Army of the Columbia

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Background

The Union Battalion of the Washington Civil War Association takes pride in honoring tradition. Our Battalion is commonly referred to as the Army of the Columbia, which follows the Union tradition of naming its forces for the nearest body of water. Since the forces that comprise the Army of the Columbia represent all theaters of the war and were never historically together, the Army is fictitiously designated as belonging to the 42nd Corps (Washington is the 42nd state).

Currently, the Army of the Columbia is comprised of eight infantry regiments, one artillery battery, the US Medical Department, a fife and drum corps, and the Norwich Cadet Corps. In addition, the USS Tahoma has a navy artillery battery and a detachment of US marines.

The Army of the Columbia strives to present the public with as accurate as possible a representation of a Union Military camp, be that a garrison impression or on campaign. This impression is governed by Casey's Drill manual. Military customs and courtesies are followed as the daily schedule unfolds, highlighting the activities that comprised a soldiers life. This starts at 6:00 AM with traditional music compliments of the Army of the Columbia Fife and Drum Corps, and ends with a bugler signaling lights out.

Casey's layout for a regimental street serves as the guide for the layout of the Military camp. Regimental support units such as cooks and laundry services are camped around the perimeter of the streets. During public hours, in keeping with the theme and regulations of a military camp, and in order to accurately portray history, no unescorted women are allowed to be present on the military streets. Attached Union civilians representing the Sanitary Commission or other impressions are camped together adjacent to the military camp.

This layout does not mean that families are not welcome; rather it encourages further education on the part of reenactors in portraying historically accurate interactions between soldiers and civilians. Health and Welfare Inspections, visiting dignitaries, local refugees, roaming entertainers, temperance movement members, and protestors from the local community have all been portrayed.

All impressions of a Military nature are welcome and encouraged. Every attempt is made to utilize each unit in a manner consistent with its traditional function within the Union Army.

Regardless what type of event the Army of the Columbia participates in, the esprit de corps and pride that were present in the Union Army as they passed in review in the Nations Capital can be felt and heard echoing through the camps.

HAIL COLUMBIA!!!!

Union Brigade Staff

Brigade Commander Col. Ted Sayler (360) 456-4743
tsayler41@gmail.com
Adjutant Lt. Larry Graham scottishtrooper@gmail.com
Sergeant Major Sgt. Dave Nichols (360) 745-6818
dnich20@comcast.net
Aide de Camp Sgt. Earl Simmomds (541) 967-3068
bsimm@comcast.net
1st Division Commander Lt. Col. Norm Harriman (360) 966-5132
norm@tstitches.com
2nd Division Commander Lt. Col. Alan Geho (509) 985-9135
amgeho@msn.com
Chief of Artillery Lt. Commander Steve Jones (360) 629-6628
steven.jolene@frontier.com
West Brigade Chaplain Capt. Phil DuPhrene (360) 988-0864
pduphrene@portofhope.com
Associate Chaplain Capt. Danny Cameron

barefootedboy1@comcast.com

 

East Brigade Chaplain Capt. Ray Carbough (509) 995-7665
raylincarbo@live.com
Commander, Union Civilian Corps


Civilian Community Leader
Erena Heino



Derrick Sturgill
(503) 410-6895 - cell
(503) 366-3707 - home
cwmarm@live.com

UScommunity@wcwa.net
Signals and Telegraph Superintendent 1st Lt. Kevin Saville (360) 292-0966
kevin@saville.net

Union Units

On this page:

Artillery Cavalry Infantry Marines Medical

Musicians Navy Sharpshooters

Separate page:

Union Civilians

Artillery
1st Michigan Light Artillery,
Co. E
Maj. Gary Michie (Commander) (509) 223-8912
michiegr1@msn.com
Cavalry
1st U.S. Cavalry Capt. Jim Daily (360) 568-7583 (home)
(360) 631-7828 (cell)
jedaily1@aol.com
Infantry
3rd Michigan Infantry Lt. Bryan Tafoya
(509) 796-4446
info@3michigan.org
4th U.S. Infantry Capt. John Strand (Commander/Recruiting) (206) 784-4123
strandjr@hotmail.com
7th Wisconsin Infantry Capt. Glen Allison (commander) (509) 545-5400
gallison2b@charter.net
11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company "I" Capt. Corey Stinson


1st Sgt Adam Carter
(chairman)
(425) 530-8695
coreydean2000@yahoo.com

(253) 970-4685
adam.carter.sr@gmail.com
12th US Infantry 1st Sergeant Bruce Frazier


Dan Rehfield
(509) 698-5678
bfraziersagefruit.com

drda441@msn.com
(509) 307-4119
20th Maine Infantry, Co. F Capt. Shane Colglazier (Commander)

1st Sgt.. Bob Ballard (Chair)
(253) 851-5108
captainkeene@20thmainecompanyf.com

(425) 649-5821
robertballard49@hotmail.com
28th Massachusetts Infantry Capt. Charles Bryant (Commander) (253) 874-1566
cbryant999@aol.com
39th New York Infantry 1st Sgt. Johnny Joyce (Commander) (253) 846-8958
remnant64@yahoo.com
76th Pennsylvania Infantry Capt. Mark Simmons (Commander) Home (425) 377-0741
Cell (425) 345-8102
snsclan5@comcast.net
Marines
U.S. Marines 2nd Lt. Loren Womack (Commander) (206) 937-3285
eendracht@juno.com
U. S. S. Tahoma Marines Infantry Capt. Howard Struve (Commander) (360) 874-8548
hstruve@wavecable.com
Medical
U. S. Medical Department Maj. Dave Lambert (West)


Maj. Mike Inman (East)
(253) 847-5331
cwchap@yahoo.com

(509) 328-2467
sfdmike@comcast.net
Musicians
Army of the Columbia Fife and Drum Corps Sgt. Dennis Lawler (Chair)


Cpl Linda Soule (Chief Fifer)
(360) 620-3287
djlawler43@aol.com

galatia9@worldnet.att.net
Navy
U. S. S. Tahoma Navy LTCR Ernie Sherrill (425) 330-8420
e_sherrill@hotmail.com
Sharpshooters
2nd U.S. Sharpshooters, Co. D Capt. Nicky Brown
(Commander)

1st Sgt. Ethan Whitehall
(Recruiter)
(503) 707-4129
captain@berdansharpshooters.org

(360) 739-0783
ethanbugs11@msn.com