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Letter from the GBPA

Note: while funds were raised for the major items on the 2015 wish list, the corp continues to grow and expand.  The Fife and Drum Corp is currently seeking to create a permanent color guard /authentic Civil War infanty color company outfitted for parade and Civil War reenactments and upgrade other equipment and uniforms as needed. Information on this and other projects are available on request. 

 

 

CIVIL WAR FIELD MUSIC

1ST PENNA RESERVE VOLUNTEER CORPS

under the leadership of BSA Venture Crew 1861  

fieldmusic.org

Chartered by

Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association

P. O. Box 4087                                            

Gettysburg, PA  17325                                                                      

GBPA.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Summer 2015

Dear Friends of the GBPA and the Fife and Drum Corps:

            This is the launch of the GBPA’s 2015 uniform and equipment drive to support the young men and women of our Fife and Drum Corps under the leadership of the Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew 1861.  I hope that you will support our general solicitation of corporations, civic, veterans and reenactment groups.

            BSA Venture Crew 1861 is the flagship of the Scouting program at the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association (GBPA) --the nation’s oldest Civil War battlefield preservation society founded in 1959. Dwight D. Eisenhower was an early GBPA member and supporter. The GBPA is also sponsor of the Gettysburg Pennsylvania Monuments Project, Gettysburg Licensed Town Historians (town guides), and owner/operator of the 146 acre Daniel Lady Farm which served as a Confederate Division headquarters and field hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863.

            Formed in early 2004 as the Boy Scout Troop 53 Fife & Drum Corps (FDC) of Maytown, PA (later as Venture Crew 53), the group rechartered in 2012 with the GBPA as Venture Crew 1861 of Gettysburg. The FDC began Civil War reenacting at the 145th Anniversary of First Bull Run in 2006 and continues to participate in numerous living history events, battle reenactments, veterans' ceremonies, scouting events, community festivals and parades. For several years the Venture Crew 1861 has performed as the color guard to American Donegal Legion Post 809 in Maytown.  Memorial Day, cemetery services and ceremonies at Civil War memorials constitute a significant portion of the annual schedule.  They portray the Field Music, 1st Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps (which historically included Company K of Gettysburg and companies in York, Lancaster and Philadelphia) and also portray the Confederate musicians of Johnson’s Division ANV on the Daniel Lady Farm. They were featured in the August 2007 issue of Boys’ Life magazine participating in Gettysburg’s Remembrance Day ceremonies. The FDC performed for the 2009 rededication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania’s kick-off for the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War in the State Capitol in 2011, and numerous other major commemorative and preservation events.  

            Their mission has always been, and remains:

Preserve our Civil War Heritage;

Honor our Nation’s Veterans; and

Promote the Ideals of Scouting.

            The members/musicians of the Fife & Drum Corps and Venture Crew 1861 pay dues and event fees covering some equipment purchases, operating expenses and event registrations.  Generous supporters help defray equipment, instrument and uniform costs.

            While the fife and drum program in the GBPA is healthy and growing, success has a price. In the corps’ earlier years, eight to twelve members and leaders attended most events; today, the corps routinely attends major events with twenty to twenty-three youth and leaders.  Recently, the supply of Civil War uniforms was not sufficient to outfit the full FDC for parades and reenactment events.  That deficit has been largely addressed but it has drained available operating funds including funds for events. Storage and transportation of equipment remains a serious problem. The corps recently purchased tents, needed for large reenactment events, using borrowed funds. The group’s recent Confederate impression for the Daniel Lady Farm consists of borrowed uniform pieces and a few purchased caps. With the help of a generous donor the corps has begun to create a period-correct 1st PRVC Regimental Color Guard, but more needs to be done to complete the project.

