About Civil War Reenacting with the 37th Illinois Infantry

Who is the 37th Illinois Infantry?

     We are a group of men and women who are dedicated to educating the public and share a common interest in the Civil War. We do this through living history programs and battle reenactments. The focus is primarily on the lives of the common soldier in the Federal Army. There is also a ladies organization that focuses on the lives of the women during the nineteenth century. We are a family-oriented group. Membership is open to anyone who shares an interest in the Civil War and wants to experience how our ancestors lived over 130 years ago. Members are primarily, but not limited to, Central Arkansas.

Why the Federal Army and not Confederate?

     The answer is simply, numbers. At most reenactments, the Confederates outnumber the Union reenactors by at least two to one. We are a Federal unit to help reduce this disparity. Also, the 37th Illinois Infantry played a major role in the two largest Civil War battles that occurred in Arkansas; Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove.

How do I join?

    It's easy. If we have a recruiting table set up, just give your name and address to our recruiter. He or she will give you a copy of our newsletter and put you in touch with a company member who will be able to show the ropes at your first couple of events. This individual will also be your point of contact for any questions you have. If there is no recruiting table, just find one of our members and tell them you are interested. Don't be afraid to walk up to a reenactor and start asking questions. That is what we are here for. We will be able to advise you on what type and where to get reenacting gear such as uniforms, equipment, and a rifle. If all else fails, E-mail me at: gdavenpo@cswnet.com or Ernie at ewhuff@aol.com.