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Civil War Field Music School
From Captain Russ Paul, Fourth Michigan Infantry
This past June, I attended the National Civil War Field Music
School at Ft. McHenry in Baltimore. The school is for drummers, buglers,
and fifers of all abilities. I personally am working at becoming a
drummer, in anticipation of the day when I get tired of carrying a sword or
rifle (or just as an option for any event where a drummer may be needed).
I can say without question that attending this school successfully laid the
groundwork for that preparation.
The instructors are first-rate in their respective fields.
I can't speak for all the instruments, but among the drum instructors, two were
from Camp Chase Fifes and Drums and another is with the U.S. Army 101st
Airborne Division (Air Assault) Band. This truly is an opportunity to
learn from some of the best in the business.
If you have never been to Baltimore and/or Ft. McHenry, this is
a good excuse to do so. The British bombardment at Ft. McHenry
during the War of 1812 is what inspired the writing of our national anthem.
There is plenty to do and see in Baltimore, including a small Civil War museum,
the Inner Harbor, and four vessels open for tours (among them the sloop
USS Constellation and the submarine USS Torsk). And if you're a seafood
lover, you'll be in heaven as there is no shortage of quality fare!
information on the school can be found by visiting its web site at:
If you have questions of a more "personal experience" nature, I would
be more than happy to try and answer them for you. I am not affiliated
with the school in any way, other than being a former (and future)
student. After 7 seasons as a company commander, however, I have come to
appreciate and value the effect musicians have and the important role they play
in our hobby. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guard 2016 Blue Ribbon Events
Jul 15 - Jul 17
Aug 19 - Aug 21
Anniversary Battle of Perryville
Oct 7 - Oct 9
Orders for Hastings/Charlton Park are on the
'Special Orders' page
Battalion Orders for Jackson are on the 'Special Orders' page
Guard 2016 Meeting Minutes
wanted to take a few minutes and recap the annual Cumberland Guard
which was held on January 9 in Fort Wayne, IN. Again special thanks to
Smith for securing the meeting site.
meeting was very well attended, and we covered the following items:
message from Colonel Shackelford was read to those in attendance.
After general introductions, specific recognition was given to the
of Greg Swank as Chief of Staff. Greg expressed a desire to help
activities, facilitate cooperation, and to help everyone to get what
want/need from the hobby
Minton, First Federal Division was a guest at the meeting. Bob
desire to mend fences and end the squabbles that have plagued the hobby
the years. The annual FFD meeting will be held Jan. 30 in St. Louis, MO
Rob Van will be attending as a guest. Bob also mentioned the
dissolution of the
Vohlken reviewed the status of the CG website. We also discussed the CG
Facebook page and the success of both items.
Whiting with the Great Lakes Battalion was also in attendance. Denny
that the Great Lakes Battalion plans on having a drill in April open to
who wishes to attend. They also commented that the cooperation amongst
and the Guard was great at Jackson, and their members will march with
Perryville, KY later this year.
discussed attending not only the FFD meeting in January, but that he
attending the January Annual AOW Meeting, and the January Annual
Guard (Confederate) meeting in Indianapolis.
also discussed the end of the Indiana events Billie Creek and Conner
and expressed hope that they might return at some point.
Updates from all units present
Discussion / sharing of recruiting and retention strategies
General discussion of the state of the hobby, including the recent
story and subsequent protests in regards to Confederate flags. Several
recommended units having one spokesperson to handle this issue with the
and especially with media. We also discussed scenarios in regards to
protest attempts to interrupt a battle, and the appropriate response
planning by Command to address such an event.
reviewed the 2015 Blue Ribbon Events, Hastings, MI and Jackson, MI. We
discussed Indiana troops making the trip to Hastings and Jackson, and
Michigan and Ohio troops (including Marty Walker, Ryan VanMaldegen, and
Minton, just to name a few) at Hartford City.
discussed the 2016 Blue Ribbon Events, Hastings, MI, Jackson, MI and
Perryville, KY. (Please register as the Cumberland Guard).
like to thank everyone for a solid 2015, and I am looking forward to
the progress we made with the hobby as we turn to 2016.
The Cumberland Guard
officially welcomes to our ranks
The Seventeenth Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company "E"
A hearty Hurrah to Captain Nick Miner and his "Stonewall Regiment."
August 2016 -- Jackson After Action Report
July 2016 -- Hastings/Charlton Park After Action Report
August 2015 -- Jackson After Action Report
April 2014 -- Message from Colonel Van
October 2013 -- Retirement
Statement from Colonel Dave.
With thanks to First Sergeant Siler
of the 19th Indiana, the following forms are now available:
Questions about the Cumberland Guard
should be directed to:
Rob Van at email@example.com
Swank at firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about this web site can be directed to the
Cumberland Guard Webmaster, John Vohlken.