The Federal Battalion Drill was held in 2006 before the Fort opened to the public for the summer.  It was a chance for re-enactors from across Michigan and Canada to come together and work on the skills of the infantry that they would need for re-enactments in the upcoming summer.  It is a very unique chance to do this in that they train in an actual 1860’s star fort that men during the Civil War did exactly that – train for combat.  Now that the Fort is open year round, you’ll be able to visit and see this training each year.  The name of this event has been changed to the Combined Arms Drill.  It now features cavalry and artillery as well as infantry.  Dates can be found on the event calendar page on this site.

Federal Battalion
The battalion formed and ready for drill.

Photo by Mike Gillett

Two Officers discuss drill.

Matt Merta and Scott Cummings discuss the importance of drilling.

Photo by Mike Gillett

Soldiers getting instruction for a detail.

Scott Cummings commanding a detail of soldiers.

Photo by Mike Gillett

Colonel giving instructions.

Colonel Eichler explaining tatics to the men of the battalion.

Photo by Mike Gillett