I am organizing a small program for "Civil War and Emancipation Day" on April 16th in Richmond, Va. The event is sponsored by the University of Richmond. Various historical sites will be operating free of charge.
Link to event website: http://civilwar.emancipationday.net/
For the most part, this was an effort to provide people with an alternative monthly event since many of our members could not attend the 150th Fort Sumter LH. In keeping with the "1861-groove," we will be portraying local militia and volunteers mustering in the city following the capture of Fort Sumter.
A program is currently being worked on that will involve similar activities that companies were performing: issuing of arms/accoutrements, paying of dues, drill, parade (as required by law), &c. Unit impression is the 1st Regiment of Virginia Volunteers. Their uniforms seemed to be generic enough that most people have some of the gear, yet provides a certain distinctive look overall.
Guidelines may be found here: http://www.libertyrifles.org/schedul...gthetroops.pdf
We will be meeting on the grounds of the historic Tredegar Iron Works and working with Richmond National Battlefield Park. There will be a few brief firing demonstrations throughout the day and A LOT of public interpretation. Last year's event brought over 2,000 people!
There will be some modern intrusions (i.e. downtown buildings in the distance, food vendors) but I don't think that will take away from your experience, especially since we will be surrounded by 200-year old buildings. We will also not be the only reenactors there, but certainly the most authentic.
Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to participate. I am looking forward to portraying 1861!