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A Turner Bugler, 2004

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Turner Brigade--Links

Co. M at Fort Scott April 2000

Co. M drills on Fort Scott’s 6-pdr. gun in April 2000.

The Internet has vast resources for the Civil War reenactor. A very few of them are listed below:


17th Missouri–The Western Turner Regiment Dedicated to the memory of the 17th Missouri Infantry

Library of Congress–Civil War Photographs The definitive source for Civil War photos. Try the Library of Congress blog site for special Civil War information.

The Geschichtstheatergesellschaft 1848 e. V. A German Living History Society focusing on the European 1848/1849 Revolutions, and the role of “Forty-Eighters” in the American Civil War. The German-American Songbook is especially worthwhile, and also the reprint of the Camp Chase Gazette article about how to portray a German immigrant soldier.

Civil War St. Louis A fascinating review of information about a turbulent time in a divided city, this site presents history from both northern and southern viewpoints.

The Missouri Civil War Museum A bi-partisan St. Louis group has undertaken a project to create a major museum about the Civil War in Missouri in a historic building in the Jefferson Barracks complex in south St. Louis County.

The State Historical Society of Missouri maintains a Guide to the American Civil War in Missouri, with manuscripts, newspapers, images, and other research materials.

Missouri’s Civil War 1861-2011. Clay Stalter, a graduate student from the University of Missouri-Columbia, has prepared a website about the first year of the 150th anniversary of Missouri’s involvement in the Civil War. A good video summary.

The Official Records of the War of the Rebellion is the primary source of Civil War research. Two of the online versions can be found on ehistory.osu.edu, which has a transcribed version, and at the Cornell University site, which displays images of the book pages, although it is still searchable.

Historic newspapers are available to read online in Chronicling America at the Library of Congress.

Fort D Historic Site is the last surviving earthwork fort in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine provides information about the treatment of wounded soldiers during the Civil War and about the instruments used by surgeons in hospitals and in the field.

The Western Sanitary Commission, established in St. Louis in August 1861, was an important relief agency in the Western Theater during the Civil War. Read its first public report here and its Final Report here.


Reenacting in General

Authentic Campaigner An excellent resource for improving your authenticity.

Reenactor.net Not much on Civil War reenacting yet, but promising.


Civil War Reenacting Units

1st Federal Division Frontier Brigade serves under the 1st Federal Division at national events.



James Country Mercantile Missouri’s largest purveyor of period goods.

Fall Creek Suttlery Fall Creek has a large selection of reenacting supplies.

Cartridges Unlimited. Company M member Mike Watson makes the most authentic replica paper cartridges available today, both blanks and live rounds. Mike’s website has just changed to a new host, and the new website is pretty well finished now. We recommend calling (314)769-1588 to reach Mike quickly rather than use the email on his site. Click here to watch Mike make cartridges at the 2010 Pilot Knob event.

Adler’s Dry Goods. 16953 Manchester Road, Wildwood, MO 63040. Turner members Knox and Mary Adler carry clothing and accessories for reenactors and some Medieval and early 1900’s decorator items and accessories. Call (636)273-1009 or email ozarkelect@juno.com. See also the announcement of their store opening in News.

Custom Leatherwork by Mike McCubbins. Company M member Mike McCubbins has been making leather accoutrements for Company M for over 10 years. He makes artillery, infantry, and uniform accoutrements, including hard-to-find items like Walker Colt and Colt Dragoon holsters and mountain howitzer gunner’s knee guards and bricoles. Some of his items are available at Adler’s Dry Goods. Contact Mike for pricing and availability at (636)232-3521 or cubby1865@hotmail.com.

Civil War Digital Civil War Digital offers “the highest quality, most affordable Civil War Archives the public domain has to offer.” Includes art, photos, maps, sheet music, Godey’s, and more.

Civil Warriors North. Turner member Anita Quick offers Union reenactor T-shirt, mugs, caps, etc., at this site. Company G member Matt Bohnert is the image model.



Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Several Turner members with ancestors who served the Union are also SUVCW members.

Missouri Commandery, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States MOLLUS has considerable reference material on Missouri units.

The National Civil War Artillery Association The source for information on current safety procedures for operating Civil War artillery.

The Civil War Trust, now part of the American Battlefield Trust, works to preserve Civil War battlefield ground for future generations. Besides news about battlefield preservation, the site has information about the Civil War for educators and the general public. A part of every Turner’s annual dues goes to battlefield preservation, usually to an ABT campaign to preserve Western battlefields.



Camp Chase Gazette A long-established magazine for Civil War reenactors.

Civil War Reenactments Illustrated A regional publication, featuring lots of reenactment photos by photographer Ruben Gusman of Kansas City.

The Artilleryman A quarterly publication with articles about muzzleloading artillery, including that from the Civil War. The new publisher produces a slick, glossy, full-color magazine with many interesting articles about cannon.