Army of the Columbia

   Battalion Staff     Union Units  

The Union Battalion of the Washington Civil War Association takes pride in honoring tradition. Our Battalion is commonly referred to as the Army of the Columbia, which follows the Union tradition of naming its forces for the nearest body of water. Since the forces that comprise the Army of the Columbia represent all theaters of the war and were never historically together, the Army is fictitiously designated as belonging to the 42nd Corps (Washington is the 42nd state).

Currently, the Army of the Columbia is comprised of eight infantry regiments, one artillery battery, the US Medical Department, a fife and drum corps, and the Norwich Cadet Corps. In addition, the USS Tahoma has a navy artillery battery and a detachment of US marines.

The Army of the Columbia strives to present the public with as accurate as possible a representation of a Union Military camp, be that a garrison impression or on campaign. This impression is governed by Casey's Drill manual. Military customs and courtesies are followed as the daily schedule unfolds, highlighting the activities that comprised a soldiers life. This starts at 6:00 AM with traditional music compliments of the Army of the Columbia Fife and Drum Corps, and ends with a bugler signaling lights out.

Casey's layout for a regimental street serves as the guide for the layout of the Military camp. Regimental support units such as cooks and laundry services are camped around the perimeter of the streets. During public hours, in keeping with the theme and regulations of a military camp, and in order to accurately portray history, no unescorted women are allowed to be present on the military streets. Attached Union civilians representing the Sanitary Commission or other impressions are camped together adjacent to the military camp.

This layout does not mean that families are not welcome; rather it encourages further education on the part of reenactors in portraying historically accurate interactions between soldiers and civilians. Health and Welfare Inspections, visiting dignitaries, local refugees, roaming entertainers, temperance movement members, and protestors from the local community have all been portrayed.

All impressions of a Military nature are welcome and encouraged. Every attempt is made to utilize each unit in a manner consistent with its traditional function within the Union Army.

Regardless what type of event the Army of the Columbia participates in, the esprit de corps and pride that were present in the Union Army as they passed in review in the Nations Capital can be felt and heard echoing through the camps.

HAIL COLUMBIA!!!!

Union Brigade Staff

Brigade Commander COL. Alan Geho

(509)-671-9988 Home

(509)-985-9135 Cell

 amgeho@msn.com

Wing Commander

MAJ Shane Colglazier

 (253) 851-5108 

cretetard@centurytel.net

Wing Commander

MAJ Bryan Tafoya

(509) 796-4446
 bryan@scout434.net

 Cheif of Staff 1st Lt. Larry Graham scottishtrooper@gmail.com

Battalion Chaplins

 

Asst BN Chaplain

 CPT Phil DuFrene 

 

Donny Cameron

  (360) 510-5123            

 ramonsdad@hotmail.com 

(503) 645-4184

bearfootedboy@comcast.net

Sergeant Major

SGM.

Dan Rike

 452-422-0323

daniel.rike@gmail.com

2nd Sgt

SGT   Earl Simmonds

  (541)-409-1293   

 lbsimm@comcast.net

  Signals and Telegraph Superintendent   1st Lt. Kevin Saville   (360) 292-0966
kevin@saville.net

 

 For Non-military info, goto; Union Civilian

 

Union Units

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Musicians Navy Sharpshooters   
 

UNION UNITS

Artillery
1st Michigan Light Artillery,
Co. E
Maj. Gary Michie (Commander) (509) 233-8912
 majormichie@gmail.com
Keystone Battery

CPT.  Ron Evans   (Commander)

509-347-6753,                       ron@keystonebattery.org
1st Illinois Light Artillery Regiment

 CPT. Larry Beckett (Commander)

778-998-8004   

rebgnr1@shaw.ca

Cavalry
1st U.S. Cavalry 1st LT Shawn Strutton 541-401-2412                           sstrutton2@comcast.net
 3rd West Virginia CAV MAJ  Rich Bright (509)910-4638                        BrightNot66@yahoo.com
Infantry
3rd Michigan Infantry LT Floyd (Lisa Tharp) (509) 998-9136
  floydh3mvi@gmail.com
4th U.S. Infantry

1st Lt. Brad Jones   Commander

 

SGT Carl Hicks, Jr    Recruiting

206-383-7090

speculae@aol.com 

recruiterC4US@outlook.com

7th Wisconsin Infantry CPT. Glen Allison (commander)

 509-545-5400

gallison2b@charter.net 

11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, CO "I"    
12th US Infantry 2nd Lt. Charles Saint huntertiger85@gmail.com
20th Maine Infantry, Co. F

CPT. Rich O'Flaherty  (Commander)

 

Cpl. Bob Ballard (Chair)

253-414-4246                         richard_oflaherty12@comcast.net  

425-649-5821                    robertballard49@hotmail.com

79th New York Infantry    
100th Pennsylvania Infantry

CPT Cory Robinson (Commander)

Sgt. David L. Welch

360-918-3970
capincory@msn.com 

425-512-5510, penn100th@msn.com

Marines
U.S. Marines    
U. S. S. Tahoma Marines Infantry CPT. Howard Struve (Commander) (360) 874-8548
hstruve@wavecable.com
     
 
 Medical
U. S. Medical Department        

Maj. Mike Inman

 

Medical Chaplain Ray Carbough

(509) 280-5608

sfdmike@comcast.net

(509) 995-7665

raylynncarbo@live.com

Navy
U.S.S. Tahoma Naval Artillery Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Grinsell Commander 360-697-3137
tgrinsell@hotmail.com
Sharpshooters
2 U.S. Sharpshooters,Co. D

CPT  Ethan Whitehall

1st Sgt. Jerad Koepp

(360) 739-0783
ethanbugs17@gmail.com

360-742-0406 jeradkoepp@gmail.com

 Special Units    
 Army of the Columbia Fife and Drum Corps

Sgt. Dennis Lawler (Chair) 

Cpl Linda Soule (Chief Fifer)

 (360) 620-3287 djlawler43@aol.com

 galatia9@worldnet.att.net

 Dashaway Club-Youth Group  CPT Stephen Howard  509-842-2156   saaqt@juno.com