Student Program Frequently Asked Questions

Student Program Frequently Asked Questions

What does this cost? As little or as much as the student and their institution wish to put into it. Our program is happy to
provide all historical clothing, food, and equipment as is necessary to involve students with a real interest. Transport to
and from the event is usually the student’s responsibility to arrange but if requested transportation assistance can be arranged.
Volunteers will be expected to pay a small registration fee of $10 to the state to cover the cost of camping and
the program asks each volunteer to pitch in $10-20 for food and expenses. Institutions that wish to support their student
volunteers may help by funding transport, covering the cost of registration, purchase equipment, etc. Please speak with a
representative of our program to find out what your options are.

Is it dangerous? Depending on the volunteers participation the risk is negligible. Volunteers that have experience with
firearms or hunting experience will find rifle drill and safety very familiar. Cooks, musicians, color guard, and hospital
volunteers are completely safe as their participation in the battle reenactment is purely academic. Artillery volunteers
have the greatest risk but if procedure is followed as taught the event is completely safe. Our program has taken students
from Texas to Gettysburg since 2011 and has never had a student injured. The event is insured by the State of Arkansas
and has three teams of EMTs on site. We provide one supervising mentor for every two students and all of our mentors
must be familiar with CPR and first aid. Safety is our highest priority.

Can girls participate? Absolutely. Young ladies may wear period dresses and volunteer as hospital nurses and cooks or
they may wear a uniform while adequately disguising their gender and volunteer in military capacity. Over 10,000
women served as combatants disguised as men in the Civil War. As an equal opportunity program we encourage young
ladies to get the most from this experience by participating in a manner that engages them.

I only see Union soldiers in these pictures. Do you do Confederate as well? Our program only portrays Union service
personal due to two reasons. There is a terrible shortage of Union reenactors to field at these events as most private
hobbyists find Confederate portrayal with it’s variety of uniforms more enjoyable. Secondly most institutions find there
can be publicity repercussions in the media from encouraging students to participate in Confederate themed portrayals.
For this reason this program only portrays Union troops and supporting civilians, however we do arrange camp visits to
Confederate displays and lectures to learn those aspects of period history including their economics, governance, and
tactics.

If my student enjoys this activity can he/she do it again? Absolutely. There are several ways to continue to enjoy Living
History after getting a taste. Local historic sites are always in need of Living History volunteers, there are local clubs
for the Reenacting hobby across the country, and of course our program offers at least two student opportunities every
year. Any student showing an interest in continuing their Living History experience will have our program volunteers to
call on for assistance. In addition your school or educational program may choose to start a Living History club to pursue
such activities.

Sounds great! How do we get my student involved? Please contact the U.S. Territorial Battalion and have one of our
program volunteers stop by and speak with your school’s administrators, teachers or parents. A familiarization meeting
of all the above is not unusual and our volunteers are willing to visit campuses and even give introductory programs in
advance of the event.