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March 2005

Upcoming Events

March 6

Round Rolling / Ladies' Get-Together at Bob's house in Joliet, IL at 1 pm

March 19-20

Indoor Infantry Drill at Dollinger Farm at 9 am

April 3 Board Meeting, Bob's house, 4 pm

April 15

Unit Dues are Due!

April 15-17

Company and 1st Illinois Battalion Drill at Dollinger Farm

April 22-24

Re-enactment with the 26th NC (unit will be Federal) at Keokuk, IA

Remember that you can always find more event details and directions at the unit website, http://www.64thill.org/events/. We also have info on several Civil War dances/formal balls held throughout the year in the area.


Next Board Meeting

The next board meeting will be on Sunday, April 3 at 4 pm at Bob’s.


2005 Dues

Please send in your dues & insurance money for the coming year to Dianna Bierman (make checks out to 64th Illinois Company E, Y.S.S.) by April 15.

As a reminder they are $10/individual or $15/family, PLUS $7 for each member for insurance costs. It is very important to get the insurance costs paid on time, as the unit needs to pay the annual premium and cannot carry members who have not paid their dues/insurance fees.


Military Elections

Congratulations to the winners of the 2005-2007 military rank elections!

Captain Scott Gutzke
1st Sergeant Chris Schroeder
2nd Sergeant Bruce Malesh
1st Corporal Marc Findlay

Thanks to everyone who participated in the voting process.


Camp Activities, Anyone?

In the past few weeks, several members of the 64th have been coming up with ideas for activities or scenarios to do in camp, for both military and civilian. We’re trying to spice up the events by doing things that soldiers and civilians would have been doing, both in camp and at the home front.

Some of these activities require a little planning, others are more spontaneous and can happen anywhere, anytime. What better way to have fun and be an active participant at events than by taking part in some of the following:

All of these are period-correct activities! Many don’t require much effort but will garner much attention from spectators which is what we all want anyway. Go ahead—just try to get away with gambling in camp, behind your officer’s back. Let’s see what happens! Write that letter to that sweetheart at home telling about the hardships of war. Get the idea? But what we DO need are the members of the 64th to come out and actively take part. Only you can make this work.


Corinth 2005!

Some of you may noticed on our unit schedule that the 64th is attending the regional event in Corinth, MS, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. This promises to be a very great time. We already have 10 members who have committed to attend with us. We are also advertising this event to the rest of the 1st Illinois Battalion as well as our friends in the 26th North Carolina and 17th Mississippi. The 45th Illinois has already agreed to go as a joint unit. We have the possibility of having a 25-man company! How often do we ever get to do that! Plus, if we get these numbers, we will be our own company. We are falling in under the Western Brigade, which the Battalion has successfully worked with several times over the past few years.

Everything is set, now we just need the members to join us! This could easily be the most exciting event of the season…you DON’T want to miss it!

Check out the information on the event posted at: http://www.64thill.org/corinth2005.htm. This is the most up-to-date information available and will be updated as information comes from Brigade, including: registration, uniform & equipment requirements, camping arrangements, food, battle scenarios, civilians, etc.

Captain Scott Gutzke is planning several articles over the next few months to help prepare us for the event.

Please contact him ASAP to confirm you attendance: sgutzke@lycos.com or (847) 215-2060. Even if you’re not positive you can make it, let him know of your interest now so we can get an accurate head count and add you to our information e-mail list.

You don’t want to be left out of this one!


Logan House Update

Progress continues on the Logan House! Ken and Di are busy building and “antiquing” on weekends to furnish the house with period wares. At this point the walls are done and Ken is staring on the peak and roof soon. This will be quite a work of art when it’s done!


New (Little) Recruit!

Bob and Dianna Bierman would like to announce the newest addition to their family, their grandson Mile Alexander Lane, born on February 23 at 4:10 pm to proud parents Karri and Matt Lane. He weighted in at 8 lbs. 3 oz., 21½” long. Congratulations to the Karri, Matt and the Biermans!


Indoor Infantry Drill
By Scott Gutzke

The Season is Upon Us!

Our first event of the season (and one of the most important) is here. Indoor infantry drill is next weekend, March 19-20, at Dollinger farm. We will be working on school of the soldier, school of the company, and skirmish drill/school of the battalion. As an added bonus, several of our members will be giving demonstrations about some basic reenacting skills—such as first aid in the field, musket maintenance, and round rolling.

Now is the time to knock off the rust and try out that Christmas gift/new purchase that you have been drooling over all winter!

The festivities will start at 9 am on Saturday, but for those who can’t wait, some guys will be arriving about 8 pm Friday. We will be in the new barn. We will drill until about 5 pm Saturday, and resume again at 9 am Sunday, finishing up around noon. If you can’t make it both days, just come for one. For those who would like to stay the night, the heated new barn is available to us. We will be playing war games Friday and Saturday night, so stay for the fun!

No food is provided; all meals are on your own. There is a stove in the barn if you want to cook, otherwise, there are plenty of restaurants in Minooka.

I look forward to seeing each and every one of you.


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