--Officer in the "Topogs," beginning as a Second Lt. of Topographical Engineers;
--Enlisted Man beginning as a Corporal of Pioneers in an Infantry Unit;
--Civilian Engineer, under contract to the government.
A lady may join the unit as a contract worker for the government as any one of the following, artist, clerk, understudy to an engineer, map copier, etc.
The unit is a part of the Staff of the New England Federal Brigade, and also serves as the Staff for Lt. General U.S. Grant when he is in camp.
The Offices for the NETE are in Fort Trumbull, a pre-civil war coastal fortification guarding the entrance to the Thames River and the cities of New London and Groton, Connecticut. The unit is currently engaged in restoration work in the fort and maintains a model and map display in the fort interior.
The unit hews to the two major tasks that we face in military reenactment:
1. Tell the Commander where he was yesterday, where he is today, and where he will be tomorrow, and how he will get there;
2. Build or destroy anything that the Commander wishes built or destroyed.
Our specialty, however, is sketch mapping of both the terrain on which the reenactment is being carried out, and providing copies / tracings of any historical maps of battles / skirmishes that the reenactment activity is portraying. We are also engaged in routine camp administration and the design of military engineering aspects such as bridges, corduroy roads, field fortifications field explosives, etc.
Cdr. -- NETE