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Kingsbury’s NC Artillery Company is a group of individuals and families who share a common interest in this period of our American history. Most people are satisfied to read about it or watch it on the History Channel. Our members take it to the next level and for weekends at a time try to live the life, as closely as the 21st century will allow, and inform the general public of what we have learned. We do this through attending events at municipal, state and federal parks as well as speaking events at schools as our individual schedules permit. Our members professions are metal workers, teachers, law enforcement officers, military, draftsmen, lawyers, or anything else you might think of doing for a living.
Kingsbury’s NC Artillery Company portrays the military life and customs of the period in all its aspects. We present “living history” demonstrations consisting of field tactics, drill, and camp life. We present shows and talks to schools, as well as interested civic and fraternal groups. We travel to take part in re-enactments of Revolutionary War battles both with and without other member units of the Continental Line. Members have appeared as extras in several motion pictures and historical documentaries. All our members are volunteers, and bear the cost of procuring their own uniforms, equipment, and travel. Our activities are devoid of 20th Century anachronisms, to the extent that we do not wear jewelry (watches, earrings, rings, etc.) modern clothes or glasses. All tents in our camp must be of period design and appropriate with the member’s representation of rank. Should you decide to purchase your own tent, consult with an officer of our unit before you make your purchase to insure you can actually use the tent you plan to purchase.
Where do we get our uniforms and equipment?
We make everything that we can ourselves or purchase it from sutlers. Our clothing, uniforms and equipment are the products of years of research, and we take great pride in our accuracy. Only accurate materials are used – wool, linen, brass, pewter, leather, steel, wood, etc., and we use period tailoring and assembly. There are numerous commercial sources for a great deal of the equipment, but we highly recommend that new recruits consult with current members before they purchase any items. Current members are willing to assist the new recruit with the gathering of the necessary items.
How much does it cost?
Unfortunately, it is not a cheap hobby. The basic clothing, arms, and equipment can run close to US $1500.00. Purchasing used or second-hand clothing and equipment can significantly reduce costs. The good news is that the initial investment usually lasts a lifetime. Yes, we sleep in period-accurate tents and eat period-appropriate meals prepared by our members in the unit’s period-correct kitchen. The unit owns many tents, so unlike most units you need not purchase your own.
Unit annual family dues are currently $20.00, which helps pay for the newsletter. Camp fees are explained in further detail in our New Recruit Package, which will be sent to you after you have contacted us.
Who can join the Kingsbury’s NC Artillery Company?
In order to take the field as a member of the unit, you must be a male of at least sixteen years of age, and physically able to handle a flintlock musket and be capable of performing the manual of arms as written. Musicians and selected artillery gunner positions can take the field at the age of twelve, but require parental permission. Children may participate as long as their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) is an active member of the unit. Wives and/or girlfriends are encouraged to participate as “distaff.” There is no upper age limit.