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Do you have an avid interest in the American Civil War, specifically Marylanders?  Would you like to experience first-hand the excitement of battle, the camaraderie shared around the campfire, and share the love of history with like-minded folks?

Experience first-hand the smoke and thrill of battle.  The evenings spent around the campfire, authentic food, drill, friends, and the love of history of this great country!

The 2nd Maryland was formed in Salisbury, Maryland, in 1976.  We are one of the oldest contiguous Civil War living history units.  We are not political, and do not endorse any political beliefs.  Our goal is to accurately portray the Maryland Confederate soldier, and family, during the period 1861-1865.

We are a family-friendly unit.  Although we are a military unit, many of our members have wives, and children, that participate in events and portray the civilian of the time.  Our camps are authentic, as is our tactics and our uniforms.  The 2nd Maryland has always prided ourselves as one of the most authentic units on the field.  Over the years, we have won many awards for authenticity.

If this sounds good to you, and you would like to learn history by living it, read on.

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History of the “Revived” Second Maryland Infantry, Co. A, CSA, Inc.

Taken from Programme “Battle of Peninsular Campaign”

April 25, 26, 27, 1980

The initial meeting of the 2nd Maryland Infantry was held at the home of Donald and Elaine Patterson on January 19, 1976 in celebration of the 169th anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s birthday.  In commemoration, the Maryland flag flown over our State capital in Annapolis on that date was donated to our company by Del. (then Senator) Joseph Long.

1976 was an eventful year beginning with the 8th Annual Reenactment of the Battle of New Market and included numerous events, demonstrations and parades throughout Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York.  During our first year, the following awards were earned:

1st Place Authentic Campsite – Cpl. Boris Patkovic & Fred Dixon (Cambridge, Md. Event)

2nd Place Authentic Campsite – QM/SGT. Lydia Senkbeil (Cambridge, Md. Event)

1st Place Fraternal Marching Unit – Loyalty Day Parade (Salisbury)

1st Place Best Dressed Confederate Soldier – Cpl. Tom Gray (Cambridge, Md. Event)

2nd Place Musket Competition – Pvt. Danny Poehland (Port Jervis, N.Y.)

1st Place Pistol Competition – Sgt. Mike Carr (Harper’s Ferry, N.Y.)

2nd Place Booth Display – Farm and Home Show (Salisbury)

Fielding over 550 troops from 15 states, we successfully co-sponsored our first reenactment, “Cold Harbour” with the History/Political Science Club of Salisbury State College (Now Salisbury University) in October of 1976.

In October of 1977, our unit co-sponsored its 2nd reenactment in cooperation with the SSC History/Political Science Club.  This event re-created the Battle of “Gaines’ Mill” was staged near Mardela Springs, Md.

At the 9th Annual Sons of Veterans Reserves Encampment (1978) at Geneva, New York, the unit took 2nd Place in Infantry Drill competition.  Our third reenactment, also “Gaine’s Mill” was held near Delmar, Md. In July of 1978 and was co-sponsored by the Delmar Kiwanis Club.

1979 saw the additions of two squads, one from the Baltimore area under the command of Sgt. Ozzie Kraznokutsky and includes a very talented drum & fife corps.  The second squad is under the command of Cpl. Scott Robinson with members coming from around the Wheaton & Rockville, Maryland areas.

In the interest of portraying a more realistic picture of the War Between the States, some members of our unit don the “Blue” and become Union soldiers.  Accordingly, every second Sunday of each month finds members of our unit dramatizing a Union garrison impression at Ft. McHenry in Baltimore.

In 1979, the unit won three trophies – for Union & Confederate march units – and for a “Campsite” theme float in Federalsburg’s “Anything Goes Day” festivities.  We climaxed the year by taking 1st Place in the marching unit competition in Salisbury’s Annual Christmas parade.  Sponsors of that parade also designated our unit as the entry that best exemplified their theme, “An Old-Fashioned Christmas”.

Pvt. Patrick Mooney, one of our newest recruits recently took 3rd place prize in a “Simulated Press Conference” contest held at Chesapeake Community College.  Pvt. Mooney, dressed as General; Robert E. Lee, fielded questions & answered in “First Person” impressing the judges with his knowledge about Lee’s political & private lives.

Besides travelling many, many miles each year participating in numerous historical events, members have enlightened several school groups and community organizations as to the various aspects of the American Civil War.  At our weekly meetings we always endeavor to have either a guest speaker, have one of our members give a report or make a reproduction of an original Civil War item for use at reenactments.

Our unit, chartered in April of 1977 as a non-profit educational organization, continues to provide learning opportunities for its own membership as well as the general public.  Family participation is encouraged and the women are active in portraying the female role as it was in the 1860’s.  

Commanders:  Sgt. Don Patterson  1976, 1977, 1978, 1980

                         Sgt. Christopher Lowe 1979

Our Staff Members

Captain Thomas Fernbacker

My name is Thomas Fernbacker I am the Captain/Commander of 2nd Maryland Co A I also serve as the Assistance Engineer/Quartermaster of 4th Regiment/Battalion, 1st Division, ANV,(Army of North Virginia),...

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Lieutenant Chris Catone

I have been reenacting with the 2nd MD since 1999. I have long had an interest in history and in particular the civil war period because of its tremendous impact...

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1st Sergeant Tom Wachter

Under construction…check back soon!

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1st Corporal Dustin Miller

I’ve been with the company for almost 4 years.  My hobbies include hunting fishing and spending time with my family and by family I mean the members of 2ndMd (I...

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2nd Corporal Daniel McWilliams

Under construction.  Please check back soon!

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