1. What is "living history?"
The 10th Illinois mostly does living history events. Living history focuses on the daily life of the soldier in camp. We spend a lot of time drilling and doing firing demonstrations for the public. We set up camp and show the public how the soldiers spent their time while not in battle. As a part of living history, we also have ladies who give presentations, such as fashion shows and ladies' teas.
2. How old must I be to join?
Every age is welcome, but anyone under the age of 18 needs permission from a parent or guardian. Forms can be picked up at an event or can be sent through the mail.
3. How old do I have to be to fire?
In the 10th Illinois, no one under 16 may fire. You may drill and hold a musket, but you will not be permitted to fire.
4. How do I know if I want to join?
If you are in our area (Chicago suburbs), look at our schedule. If you would like to come out and participate with us, email us and let us know so we can look for you. We have extra uniforms and other equipment for you to use before you make a decision about joining.
If you don't live in our area, spend some time browsing our links page. You may be able to find a group near you.
5. What should be the first piece of equipment I get?
The first thing you should purchase is a canteen. When you have decided to join a unit, visit a suttler to buy one (usually either tin or stainless steel). Wool uniforms get hot in the summer, and you don't want to get dehydrated.
6. When should I buy a uniform?
DO NOT buy any uniform until you are sure what unit you would like to enlist with. Every unit's uniform is a little different. Once you join a group, talk to someone in the unit before you buy.