Authentic Camps

The Authentic Camp is our representation of the camps used by the soldiers and civilians during the war, whether the impression is one of a winter style camp or one of an army on campaign. Do not spoil the impression by being obviously inauthentic. The only people in the Authentic Camp in modern day clothing during an event should be members of the public visiting the camp.

Remember: You represent your Society, your Unit and your piece of history. Please honour the men and women of the 1863 that you represent.

1.Tents are to be of canvas and of a style appropriate to the War. Tents should only be left open during the day that display items correct for the period. A blanket or similar covering should cover any modern items. Modern groundsheets where used should not be visible from outside the tent.

2. All tent lines should be of the correct military spacing were space is available. There should, however, be one pace between tents (2 feet) and all streets should be five paces wide (15 feet).

3. Fires are to be situated in the fire line at the top of the street, there may be up to 3 fires per street, depending on the size of each street. Fire pits should only be dug where allowed by the sponsor, at other times raised fires of an acceptable style should be used. Potbelly style fires may be allowed (at the Officer's discretion) for cooking periods only. This type of fire must be removed from the fire lines during Living History periods when the public are present.

4. Fire buckets are required and should be white canvas fire buckets or period metal type. One per tent is advised however  a minimum of one per two tents is permissable. To be checked by company NCOs.

5. Camps will be guarded during public hours on a show-by-show basis by pickets. At battle/display times, this is the responsibility of the Provost Marshal.

6. Muskets should be correctly stacked in the Color Line during the day and with a guard. They must still be guarded when moved inside tents because of rain.

7. Lanterns, stools, tables, wood boxes and trunks for gear must be acceptable for the period and kept to a minimum when used in the street. Camp furniture should be kept to a minimum and only acceptable repro-style (no 'directors' chairs etc.). The street must be kept clear of any obstructions.

8. Water containers that are in view should be made of wood or pottery. Plastic containers covered in canvas, wine demijohns and any other non-authentic containers should be put away when the public are present.

9. No radios, tape recorders, CD players or other modern day electrical items should be seen or heard on the Authentic Camp. Cameras may be used discreetly. Mobile telephones should only be used when expecting an emergency call, at all other times they must be turned off.

10. Modern prams, pushchairs, modern invalid scooters or wheelchairs are also not appropriate when a member is in period costume and should be avoided where possible within the authentic camp.

11. Families using the Living History Camp must be in period clothing during the time that the public is around.

12. At no time should you be seen eating or drinking modern day refreshments in the Authentic Camp i.e. drinks from site vendors in plastic cups, Cola bottles, takeaway food etc.

13. No vehicles to be left on the Authentic Camps

* All vehicles should be parked in the appropriate designated car park as detailed by the projects officer.
* No vehicle should be returned to the Authentic Camp before the stated end of the event unless in a case of emergency and approved by an EC member or an Army Commander.
* Members who attend the event on a daily basis should take their vehicle directly to the designated parking area.
* The only authorised vehicles that will be allowed on any part of the Authentic Camp are the Powder Wagon and vehicles belonging to the emergency services.