We are always interested in people who
seek an authentic, campaign-oriented reenacting experience to join our
ranks. Members must be at least 16 years of age. If considering joining the “Fighting
Fifth,” please contact one of the following members:
Chris Benedetto - Corporal
chrsbenedetto at yahoo.com
Nicholas Pouliot - Corporal
civilwarpvt at yahoo.com
vallemp at comcast.net
mant1 at hotmail.com
randyc at metrocast.com
Authenticity Committee Chairman Emeritus
Parvis - Captain
* = also officers
Greg Chase - 1st Sgt.
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. New members are given twelve months
to conform with the regiment's standards. At
its discretion, the Board may grant an extension of six additional months
depending on the individual's circumstances.
Physical Fitness: To
the greatest extent possible, the Fifth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers
seek to portray Union soldiers as they actually appeared in the field. All of our men 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
You may join as an
Associate Member. Associate members
must comply with the standards set forth by the regiment in historical dress
and action. Associate members dues are $20. Associate members do not have
voting privileges and may not hold an office within the regiment.
Honoring the 5th New
Hampshire Volunteers who fought during the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1,2,3, 1863. Remembrance Day, November 2006 - 5th New
Hampshire Volunteer monument near the Wheatfield.
Members of the Fifth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers 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.
Annual membership dues are $25 U.S. and include liability insurance coverage
at unit events.
Executive Board of Directors, elected at the unit’s annual meeting, governs
Company A, Fifth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers. At events, field command
consists typically of Captain Paul Parvis or Lts. Mike Mantini
or Randy Cook. An NCO "pool" has been established in order to
rotate qualified corporals and sergeants as needed. When numbers warrant
the field command will brevet positions as needed.
Officers, sergeants and corporals are voted on
by the membership. Members are encouraged to submit a “Letter of
Intent” to the Executive Board. Following preliminary approval, the
membership will discuss and vote on the nominees typically at the annual
meeting in January. Rotating officers at events allows us to have an
officer on an event-by-event basis. This approach is intended to reduce
"burnout." It also provides officers with the chance to
occasionally serve in the most honored and desired role of all--that of the
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 Chris Benedetto, chairman, for a copy of the booklet.
Answers may likely surface elsewhere on this website. We recommend you browse
the Frequently Asked Questions page; the Authenticity Standards page, and the Approved Vendors list, or please contact the
above individuals. Thank you!
Musterfield Farm - Fall 2008
Photo by George Hall