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I’m considering getting into reenacting, But I’m not really sure where to begin. I’m really interested in the period from the F&I war to Revolutionary war. I’ve tried searching online for groups or units but I’m not able to find anyone in my area that’s interested in this time period, everyone seems to be into Civil War reenacting (then again I’m not really sure what to look for either)

Any help is greatly appreciated.
 

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I didn't want to get into reenacting, but as a black powder shooter I was already. I found a muzzleloading club/ living history club in NC, and also found some nice folks here to guide and help me put a kit together.

If you're interested, look for a ML club near you. They're out there.

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I’m considering getting into reenacting, But I’m not really sure where to begin. I’m really interested in the period from the F&I war to Revolutionary war. I’ve tried searching online for groups or units but I’m not able to find anyone in my area that’s interested in this time period, everyone seems to be into Civil War reenacting (then again I’m not really sure what to look for either)

Any help is greatly appreciated.
Can be hard to find , would expect it more in east side of state.
Are you interested in military?
Can you get to fort de Charters, or contact the fort? They have a web page
 

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Can be hard to find , would expect it more in east side of state.
Are you interested in military?
Can you get to fort de Charters, or contact the fort? They have a web page
If I do military it would most like be a scout, not line infantry.
 

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You can look up units at The British Brigade, and you will be able to find some in your area.

FYI that's US in the photo when you go to the British Brigade Website. You can't see me as the Captain is between me and the camera (and between me and the enemy LOL)

SO being a "bad guy" is lots of fun BUT WAIT...,

You don't want to necessarily be a line soldier, there is Loyalist Militia..., BUT WAIT....., you also mentioned F&I War, and a lot of the British units also do F&I, so reach out to some of them for that. Many of the Continental Line units don't do both wars... so keep that in mind. BUT WAIT...,

IF you're more inclined to be a Rascally Rebel, then of course you could look through contacting units that are part of
The Continental Line

They have units all over the Eastern Part of the USA.

I hope this helps you in your quest ;)

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I do not reenact. For one I do not have the time. Second, I have never looked into units. However it does seem (from what I have read, and watched online) like a good time and I would be willing to give it a shot and try it out a few times to see if it was something I’d like to do.

But if I was going to get into it, I would choose the American Revolution or the War of 1812, then the French and Indian War.

I enjoy reading and learning about the Civil War, but (and I mean no offense to anyone) the Civil War is not as interesting as the other time periods. Just my opinions.

Good luck and have fun in your quest and endeavors.

Respectfully,
Kyle Kalasnik
 

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I participated in reenacting of a later time period. Some refer to it as The Great War. A couple of pointers that I can provide that probably relate to any period:

Choose a time period or event that you wish to participate in. Then, look and see if they are organized or a group. Once you find like minded folks, decide which side you want to be on, then look at the various units.

I can't stress enough how important research of each unit is. Some are very strict regarding authenticity. Some are very pro-active at the events. Some are physically demanding. Some just like to dress up and drink all weekend. Some are all or part of those things. You have to find the unit that fits into why you want to do it.

Once you find that unit, ask questions.

Go to an event as a guest and see if it is for you before dropping a lot of money on uniforms and equipment. Many units have loaner gear/lockers for this purpose. If it is for you, start assembling your kit. This is where a good sponsor or unit comes in. My unit gave you three events to have your kit.

I recommend getting these things first - Weapon (rifle or fowler depending on what era or impression), boots or footwear (this is not the item to go on the cheap) get the best quality you can reasonably afford. Headgear.

Your unit can help you locate the rest and what you actually need to participate. Good luck.
 

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You can look up units at The British Brigade, and you will be able to find some in your area.

FYI that's US in the photo when you go to the British Brigade Website. You can't see me as the Captain is between me and the camera (and between me and the enemy LOL)

SO being a "bad guy" is lots of fun BUT WAIT...,

You don't want to necessarily be a line soldier, there is Loyalist Militia..., BUT WAIT....., you also mentioned F&I War, and a lot of the British units also do F&I, so reach out to some of them for that. Many of the Continental Line units don't do both wars... so keep that in mind. BUT WAIT...,

IF you're more inclined to be a Rascally Rebel, then of course you could look through contacting units that are part of
The Continental Line

They have units all over the Eastern Part of the USA.

