US Battalion of Engineers Co. A

US Battalion of Engineers Co. A Reenacting the role of Company A. of the US Engineers (Regular) in the American Civil War Visit our Home Page at: http://www.civilwarengineers.com

We are a small reenacting group portraying Co. A of the US Engineer Battalion during the Civil war.

Mission: Our focus is on living history and teaching history to interested parties. In particular the role of the Engineer troops of the Civil War and most particularly the US Battalion of Engineer Troops- Regular Army

Big thanks go out today to Cheryl Ball for hosting our winter meeting again this year. It was super to see everyone and ...
02/02/2020

Big thanks go out today to Cheryl Ball for hosting our winter meeting again this year. It was super to see everyone and I'd also like to thank everybody who was able to get there and give your thoughts.

Below is our schedule of events as of this date. We will, of course, supplement it with various parades and presentations throughout the year.

We have also determined that our next Engineer project will be the construction of a portable timber trestle bridge that we can transport to events like our tower. I'll begin the blueprints ASAP.

It looks to be an outstanding year ahead. I'm looking forward to another year of fun and camaraderie with you all.

I remain..

Your Obedient Servant,

Capt. Ball

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10/04/2019
Engineers on the Rappahannock (Part 3) – How to Build a Pontoon Bridge

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Annual Civil War School of the Engineer/Pioneer
05/29/2019

Annual Civil War School of the Engineer/Pioneer

Please allow me to thank all of those involved in planning and presenting the Annual School of the Engineer 2019 in Waterloo, NY. While the weather was iffy at times, the spirit of our hosts in the 148th NYVI, the Waterloo Commemorate and Celebrate Memorial Day Committee, particularly Mr. Marty Hillman and the entire town of Waterloo was unquestioned and fantastic. Please accept the sincerest thanks from the members of Company A, US Engineers for all you do.

03/11/2019

Here is the 2019 schedule of events for Co. A US Engineers. This is our base schedule of events and more may be added. Come on out and see us.

*March 23 Drill at the West Seneca Senior Citizens building 5-6pm
*April 13th- Tower construction drill at Eames beginning at 9am. This is an all day event and may continue on Sunday, if needed.
*May 25-26- School of the Engineer/Waterloo, NY
*May 30- Living History Event Fredonia, NY
*June 8-9- Co. A Training weekend (Co. A and recruits or by invitation ONLY) Schedule to follow
*July 6-7 Gettysburg Living History Specifics to be announced
*July 19-21 Genesee Country Village
*August 2-4 Fort Ontario Living History Oswego, NY
*September 27-29 Angelica, NY Reenactment/ Living History
*October Date TBD- Lancaster, NY Hist. Soc. Living History
*November 23- Gettysburg Remembrance Day

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03/02/2019

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I am pleased to announce that Co. A US Engineers will once again conduct the Annual School of the Engineer and Pioneer on May 25-26 in Waterloo, NY.
It will be held in conjunction with the 143 NYVI's Living History event and the Town of Waterloo's Memorial Day Celebration.
The school is open to all interested reenactors, military from all branches or civilian. Engineersin attendance will earn their artificer's rank and other branches will earn their Pioneer designation and be presented with their axes. It is highly recommended that you have some experience as a reenactor as this is not a School of the Soldier.
Registration is free but I must have a count of people who plan to attend. If you are interested or have questions, please PM me. I've included an album of photos from the 2018 School of the Engineer/Pioneer to show some of the action you can expect. https://www.facebook.com/pg/Annual-Civil-War-School-of-the-EngineerPioneer-507864462730656/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1073205549529875

01/14/2019

Please send out a warm welcome to our newest recruits, Brittney Gradel and her boyfriend James. They'll be meeting everyone at the Waterloo, NY School of the Engineer in May.

08/25/2018
Annual Civil War School of the Engineer/Pioneer

This link will take you to our School of the Engineer Page here on FB. Its an annual event. If you are considering the impression or perhaps a Pioneer impression, or just want to find out more about the role of the Engineers take a look. https://www.facebook.com/Annual-Civil-War-School-of-the-EngineerPioneer-507864462730656/

This s a training school for Civil War reenactors particularly those interested in period engineering, tools, mapping etc. We also teach the public as living historians while we train Engineers and Pioneers.

