The Western Rifles was created in 2011 by a group of reenactors from the Midwest who wanted to see more time and effort given to those troops that came east during the war and fought the Army of the Potomac. A surprising number of Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and even one Minnesota unit fought in the eastern army, setting a remarkable combat legacy that is often overshadowed by the relatively large contributions of the bigger, more populous states on the seaboard.
About The Western Rifles
The original soldiers of the Civil War were often from the same home town. Our original members were from Michigan, but we have grown to include members from many other parts of the country. We always try to stay true to the original men who fought and stive towards the strong bonds they had.
We have member all along the eastern seaboard, from Florida to New Jersey, along with men in Michigan and Illinois. Since we have members across a wide area, we get suggestions for events all over and keep a diverse schedule. New members will be assigned a mentor from their area to help them along in the mess with acquiring gear and preparing for events.
We don't have an elected leadership. We pick events as a group and the guy interested in putting together the effort runs the group for that event. We try to rotate through experiences so everyone gets a chance to run events once members have been with us for a while and had a chance to learn the job of a private.
In the Reenacting Community
The reenacting community is a diverse place with lots of different groups. The Western Rifles take pride in working well with a large amount of groups to help make large efforts. A good reenacting group must be able to be a solid member of the community and participate with other units, and the Western Rifles are committed to being a good partner.