Greetings from the Western Department,
As the campaign year of 2001 begins, I find myself as the coordinator of the newly authorized Western Department, in which there are four charter units; the 9th and 10th Virginia, the Illinois, and Royal Du Pont Regiments. The Midwest is not the easiest place to pursue War of the Revolution living history as one does not find historic ground under every stone and fence post. Like our historical counterparts, we are fewer in number but have labored more that two decades to showcase the War of Independence to our region. Looking ahead three years or so, the development of the department will be based on two goals: recruiting, and event development for the 225th anniversary of the Revolutionary War.
It would not be unreasonable to bring 4 to 6 new units into the department. There are a number of established, quality units based in the west that would be receptive to joining the CL. One of the jobs of the coordinator is to line up a sponsoring unit for each new applicant unit. They should be matched by branch of service an region; so an artillery unit would be sponsored by the same, or an applicant unit portraying say a Massachusetts regiment should ideally be sponsored by CL regiment from the same state. When the applicant unit attend their first CL event they will need to camp and march with and receive encouragement from their sponsors. This is not a new policy, just a bit more difficult due to the distances involved. We in the west will be counting on all the eastern units to help out in this regards when called upon.Your most humble & Obt Svt,