For the past few days we have been working on a small signal tower for use at living history events.  Almost done.
05/21/2018

For the past few days we have been working on a small signal tower for use at living history events. Almost done.

Annual Civil War School of the Engineer/Pioneer
02/19/2017

Annual Civil War School of the Engineer/Pioneer

Please note the attached Registration, Release and Guideline forms for the 2017 School of the Engineer/ Pioneer. They are in the .jpg format to allow easy viewing.

If you are planning to attend the 2017 School, please complete and return the Registration and Release forms. They can be downloaded printed and returned via snail mail to:
Capt. Raymond B. Ball
Co. A US Engineers
21 Muriel Drive
West Seneca, NY 14224
or
via email to [email protected]

Please return the forms ASAP as we are limited to 25 slots and they are "first come-first serve". Registrations must be returned prior to JUNE 22, 2017 so that we will have time to finalize numbers.

Co. A at the Lincoln's Day celebration in Buffalo, NY.  Feb, 2017.
02/13/2017

Co. A at the Lincoln's Day celebration in Buffalo, NY. Feb, 2017.

02/12/2017

The following is our tentative schedule for 2017. Items that are starred are Living History events ceremonies or parades. Please review the dates and locations. For our unit to continue to maintain the reputation we have, your participation is necessary.

***Lincoln’s Day Ceremony Feb 12
***St. Patrick’s Day Parade Rochester March 19
Neshaminy April 29th, 30
***Civil War Day Living History Hamburg May 19
Letchworth May 19-22
***Memorial Day Ceremonies***
May [email protected]
On to Richmond June 3,4
School of the Engineer July 22 and 23
Mumford July 15,16
***Tinker Homestead August 4,5,6
Attica/ Arcade Railroad August 12,13
Chestnut Ridge August 25,27
***GCC Timeline event Medina NY Sept. 15
Angelica September September 22,23,24
***Lancaster Little Red Schoolhouse***
Remembrance Day Gettysburg November 18

US Battalion of Engineers Co. A's cover photo
01/09/2017

US Battalion of Engineers Co. A's cover photo

I finally finished the detail on the castle of our flag. It only took 3 years.
01/06/2017

I finally finished the detail on the castle of our flag. It only took 3 years.

01/01/2017

Dear Friends, old and new,
Here is wishing you a wonderful new year ahead. May it be safe and bring all that is good to your door.
Your Obedient Servant,
Captain Ball

The staff of the Union Volunteers followed directly by the Engineers of course.  Up the UV!  Essayons!
11/27/2016

The staff of the Union Volunteers followed directly by the Engineers of course. Up the UV! Essayons!

So proud to be representing the Company with several of our members this weekend in Gettysburg. Well done gentlemen and ...
11/21/2016

So proud to be representing the Company with several of our members this weekend in Gettysburg. Well done gentlemen and ladies.

11/11/2016

f you have not yet registered for "On to Richmond" please do so soon. Co. A will have a small company under the Union Volunteers at this point. However we have room for more and it would be great to field a good sized group of Engineers. Our boys were there in '62, lets take the field in their honor! Early registration closes soon so save yourself some money!
YOS,
Capt. Ball

I would highly recommend this tome for all those folks interested in the Engineers.  Its filled with excellent informati...
10/21/2016

I would highly recommend this tome for all those folks interested in the Engineers. Its filled with excellent information.

My winter reading list has begun to arrive
10/20/2016

My winter reading list has begun to arrive

10/18/2016

This past Saturday the 1SG and I were very pleased to take part in a walk through of the grounds of the Chestnut Ridge Park where the reenactment will take place in the coming August. I have also been engaged in talks with Mike Lavis, the event coordinator, and the County representatives of the park to run the Engineer School there the weekend prior to the event. They were excited at the possibility of having us there and were excited at the prospect of building things there as well. They cited opportunities to build a tower, and/ or a bridge! While the School information needs to be finalized- it appears to be a go. Details to follow upon confirmation.

