Just as military members are required to meet authenticity standards, so too are the civilian members required to maintain an authentic appearance. Because there are so many variables in appearance and dress, we would rather not list absolutes, but instead give a general guide. Civilians should present a "period" appearance, free of 21st century anachronisms. Their clothing and accessories should meet the acceptable documented styles of the 1860 - 1865 time period. If you have any question about what is acceptable, please speak with your Civilian Coordinator or the MG Civilian Coordinator or MG Assistant Civilian Coordinator. They will be happy to help you.
While compliance with authenticity standards is a requirement of membership, we would hope that all members would continue to strive to improve the authenticity of their presentation as more information regarding 1860's life becomes available.
Examples of Unacceptable Anachronisms:
Mifflin Guard Civilian Camping
The Mifflin Guard is a family oriented organization, however, at the same time we strive for that "true camp experience". Therefore, our civilian members camp only in the area designated for Mifflin Guard Civilians. At most events this camping area is in very close proximity to the military, but not close enough to interfere with the authentic military camp set up. As with Civilian dress, there are also some guidelines to keep in mind while camping.
First and foremost - FIRE SAFETY:
We ask all civilians in our camp not to use straw around the tents or fire pits. There used to be a widespread practice of insulating the tent by surrounding it with straw. Unfortunately, at the Neshaminy event in 1998 (I think it was 1998) there was a fire in which six civilian tents and all of their contents were lost. Thankfully, there were no injuries, however the potential was there. This fire may have been caused by children playing with straw near a fire pit and dropping it, causing fire to travel right up to the tents. For this reason, we have decided not to use straw around the tents or fire pits in the MG Civilian camp.
Now, on with the guidelines...
Propriety in Camp
There are a few guidelines that we do keep during events. These are for the benefit of all in camp and should be adhered to at all possible times.