New NPS Regs
- Thanks to Dave Webb for sharing your experiences with Parks Canada rules and
his insight into the whys and wherefores. (BTW, Fort McHenry does not have
opposing forces and the firing demos are done on a field next to the
I agree with Steve Abolt that the choice of wearing ear-plugs should be a
personal decision and not mandated and have written a letter to that effect
to Fort McHenry. The members of my unit have agreed with my response and
As I stated in my letter to the Fort, I have never worn ear-plugs in my 25
years of re-enacting. I do have a slight loss of hearing in my left ear but
that could have just as easily been attributed to running around the country
to re-enactments with my driver's side window down and having a steady stream
of air/noise blowing into it. I have served in the ranks and on artillery.
As far as I'm concerned, the most dangerous firing is that which is done over
your body when you're re-enacting the dead and wounded.
Yes, Steve, you are correct that we must abide by the rules set forth by the
site if we are to continue to play there. I also agree with Dave that it is
the sites that we support and who likewise support us that allow us to keep
on re-enacting. Since our entry into the War of 1812 scene, several Maryland
State Parks and County/Private sites have opened theirs gates and coffers to
embrace this period. In several cases, they turn to us for recommendations
on how to conduct the event and rely on us for our own and the site's safety
rules. We must always conduct ourselves as employees of the site and make
the safety of the public our paramount concern. At times, re-enacting and
authenticity must give way to the public welfare.
It's interesting that the NPS has brought this to our attention just 2 weeks
before the event. We had participated in another NPS event in southern
Maryland which highlighted multi-period warfare in that part of the state.
This was just 3 weeks ago and the non-wearing of ear-plugs was not an issue.
We were surprised though when the NPS Black Powder Safety Officer (SO) took a
list of our names, SSNs and the serial numbers of our muskets. The firing
demo had to be done in an approximate 5x5 foot area; however, two ACW
soldiers couldn't fire due to the SO not being trained in rifled weapons and
two Ft. McHenry Guard soldiers cited rules for why they couldn't fire.
To clarify what happened at Bladensburg, we had an officers meeting at noon
to discuss the battle re-enactment for later that day. The Guard announced
that they couldn't fire but would play the part of retreating militia; at
3:00, they announced they wouldn't participate at all citing NPS rules.
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Date: 03 September 1999 00:37
Subject: [WarOf1812] New NPS Regs
>This was just 3 weeks ago and the non-wearing of ear-plugs was not anissue.
>We were surprised though when the NPS Black Powder Safety Officer (SO) tooka
>list of our names, SSNs and the serial numbers of our muskets(snip)
>Ed SeufertI'd like to know what branch of the Internal Revenue Service or Social
Security Administration this NPS BPSO thought he was also employed
by...those are the ONLY two Federal agencies that would legally have any
right to demand your social security number. Insurers do NOT need to have
your SS#, no matter how much they may whine and complain. Same with state,
county and federal law enforcement or motor vehicle departments. They may
ask you, but you don't have to give it to them.
Next time ask him what law permits him to ask such a sensitive question. SS#
misuse is rampant- don't let anybody know it who is not involved with your
taxes, paychecks, or retirement funds. It's the law!
Better yet, don't even play along- just walk away. That's the loudest
protest one can make, besides contacting your senators and representatives.
These events sound as if they are potentially more trouble than they are
worth. Even up here in Massachusetts, the NPS -so far- haven't pulled
anything like this.