I have never seen better ground for a reenactment. There are so many possibilities that it was almost mind boggling. Woods to open fields, hills to rolling and flat land... While I am aware that it is a long way off, I would suggest that this reenactment, August 25, 26, 27 be a maximum effort event for us next year.

I will post more information about what was discussed over the next few days.

YOS
Capt. Ball

Regimental Quartermaster, Inc.
09/20/2016

Regimental Quartermaster, Inc.

Although truly a sad day for us here in Gettysburg and the entire community, if you listen hard enough, you can hear him bragging to the angels about how Artillery is the King of the Battlefield. God Bless you old friend and please stay close and continue to mentor us in our days.

Because I have been so busy with the Essayons page and the School of the Engineer, I have neglected to thank and welcome...
08/19/2016
Home Page

Because I have been so busy with the Essayons page and the School of the Engineer, I have neglected to thank and welcome the several new visitors who have taken the time to view and like our page. My sincere apologies.

I would like to express a sincere welcome, as well as an invitation to visit out other pages and our website at http://www.usengineerbn.net I hope you enjoy them all and visit often.

08/18/2016

I would like to cordially invite all of the members of this page to join us in the parade and festivities at Gettysburg Remembrance Day. If you would like to march with the US Engineers please let me know.

07/22/2016

I'd like to give a shout out to Gerry Angelo today. Gerry, while just getting started, is already an outstanding addition to Co. A. and a very promising Engineer. Yesterday, two different units at Manassas tried to steal him from our ranks with the promise of a promotion. This may sound familiar..... Props to Gerry for his loyalty to this unit. As for the poachers.... well, I'll just leave it there.

Annual Civil War School of the Engineer/Pioneer
07/15/2016

Annual Civil War School of the Engineer/Pioneer

From Sat. July 9th, 2016

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07/02/2016
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07/02/2016
Annual Civil War School of the Engineer/Pioneer

Here is the roster for the 2016 School of the Engineer/ Pioneer. it includes your work detail orders for the first duty assignment.

As of this moment we have the following soldiers planning to attend the School next weekend. I have tentatively set up the work details which will take place between instruction sessions. These are not permanent assignments and will be altered as the work demands:

School Superintendent- Raymond Ball Capt. Co. A US Engineers
Adjutant- Alex Johnson Capt. 1st NYVE

Medical Staff- SGT Robert L. A. Beebe

NCOs- 1SG Raymond Ball Co. A US Engrs
SGT Luke Eames Co. A US Engrs
CPL Michael Christie

Gun Platform Detail-NCOIC- SGT Eames
PVT Barry Pawlowski Art. US Engrs.
PVT Robert Yott Co. A US Engrs.
PVT Noah Luthart Co. A US Engrs.

Abatis, Rifle pit and Field Works Detail- OIC- Alex Johnson
CPL Michael Christie
PVT Sam Levitt
PVT Dave McCaskey Co. A US Engineers
PVT Noah Storer Co. A US Engineers
PVT Brian Teagarden (Sat only)

***Plus support of the 140th NYVI

Cheveaux Construction Detail- NCOIC-1SG Raymond Ball Jr.
PVT Jesse Wilinski Co. D US Engrs.
PVT Dennis Luthart Co. A US Engrs.
PVT Brian Panepent Co. A US Engrs.
PVT Gerry Angelo Co. A US Engineers
Samuel Washburn Co. D US Engineers

Members of the 140th NYVI have expressed interest in attending for a part of the school and will be added to supplement the details.

