How do you become a member of the 5th New Hampshire? Read the information below, then contact a member of the Executive Board!
The 5th Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers authenticity standards are upheld in the field. Only through maintaining a high standard of authenticity may the member’s collective desire to achieve the proper look and appearance be achieved regarding the soldiers we attempt to portray.
To join the organization, male applicants must be 16 years or older, demonstrate enthusiasm for history especially the American Civil War period, and be willing to commit both time and financial resources in order to portray a New Hampshire Civil War soldier.
Kit/Equipment: The unit has clothes, equipment, and other gear that can be loaned out to new recruits until their own items are purchased. See the equipment page for gear that will eventually need to be collected or purchased.
Physical Fitness: All members should be ready to take the field in their issue wool uniforms in full marching order (including fully packed knapsack) for lengthy periods of drill, marching, and “battle” scenarios during all weekend events. It goes without saying that our members should engage in regular programs of physical training, hydration, and exercise to stay in shape for events that are physically demanding. Those who are incapable of undertaking the physical rigors described above, or do not enjoy good health per se, should consider an associate membership. However, should you wish to participate in parades, living-history presentations at schools or historical societies or act as a clerk for the Quartermaster, etc., then we highly encourage your application to join us.
Attendance: Members of the unit have attendance requirements. We request that those who join our ranks for an event remain with us for the entire weekend schedule. Attendance at the annual drill/training weekend is highly encouraged and is considered a MAXIMUM effort event. You are required to attend a minimum of two regimental functions; one of which must be a maximum effort event, to be considered a member in good standing. We do acknowledge and understand the members will not be able to attend every event due to their personal schedules.
Dues: Annual membership dues are $25 and include liability insurance coverage at unit events.
Associate Membership: Associate members must comply with the standards set forth by the regiment in historical dress and action. Dues are $20. Associate members do not have voting privileges and may not hold an office within the regiment.
Additional information may be found in the Membership Booklet, which is sent to all new recruits. Included in this booklet are the Regimental History, Bylaws, and Guidelines for Historical Accuracy, a list of Uniform and Equipment needed by members and a Vendor List. Contact a member of the Executive Board for a copy of the booklet.
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