CONDUCT & BEHAVIOR
In an effort to project the best image of the Southern Confederacy, a courteous and respectful demeanor by all members is expected. To this end, the display of character that may discredit and/or impugn the good name and reputation of the Lexington Rifles is prohibited. Conduct that can be considered unbecoming for a member of polite society in antebellum Kentucky is subject to disciplinary action by the Company. In addition, violators of any criminal laws are subject to arrest and prosecution in accordance with the statutes of state and local jurisdictions.
The following conduct will not be tolerated: Assault; Battery; Personal Threats; Theft; Use of Abusive, Profane, or Vulgar Language; Possession of Contraband; Use of Illegal Substances; and Rowdiness or Hooliganism, in general.
Children must be properly attired in period clothing. Parents or guardians are responsible for the behavior and actions of their children.
Arms, accoutrements, materials, and the construction of garments and equipment must conform to those that were common during the mid-19th century. Items not reflective of the time period are considered to be unacceptable anachronisms; therefore, modern hairstyles, obvious make-up, modern eyeglasses and footwear, wristwatches, and garments made with zippers and/or non-period fabrics are not allowed. The acquisition and use of items for which historical provenance has been established is preferred and encouraged. Members are also encouraged to use language and behavior modifications to more accurately reflect an authentic historical portrayal.
Each military member is expected to supply and prepare rations for at least one breakfast for the Company during the year. It is the responsibility of that person to ensure the necessary conditions and supplies exist to prepare the victuals, i.e. fire pit, firewood, fire grate, cookware, and utensils. Arrangements should be made to address any needs or assistance from others in securing these items. Each person should have at least one gallon of drinking water available for personal use.
In order to reflect a proper ratio of rank and file, the Company shall elect two military commanders - one of senior rank and one of junior rank - who may adjust their rank portrayals to that which are appropriate for the number of men present. Squad leaders will act as Corporals and Section leaders will act as Sergeants; both ranks being under the supervision of the First Sergeant. Platoon commanders will act as Lieutenants, and the Company commander will act as Captain.
display of rank insignia that is appropriate for a particular portrayal shall be
discretionary unless upon order of the senior military commander. In any
case, the non-display of rank insignia shall not affect the authority of the
Article of War No. 61 of the “Regulations for the Army of the Confederate States” allows for brevet promotions. Such appointments to rank may be made by the senior ranking commander, but are valid only for the specific circumstance for which they occur.
Camp will be named in honor of "Camp Charity", which the Lexington Rifles established from September 22 - 25, 1861 at a farm along the Middle Branch of Simpson's Creek, west of Bloomfield, Kentucky. Here they were joined by the Nelson Grays, a State Guard militia company from Bardstown, whose commander, Capt. John C. Wickliffe, probably chose the site because the farm was owned by a southern sympathizer. The camp was named "Camp Charity" by the grateful men to recognize the charitable donations of food and equipment that were freely given by the generous and patriotic townspeople of Bloomfield.
The senior military commander shall verify compliance with all requirements of this order. Any weapon or ammunition that does not comply with this order shall not be used.
more than one
shoulder arm may be carried. Only
safety officers may draw a ramrod on the field to clear a malfunctioning weapon.
SCHEDULE OF FINANCES
In managing the finances of the Company Treasury, the
Paymaster is charged with the collection of revenue and the disbursement of
funds in accordance with the approved operating budget and this Special Order.
The deadline for payment of any debt that is owed to the Company will be the
last scheduled event of each year.
The amount of the fine will be 25 cents, which was the amount assessed in 1857 by John Hunt Morgan for infractions of Company regulations by both himself and other members of the Lexington Rifles.
following are recognized legitimate expenditures.
1.) The Paymaster shall reimburse from the Treasury to any person who furnishes subsistence to the Company and presents a paid purchase receipt. The maximum reimbursable amount of $30 is to be paid at the following rate: Up to $20 for the first 10 people served, plus $1 per each additional person.