07/02/2016
Annual Civil War School of the Engineer/Pioneer

Several Important pieces of information here for those attending this year's School of the Engineer/Pioneer

Here is the Schedule for the 2016 School of the Engineer/Pioneer

Tentative schedule for 2016 School of the Engineer/ Pioneer
We will remain flexible as per the needs of the

Friday, July 8th
5pm Arrival, registration and camp set up.
7pm Officer and NCO meeting
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Sat, July 9th
7:00 Reville
8:30 Morning Formation, Roll Call (1SG Ball)
8:45 Attention to Orders, Camp overview (Capt. Ball)
9:00 Instruction period- Engineer Soldier work kit (Duty NCOs and Officers)
9:45 Form details, draw equipment move to work sites (Duty NCOs and Officers)
11:45 Break for Mess
1:00 Recall formation (1SG Ball)
1:15 Skirmish Drill (Capt. Johnson)
2:00 Gabion Construction Instruction and Work Details (Duty NCOs and Officers)
4:00 Recall Formation Break for Mess
5:00 Recall Formation- Orienteering instruction (Assigned NCOs and Officers)
6:00 Final Formation for the Day
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Sun, July 10th
7:00 Reville
8:30 Morning Formation, Roll Call (1SG Ball)
8:45 Draw tools, Work Details (Duty NCOs and Officers)
11:00 Recall Formation, Break for Mess
12:30 Formation
12:40 Instruction- Tripod Lifting Gin and Fascine construction stations (SGT Eames & Capt. Ball)
2:30 Q& A Debriefing (Staff NCOs and Officers)
3:00 Final Formation, Presentation of Pioneer Patches, Closing remarks (Capt. Ball)
3:30 Dismissed…Break Camp
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Members of the Fenian Circle of the US Engineers in the march to the Niagara River to begin the crossing and invade Cana...
06/05/2016

Members of the Fenian Circle of the US Engineers in the march to the Niagara River to begin the crossing and invade Canada.

Members of the Fenian Circle of the US Engineers in the march to the Niagara River to begin the crossing and invade Canada.

The members of the unit as 7th Buffalo, IAL -Fenians for the 150th of the Fenian invasion anniversary
06/04/2016

The members of the unit as 7th Buffalo, IAL -Fenians for the 150th of the Fenian invasion anniversary

05/23/2016

Please remember that the reason we are in this hobby is to remember and recognize the sacrifices of our ancestors. There is no more important nor proper means to do so than the coming holiday.

A reminder of our events for Memorial Day weekend:

1) Holy Cross Cemetery, Saturday at 9:00AM for a grave rededication. Max effort please as we are the only unit invited.
2) Arcade and Attica Railroad service, Saturday at 1PM
3) Forest Lawn Cemetery, Sunday at 11:00AM

Uniform for each ceremony is full parade dress. Please respond on the Old Company page as to the ceremonies you will attend.

05/22/2016
Annual Civil War School of the Engineer/Pioneer

Uniform Guidelines for the July School...

Uniform Guidelines for 2016 School of the Engineer/Pioneer

All cadre and candidates should have the following uniform for the School:

Early War Impression- All branches of Federal service are welcome to wear their branch specific uniform coats etc.
Federal sack coat and standard issue trousers (light or dark). Frock coats acceptable.
Federal forage cap, period civilian hat is acceptable for wear during fatigue duties
Period appropriate shirts. (depending upon the temp, we may be working in shirts)
Federal traps for light marching order. An extra canteen is highly recommended.
3 band Enfield or Springfield rifle with bayonet
Brogans

Officers will be indicated and ranked appropriately. NCO cadre for the school will be selected and will wear Engineer rank unless otherwise instructed. They will be contacted directly.

Please note :

While food and beverages are readily available we will not be supplying food at the school. Bring in your own or be ready to purchase it there.

We will be working during open hours to the public and will remain in our impressions during the day. Visitors to the museum may observe, ask questions and/ or otherwise interact with you.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited during the public period. All anachronistic items must be kept out of site during this period as well.

Address

21 Muriel Dr
West Seneca, NY
14224

General information

We are presently headquartered in West Seneca, NY. The majority of our impressions will be in the Western, NY, PA, Ontario area but we do hope to travel more in the future. As a support unit we hope to keep the impression small, about 10-12 participants. As always we are actively recruiting interested individuals.

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