The Trumpet Calls! Company H, Second US Cavalry is actively recruiting able bodied horsemen within three hours of Harper's Ferry (West) Virginia!
Qualified parties ready to rally 'round the old flag of Liberty should report at once for immediate training and service in the Old Second Dragoons - Our cause is just and we shall prevail.
May 2006 update: Looking for dismounted cavalymen to add a skirmisher platoon
So you want to join the Cavalry? We're always looking for individuals who fit into and complement our efforts. Your commitment to safety, history, and teamwork are key. Our commitment to friendship, training, and knowledge make up the rest. Please review the membership requirements below:
Must be 16 years or older and show proof of age.
Be a citizen of the United States or sponsored by a citizen of the United States.
Shall not be now, nor have ever been a member of any organization that espouses racial superiority or advocated depriving any race, culture, religion or sex of the civil rights due them by law.
Shall not be now, nor have ever been a member of any organization or group having as itís purpose or one of itís purposes the overthrow by force or violence of the Government of the United States or any of itís political subdivisions.
Shall not be a convicted felon.
All members shall fall in with the unit when attending unit events, except when authorized for detached duty by a simple majority of the membership for a specified period of time.
All adult members or guests of the 2nd US Cavalry Co. H (or if a minor their legal guardian) must sign a RELEASE OF LIABILITY/HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT, prior to participating in any unit activities. This release form is required to be signed and submitted annually.
Section Two: A candidate for membership within this organization shall be granted Probationary Membership status after he or she meets the following requirements:
Shall have been interviewed by a field or staff officer of this organization for probationary membership within this organization.
Submitted a completed application form to the Commanding Officer.
Shall have paid all dues or fees to the organization as required for new members.
Has attended one reenactment or training event as a guest of the organization to observe.
Section Three: A probationary member shall not be allowed to participate in any organizational reenactment, firing demonstration, or living history event until they have attended a mounted training session and satisfactorily demonstrates their ability and familiarity with safety rules, regulations and procedures to an officer or designated member of this organization.
Section Four: To be accepted as a regular member with voting and full membership privileges, a probationary member must meet the following requirements, to wit:
Has been a probationary member for a minimum of 9 months.
Has conducted themselves according to the by-laws at all reenactments and functions of this organization.
Has demonstrated to the proper organizational officers a working knowledge of cavalry drill.
Shall have paid any dues or fees to the organization as required.
Shall have been accepted by a vote of 2/3 of all regular members at the annual organizational meeting.
Roles accepted for uniformed members only:
Private Dragoon/Cavalry soldier as appropriate for the Second United Stated Dragoons / Cavalry from 1861 through 1865. Everyone must be prepared at all times to portray a private with carbine, pistol, and sabre.
Officer or Non-Commissioned Officer as appropriate for the Second United Stated Dragoons / Cavalry from 1861 through 1865, ONLY if elected or appointed according to the by-laws of the unit.
Bugler, Farrier, Saddler, Musician, Hospital Steward, Teamster, Pioneer, or other specialty military role appropriate for the Second United Stated Dragoons / Cavalry from 1861 through 1865, ONLY if elected or appointed according to the by-laws of the unit.
Roles accepted for civilian (non-uniformed) members:
Our associate members are those with a strong historic interest the period of the American Civil War and the Cavalry soldiers we portray. They may be spouses or children of uniformed members, or may want to pursue a living history avocation in association with our unit. In some instances, there may not be a place for them, or they may need to camp apart from the military area due to event requirements. However, we find that many reenactments, and especially some of the most authentic events of other kinds have need of good civilian impressions to complete the living history experience for both participants and spectators alike.
For further information download and submit a completed application (one per person) , see the remaining pages on this web site, and notify one of our points of contact.