No Peace While Traitors ar e in Arms.
Volume 15, Issue 15 “We are but few in number but formidable.” -Pvt. James Shelton, 7th Md. Co. B February 2010
third term as Vice President
Held for the first time at (see column on page three).
the historic William Paca pany, and renew acquaint- New NCO’s were elected
House and Gardens site in ances within the unit. Lt. and sustained. 1st Sgt. Pat-
Annapolis, the 7th Mary- Bush motivated members rick Ellis will continue in
land 2010 Annual Meeting present to also become more his role, his deployment to
kicked off with an invoca- active and creative within Iraq interrupting his service
tion from Sgt. Maj. Steve the unit. Lt. Bush will also for only a few months. Cpl.
Bush. become more active in lieu Steve Giovannini will con-
Secretary/Treasurer Col. of additional absences of tinue in his role as well as
Jay Henson read the fiscal Rick Boyle. Cpl. Ron Riotto and Cpl.
report of the company, and Following all the reports, Dwight Coleman. Newly
finding it in fair health, nominations were taken for elected Corporals are Kevin
urged members whose ac- the association offices and Harris and Dan Paterson,
counts have become delin- the NCO corps for 2010. As Jr. Hopefully the “Corporal’s
quent, to replenish them, the company broke for a Curse” ended its span in
and lessen the burden on sumptuous, bountiful lunch, 2009.
the company. Fundraising the votes were tallied. Sev- In his last official duty as
efforts were urged as was a eral members watched in president, Patrick Ellis
continued effort in recruit- awe as Hospital Steward awarded the Farby Barby
ing. Charley Gossard single- to Civilian Coordinator
Lt. Jeff Bush, filling in handedly devoured what was Sarah Harris for her
for an absent Capt. Rick termed a “meat platter sand- “antics” at Gettysburg (see
Boyle, read the Com- wich” (see page 7). page five).
mander’s Report for the past The votes, now tallied, With the recent snowy
year. He too urged a re- reflected the choices of the weather, troops should be
newed effort in recruiting, 7th Maryland members pre- ready for the spring drills
and fundraising efforts. He sent for the 2010 season. Pvt. and early events. If you
also urged members who
Pvt. Bill Digby were not present, to become
Bill Hart was elected Presi-
dent (see column below).
have not renewed your mem-
bership yet, don’t forget to
re-involved with the com- Lt. Jeff Bush is serving a do so.
Pvt. Zack Bowman
The annual meeting is a for us at the William Paca Our year’s
Inside this issue: time of renewal for me. It’s house in Annapolis. The schedule
the opportunity to get to- Annapolis Historic Founda- looks good
gether with good friends tion was kind enough to with a few
Inside Story 4 after a nearly two-month’s make this facility available holes yet to
absence and to plan how to us on short notice thanks fill. We Pvt. Bill Hart
L 6 we’ll spend the rest of the to the efforts of our founder, will be President
year together. It’s always Jay Henson, to secure a lo- doing our
enjoyable and this year was cation after our earlier standards: New Market
Inside Story 6 no different although it was scheduled site was forced to (omitted only when we have
celebrated in a new venue cancel. (Continued on page 7)
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ern Road) briefly to 450 east http://www.federalvolunteerbrigade.org
February: (Annapolis Road). Stay on 450 for ap- All company officers and respective
Saturday 6th proximately 4 miles, then take 193 NCO’s, including corporals, are re-
Presidential Guard north (Glenn Dale Blvd.). Turn left quested to attend. There will be a $5.00
Salisbury State University onto Bell Station Road, and the Mari- donation requested to cover expenses.
etta Mansion Historic Site will be on
Salisbury, MD your left.
Troops needed to form a Presidential 20th-21st Saturday, 3rd
guard on the commons of Salisbury
State University. To participate, con- 145th Bentonville 1st Regiment Drill
tact Lt. Jeff Bush at 410-742-3602 or Last Stand in the Carolinas Emmitsburg, MD
JBushBRE@aol.com Bentonville / Newton Grove, NC (Company)
(Individual) The company will be drilling with
Civilian lectures, Saturday night other companies of the regiment at the
March dance, Military and Civilian camps. Mason-Dixon Discovery Center, site of
Saturday battle “Last Grand Charge of the Annual Meeting. The drill will be
Saturday, 6th the Army of the Tennessee & Morgan’s held from 9 AM until about 3 PM. The
Winter Drill Day Stand”. Sunday battle “”Fight for the Mason Dixon Discovery Center is lo-
Morris Riddick Farm”. $10. per per- cated on Rt. 15 Southbound, just north
Marietta Mansion, Lower Field son until February 28th. For informa- of Emmitsburg, MD. The drill will be
Glenn Dale, MD tion, registration and directions, held in the rear of the facility. Lunch
(Company) www.Bentonville145.com is available in the town of Emmits-
The drill day will be held at Marietta burg, or bring your own.
