Minors between the ages 10
and 17 who wish to join the 1st US must have a parent or legal
guardian join the hobby as a soldier or as a civilian.
Parental or legal guardian attendance at all events is mandatory as they
must accompany the minor at all times. This
policy has been adopted because of the overall concern for the safety of minors
and to insure proper parental/guardian supervision is provided in case of
emergencies or accidents. We
understand that someone who is able to drive a motor vehicle is not really a
child, but the law states that 18 is the legal adult age.
Minors under age 18 may
march and participate with our musicians. We
highly encourage all within the musician ranks to become proficient with a
musical instrument so that they feel as an integral part of the unit.
Instruments used during the Civil War are drums, fifes and bugles.
A 16 year-old may carry a rifle and fire blank rounds at reenactments and
drills. A 15 year-old may be in the
ranks only during drills and may fire a rifle using caps, not powder.
The minor can only join
after a parent or guardian first signs and files with the 1st US a
general release form and a medical power-of-attorney form.