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Welcome to our website!

Here are a few FAQ's to get you started:

Who are we?

We're simply a group of individuals and families who share a common interest in this period of our American history. Most people are satisfied to read about it or watch it on the History Channel. Our members take it to the next level and for weekends at a time try to live the life, as closely as the 21st century will allow, and inform the general public of what we have learned. We do this through attending events at municipal, state and federal parks as well as speaking events at schools as our individual schedules permit. Our members professions are metal workers, teachers, law enforcement officers, military, draftsmen, lawyers, or anything else you might think of doing for a living.


Who were Locke & Kingsbury?

Francis Locke was a Colonel in the 2nd Rowan Regiment of Militia in NC. He commanded various groups of men of Patriot militia throughout the Revolutionary War in the Carolinas, At Ramseur's Mill in present day Lincoln County, NC he was victorious over Loyalist militia when he was outnumbered 3-1. He was breveted Brigadier General at the end of the war.

Capt. John Kingsbury commanded the only active NC artillery company. They were sent to serve in General Washington's Northern Army and were present at several actions. On May 12, 1780 they were surrendered at Charleston, SC when General Benjamin Lincoln capitulated.

See other pages on this website for more information.


What do we do?

We portray the military life and customs of the period in all its aspects. We present "living history" demonstrations consisting of field tactics, drill, and camp life. We present shows and talks to schools, as well as interested civic and fraternal groups. We travel to take part in re-enactments of Revolutionary War battles both with and without other member units of the Continental Line. Members have appeared as extras in several motion pictures and historical documentaries. All our members are volunteers, and bear the cost of procuring their own uniforms, equipment, and travel. Our activities are devoid of 20th Century anachronisms, to the extent that we do not wear jewelry (watches, earrings, rings, etc.) modern clothes or glasses. All tents in our camp must be of period design and appropriate with the member's representation of rank. Should you decide to purchase your own tent, consult with an officer of our unit before you make your purchase to insure you can actually use the tent you plan to purchase.


Do we participate in Educational Programs?

As member schedules permit, we do some school programs. A requirement is that we be allowed to bring reproduction period firearms and edged weapons. While it is not necessary for us to fire them for the presentation, not having them at all would greatly deminish the educational value of the program, and those programs and/or locations would not be considered for participation.


Where do we get our uniforms and equipment?

We make everything that we can ourselves or purchase it from sutlers. Our clothing, uniforms and equipment are the products of years of research, and we take great pride in our accuracy. Only accurate materials are used – wool, linen, brass, pewter, leather, steel, wood, etc., and we use period tailoring and assembly. There are numerous commercial sources for a great deal of the equipment, but we highly recommend that new recruits consult with current members before they purchase any items. Current members are willing to assist the new recruit with the gathering of the necessary items.



How much does it cost?

Unfortunately, it is not a cheap hobby. The basic clothing, arms, and equipment can run close to US $1500.00. Purchasing used or second-hand clothing and equipment can significantly reduce costs. The good news is that the initial investment usually lasts a lifetime. Yes, we sleep in period-accurate tents and eat period-appropriate meals prepared by our members in the unit’s period-correct kitchen. The unit owns many tents, so unlike most units you need not purchase your own.

Unit annual family dues are currently $20.00, which helps pay for the newsletter. Camp fees are explained in further detail in our New Recruit Package, which will be sent to you after you have contacted us.


Who can join?

In order to take the field as a member of the unit, you must be a male of at least sixteen years of age, and physically able to handle a flintlock musket and be capable of performing the manual of arms as written. Musicians and selected artillery gunner positions can take the field at the age of twelve, but require parental permission. Children may participate as long as their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) is an active member of the unit. Wives and/or girlfriends are encouraged to participate as "distaff." There is no upper age limit.


What about the girlfriend or wife and kids, how can they participate?

The armies of the time had a large number of women and children attached. As living history is definitely a family oriented hobby, wives, children, and sweethearts of our modern day soldiers can take part by depicting their 18th century counterparts. They portray women and children of the period, in all of the various roles that women and children held. They enact their roles as officer's ladies, wives of soldiers, or camp followers. The ladies and wives also do many of the crafts and daily chores that would have been done in the camp. Without the women, the 18th century armies would have had a more difficult time than they did; women were an integral part of armies of the period. Clothing patterns, which observe the same standard of accuracy as the men’s, are available.