I hope this helps you in your quest ;)

LD
I enacted during the Bi-Centennial when there was a lot of public interest; many great events, and opportunities to be in commercials, films, etc. Was very exciting. Not a lot of "culture cancelling" or political correctness, either! Was with a dual American/British unit, the 2nd PA and 43rd Foot. Good luck!
 

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But Wait- as a member of the British Brigade you also never have to fall down 'dead"and get your uniform dirty! They never "die" on the field!!! 🤣 (Spoken by a patriot and Light Infantryman, where rough-and-tumble is where it's at!)
 

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But Wait- as a member of the British Brigade you also never have to fall down 'dead"and get your uniform dirty! They never "die" on the field!!! 🤣 (Spoken by a patriot and Light Infantryman, where rough-and-tumble is where it's at!)
Actually the Brits normally take more casualties as we tend to have more blokes at the event....
Not to mention the Kevlar that the Continentals seem to be using for uniform coats these days.

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Actually the Brits normally take more casualties as we tend to have more blokes at the event....
Not to mention the Kevlar that the Continentals seem to be using for uniform coats these days.

LD
Quality varies much amongst individual Regiments. Lots depends upon the standards promoted by the "founding" guy or group of the unit. Back in the Bi-Cen days, some units were formed by guys who were well versed in history and study of the period. There's 'authentics', and there's 'yahoos', but in general, the Rev War period impressions are a bit more authentic overall globally, whereas the Civil War field, yikes, it's all over the map.
 

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Yes, "taking hits."

The standing order in our Association was "Everybody dies."
 

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I’m thinking about doing some type of frontier/fort scout, or even a settler in the 1750’s. I’m drawn to this time period.

Would an English settler or scout trade with the French? I guess what I’m trying to say is, would it be appropriate for a settler or scout to have a Fusil de Chasse, and French trade items?
 
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I’m thinking about doing some type of frontier/fort scout, or even a settler in the 1750’s. I’m drawn to this time period.

Would an English settler or scout trade with the French? I guess what I’m trying to say is, would it be appropriate for a settler or scout to have a Fusil de Chasse, and French trade items?
Yes an English trader would trade with a Frenchman but usually the trade went the other way. In many of the Kaskaskia manuscripts French officers from Illinois complain that English trade goods that are cheaper and more plentiful are finding their way into the area. That an Englishman would like the Frenchman's fusil and offer it as part of a swap is very feasible.
Also battlefield pickups from the prolonged fighting along the great lakes area is also feasible.
 

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In my world, around 1750, my "mother" is Dutch, married to an Englishman near Fort Orange (Albany, NY). Her Dutch family traded with the French right under the nose of the English even up to the 7 Years War. Trading with the local natives, who traded with everyone, we have access to a variety of things. I carry a FdC and also an Early Virginia rifle. My "kit" includes turtle-embossed items as we have regular contact with members of the Turtle Clan, who like to give and receive presents.

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But Wait- as a member of the British Brigade you also never have to fall down 'dead"and get your uniform dirty! They never "die" on the field!!! 🤣 (Spoken by a patriot and Light Infantryman, where rough-and-tumble is where it's at!)
We always thought it was the French that never fell down and took hits.
 

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Is there a fort or settlement that has events on weekends? Find one that has an event, attend and talk to the reenactors there. Most of the people are easy to talk with, but you might run into a purist snob who won't get out of character. Avoid them and find one that is willing to answer questions.
 

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Is there a fort or settlement that has events on weekends? Find one that has an event, attend and talk to the reenactors there. Most of the people are easy to talk with, but you might run into a purist snob who won't get out of character. Avoid them and find one that is willing to answer questions.
Mansker station, Martin’s station and I think Bledsoe’s is all with in about a 2 hour drive for me. I plan on visiting one or two while I’m on vacation this next week.
 

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I’m considering getting into reenacting, But I’m not really sure where to begin. I’m really interested in the period from the F&I war to Revolutionary war. I’ve tried searching online for groups or units but I’m not able to find anyone in my area that’s interested in this time period, everyone seems to be into Civil War reenacting (then again I’m not really sure what to look for either)

Any help is greatly appreciated.
Go to the North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) website if you want. Not for reenactors, but for target shooting as a member of a team that represents an actual Civil War unit. I was once a member of the 11th NJ Volunteer Infantry.
 

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