Mansion’s lower field, March 6th from
10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. and possibly Saturday 27th 30th
later. This drill day will be publicized Officer’s and NCO’s Living History Day
and opened to the public. Advanced
Training School Salisbury Christian School
drill maneuvers and formations will be (Individual)
covered and the ladies plan to hold the Gettysburg, PA
first fair of the season. Directions: Interact with students of all grades at
(Company Officers and NCO’s) the Salisbury Christian School, in
Marietta Mansion: 5626 Bell Station The 3nd Annual Officers and NCO’s
Road, Glenn Dale, Md. 20769. Off of Salisbury, MD. Please contact Sgt.Maj.
Training School will be held at the Steve Bush at 410-543-1766 for times
Route 193, Glenn Dale Blvd., just north Gettysburg Fire Hall, in downtown
of Route 450, Annapolis Road. and directions.
Gettysburg. Instructional manuals will
Take the Capital Beltway (I-95/I-495) be posted and available for download-
to exit 20. Take 564 east (Lanham Sev- ing from the Federal Volunteer website,
(Continued on page 7)
Also at the regimen-
tal meeting, it was
moved to appoint a
The planning meetings are over, and a this year. civilian coordinator.
look ahead finds the 2010 season to be an At the FVB 1st Regiment annual meet- Cheryl Bush will be
exciting one. ing it was decided to include a new event filling this new role.
With a break from long-standing tradi- this year, that of Camp Geiger in White- Col. Jay Henson Her job will be to
tion, the 7th Maryland has dropped an hall, PA. This event in northeast Penn- coordinate with each
event, and the FVB has included a new sylvania will provide an equidistant meet- civilian coordinator of member compa-
one. At the 7th MD annual meeting, it ing place for both the 1st Regiment and nies and to attempt to provide our civil-
was decided to drop the Marching the 2nd Regiment of the FVB. Should be ians, and children with activities at each
Through Time event from our schedule an exciting event! I hope the 7th Mary- FVB event. She already has some great
for this year. Citing planning, falling land members will make the trip (about 3 ideas, and I’m looking forward to putting
attendance and fee issues, members hrs. from the DC metro area) and find an her plans into action. See you all soon.
thought it best to give this event time off exciting new event for our June schedule.
VOLUME 15, ISSUE 15 OUR CAMP JOURNAL PAGE 3
we are in a rebuilding stage right now.
Our numbers have slipped a bit in the
last year. We all know that outside in-
fluences have hampered many from
They say that those who forget his- attending events. The current economy
port always opened has affected our pockets as well as our
tory are condemned to repeat it. Back in the past with the
in 2005 and 2006 you elected me to Vice livelihood. We have lost many to the
7th Maryland’s Mis- military and I thank you for your ser-
President. Being the historians that I sion Statement. For
thought you were, I didn’t think that vice to our country. Others maybe have
those of you that lost interest. Whatever the reason, the
you would make this mistake have been around
again…but here we are. Fortunately for Lt. Jeff Bush rebuilding has begun. New people come
for a while this is a to us all of the time. What we need to
all our top position is in safe hands. review, for the new Vice President
do is keep their interest. We need to
members I submit for your eyes: spark others into joining us. Don’t be
During the January meeting, we
made some changes to our schedule, our afraid to engage in conversation with
7th Maryland spectators at events, if you don’t know
NCO’s and the events we intend on par-
Volunteer Infantry Regiment the answer to a question someone in the
ticipating in. In the 10 years that I
Mission Statement: company does. While we are rebuild-
have been with the 7th there have been
many changes to the unit. Faces have ing we need to keep the Mission State-
changed as well as events. When I first The 7th Maryland Volunteer Infantry ment in mind. Let’s not rush out there
fell in with the 7th they only had two Regiment was formed as a living memo- and just get bodies. Let’s maintain the
NCO’s. A couple of years ago we had six! rial, providing a living history to honor standards that the Mission Statement
Captain Jay Henson was the only Com- the men and women that fought to pre- provides and that every one of you to
pany Officer in 1999. We have pro- serve the Union during the War of the this point have maintained.
