Latest News From The 4th U.S.

20 Years of Reenacting the Regulars!

Posted by First Sergeant Lean, 2nd January 2019

Happy New Year to you all!

2019 is a momentous year for the 4th U.S. Infantry, marking the 20th anniversary of the formation of Company K with Soskan back in 1999.

Whilst the 4th us one of the newest regiments in Soskan’s 51 year history, the regiment is proving itself to be a driving force in the association in recent years; and has never been stronger!

For many years the regiment was ridiculed as the “4of US”, and was often dragged into the ranks of larger regiments to bolster numbers. Now, however, the 4th is acknowledged as one of the larger regiments of the association; and on several occasions in recent years has provided the largest regiment on the battlefield. Long may this continue!

This celebration is for everyone in the regiment, but it could not happened without the leadership of Lieutenant Chris Barwick and Rae Barwick for holding the regiment together since it’s inception. Had it not have been for the commitment of Chris and Rae, the 4th U.S. Inf would have collapsed years ago and would not be celebrating this year!

So to all of you I would like to ask you to you to think, “What can I do to make this the greatest year for the 4th?”

Perhaps you could invite a friend to guest, make it to an additional event, get some new gear to improve your impression. Everything we do adds to our impression, so think about what small thing you could do to make this the best year ever!

Thank you all, I look forward to seeing you all soon, and as per our old motto- Let the 4th be seen in strength!

END OF SEASON SUM UP

Posted by Lieutenant Barwick, 24th November 2018

Well 2018 has come to an end, I feel the year’s events have missed some members due to personal problems, work, and other commitments but on the whole an enjoyable season.

Some events were cancelled due to the weather or political problems with the organisers.

I believe the highlight of the year was the honour of an invite to the Brookwood American Cemetrary in May. This was organised by our own Ryan and the 4th did us proud.

Wing and Wheels, a private invite, was low key so let’s hope next year it will be more full-on. A few of us went to Spechley Park and participated in a small Mexican battle with the Freemasons presenting all participants with a medal with the SoSkAn logo on to celebrate 50 years of re-enacting as SoSkAn is the oldest group in the U.K.

We have four new members this year; Gareth, Paul C, Matt G, and Matt Ring so next season let’s try and get a better turnout at the events. The unit is growing and we are being noticed so let’s look forward to 2019 and a great year for the 4th.

 

Have a merry Xmas 2018
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A great re-enacting New Year 2019

Newhaven Fort

Posted by Lieutenant Barwick, 15th October 2018

Great weekend, the 4th were camped in the large hanger building with our guest Paul Connell who joined the 4th as a new member.

Saturday saw Dave Durdan of the Bucktails as our 1st Sergeant for the weekend (many thanks Dave!).

That evening saw 12 of us going for a meal down at the Hope Inn. When arriving back at the fort Gemma got disco party off to a great evening. Our highlight was some of the 4th members doing a Freddie Mercury impression to I Want To Break Free with a broom across the hanger floor.

Saturday and Sunday saw drill, firing displays with a scenario of the Union firing over the walls at invisible Rebs.

The 4th did some photo shoots to be used on SoSkAn’s next visit to the fort followed with more photos being taken deep down within the fort.

Well done to all who attended.

Farewell To 2017

Posted by Lieutenant Barwick, 14th December 2017

What a fantastic year the 4th have had, started with the 4th doing our own training event organized, which was a great success and was well attended by 4th members and also the Union Commander; with members of the Bucktails and the 18th Missouri. At Amherst the company also had the honour of being presented with their new National Colours, made by Daz Paul of the ACWS. This was organised by 1st Sergeant Lean and named our new flag ‘Rae’ after our own Mrs B.

My thanks to Chris Lean who not only does a brilliant job as 1st sergeant; but also for all his excellent work on the 4th website, and for all his help with recruitment throughout the year. His commitment to both the regiment, its members, and also to SoSkAn is outstanding!

Also big thanks to Paul Mitchell who has taken some great photos at events, which he kindly posts onto both the 4th website and shares with the 4th and SoSkAn on Facebook. Paul has done a brilliant video compilation of his photos which is proving to be great promotional aid by both SoSkAn and the 4th to advertise our wonderful hobby.

The 4th have attended some great events this past season namely- Fort Amherst; Statford Armouries; Belhus Woods; Quex Park; the Alamo at Western Park; Basildon Carnival; Maldon; Detling; and the Battle of Antietam at Kelham Hall.

The civilians of the unit have also worked hard this season; from staffing the Post Office to Recruitmenting, helping with medical displays to sewing and keeping fires going, they have kept us all watered and well fed this season. Big Thank Yous go to Thalia, Summer, and Rae. The whole regiment truly appreciates all your help and efforts in camp and at events this year.

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Kelham Hall

Posted by Lieutenant Barwick, 28th September 2017

What a fantastic weekend we all had at Kelham Hall, the weather was good, and the event was great.

Saturday saw Sergeant Lean arrive and our old firend Gareth Harding guesting with us as 1st Sergeant for the weekend. Saturday’s battle was different than anything we had all done before with the battle opening with the combined Union battalions fighting our way through the Cornfield, and we emerged with the 42nd on our left and the 18th on our right, it looked great with showers of dirt pelting the company behind the fence.

The evening saw most of us in the beer tent, it was a bit dark and a hillbilly band playing music (nothing like our Bath Bash beer tents of the past).

On Sunday the sun came out, the 4th got presented the Company of the year shield after dress parade and then all Soskan’s Union headed over to the cornfield for a photoshoot

The afternoon battle in 3 parts saw the Green flags of the Irish emerge from the cornfield, and on the final assault the Rebs were wiped out.

