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Written December 26th, 2001
Approved January 19th, 2002
Updated June 3rd, 2008
We in the 69th New York try to study and understand and represent as much as possible the life of the Irish Soldier in the 69th N.Y. during the American Civil War. We strive for authenticity in uniform, camp and drill. We welcome new members who would like to join our ranks to help us in our goal. Families are welcome! We pride ourselves in maintaining a clean, healthy and enjoyable atmosphere in our company, suitable for all ages.
A) 69th New York Members are required to pay unit dues once a year, (Around November-December of each year). Unit dues cover unit expenses, including purchasing new loaner gear, unit tents and other equipment. It also covers some of the cost of printing flyers for recruiting purposes. Dues are currently $15 for an individual, $20 for a family.
B) The 69th will on occasion do a fundraiser to purchase needed equipment for the unit. Any purchases must be suggested at a meeting and have unit approval before the transaction takes place.
A) Unit meetings will be held throughout the year. The most important one, (for elections) will be held at the first event of the year, as announced in the newsletter.
B) Only paid members are permitted to vote or actively participate in unit meetings. Only paid members will be put on the unit roster in each newsletter.
C) Being a member of the 69th New York is a privilege, not a right. This privilege is revocable. If it is deemed necessary, the company can by a ¾ vote remove anyone from the unit.
D) A C.O. (Commissioned Officer) or the ranking NCO, (Non-Commissioned Officer), will command the unit at events. The commanding officer will have at least one NCO under him to assist in the running of the unit if numbers permit.
E) There is no set number of events a member is required to attend, unless that individual is a CO or NCO.
A) Elections will be held once a year, normally between January and March, (information will be in the newsletters). Anyone is permitted to run for a NCO or CO rank provided they know the required knowledge, attend events regularly, have been a member of the unit at least one year and are capable of taking command of the unit.
B) A NCO or CO is permitted to retain his rank for an unlimited number of years provided the unit freely elects him to his position at the beginning of each year.
Below is the basic uniform for the 69th New York. You are not required to purchase your gear all at once, though we strongly encourage to purchase it as soon as possible, this frees up loaner gear for new recruits. PLEASE TALK TO A VETERAN BEFORE PURCHASING ANYTHING! This is VERY important and will save money and headaches.
-New York Shell Jacket, (sacks are permitted, shells are preferred)
-Light sky blue infantry trousers
-Black US Brogans
-Dark Blue Forage or "Bummer" hat w/"69" and "B" pins.
-Smoothside canteen, with dark blue cover
-Black Waist belt with SNY buckle
-Black Cartridge Box, (M1842 .69 cal)
-Black Cartridge Box strap
-Black Cap pouch
-Two rivet Springfield bayonet Scabbard and bayonet, (If you have a Springfield)
-Smoothbore .69 cal 1842 US Springfield w/strap
-US Issue Shelter half
-Black US Hardpack knapsack
-Light blue US greatcoat
-wool socks, suspenderes, shirt etc.
A) The unit has a limited supply of loaner gear. We use it to outfit new recruits. All unit loaner gear has been purchased by the unit or donated by unit members.
B) Loaner gear is on a first come first serve basis, and will not be set aside for an individual
C) Loaner gear is also a privilege, the use of which is revocable at any time if necessary. The decision to revoke loaner gear remains with the CO and NCOs.
D) Anyone who loses or damages any loaner gear is required to replace what ever was lost or damaged.
E) The corporal or other designated soldier will be in charge of loaner gear. He will keep track of it with everyone’s help. DO NOT take or drop of any gear with checking it in/out with the corporal.
A) Safety is of the utmost importance! No one is permitted to go on the battlefield until they have taken and passed the A.C.W.A.’s safety test. The unit Sergeant will go over the safe handling of the firearms we use, and will administer the safety test after a suitable safety lecture.
B) A recruit must demonstrate to the CO that he has been properly educated in the handling of the musket. The CO will put all safety tests on file.
C) Under no circumstances will safety rules be bent or broken! If anyone is found intentionally bending or breaking safety rules, a penalty will be enforced.
D) This hobby is dangerous if the safety rules are not followed. You must be aware of yourself and those around you while on the field and in camp.
E) Safety is the responsibility of every member! Do not presume your NCO/CO has seen a safety problem or violation. If you see an unsafe situation, immediately report it to your NCO or CO.