1861 United States Army Enlistment Requirements

“Revised Regulations for the Army of the United States, 1861, Article XL, state that to enlist you must be:

A person of sound mind,

Between the ages of eighteen and thirty five (under twenty one requires consent of parent or guardian)

At least five feet, three inches tall

Effective, able-bodied, sober, free from disease

Of good character and habits

In possession of a competent knowledge of the English language

Without a wife or child-this applies only in times of peace”

The Civil War United States Army Oath of Enlistment

The Articles of War, Article 10

I, (Name) do solemnly swear or affirm (as the case may be) that I will bear true allegiance to the United States of America, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whatsoever, and observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the rules and articles for the government of the armies of the United States.

The Oath of Enlistment may be administered by any commissioned officer of the army. It is to be taken within six days of the enlistment.

Highlight and print off the Application below. Complete the form in it’s entirety. Please mail to the address listed along with dues.  Your Membership Application will be submitted to the Membership Committee for review and action.



Membership Application

Thompson’s Independent Battery C, PA Vol. Lt. Artillery, is a non-profit, non-political, memorial organization dedicated to preserving our Civil War heritage through living histories, historical re-enactments and educational activities that portray the light artillery of the United States and Confederate States during the American Civil War.

Family memberships are represented by a principal applicant and are limited to the immediate family residing in the same household as the principal applicant. All persons covered by a family membership must be identified in this application. An individual membership covers only the principal applicant and must include the signature of a parent or guardian for any applicant under the age of 18 years. Dues for the first calendar year of membership only shall be discounted 50% and must be submitted with this application. Dues are not refundable. Full annual dues for subsequent calendar years are due and payable to Thompson’s Battery C on January 1st of each year. Discounted first year dues are $25 for an individual and $50 for a family.

By submitting an application all applicant(s) listed thereon agree to abide by the Battery C by laws. They further acknowledge that participation in Battery C activities is physically demanding and can be hazardous. By signing this application, the signatories agree to accept sole responsibility and liability for any and all claims, demands, damages, losses, liabilities, judgments, costs and expenses whatsoever resulting from participation in Battery C activities—including all acts, omissions and negligence—by themselves and all persons listed in the application as covered by it. The signatories further agree to indemnify and hold harmless Battery C, its members, officers and directors from any such claims, demands, damages, losses, liabilities, judgments, costs and expenses.

Date of Application:____________________ Type of application: (check one) Individual______ Family______

Principal Applicant Printed Name:______________________________ Signature__________________________________

Parent or Guardian Printed Name:_____________________________ Signature_________________________________

Principal Applicant Email:_________________ Phone (H):____________ Phone (W):___________ Phone (C):___________

Principal Applicant Mailing Address: List All Immediate Family Members Covered By This Application:

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Reason For Joining Battery C:




1. Name/Relationship:_____________________________________________ Best Phone: ________________

2. Name/Relationship:_____________________________________________ Best Phone: ________________

Mail Completed Application with dues to:

Gary V. Hoover, 136 Burnside Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823


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