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07-26-2006, 02:31 PM
57th Infantry Regiment was organized at Salisbury, North Carolina, in July, 1862, with men recruited in the counties of Rowan, Forsyth, Catawba, Cabarrus, Lincoln, and Alamance. Sent to Virginia, the regiment was assigned to General Law's, Hoke's, Godwin's, and W.G. Lewis' brigade. It fought with the Army of Northern Virginia from Fredericksburg to Mine Run, then returned to North Carolina. After serving in the Kinston area the 57th was ordered back to Virginia. It continued the fight at Drewry's Bluff and Cold Harbor, in Early's Shenandoah Valley operations, and around Appomattox. The unit reported 32 killed and 192 wounded at Fredericksburg, had 9 killed and 61 wounded at Chancellorsville and twenty-two percent of the 297 engaged at Gettysburg disabled. At the Rappahannock River in November, 1863, it lost 4 wounded and 292 missing. On April 9, 1865 it surrendered with 6 officers and 74 men of which 31 were armed. The field officers were Colonels Archibald C. Godwin and Hamilton C. Jones, Jr., and Major James A. Craige.

The 57th North Carolina was reactivated by Bill Hartley and Tim McCown in the summer of 2003. After Bill Hartley looked up his own family history and found out that he was the ggg-grandson of 1st Sgt Jonas Hartsell of Co. A 57th North Carolina Troops.

The 57th North Carolina is a family based Civil War Reenacting Unit based in Baltimore City. We try not to travel more then 3 hours from home, unless we vote to go to a special event. We are currently looking for individules who want to perticiapte in the roles of infantry, medical,and civilian. We attend and take part in all areas of the hobby ranging from battle reenactments, to living histories, demonstrations, talks, and parades. You do not have to have past military, or reenacting experience.

What type of membership can you have and how to join the 57th North Carolina. We have two types of membership avalible, a full member and an associate member. A full member is allowed to take part in all aspects of the hobbie. They can go out in to battles, and do living histories. But they must go to 2 events or more per year. An Associate member is allowed to go to living histories, and march with the color guard, but are not allowed to take the field for any battles. This is more for the Civilian reenactors. This is also set aside for people who dont want to reenact at all, but what to have a say in the unit, like people who had family in the 1862-1865 57th NC.

To join the 57th there are only 3 steps you need to do.

1. Read the company bylaws. This is one of the most important things that you will need to do. As they are the rules the 57th NC follows, and they also list the cost of joinning. Once you have done that, you will need to contact the 57th NC to let us know that you wish to join, and what role you want to play in the unit. We can be contacted at anv57regnc@yahoo.com, or call us 410-354-2314 or 443-756-9746. Once that is done, fill out the muster sheet and medical waver and get it in to us. The bylaws, muster sheet and medical form can be downloaded from www.geocities.com/anv57regnc/files. If below the age of 18 a parent must fill out a Under Age of 18 Muster Sheet.

2. Getting in to uniform. Getting you uniform and gear can be costly. But you get your uniform and brogans, we will try to loan you the rest until you can get your own. Any loaner gear that you might need must be requested before an event. A copy of the equipment list is avalible by going to www.geocities.com/anv57regnc/files. We can tell you the best places to get your itmes, and will even go with you to get them if needed. But once you are in uniform you are ready to reenact.

3. Events. Now that you are in ready for the field, you need to look over the events schedule and see what events you want to go to. The event schedule is avalible by going to www.geocities.com/anv57regnc/schedule. You will need to register for these events in advance. If you fail to register, you may not be able to take part in the event. Please also let us know what events you plan on going to.

The only thing we ask is that you try to come to as many events as possible. And until you have been drilled you will not be allowed to take the field. This is only for safety.

Anyone can reenact with the 57th NC. Anyone below the age of 16 is too young to fight, but can still take part in the unit.

If you have never reenacted before or this is something you have been doing for years, all are welcome. And if you are just thinking about it, come out to one of our events, meeting, or living histories, and meet us, and see what it is we do. Also please join our Yahoo Groups page, there you will find out even more info on us, and the unit we reenact.