Specifications for the
Conduct and Performance
of Confederate Forces
from Lt. Col. Bruce "Rooster" Wickler,
Commander, Adam's Legion, C.S. Army of the Northwest
- All Units will form up for Company Drill -
Battalion Drill at 08:00 each morning of an event.
Company Commanders will be informed well in advance of an
event what battalion drill will consist of for that
- All Units will participate in morning
parade and evening gun each day of an event. The Cavalry
Units may use this time to prepare their mounts for the
- All Units will maintain a Company street
within the area set aside for the Confederate Forces.
- All Units will form up a half hour before
the first battle to allow time for the Company 1st
Sergeants to inspect the troops for safety of weapons,
full canteens, cartridges, and to cap off muskets.
- Inspections of camp by the brigade staff
will be done randomly through out the day to encourage
first person personas, skits in the camps, inspect
muskets and rounds.
- WCWA rules pertaining to vehicles in camp
will be followed and monitored by the battalion Sergeant
- Fire watch and or guard duty will be
established by the Sgt. Major prior to evening gun and
administered on a rotating basis to the units. Records
will be kept by the Adjutant and be open for review by
- Keep communication between company
commanders and battalion open.
- The companies will retain one fourth of
their troops in camp when not at battles, parade or drill
to interact with the public and be involved in living
- All modern items should be kept out of
view of the public during the day and kept to a minimum
in the evenings.
- The order of rank organization within
battalion will be Battalion Commander 1st,
Senior Infantry Commander 2nd, Adjutant 3rd.
Positions #1 and #2 being field commanders and position
#3 non-field command. Should the Battalion Commander not
be at an event, the Senior Infantry Commander would
assume temporary command of the Battalion for that event.
- Any units found using underage members,
non members, or non safety tested members in any capacity
on the battlefield, that unit will be made to stand down,
from the battle and or event.
- Due to the use of battalion movements on
the field during battles, any company with less than 12
participating combatants at the event may be combined
with a larger company. The company being combined will
become the subordinate company, regardless of the rank of
the commander of the smaller company. The role portrayed
by the commander of the subordinate unit will be left up
to the discretion of the commander of the receiving unit.
- Rank structure within a company will
reflect the number of combatants belonging to the
company. A company with 1-7 combatants warrants a Sgt.,
8-12 combatants a 2nd Lt., 13- 23 combatants a
1st Lt., 24 or more combatants a Cpt.. No
second officer would be allotted to a company until the
company combatant roster warrants it, i.e. 1st
Lt. and 2nd Lt. in a unit with less than 24
combatants. A combatant is described as a member of a
unit that participates in battles for at least two WCWA
events in the season. Approved Cannons and horses used by
the Artillery and Cavalry Units will count as two
- A company member wishing to make a
transfer from one company to a different company will
fill out a transfer form, signed by both commanders of
the companies involved in the transfer. The form will
then be forwarded to the WCWA treasurer by the receiving
company for the updating of WCWA roster and recording of
any stipends incurred by the individuals participation at
- A current morning report will be turned in
to brigades adjutant at each day of the event. A standard
form will be provided, so all information requirements
will be consistent.
- The daily event schedule will start with
Company Drill and or Battalion Drill at 08:00, followed
by morning parade at approximately 09:00. Following
morning parade companies will be dismissed to the charge
of their company commander. Companies will form up in a
battalion formation one half hour before battles. After
the second or last battle of the day companies will go
directly to evening gun for the lowering of the flag.
- The consequences for a company arriving
late or failing to show up for drill, parade, battle or
any other mandatory function will be left up to the
discretion of the Battalion Commander.
- WCWA safety rules will be enforced. Any
person found in violation of safety rules will be dealt
with at that event by the battalion. Anyone pressing
charges will need to present witnesses and give specific
names of person or persons involved in the safety
- The interpretation of Hardees is defined
by battalion. Any challenges to the battalions
interpretation of Hardees will be restricted to after
troops have been dismissed from drill.
- To facilitate uniformity in training
troops, a list of expected proficiency will be provided,
to help the units track an individuals proficiency. The
goal is that the company commander will designate
NCOs or others within their units to go to each
soldier and put them through the checklist. This in not a
pass fail test, but rather a tool to improve each
soldiers knowledge and skill.
- The brigade will establish written job
descriptions for the brigade staff and make these
- Military courtesy will be followed as set
forth in Joslyns Military courtesy, and camp etiquette
will be followed, i.e. troops will not cut through
another camp without permission.
- It is suggested, that companies
post a person at the head of their company street, to
introduce the public to the company history and answer
modern questions. This will enable the rest of the
company to interact with the public in an 1860s
- Written orders whenever possible will be
used to communicate with unit commanders on and off the
- Company Commanders will be expected to
attend an officers call for planning of battles.
- The Confederate Battalion Commander shall
be the highest authority over Confederate military and
civilian impressionists in the Confederate camp at field
- All correspondence to the Battalion will
be routed through the Battalion Adjutant.
- No Artillery pieces will be moved during
battles, unless given specific orders to do so from the
battalion commander via written order, verbal command or
- When the grounds allotted to the
Confederate Forces will allow it, there will be a
distance of 15 to 20 foot street separating the military
camp form their civilian members camp.
- A copy of each units members WCWA safety
test, will be turned into the Battalion Adjutant each
year for record keeping and review.
By order of:
Lt. Col. Rooster Wickler
Lt. Col. Bruce "Rooster" Wickler, commanding:
Adam's Legion, C.S. Army of the
Last updated 12 February 2001 at 2115 hrs.
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