Indian Wars Reenacting Units
Life during the Indian Wars Time Period was hard and often just boring. The earliest settlements of westward expansion were the forts. They were centers of trade and commerce and brought growth, stability, and trade. The soldiers helped to build roads and later string telegraph lines.
The Indian Wars of the 1870's-1890's saw the Army involved in a long series of smaller engagements. These wars often consisted of numerous scattered skirmishes over wide areas, without any substantial battle being fought to determine the war's end. This type of warfare led to the further enhancement of the Non-commissioned Officer's [NCO's] role as small unit leader. Often fighting in small detachments, troops relied heavily on the knowledge and abilities of NCOs.
The Army during the Indian wars was habitually unable to balance resources with requirements, both because of limited manpower and because of the continental size of the theater of operations. As Lt. Gen. William T. Sherman, commanding the Division of the Missouri, put it, "Were I or the department commanders to send guards to every point where they are clamored for, we would need alone on the plains a hundred thousand men, mostly of cavalry. Each spot of every road, and each little settlement along five thousand miles of frontier, wants its regiment of cavalry or infantry to protect it against the combined power of all the Indians, because of the bare possibility of their being attacked by the combined force of all the Indians."
The Webmaster for this Time/Area is:
(aka Jim Reed)
Wow, there's a lot of history in this small time period. 30 years and yet SO MUCH happened that shaped our "modern" world.This section of reenactor.Net is intended to help support those worldwide living history groups who reenact and portray the time period of the 1865-1900-era ? regardless of nationality, era, or location of the unit.
- The Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871 (and just starting to be reenacted)
- Old West
- Indian Wars, (A small title for something so spread out and varied)
- Anglo-Zulu War, 1879
- Spanish American War, 1898
- Anglo-Boer War, 1899 - 1902
||Many of these wars and "conflicts" are not heavily reenacted, but for those who are interested in these areas of history, they put a lot of "love" and time and yes, money, into their impressions. And yes, as time goes on, often things will pick up and more will come out and join you. If you are interested in one of these areas, check out the groups listed.|
This time period was one of great changes in the military and life. Life was harder, pay was lower. There was a huge variance in uniforms and weapons. There are as many possibilities in reenacting this period, as there are many different and important events and conflicts that occurred during these important 30 years.
*Note: There were other wars such as the Anglo-Burma War 1885, the Anglo-Egypt War 1882, the Anglo-Ethiopia War 1867-68, the American-Philippines War 1899 and more! So if you reenact any of them please inform us at r.Net 1870-1900 and we'll get it set up