Message from our Officer Commanding
- First of all I wish to express my sincere and humble gratitude to ALL current GBM members, who put in a superb effort in recreating and living the life of 1860’s soldiers and civilians. You Gents and Ladies are fine examples of "what it takes to make it happen" and are the nucleus of our group, who will carry GBM toward a bright future. - I salute you ALL!
Also, I wish to thank former GBM members who served with us in the past years and who left for various reasons. I sincerely hope that some of you will reconsider, and join us once again to live great adventures together.
- Looking to the future, I wish to mention to “possible new members”, that if you are interested in doing a “new & interesting hobby” then may I suggest that you try out our 1-day introductory session, TOTALLY FREE OF CHARGE! For more details, see the “RECRUITMENT” tab.
As for me, the year 2017 will see the day of the 13th anniversary of my involvement in American Civil War re-enacting. When I discovered with some shock and disbelief that over 40,000 Canadian took part in this titanic struggle, I took it upon myself to” try-out and see”, if this part-time Living-History hobby was really as “interesting and exciting” as the recruiting Sergeant had told me at the time I joined. And you know what? He was totally right and I haven’t looked back since!
Today, as I remember my first US National Re-enactment event, the “140th Anniversary of The Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia”, I still can’t believe what an event that was. For that weekend, there were over 3500 re-enactors, who authentically portrayed 1864 infantry, artillery and cavalry units. We all lived extraordinary moments and conducted great battles for the whole weekend! We also had an extensive, highly realistic encampment for all to get the look and feel of how people lived in that era. That event was highly impressive and definitely sealed my interest in this “terrific and exciting hobby”! This happened in May, 2004.
In 2013, twenty (20) of us volunteered to attend the 150th Anniversary of the re-enactment of the famous Battle of Gettysburg, in Pennsylvania. At this “once in a lifetime” event, there were over 12,000 volunteer civil war re-enactors, from over 16 countries worldwide - who participated in this four-day field event. In addition, over 30,000 paying spectators were also present to watch the various battles and visit our encampments afterwards. It was an all-too memorable event that one can only truly understand by living it. Words are simply too pale in comparison to what we saw and what we felt.
Today, GBM is actively associated with, several other well-known North American Civil War Re-enactment groups, such as:
- The “9th Battalion, Army of Northern Virginia (ANV)” who are re-enactors from NY & VT states, plus from the provinces of QC and ON, with over 90 Members;
- The “American Civil War Historical Society”, (ACWHRS) from Ontario who have several Federal, Confederate and Civilian units, with over 80 members;
- The “Champlain Valley Historical Re-enactors Inc.” (CVHRI) from Vermont, with over 60 military & civilian members.
- Lower Canada Arms Collectors Association (LCACA); and
- Quebec Shooting Federation / Fédération Québécois de Tir (GBM are a Sub-Group of “Cowboy Action Shooting”).
Our unit is based in Montreal. During the winter, we usually train at an Armoury; whereas in our active season, during the spring and the fall, we use countryside properties of several of our members to continue our training. In regards to the “main course” of our activities, I suggest you consult the CALENDAR tab. As you’ll see, we are always very busy!
For more information, or to give us your name, phone number & e-mail as a potential candidate – please contact either myself at: firstname.lastname@example.org , or leave message at: 514-928-7390 or lieutenant, Vince Chiarelli at: email@example.com , or leave message at: 514-994-8571.
I thank you for your interest and we’re looking forward to hearing from you soon!
Rob McLachlan, Major
Officer Commanding GBM (27th Virginia, Company M and 4th Vermont, Company K), and
Assistant Inspector-General, 9th Battalion, Army of Northern Virginia.