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    Default Battle of Unison 150th, October 26-28th, 2012

    Hey All,
    I've posted this event before in 2011, but it's high time to post it again here in the new year. For those of you who attended the Hodge March, this event is in spirit the same event, and uses the same ground, plus some. If you've been, you know what it's like, if you haven't been, you owe it to yourself to get there!


    Battle of Unison 150th Anniversary, Unison, VA October 26-28th 2012

    What: Portrayal of the battle that took place in early November 1862 as the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia began their movement toward Fredericksburg. The battle featured cavalry, artillery and Federal infantry and was a running fight that took place over roughly 20 miles of Loudon County.
    For the infantry the event will feature a march of roughly 12 miles, along 100% of the original route, with skirmishing at the original locations. For Federal cavalry the march will be approximately 20 miles, again with skirmishing along the way in the same locations that the battle was fought 150 years ago. For those of you who participated in the Hodge preservation march back in the early 2000's, this is the same ground. There are also roles for a limited number of authentic civilians.

    When: October 26-28th, 2012
    Where: Unison, VA (Loudon County, near Middleburg)
    Who: Hosted by the 1st Maine Cavalry, the Valley Light Horse, 1st Maryland, and the Unison Preservation Society
    Preservation Component: All proceeds from the event after expenses will be donated to the Unison Preservation Society for the preservation, maintenance and acquisition of original battlefield land.

    Communication: The event will have a website up in the next few weeks. The event also currently has a Facebook page, under 150th Anniversary of Unison.

    Standards: Detailed standards will be posted, and those standards will be strictly enforced.

    General Info: This event will be a semi-immersion event. The community of Unison is nearly pristine, but there are modern power lines and cars do come by occasionally. The march will occour on dirt roads, and cross country, but there is one half mile stretch of pavement. The community of Unison will be hosting their 150th celebration of the battle, and we will put on a skirmish for the townspeople on Saturday mid day, otherwise this is a non-spectator event. This event is a serious marching event, and is not for the first time campaigner, or those who are out of shape. The temperatures will be cold at night, and there is a very real potential for adverse weather, but due to the nature of this event, it will go on rain or shine, so be prepared, and bring your "A" game.

    Take care,
    Tom Craig
    1st Maine Cavalry

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    In this current age of "Adjunctivitis" there are still some actual stand alone quality events still happening. You can find registration for one of them here: http://unison.mainecav.org

    Registration is open. All proceeds will be donated directly to preservation. This is a campaign event on original land, NOT a static event or an adjunct to a mainstream gig.

    Take care,
    Tom Craig
    1st Maine Cavalry

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    There are a bunch of great events coming up this Fall. I invite you all to take a look at the Unison event. It's a mobile campaign event and march on entirely orginal battlefield land, with the proceeds going to historic preservation. The event will feature moving and fighting on the original ground, in pretty close to real time, and will also feature civilian interaction.

    Registrations are rolling in, and it will be capped at 100 Federal infantry, so get in while the gettin's good. Registration and more info can be found at: http://unison.mainecav.org or on Facebook.

    Take care,
    Tom Craig
    1st Maine Cavalry

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    Might just wander down that way for a day or two...
    S. Chris Anders
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    There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. - Niccoló Machiavelli, The Prince. 1537.

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    Default What's New With Unison

    People are starting to look to the Fall, and there is no better time to start thinking about hitting up one of the few stand alone EBUFU events that is happening in the east this year.

    So far for Unison, beyond what has already been described, we have:
    US infantry hosting a Lorenz company formed by Rob Hodge and friends-the 95th NY, one of the infantry units engaged, were armed with Lorenz
    The CVG looking to provide two companies in blue
    Bill Birney and the Washington Guard looking to raise a company

    On the CS side, the Liberty Rifles are going to forming the basis for our dismounted troops portraying Stuart's troopers who spent most of the battle on foot, behind the cover of stone walls...the walls are still there BTW, and we'll be using them.

    We have AGSAS doing a full on immersion event at historic Welbourne Manor, and the civilians from the Liberty Rifles will be portraying the citizens of the village of Unison, with access to the period Methodist meeting house that was used as a hospital at the time of the battle.

    And oh yeah, you get to march and camp over pristine original battlefield in just about real time...how cool is that?

    Take care,
    Tom Craig
    1st Maine Cavalry

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    For all of you who are sick of adjuncts, and going to 'streamer events instead of progressive efforts...listen up!

    A little over a week ago, the event organizers and US and CS commanders got together at Unison to go over the march routes, the plans, and the land that we have available for this event. The words that best describe it: WOW! We have more land than we've ever had access to before, and it is all 100% original battlefield land, and virtually untouched from the Civil War. On Saturday afternoon Federal infantry will clamber over a series of board fences that are in the exact location of the fences 150 years ago, and the CS forces will fire on them from the same stonewall that the boys in grey used to shoot them down. You can't get any closer to the history than this!

    More details can be found here: http://unison.mainecav.org/ or on our Facebook page. If you have questions, feel free to contact me at: tom.craig@ymail.com

    Take care,
    Tom Craig
    1st Maine Cavalry

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    We're just under a month out from this fine event, and I wanted to remind everyone that registration closes in two weeks! Registrations are coming in at a steady clip. but we still have room left for some people with the right attitude, and good kits.

    For those of you who are coming, it's high time to start getting in shape. The route itself isn't the strenuous, but it is a loooong walk on hard packed dirt roads. Get out, get walking, particularly in your CW shoes. There will be no "sag wagon" so don't plan on hitching a ride if you can't keep up with the column. For federals, you will get your feet wet Saturday morning, so be sure to pack an extra pair of socks. And for all, cut back on the soda and beer, and start drinking water. Just because it will be late October doesn't mean that you won't get dehydrated if you're not drinking enough.

    Don't miss you chance to march and fight across some of the most pristine battlefield left in the east!

    Take care,
    Tom Craig
    1st Maine Cavalry
    http://unison.mainecav.org/

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    That would be pristine ORIGINAL battlefield!

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    Just wanted to bump this up as registration is coming to a close. Don't miss your chance to be part of the best campaign event of the season!

    Take care,
    Tom Craig
    1st Maine Cavalry

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    Tom,
    Do you see any role in the event for *modern* press photographers... even if they are dressed in period garb?
    Please let me know.
    Julio
    Julio C. Zangroniz, Independent Photojournalist
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    Jzangroniz@comcast.net

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