Overall the U.S. Muddy River Battalion is an umbrella organization made up of various company level (Civil War Re-enactment) units in our region, that are working together to gain a better experience & give a more accurate portrayal.
As an organization the Muddy River portrays a typical 19th century era, Union army Infantry of the Frontier and Western theater of the war. The battalion puts an emphasis on the regimental experience and that level of organization, that the average soldier would have been a part of. Several times a year the battalion takes to the field and serves at various local, regional, or national Civil War events.
The Battalion currently has 4 Infantry Companies & 1 Artillery Battery as full member units and 6 other associated units. Overall we can muster about 40 to 60 rifles in the ranks plus officers & Color Guard. This usually works out to the fielding of 3 or 4 companies depending on the event. Back during the sesquicentennial, we were known to field up to 120 Rifles with the help of our friends & associated units. Member units of the Muddy River are, for the most part, located from as far north as the Nebraska and Dakota Territories, & even as far south as Springfield Missouri. However, the foundation of the battalion is right here in and around Western Missouri which (for the most part), serves as the home region.
Much of the Old Guard of the U.S. Muddy River Battalion can trace its lineage from the old 2nd Battalion of the U.S. Frontier Brigade. In the spring of 2007, the U.S. Muddy River Battalion was organized as an Independent organization. We are now a proud member unit of the 1st Federal Division & the new G.A.R.
We are a Civil War Reenactment Organization & our reenactment battalion portrays a western theater Union Army Infantry Regiment or at least a scaled-down version of that. Most often though, at event's we portray actual historical regiments to the best of our abilities & so we try to research the original regiments that are being portrayed so we can be as close as possible in our impression.
Official Website of the U.S. Muddy River Battalion
January 2023 / by JeCrofutt Web designs
In 2021 we were at the 1863 Battle of Stones River (Murfreesboro Tn.) as part of the 1st Federal Division Battalion operating in the GAR Brigade. - We were portraying the 15th Missouri Infantry aka Swiss Rifles (Sheridan's 3rd Division 2nd Brigade.
In 2022 we were at the the 160th Battle of Prairie Grove Arkansas. Portraying the 26th Indiana on Saturday & the 13th Kansas on Sunday. This event was held on the original battlefield & we helped recreate the battle step by step per the actual history of the original battle & not a generic powder burner. It was truly a great event.
Check out our other Battle Honors Page.