Children of appropriate age and who are physically able should be expected to "pull their weight" doing chores like fetching water, firewood, etc.

We insist that unmarried couples sleep in separate tents as this is a family oriented unit and the example we set for our young ones is important to our members.


What if I only want to participate in the militia infantry, or only in the artillery arm of the unit?

In the beginning, we were only militia infantry. That was, and remains our primary persona. We insist that members participate in that area of our unit. New male members have 12 months to purchase a firearm, but before that several members have weapons they will loan for training purposes. However, you are not required to participate in the artillery arm of the unit. That is simply volunteer and one MUST sign LINE 2 of the Membership Form to participate.


Isn't it boring just sitting around camp?

If you just sit around camp, you could absolutely be bored. One must realize that we represent a different time in history so the proper roles of women and men are different than today. One must also immerse themselves into the mindset of the period. To be frank, during that period the most common role for women was taking care of domestic issues. Most of those can be adapted to camp life. Examples are cooking, sewing, washing clothes, spinning, weaving, medical practices, 18th century children's toys and assorted other pastimes that are completely appropriate. If you think of an idea, present it to the Ladies of our unit to get advice on the activity, and to find out if it is appropriate. Our venue is after all that of a military force in the field, not a family in the home.

For the men there are also many choices including cleaning your gun the 18th century way, drilling, scrimshaw work on powderhorns, gunsmithing, interpreting the artillery, papermaking, cooking, medical work, and leatherwork among many others.

We encourage our members to take an active part in our effort to educate the public by taking up some sort of demonstration. We are not chauvinists, we just try to keep the roles correct for the period.


Do you allow women to fight in reenactments??

Under the condition that they immerse themselves in the role they can certainly participate. By that we mean that if we can tell you are a woman, then the public can also. And that was not allowed in the 18th century. There were a few exceptions of women who immersed themselves in the male role and were only found out by the surgeon when they were wounded..


Does the clothing have to be hand sewn?

We recommend that at least the visible seams should be hand sewn. This often amounts to less than 25% of the stitching in a garment. Hand sewing makes a very good demonstration at events


Do you have to be from North Carolina to join?

No. Our members are primarily from NC but we have members in five states. We do recommend that members live in the mid-Atlantic and southern states simply due to participation opportunities. If you don not live in these areas, we can recommend quality units closer to you. Or you can visit one of these links.

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Is there a certain number of events that I have to attend?

To maintain full membership, no. But to be eligible for full membership voting rights, you must attend eight event days over no specified time. After that, at the next unit business meeting, you are eligible for full membership "vote-in". Vote-in is explained in further detail in the New Recruit Package that will be sent to you.


Is this a hereditary organization?

No. There are no ascriptive requirements for membership, although many men and women can trace their ancestry to those who supported both sides of the conflict. Some find out after getting involved that they indeed had an ancestor who participated in or lived in America during this period.


Can I drink alcohol at events?

There are units that not only allow, but encourage the enjoyment of alcohol at events. We ARE NOT one of those organizations.

While we have no regulations against it we strongly insist the drinking of alcohol be confined to one or two beers or a glass of wine, enjoyed "after hours" when all visitors are gone. These beverages are to be enjoyed from a period container only, beer cans are not tolerated in our camp outside of your tent.

There is no place for liquor in our unit at events.

Should a member, prospective member, or guest of a member show signs of excessive drinking, there will be reprocussions. Depending on the level and frequency of the abuse these include, but are not limited to; a) A very serious discussion with members of the unit Board of Directors. b) Being disallowed from participating in firing demonstrations and/or battle recreations. c) Being asked to resign from the organization.

Controlled substances, that are not prescribed, will not be tolerated.


Can I bring my pet?

We very highly discourage the bringing of any pets to events. Animals present additional liability issues and even if the little creature is very gentle, anything can happen that causes a child to walk away with a scratch or bite. Furthermore they seem to leave little "gifts" around camp and battlefield areas. Many aren't very tolerant to gunfire, whether it is due to a firing demonstration or a "battle recreation". Most sites do not allow pets on the grounds, unless they are of the handicap assist variety.


Are there rules for behavior?

If you are sincerely interested in getting involved with our organization, please fill out the form on this website and mail it to us. You will receive a phone call from our commander and a packet of information. That packet will contain our rules and regulations, including a section called "Camp Etiquette" which explains expected behavior at events.