gressed for many years as a company Rebellion from 1861 through 1865. The
with little stumbles along the way. members strive to accurately portray I am very excited about this season
There is one change that was inadver- the lifestyle of the period, with honor, and I hope you are too! So get your kits
tently made at the meeting and it wasn’t dignity and respect to themselves and ready and I will see you at the fire!
apparent to me until just before I gave each other.
the Captains report. A tradition as well The 7th has always improved their
as a good way to start the year the re- representation of a Federal Volunteer
company. Like I stated at the meeting
At the Annual Meet-
ing, members voted
for new Non-
cers for 2010. The
new and sustained
Corporals for the
coming year, from
left to right, Cpl.
Kevin Harris, Cpl.
Cpl. Ron Riotto, Cpl.
Dwight Coleman and
Cpl. Dan Paterson,
The Corporals are
responsible for a
number of duties on
the field and in
should look forward
to these new leaders
in the coming season.
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Reg. together here at headquarters for
something we know not what. It has
also been reported that either our Reg.
or the 2nd N.Y.H.A. is to join the fleet
for Texas which is being fitted out in
Pa. But I believe the 2nd have received
their orders to move. If any such good
Part 6 She says she does
luck should happen to us as to be re-
moved to New York, I shall stand a
By Pvt. Jim Johnson not know what pretty good chance of getting a furlough
will become of her and coming home. And our Reg. will
The following letter was if she continues stand as good a chance of getting into a
among several provided by convalescent. fight as they would here, for I do not
my brother-in-law, George There are various think that we will be ordered there
Blood. They were written rumors afloat in unless foreign intervention is expected.
by his first great grand- camp to the effect I wish we could go there and have a
uncle, George Furman, to that our Reg. is to brush with "Johnny Bull", it would just
his parents. George go to New York to be fun for us.
Furman was an enlisted garrison one or I have not sent any papers
man with the 4th New York more of the forts lately for they have not been brought
Heavy Artillery. He was in the harbor, it is into camp. They come as irregular as I
taken prisoner by the Re- reported that Gov. send them. I expect to go to Washing-
bels at Reams Station on Morgan has sent ton in a few days, and I will try and get
the Weldon Rail Road on for us. However some paper that I should think would
August 25th 1864. He later true this may be I be interesting to you and send it.
died, January 31st 1865, in George Furman cannot say, but our Tell sister that I will answer
a Rebel prison camp at Salis- Col. is getting his her letter after my return from Wash-
bury, N.C. ington as she wants to know
how the Capitol looks, and I
(Friday evening) have not seen it yet only at a
Fort Ethan Allen Va. Nov. 14th '62 distance, as it was late in
the evening when we passed
Dear Parents, through the city to Cor-
Thinking that you might be coran, and we saw but little
concerned about me, or at least wish to of the city.
hear from me, I thought I would delay I hope you will get settled
writing no longer. As it is just one without making yourselves
week since I received sister’s letter, ac- all sick. If I were home I
companied with one from you, I have would help you out of your
thus delayed a reply in expectance to muss. Do not put yourselves
have received some money to send to any extra trouble or
home, but "nary a greenback" as yet, hurry in preparing my box,
and the prospects are dubious. for I can wait as well as not.
The boys grumble considerable The Albion boys are well
about it and many of them have sent and wish to be remembered,
home for money. The day I received to you. Several of them
your last, we were having a severe have been made corporals
snowstorm which lasted all day and was and one, (Gared Martin Jr)
superseded by a very cold night. As a Sergeant. The rest of us
(good luck)? would have it, I was de- will probably be made Lieu-
tailed for guard duty that day, and con- tenants or sent to the guard
sequently was exposed to the storm and house.
cold, and the result of it has proven to Yours,
be a severe cold on my lungs, the effects G. T. Furman
of which I have not as yet recovered
I have just received two letters,
one from Mrs. Clement and one from Left, a specimen of one of
Anna Snell. Ann says that the folks the handwritten letters sent
from Pvt. George Furman to
were all well as usual, but sends no his parents. His writing was
news of importance. large, legible, and shows the
Mrs. C. is alone, unwell, and cursive style of the times.
