impression we of the 30th strive to give is that of the
AVERAGE Western soldier of 1863. The guideline we try to
use is the generality rather than the exception. Some of
our members try to give a first person (taking on the persona
of an actual person) portrayal, be it a relative or some
member of the original 30th Indiana. The majority, however,
choose to convey simply the manner and lifestyle of the
citizen soldier in the federal Army.
Over the years, the 30th Indiana has gained a reputation
as a well drilled and disciplined unit. Believing that practice
makes perfect, past and present Command staff has emphasized
mastering these soldiering skills. It was
discovered that the 30th was instructed using Casey's 1863
drill manual. With recent re-printing of this book, today's
30th is learning this same manual. Constant practice has
proven itself as the skill of the men continues to improve.
30th Indiana is a member unit of the Cumberland Guard.
As was normal for soldiers in the Western Army (units who
fought West of the Appalachians), the 30th Indiana wears
black slouch or field hats, four button sack coats, sky
blue trousers, and Federal issue brogans. The men are armed
with a 50/50 mix of 1858 .58 caliber Enfield and .577 caliber
1861 Springfield rifle muskets. Also standard amongst the
men are dog tent style shelters and double bag knapsacks.
Our company participates in many different activities including school education programs, living history events and battle re-enactments. We added winter drill sessions to keep the men's skills sharp! The 2008 season has found the 30th very active... hosting a ball in March; the 145th Gettysburg Reenactment in July and the Angola, IN Reenactment in September. Take a look at our Events Schedule to see where we'll be next ... we look forward to meeting you in the field!