The Company may contract for an internet website and provide for its maintenance.
guidelines are based on “The
Non-Commissioned Officers Guide for Civil War Re-enactors”,
M. Craig Hadley, Professional Historian; and on “Customs
of Service for Non-Commissioned Officers and Soldiers”
August V. Kautz,
who as Colonel of the 2nd Ohio Cavalry opposed Brig.-Gen. John Hunt
Morgan’s raid into Indiana and Ohio.
The information herein has been edited to suit the specific
the Lexington Rifles.
In his opus, “Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States”, (1794), commonly referred to as the "Blue Book", America's first inspector-general, the Baron Friedrich Von Steuben, noted the following:
The rank of non-commissioned officers will be marked by chevrons upon both sleeves of the uniform coat, above the elbow, of worsted binding one-half inch wide, same color as the edging on the coat, points down, as follows: First Sergeant – three stripes and a lozenge (diamond); Sergeant – three stripes; Corporal – two stripes.
C. General Duties
Many of the duties and responsibilities of NCOs are shared across all levels and grades of non-commissioned rank. Among those are the following:
1.) Troop Welfare
The first duty and responsibility of all NCOs is the welfare of the men. NCOs should regularly check the health of the men, and medical issues of any kind (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.) should be recorded in a notebook. This information is vital and shou
ld be available to medical personnel in case of emergency. NCOs should exclude anyone from activity if dangerous condition exists
Regardless of the temperature, NCOs should ensure that each man remains hydrated and has a full canteen of water (not whiskey!) at formation. They should also make sure the men are given regular and periodic rest breaks
NCOs should ensure that the men have protection from the elements, keeping them out of direct sunlight and rain whenever possible. This also may include assigning men to keep the fires burning all night
NCOs should assign a “buddy system” prior to battle to mutually check on each other’s true physical condition if someone should fall on the field. They should also clearly identify a post-battle rendezvous point and rest area for all participants.
NCOs should lead by example and be role models for the men in their appearance and attendance. The neatness and cleanliness of their clothing, arms, and accoutrements should be examples for others to follow. They should be the first into formation at roll calls and should have their quarters always in order. Dependable event attendance by non-commissioned officers not only can be inspirational to others, but it also shows that the honor of being chosen as NCO is taken seriously.
NCOs should keep the men in their charge informed as to occurrences and plans. An explanation should be furnished to them concerning any delays or changes, the goal being for the NCO to be the point-of-contact for their knowledge.
NCOs should have a period pencil and notebook to record names of personnel, their personal contact information, medical condition, guard details, and fatigue assignments, as well as schedules and orders for the day. This also helps to ensure that details are assigned fairly and proportionally.
NCOs must understand cavalry skirmish tactics and should be able to teach the School of the Trooper. They should also be able to take over as First Sergeant in case of his absence or incapacity. 7.) Parroting Commands
NCOs should not parrot a command in formation unless it cannot be heard. Many drill manuals do allow for NCOs to parrot commands, but this is only for purposes of training on the drill field.
2.)Obedience to Orders
If a trooper neglects his duty, the Corporal should report the fact to the First Sergeant, whose duty it is to decide in the matter, or to report it to his superior. Since non-commissioned officers may, at times, unwittingly favor certain troopers in the assignment of disagreeable details, they should strive to treat the men fairly by keeping track of their assignments.
The First Sergeant is responsible for completing company paperwork, of which he should keep a supply with his kit. He maintains rosters and makes all details and morning reports before submitting them to the commanding officer for his signature.
addition to keeping a Company Manual with his kit, the First Sergeant should
also maintain a notebook containing emergency information, a
breakdown of the company by platoons, sections and squads; a list of fatigue details; a list of the men who are absent on passes and when
they are due to return; and all orders given to the company.
evening NCO meeting should review the day’s events, fatigue details for the evening, and plans for the
next day. In
turn, the other NCOs must use the evening meeting to offer feedback from the men.
These meetings are important and should always take place.