Military & Civilian Reenactors, 19th Century!
of the Mexican War, American Civil War (Confederate / CSA & Union / USA),
Indian Wars, Old West & Spanish-American (Span-Am) War
AzRAHist's reenactors cover every aspect
of 19th Century (1800s) living history, both military or civilian. Our civilian and
military reenactors can come completely equipped with Period Uniform or Clothing,
Accoutrements, Weapons, Personal and Camp equipment, Horse and Tack (for mounted
images: Cowboys, Cavalry, Dragoons, Outlaws, Vaqueros and everyone else who rode
a horse during the 19th Century) or with whatever portion of the image is required.
Our Reenactor Advisors can be either on-camera or off-camera personnel, or both.
In most cases, the Reenactor Advisors are NOT additional personnel, but is an
additional duty given to the Reenactor Coordinators and Senior Reenactor Staff.
It is the duty of the reenactor advisors to answer questions regarding military
drill, military protocol, clothing, uniforms, equipment and any other historical
The Lead Reenactor Advisor interfaces with all the
departments that need his services, this usually includes Wardrobe, Props,
Weapons Master and sometimes the Set Dressing department. The Lead Reenactor
Advisor is the person responsible for answering any questions that the different
departments may have, both in pre-production and during the shoot. This can
involve questions such as what reenactors are, what uniforms and equipment they
will bring, do they come with facial hair, etc.
Our re-enactor artillery is experienced in both horse and mounted artillery. Because
of our experience, our gun crews have been selected to be featured as foreground gun
crews and also for scenes that required a high level of skill and training. We were
the Number 1 gun crew on the CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimac) and the USS
Cumberland for the movie Ironclads (TNT) and our artillery advisor was the gunner for
a rapid fire sequence filmed during North and South, Book II.
For horse drawn artillery, we have professional
horsemen experienced as both wheel horse and lead horse drivers. To me there is nothing
more exciting than an artillery piece pulled behind 6 horses.
Our re-enactor Buffalo Soldiers represent the American soldiers of African
descent that were involved in the United States Army, both Cavalry and Infantry.
They were organized in 1867 and participated in the Indian Wars, Spanish
American War and in World War One. Although they were not called Buffalo
Soldiers prior to 1867, Americans of African Descent participated in the
military prior to these periods. Our Buffalo Soldiers can also be used for these
earlier portrayals. Some of them also do civilian images.
For more information about our Buffalo Soldiers, see
Cavalry and Infantry.
Our re-enactor camps can be set up as military or civilian. The civilian
camps can be mining camps, settler camps or most any other 19th Century (1800s) type of tent
camp. These camps can be fully equipped with tables, chairs, boxes, crates, bedding,
picket lines, campfire and cooking equipment, lamps and lanterns, and everything else
needed to make them look like a fully functional camp. Our tents include wall tents,
tent flys, A frame tents and dog tents. We have access to marquee tents, tepees,
lean-tos and other styles of tents.
Our re-enactor cavalrymen are expert military history horsemen for
use as American Civil War Union (U.S.) or Confederate Cavalry (C.S.), Mexican War Dragoons,
Indian Wars Cavalry and Buffalo Soldiers, Span-Am
War or U.S. World War I Cavalry or Buffalo Soldiers
(W.W.I). As we consider safety to be a primary concern, our mounted cavalrymen's
riding and horsemanship skills are evaluated before
they are allowed to participate in any mounted projects.
The United States Cavalry is the most seen military branch
in films, whether they are about the Mexican War, American Civil War, Indian Wars or
Spanish-American War. It is no surprise, as they are the most impressive branch of the
1800's military. With man and horse acting as a single entity, the Cavalry makes for
an awe inspiring scene.
Our re-enactor civilians do a variety of images. These include: Cowboys, Outlaws, Towns
People (Ladies, Gentlemen and Others),
Hunters / Trappers, Miners, Vaqueros and more. They can be Mounted or Dismounted, Upscale or Down
and Dirty. For example, we they have been:
Our MOUNTED civilians are required to meet the same stringent requirements as our Mounted Cavalry.
- A survey party from the 1860's, complete with an Expedition Leader, Surveyor,
Cartographer, Cook and Wranglers in a Hardee's Hamburger Commercial.
- Eastern gentlemen in the 1890's land rush for Far and Away.
- Buffalo Hunters riding on the train in Dead Man.
- Part of the outlaw gang in Blind Justice.
Our re-enactor dragoons are composed of expert military history horsemen for
use as Mexican War Dragoons. The two Regiments of United States Dragoons were converted
to Cavalry at the beginning of the American Civil War. As we consider safety to be a
primary concern our riders are evaluated on their riding and horsemanship
skills, before they are allowed to participate in
any mounted projects.
Our Reenactor Coordinators are off-camera personnel. The number of Reenactor
Coordinators required and the number of pre-production days depends on the size of
the project and how many reenactors are to be used. On most projects they perform
the duties of Extras Casting Assistants & Assistant Directors and interface with
the members of those departments. They also often function as the (off-camera) Senior
It is their duty to recruit the necessary reenactors for
the shoot. During the shooting schedule they interface with the Assistant Director and
notify the reenactors as to what shoot days each reenactor works, the start time for
each day of shooting and what uniforms and equipment are needed. They help the
production crew interface with the reenactors during the days of the shoot.
The Lead Reenactor Coordinator can work with the
Director or Assistant Director during pre-production to help determine how many
reenactors are required to make each scene work.
Our Infantry is exclusively made up of experienced Infantry Re-Enactors. They are drilled in the Manual of Arms from the
appropriate time period. Because of the inherently dangerous nature of re-enacting
battles, safety is strictly enforced by our re-enactor officers. They are experts
in every aspect of the Infantry Soldier of the 1800's. Many of them have participated
in more battles than the soldiers that they have chosen to portray. Their longevity
is, of course, helped by the fact that when the battles is over, the dead can get up
to fight again.
Just as the original Senior Infantry Officers were mounted, our re-enactor Senior
Infantry Officers can also come mounted. As with all the other mounted
impressions, mounted officers have their riding and horsemanship skills
evaluated, before they are allowed to participate (on horseback) in
any mounted projects.
Our Naval re-enactors include American Civil War Officers and Enlisted Seamen, for both Union
and Confederate. Though not often seen in movies, the Navy played an important part
during the American Civil War, especially in river service on ironclads and other ships.
The Navy was also involved in our War with Mexican and participated in various invasions
of that country, during that time.
Naval images are not just limited to ships, Navy officers
and seamen were seen on land also. For example, during the American Civil War, Naval Gun Crews
were used as Artillery Gun Crews during many battles (this is especially true for the
Confederacy.) For those land battles that they participated in, they can make for a
different look when one is appropriately placed into the scene.
Our 19th Century (1800s) military and civilian reenactors have been
seen as both US and CS in historical films, such as: Glory (cavalry, infantry,
navy), TNT's Geronimo (cavalry), Ironclads (navy, civilians & infantry), Far and
Away (civilians), Back to the Future III (cavalry), Wild
Wild West (cavalry, infantry and civilian), Blind Justice (cavalry and outlaws)
and Los Locos (cavalry), as well as on the television series Young Riders, commercials
(cavalry and civilians) and an interactive CD (civilians).
AzRA Historical Resources - AzRAHist
d.b.a.: AzRA Re-Enactors Association
| Our forte is the 19th Century (1800s) United States History covering the period 1820-1920. Including: Victorian, Edwardian, Mexican War, American Civil War (Confederate / CS / CSA and Union / US / USA), Indian Wars, Old West & Spanish-American (Span-Am) War. We are involved in both historic preservation and education.
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