Latest News From The 4th U.S.

Maldon HMVA

Posted by Captain 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 Captain 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!

Garrison Duty At Newhaven Fort

Posted by First Sergeant Lean, 8th April 2017

Attention Company!

What a pleasure it was to see you all again after only a mere week. Thank you to all those who could attend both events on consecutive weekends.

I look forward to seeing you all again at Stratford Armouries, and in even greater numbers!

Let the 4th be seen in Strength!

4th Muster In At Fort Amherst

Posted by First Sergeant Lean, 21st March 2017

Attention Company!

What a fantastic weekend we had! Even the weather was kind to us, and I feel the weekend went very well and we all worked really hard.

I would like to thank all the 4th members who turned up, Robert of the 18th, Beau & Simon of the 42nd, and also to Grant Valentine for giving up their weekend to help our training; and to our First Sergeant, Chris Lean, for setting up this training weekend (and more to come).

Also what a honour for the unit to be surprised with a National Colour to fly alongside our Regimental Colour. It was a complete surprise and a well kept secret by Chris Lean and Rae. My many thanks to Chris Lean for organizing the flag, and to Daz Paul of the A.C.W.S for making it.

Let the 4th be seen in Strength!

Get Ready For 2017!

Posted by First Sergeant Lean, 15th January 2017

Attention Company!

Happy 2017 to you all! I trust you’ve all had a merry festive period, and are looking forward to the prospect of another year’s reenacting. Did you all make your reenacting resolutions?

Remember any small changes you can make can affect the regiment in a big way!

It’s been great hearing from all of the members of Company K over the past week or so and hearing how you’re all developing over the winter, and how much this will improve our impression and how the regiment runs! Well done to Ryan for making his shotgun application (which will hopefully be completed before the start of the season), to Mike Flynn for finding all of his old uniform, and to Gemma for buying her frock coat!

As for me, I have been busying myself with preparing for Fort Amherst, which Paul and I made a site visit to during the week. We’ll send you an update in the coming week about our accommodation, and a possible rough itinerary.

I’m also really pleased to say that things have not slowed down on the recruitment front, and although I’m not at liberty to state any names yet; take my assurance that we’ve had at least four potential recruits contact us. Some experienced reenactors, and some new to the hobby. I hope to be able to announce them to you very soon!

In the meantime, keep prepping for the season, and I’ll see you all at Fort Amherst!

End of Season Report

Posted by Captain Barwick, 3rd December 2016

Attention Company!

What a great, fun and fantastic year 2016 has been for the 4th. Thanks to our website, social media, displays, and recruitment booth we have seen a steady growth in both our military and civilian numbers. Well done to everyone for all your help and assistance in recruitment throughout 2016.

My thanks once again to everyone in the regiment for all your hard work and effort throughout the year and making the 4th US one of the best!

Detling Event Report

Posted by Captain Barwick, 3rd September 2016

Attention Company!

What a great weekend the Forth had! We go to meet our newest recruit Ryan, who turned up Friday complete with kit and he did very well. Saturday’s Battle was good, but was like a rehearsal for the Sunday and Monday battles, which were so much better.

Sunday Chris Lean arrived and our Former Major Russell Francis who joined us in the ranks and he enjoyed himself so much that he has chosen to join us too!

The Wilderness scenario in the woods went very well and we had praise from Lieutenant Bates of the 18th Mo on our hard work and effort in the woods, so well done everyone.

On the Sunday morning we got to say farewell to our fallen comrade, Danny Hamlet, who was saluted by the whole Union army; poor Danny lost his battle with cancer on Aug 19th.

The battles on the Sunday and Monday went very well and again the 4th U.S. had lots of positive comments on our performance; we looked good going down the field as line infantry. Our numbers are growing and it is nice to be respected as a company on the field.

Mike Flynn, one of our old members arrived Monday and joined in and I am pleased to say that he had such a good time he too has chosen to rejoin. Our other new member, James Mott, also arrived Monday but due to child commitment could not join in but well done James on being there; and well done on starting to get your own uniform together.

The only casualty of the weekend was poor Gemma (Max) who on falling down on the field has possibly fractured her hand, get better soon Gemma!

I wood like to thank everyone for their efforts and hard work in making Detling 2016 one of the best events I can remember.

Let the 4th be seen in strength!!!

Passing of Danny Hamlet

Posted by First Sergeant Lean, 20th August 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of a comrade, Danny Hamlet. Danny passed away last night (19th August) surrounded by his family after his ongoing battle with Cancer.

Danny had been with the 4th US for two years after joining us from the 18th Missouri, and was very much the ‘loveable rogue’ of the company. Although Danny’s ill health did leave him very weak the company was overjoyed to see him at Bovington, and we have been assured that he felt the same at being there.

Danny will be fondly remembered by all his comrades, and our hearts and condolences to out to Danny’s family at this difficult time.