            When the original field musicians of the 1st Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps posed for a photograph at Fairfax Station, Virginia in June 1863, they wore uniforms that cost the U.S. Army less than 20 dollars each. Today the cost of one new Civil War reenactment quality dress uniform is over $600, including shoes (brogans), canteen and cap, but not including musical instruments and period-correct camping gear. Outfitting the band for a Confederate impression is much less expensive because trousers, shoes, some of our belts, civilian caps, and canteens in current inventory can be used for both impressions. A Confederate impression upgrade may be possible only if a donor is found. 

            The group operated for many years with 3 wall tents and an A-tent.  In order to participate in reenactments, they routinely borrowed tents from another reenactment unit. Unfortunately that option is no longer viable and the corps just purchased ten A-tents, with poles and stakes, at a cost of about $2600.  Other items are also needed. The purchase of period-correct rain gear remains a corps priority.  A trailer is desperately needed to store & transport equipment.  As the group has grown, the basement of a leader’s home offers inadequate storage for current supplies & equipment and NO ROOM for new tents.  The FDC will continue to use the climate-controlled basement for uniforms and perishables. The estimated cost of a suitable trailer is $3000 not including decoration (if any).

            The 23 youth musicians, plus their leaders, hailing from six Pennsylvania counties and several Maryland counties, need your help. The GBPA is seeking contributions at the levels below. All support will be gratefully acknowledged and noted on the official website of the Fife & Drum Corps and Venture Crew 1861 – fieldmusic.org. In addition, donors will receive our GBPA Venture Crew 1861 patch usually reserved for Fife & Drum Corps members and leadership.

            If you have donated before, the level of your giving during both previous drives - 2007 and 2009 - will be reflected in your sponsorship level with our thanks.

Battalion Sponsor $750+

Corps Sponsor $500-$725

Uniform Sponsor $250-$475

Drummer Patron $100-$225

Fifer Patron $25-$75

 

Make checks payable to “GBPA.” On memo line, write Scouting Fife & Drum Fund.”  

Mail to:          P.O. Box 4087, Gettysburg, PA  17325

                                                                      

            Questions about the GBPA Scouting or Fife & Drum program may be directed to Michael Cassidy, GBPA Board Member and Advisor of Venture Crew 1861.  He can be reached on his cell# 717-368-1235 or fifeanddrum@comcast.net. Additional information including the FDC’s schedule and activities can be found at fieldmusic.org.  You may also contact GBPA’s officers and board members though GBPA.org.

            Attached you will find a new flyer about our Fife & Drum program and our equipment drive, plus a Fife & Drum Corps’ 2015 Wish List.  Thank you so much for your continuing support for the mission of this unique scouting program.

 

Yours in Support of Scouting and Preservation,

Barb Mowery

 President

and the Board of Trustees of the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association

 

The Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association is a 501c3 nonprofit organization under the Internal Revenue Code and is registered as a charitable organization with the Pennsylvania Department of State. Contributions may be tax deductible.

 

 

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If you would like an information packet with return envelope mailed to you, simply email a request to fifeanddrum @comcast.net

 

"In-kind" donations of  Confederate or Union uniforms, Civil War reproductions Springfield or Enfield rifles in good working order, leathers, Civil War period reproduction dresses (for camp work, day wear or ball gowns) would be most appreciated and acknowledged.

 

For more information download brochures below or at the navigation bar at left, or call or email if you have any questions.

 

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BSA Venture Crew 1861Fife & Drum Corps is the flagship of the Scouting program at the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association (GBPA) --the nation’s oldest Civil War battlefield preservation society founded in 1959.  Dwight D. Eisenhower was an early GBPA member and supporter. The GBPA is also sponsor of the Gettysburg Pennsylvania Monuments Project, and owner/operator of the 146 acre Daniel Lady Farm which served as a Confederate Division headquarters and field hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863.  Scout and reenactor units may camp on the farm

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2015 Wish List Venture Crew 1861 fife & drum.pdf103.39 KB
2015 updated enture crew 1861 Uniform & equipment drive .pdf2.98 MB