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- Updated Upcoming Events (2/26/13)
Co. K, 17th Georgia Infantry was raised in what is now Stewart, Webster, and Terrell Counties in Southwest Georgia.
Even though the unit is based out of West Georgia and East Alabama, we have members all across the two states and even in other states.We are a family friendly unit and try to accurately portray the sacrifices of both Southern and Northern soldiers during the war. (Background image taken at the Devil's Den at Gettysburg during the 145th Anniversary of the Battle).
Thank you for expressing an interest in Company K, of the 17th Georgia Infantry Regiment. The 17th Georgia was formed back in 1999 by a group of experienced Civil War Living Historians who desired to be part of a unit that was more family oriented. We began with only four members, but now count over 20 members.
Civil War re-enacting as a whole is growing larger. It is now estimated by the Atlanta Journal Constitution that there are over 75,000 Civil War Reenactors nationwide, with many more hundreds over seas in places like England, Germany, and Australia.
The 17th Georgia is based out of the Muscogee County area and is a member of the Georgia Volunteer Battalion which has over twenty different re-enacting units in it. Our primary impression is that of an Eastern Theater Confederate Infantry company during the summer of 1863. By this point in the war, members of the real 17th Georgia had already participated in the Seven Day's Campaign, the Battle of Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, and the Suffolk Campaign in Southern Virginia. When we "galvanize", or portray Federal troops, we are Company K of the 17th Michigan Infantry which fought both in the Eastern theater and in the Western theater of the war.
Civil War re-enacting as a big commitment, both in time and money. It will take, in most cases, over $1000 for a private soldier to buy all his gear. Naturally, we don't expect you to buy all your gear at once, and that is why we have items that we can loan out to you until you are able to purchase the gear that you need. Be sure to take an officer or NCO with you when you go to purchase equipment from a sutler. These experienced members know what you need, and can help you to complete your impression. In addition to money, most re-enactments occur on Saturdays and Sundays, and there can be as many as three events in a month. You don't have to attend all of them, but we ask that you try to attend at least one event every two months.
Membership in the 17th Georgia is currently $20.00 per year. This covers the cost of company paperwork, our website, and provides funds for the company to purchase equipment for soldiers who do not yet have all their gear. On this website, you will find a great deal of information that will explain in greater detail who we are and how we operate. Once again, thank you for expressing an interest in the 17th Georgia, and I hope to see you in camp and on the field with us.
Matthew Young, Captain, commanding;
Co. K, 17th Georgia Volunteer Infantry