includes, but is not limited to, accoutrements carried, drill, knowledge, life style, food (preparation, quantity, and type), camp life, uniforms, equipment, weapons, and attitudes. This unit is - in the parlance of reenactors - a progressive authentic unit. We live the life of the soldiers of the 10th Virginia as close to the originals as humanly possible whenever we are in uniform.
If you are looking for an unique experience, and you want to step back into the past some 140 years, this is the unit for you. If you want to learn about the lifestyle and gain insight into the character and concerns of the Confederate soldier, then this is the unit for you. If this sounds like what you have been looking for, please see the unit application. Feel free to contact us directly, if you need more information.
Your Obedient Servant,