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Civilian coordinator Sarah Harris
received the annual Farby Barby
award for her actions during the Get-
Miss Harris gallantly led an espio-
nage ring trying to obtain informa-
tion to be passed along to Rebel spies.
The plans ultimately failed when
she and her co-conspirators offered a
bribe of a sweet pie to the Regimental
Adjutant. The adjutant, as he po-
litely declined the offer, locked his
personal desk, sealing the fate of the
information seeking civilians.
The win is the second in a row for
the civilians. Military, try harder!!
character, being of temperate habits,
(doesn’t drink), of good general intelli-
gence, and must have a good grasp of
the English language. He must also be
able to spell legibly. The applicant
The term and position of a hospital nance sergeant, $22 a must have a working, practical knowl-
steward has become somewhat muddled month. Acting Hospital edge of the pharmacy. He will be in
with time, and for the pure, and simple Stewards receive $20 a charge of the dispensary, and must be
fact that in the reenacting community, month, the steward is well versed in minor surgery, the ap-
the impression of a hospital steward is paid on a hospital muster plication of bandages and dressings,
not often taken on, or thoroughly re- roll.” An Act of Con- By Hospital Steward the extraction of teeth, and the ap-
searched. When I decided to do the gress, issued April 16, plication of cups and leeches. On
impression of a hospital steward, I was 1862, raised the Hospi- top of all of this, he must be able to
given a valuable tool: a photocopy of tal Steward’s pay on April 16, 1862, cook well.
The 1862 Hospital Stew- from $22 a month to
ard’s Manual, to help me get $30 a month. The appointment process ends in a
this impression right. So I kind of oath or creed of what a hospital
thought I would tell you all According to the steward should ideally be, “He must be
a little bit of the historical Manual, a candidate industrious, temperate, patient, and
background of my impres- for the position of good tempered, and actuated by an hon-
sion. hospital steward orable desire to minister to the extent of
must be no less then his ability to the necessities and com-
The Hospital Steward eighteen years old, forts of the sick and wounded soldiers
according to the Hospital and no more than who are placed under his charge.”
Steward’s Manual, “is a thirty-five years old.
non-commissioned officer; He must be able-
he ranks with the ordinance bodied, and free of
Source for this article:
sergeants, and next above disease, and before
the first sergeant of a com- his enlistment must
The 1862 Hospital Steward’s Manual: For
pany. The pay of the hospi- be thoroughly The Instruction Of Hospital Stewards,
tal steward, appointed by checked by a medical Ward-Masters, And Attendants, In Their
the Secretary of War, was officer. He must be of Several Duties By: Joseph Janvier Wood-
formally that of an ordi- honest and upright ward, M.D.
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First off, I would like to say it was a will have. Though this sounds like a est and become
pleasure being able to see every one simple task to do at Gettysburg, we will an ‘expert’ on it.
again at our company meeting in Janu- have several logistical items to prepare We would then
ary, and I really enjoyed having our for. We will not only need people who like to give
meeting in such a beautiful, historic are willing to wash clothes, but also presentations Miss Sarah Harris
house. I always enjoy a trip to Annapo- people who need clothes washed. Infor- in camp, open
lis, but I think being able to walk mation will come in later newsletters, to both reenac- Civilian
around in our Civil War dress made it but start thinking now about anything tors and specta- Coordinator
much better. We discussed many impor- that may need washing, and how you tors alike. It is our hope to make these
tant things at the meeting, and some of will pay for that washing. At this point, presentations as interactive as possible,
the civilians were able to get together we may either use a barter system, or so there may be times where we require
during our break and discuss a civil- perhaps take donations that would go several volunteers to help out with this.
ian’s calendar for the year. I would like towards a charity. We have already brainstormed a list of
to take this opportunity to high light A few different sports and possible topics to discuss and research,
some of the things we discussed; please games were also discussed at the meet- and will go over these topics in more
feel free to email me your feelings on ing, something else for civilians to pass detail in the coming months.
any of these ideas, or any other their time with. Though we have deter- There are also several other
thoughts or activities you would like to mined that we have the appropriate ideas that we discussed that I do not
try through out the year. The main materials for several of these activities, wish to make public at this point, as
objective, in creating this calendar, is we are also interested in hand making they would be more enjoyable for us if
not only to provide more activities for some of the items that are needed. This they remained a secret for a little
our civilians to do at events, but also try also goes along with our interest in longer. With this in mind, I strongly
to draw more civilians into our unit. making crafts at events, both that we urge all of our civilians to join us in
(Ladies, I will be typing up a more could use in our impression, or sell at participating in all of these events.
