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Wisconsin 6th Regiment seeks volunteers

Members of the Prescott Guards of the 6th Wisconsin Volunteers, Civil War re-enactment group in the Hudson area, march in the Roberts Parade in July 2009. The group is looking for new members to fill out its ranks. Submitted photo1 / 2
Donovan, left, and Doug Harmon are active in a Hudson area Civil War re-enactment group, the Prescott Guards Volunteer Infantry, that participates in a number of events including history presentations to school groups. The group is seeking new members who are interested in Civil War history. Photo by Jon Echternacht2 / 2

Doug Harmon of Roberts and Donovan Harmon of Hudson are looking for volunteers for the Army.

Before anyone gets excited about the request, they are not advocating a return of the selective service draft; they are looking for those interested in the Civil War and its history to join their re-enactment group, Prescott Guards Volunteer Infantry, part of the 6th Wisconsin Volunteers Infantry Regiment.

Doug has been involved with Civil War history ever since childhood and started a re-enactment group in the area 40 years ago. His nephew, Donovan, joined up four years ago.

"My mother gave me a Civil War book when I was nine years old," said Doug. "Now I have 230 books about the Civil War and I've read them all."

Don said he joined the group to get out of the house and do something under doctor's orders after being diagnosed with depression. "It's our hobby," he said.

The 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War is April 12 and the Harmons figured it was a good time to make a pitch for new members.

The 6th Wisconsin Volunteers Infantry Regiment participated in many major battles in the war, including Gettysburg.

Doug said 93,000 Wisconsinites took part in the Civil War and 12,000 died.

"The war started at 4:30 a.m. on April 12, 1861, with the firing on Ft. Sumter in the Charleston, S.C., harbor and ended with 620,000 dead on Palm Sunday, April 9, 1865, at Appomattox, Va.," said Doug.

Two annual events the Prescott Guards are involved in include visits to middle schools in Elmwood on April 29 and Hudson May 13. A particular attraction of the school events is when the group's replica cannon fires off, no cannon ball, just a black powder charge. "We have 13 events lined up this year," said Doug.

There are no dues to join the Prescott Guards, said Doug, but members provide their own uniforms, which aren't cheap.

The Wisconsin 6th had a unique uniform including sky-blue trousers and a tall Hardee black hat.

For more information contact Doug Harmon at or telephone (715) 749-3365.