he Georgia Regiment is a group of dedicated living historians with the mission of portraying the military presence in Georgia during the years 1756-1763.
The Regiment consists of four distinct military impressions: elements of the 1st Battalion, 60th Regiment of Foot (Royal Americans); a Royal Artillery detachment; the 1st Troop of Rangers (Georgia’s Provincial soldiers); and the 1st Militia Company. Along with military impressions we have our camp followers consisting of wives and children.
The Regiment is a Christ-centered, family-oriented group. All members of the Regiment need to be aware of this fact.
The Regiment participates in several events throughout the year. While we attend mostly events in the Southeastern United States, we do attend major events as far away as New York.
The easiest way to get started in the Regiment is through the militia company. Every colony during the period we portray had militia laws, including Georgia. The militia would be called up in times of emergency to help protect the colony or to muster more troops for an upcoming campaign. With the 1st Militia Company, you would need the least amount of clothing and accouterments. Hence this is the least expensive way to go. If after joining the Regiment you decide that you would like to branch out into one of the other three elements of the Regiment, you would have already acquired most of your more expensive pieces of needed equipment.
If being a uniformed soldier is more to your liking, than we have a place for you. If you want to be a British regular we have the 60th Regiment of Foot. If you think you would like to serve in the artillery we have a Royal Artillery detachment, complete with cannon and howitzer. If you think you would rather be one of Georgia’s “homegrown” soldiers, we have the 1st Troop of Rangers. Again, these personas require more of an expense than the militia and a greater output of financial resources to participate.
For the ladies and children in your lives, we have a place for them as well. Most armies of the period had “followers.” These were wives and children of the soldier’s along with the occasional teamster and sutler. The Regiment can fit just about everyone’s desire to participate in this fascinating hobby.
Regulations for the Georgia Regiment
pon paying their membership dues into the Regiment, a new member has one year to fully outfit him or herself with the clothing and accouterments that are needed for his or her portrayal. If at the end of the first year adequate progress has not been made, then that person may apply for an extension. If at the end of the extension the person is not fully outfitted they shall be stricken from the roles of the Regiment. While the cost of re-enacting can be quite expensive, investing in quality reproductions will save you heart-aches and money in the long run. Before any purchase is made, gain the approval of the Regimental commander or sub-unit commander to make sure your accouterments and clothing are as accurate as possible.
Membership in the Regiment requires paying an annual due. The membership dues will be voted on at each annual business meeting by all members present. Membership dues for the upcoming year are due by December 15th. The Georgia Regiment maintains membership in the Seven Years War Association and the dues cover the membership fee, plus provide us with a fund to help purchase powder and needed Regimental supplies. While it is not mandated, all members of the Regiment are encouraged to join The Forces of Montcalm and Wolfe. This is a national organization. By joining the Forces, each member is covered under a $1,000,000 liability insurance policy.
Members under the age of eighteen must have a parent in the Regiment. Only those members aged sixteen and older may serve as soldiers and carry firelocks.
All persons portraying soldiers will be clean shaven for events, unless for medical reasons. Soldiers in the 18th century were expected to be shaven when under arms. It is highly encouraged that anyone in the militia company also shave prior to events. While in rare cases beards were worn by a few men in the 18th century, this was highly abnormal.
While this is a hobby that we pursue, a general commitment to the Regiment is expected. It is generally expected that members make all of our large events and as many training muster as possible.
Upon acceptance into the Regiment, individuals are expected to conduct themselves in a military manner just as soldiers would have in the 18th century. This applies to military customs and courtesies, as well as daily life in camp. It is the goal of the Georgia Regiment to be the finest military, living history unit in the United States, and to set the standard at all events the Regiment attends.
Clothing and accouterments
ach member of the regiment is expected to have their own clothing and accouterments needed to participate in a military setting. No member of the Regiment shall encamp in wall or marquee tents except officers of the Regiment. If a family is participating with the Regiment then more than one tent may be necessary. No member of the Regiment except officers, are to have a fly coming off the side or front of their tent. This was not a practice that was used by soldiers in the 18th century. Cots, sleeping bags, and air mattresses are allowed to be used inside your tent though they are not 18th century.
For members portraying full-time soldiers a uniform is dictated, but for men in the militia they may choose to wear whatever civilian attire they desire. That being said, men in the 18th century did not wear a waistcoat as an outer garment except on rare occasions. Men should either wear a coat over their waistcoat or a smock. Another option is to wear a sleeved waistcoat or jacket.
Women in the Regiment are expected to follow the clothing customs of women in the 18th century. While you may see them being worn at event, women in the 18th century did not wear bodices. Women of the Regiment are expected to be in jackets or gown, and wear a cap, hat, or scarf on their head. Women of the Regiment are also expected to dress the way a woman of the class they portray would dress. A military camp is not the place for fancy gowns, and lower class women would not have had them.
Children in the Regiment are expected to dress in appropriate mid-18th century attire for their age.