In June, 2010, the HFWC helped the Sally Port Mess host a progressive living history event called "Disaffected in Canada." The progressive side of the re-enacting hobby very much enjoys getting very specific experiences of the men from the Civil War. At this event, they portrayed a platoon of Company G, 30th Michigan. The 30th Michigan was a regiment raised for one year. It was not raised to serve in the South, rather it was built to keep watch for the "disaffected in Canada," hence the name of the event. The regiment was split up between several posts throughout Michigan.

Sadly, the event took place while the Fort was temporarily closed to the public. Thankfully, there are a few images so you can experience the life of the men of the 30th Michigan in a smal way.

Progressive events strive for every possible detail so even cameras amongst the particpants are not allowed. These shots were taken from positions where the men's expcerience wouldn't be disturbed. The only exception is the group shot which was taken at the very end of the event.

drill through the window

"A window to history" Looking out from the mess hall, you can see the men form for morning drill.

Photo by Will Eichler


Larissa Fleishman portrayed a laundress, one of the few roles that women played near the army.

Photo by Will Eichler


Army rations - all on one fire and prepared one way - boiled! This is Sunday's breakfast. Left pot - coffee. Center pot - beans and rice. Right pot - boiled pork.

Photo by Will Eichler

bayonet drill

Drill was a big part of a soldier's day, and this is where it happened during the Civil ar. Here, the men practice bayonet drill.

Photo by Will Eichler

Bayonet drill dummies

After bayonet drill as a group, two to four men took their turn aiming their bayonet thrusts at a target.

Photo by Will Eichler

Pat Price Sutler

Pat Price portrayed the sutler, a businessman who followed the army and sold the soldiers items they needed and luxuries they wanted which the army didn't provide.

Photo by Will Eichler

sutler business

Whenever the day's work allowed, the sutler tent had a line out the door and did a brisk business. The sales from this part of the interpretation generated revenue donated to help further the HFWC efforts at the Fort.

Photo by Will Eichler

gear cleaning

On a Sunday morning, the men spend the time after church services preparing for the weekly inspection. Weapons and uniforms are cleaned, barracks swept and knapsacks packed.

Photo by Will Eichler

weapon inspection

With the 1848 limestone barracks quietly standing watch, the men of 1st platoon have their weapons inpspected.

Photo by Will Eichler

knapsack inspection

After the weapons are inspected, the men open ranks and knapsacks are unslung and inspected.

Photo by Will Eichler

30th MI, Co. G, 1st platoon, re-created

At the end of the event, we took a few photos of the men who spent their weekend bringing the 1st platoon of the 30th Michigan, Company G to life.

Photo by Pat Price