thorough version of this and will send the Ladies Bazaar later in the season. I Some of us plan on attending the first
it out later.) think what we are looking forward to, drill days of the season, most likely in a
In the past, the idea of a sepa- the most, is teaching each other differ- separate, warmer venue, to further dis-
rate civilian camp has been tossed ent crafts; we each have different skills, cuss these plans and start the prepara-
around several times, but because of our and would like to share them with each tions for a few of them. I will send out
small numbers of civilians, this has other. If you have any craft ideas, or an email later this month to finalize a
never come to fruition. So, as a means something you would like to teach the meeting time and place. If you would
to try to make our way towards this, we rest of the civilians, please email me at like to be included in this, please email
would like to attempt to have a ‘civilian any time. me and let me know. I’m looking for-
camp’ at the end of the 7th MD company One last thing I would like to ward to a very exciting year, and I hope
street at New Market. We would like to bring up is the brilliant idea of having we can include as many people as possi-
view this as a trial run where we can civilian presentations at events. This ble.
take the time to try to accustom every- would allow us to pick a topic of inter-
one to the idea of a civilian camp. This
could possibly mean requiring permis-
sion to enter our ‘camp’, perhaps posting
guards, or requesting some of our more
gallant soldiers to act as escorts for us
through out the weekend. Gentlemen, I
will be more than accepting of any A civilian
ideas/comments/suggestions to help with
Another idea that we’ve been
tossing back and forth is that of a
washerwomen impression. Individu-
ally, we have been conducting research
and looking at supplies, but would like
to bring it all together this year at Get-
tysburg. We will have a meeting at New
Market to discuss how we would like to
set this up at Gettysburg, and what re-
sponsibilities participating civilians
Above, Hospital Steward Charlie Gossard puts the hurt on a
mega-sandwich he crafted at the Annual Meeting. Not surpris-
ingly, he ate the whole thing,. Surprising though, there was still
Civil War Re-enactors; America’s Living Historians. enough for everyone else.
I understand it. Any other drill events
have yet to be announced. This means
that everyone should try and get out to
attend whatever drills we do have. The
Seventh has always prided itself on
drill and maneuver and that is because
we are good at what we do. In order to
(Continued from page 1) be good, however, we have to practice.
the opportunity to do Kelly’s Ford – So let’s all try to get out there and prac-
(Continued from page 2) Why is it that New Market is nearly tice every chance we can.
always wet, cold and stormy while the
May one time we did Kelly’s Ford on the The other event coming up will be the
1st-2nd same weekend, it was warm enough that soiree that Sarah and Rick are working
Living History Encampment half the company went for a dip in the to put together, tentatively scheduled
river? But I diverge), Gettysburg, for June at Funkstown. We missed it
Pemberton Park Historic Site Funkstown, Cedar Creek, and Remem- last year and are looking forward to
Salisbury, MD brance Day. this event’s renewal. A request to
(Individual) schedule our evening at the Comfort
Marching through Time is not on as a Inn on Remembrance Day, another
Pemberton Park is located on company event but we are returning to
Pemberton Drive on the west side of much missed event in 2009, has also
Pemberton after many years absence been submitted. And finally under con-
Salisbury, Maryland, just a short dis- which I am looking forward to. It’s a
tance from Route 50. Located at 5561 sideration is a period picnic at Gettys-
great arena and will give us the oppor- burg which looks to be a good opportu-
Plantation Lane, Salisbury, Maryland tunity to show ourselves at our best.
21801. Phone: 410-860-2447. Take Rt. nity to gather for good fellowship.
50 Business into Salisbury. Turn right And speaking of looking our best, we All in all, it looks to be another great
onto Nanticoke Road (Rt. 349) at the 7- do not have as much drill scheduled as year coming up for the Seventh. Let’s
11 and make an immediate left turn we normally do. The Greatcoat Conven- start out by getting a strong attendance
onto Pemberton Drive. Continue tion which has been a good opener for for our first drill.
straight on Pemberton Drive for 2.5 drill in the past several years did not fit
miles. The Park is located on the left into our schedule this year and will be
about ¼ off the road. greatly missed. As our first drill, we
back at Marietta, on the lower field, as