Colonel Tim Davis was so pleased with the weekend and its great success, and we all hope that Soskan and the ACWS can get together again only if it’s once a year.

Well done everyone! It’s all your efforts that make the 4th what it is!

Detling Military Odyssey

Posted by Lieutenant Barwick, 5th September 2017

The 4th had a great time at Detling this year; the weather was great and the scenario in the woods went well all three days. It was into the Wilderness again, and Nutty and our Russell did a great job with the field hospital; with our Max getting wounded and being discovered Max was actually Gemma (Oh, we can still here those screams!!!).

The Battle on Saturday fell into chaos with the Confederate army in disarray, Sundays battle went to plan, and on the Monday it was decided to let the Rebs win as it was the Confederate Commander’s last battle before he stepped down, well done Keith Haskett.

The Evenings saw the beer hanger with its usual mix of costumes and characters, and on the Saturday evening all the ladies dressed in 19th century bathing costumes with inflatable ***** which went down well.

On the Sunday after the battle Soskan had their medal ceremony, and to our delight and complete surprise the 4th won Company of the Year, which saw a great cheer followed by all members; and chanting of “We are the 4th!”

Well done everyone for all your efforts at Detling, and my thanks to the 42nd for joining the 4th on the hot march around the site on the Monday with our new flag, and music by Paul & Callum. We looked good and sounded great.

Onwards to Kelham!

Maldon HMVA

Posted by Lieutenant Barwick, 20th August 2017

Our event at Maldon was a radical departure for the 4th US, being our first solo reenactment away from Soskan, it was our first time at this event and it was the organisers first time at this location.

I was unable to get to Maldon until Saturday afternoon due to work commitments and sadly Chris Lean was unexpectedly called into work as well.

Ollie, Ryan, Mike, Max (Gemma), Riley, Paul, Mark, and Robert of the 18th Missouri were there on the Saturday; and big thanks to Ollie who was able to arrange a skirmish display with Spearfish Creek.

Sunday saw the 4th US with increased numbers, adding myself and Kieran to Company K’s strength. We marched around the site in the morning, followed by two scenarios with Spearfish Creek, and a drill display in the arena.

The recruitment stand looked excellent, especially with Paul Mitchell’s new photoboard, and Rae set up her post office, giving us a really effective display. I know you all had fun doing the German WW2 prison camp escape and the weather was a bonus.

The organisers were very pleased with our efforts and displays, and has invited the 4th back next year, so well done.

Carnival Time!

Posted by First Sergeant Lean, 1st August 2017

What a fantastic event we had at the Basildon Carnival this year, a far cry from the 2016 event! We had a brilliant turnout for our first recruiting event for the year with Lieutenant Barwick, Rae, Kieron, Mike, Ryan, Gemma, Paul, and Myself turning out to represent the 4th. Big thanks also go out to our supporters, Josh Braybrooke of the 1st Arkansas for turning out in blue (and what a marvellous federal he made); and to Tammy, Toby, and Imogen for flyering and shaking buckets for the company.

The parade was memorable at best, and despite the 2 miles we marched, it was probably closer to double that in steps including all of the stops whilst we marked time. Thanks to all the company for the maximum effort that went into the parade dress that was laid on; you really looked the part of a recruiting party.

The day was a real success, and the 4th was rewarded with the prestigious “Best Overall Entry” for the parade.

May the 4th be with you!

Posted by First Sergeant Lean, 3rd June 2017

Attention Company!

May has been a funny old month, and I apologise for the delay in getting getting things done.

The month started very well, with a return to one of our favorate venues, Belhus Woods! The company had a good turnout; with Gemma, Paul, and Ryan representing the company on the Saturday (with a stange figure in a high vis appearing in the afternoon). The company was out in good numbers Sunday with Chris, Rae, Keiron, Martin, Mike, and Kiri bolstering the numbers (sadly, I had to miss most of the day as I had had a call-out in the middle of the night); and Gemma did an excellent job at covering First Sargeant.

There was also great feedback from members of the society of the Townsball match, and hopefully we can arrange this some more for the future, good idea Ryan!

May also saw a major milestone for our social media efforts, as our Youtube channel finally hit 15, 000 views! With some more plans to boost our views, this figure will hopefully go up rapidly in the near future!

Membership has continued excellently this month with two confirmed new members joining the 4th US. Please welcome Stephen Seymore and Callum Fox into our numbers in your usual cheerful and friendly way.

Sadly Watford was abit of a wash out for the regiment due to unexpected comittments and sickness (myself included), however Gemma and Paul have told me they had a great time.

Thank you all for your continuing efforts, and I look forward to seeing you all on the battlefield.

4th US Storm Stratford Armouries

Posted by Lieutenant Barwick, 18th April 2017

Attention Company!

Thank you to everyone who turned up at Stratford; we had a good turnout, and for the first time ever we outnumbered the 18th Missouri! It was a good little event, and I’m proud of you all.

Monday’s skirmish was much better than Sundays thanks to some practice, and the Confederacy seam to be going down this Western Civilian bushwhacker scenario, which at some events works well.

A big thanks to Ryan for the evening meal on Sunday evening, to Martin for making ID tags for everyone, and Chris Lean who managed to squeeze Gemma and Paul and all their kit into Tammy’s car.

We were also pleased to meet Callum Fox of the ACWS who guested with us on the Sunday, and may becoming a member of the 4th. I was a please to have you along Callam!

Look forward to seeing you all at Belhus Woods our next event

Let the 4th be seen in Strength!