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Welcome to the home page of Co. A 7th Cavalry Memorial Regiment. This outfit is dedicated to presenting the 1870's period of the Frontier Army of the United States, through Living History demonstrations, reenactments, parade appearances and memorial presentations. New recruits are always welcome and no previous historical or reenactment experience is necessary- nor do you need to own a horse! Only an interest in the frontier period and the desire to help others understand it as well. For more information on joining, contact Captain Brian E. Del Vecchio at bed@virginia.edu.




FORWARD, YO!

The National Indian Wars Association is a reactment group headquartered in Thousand Oaks CA.. Co. A draws upon mostly,but not exclusively, the East Coast for its members, who portray officers, enlisted men, scouts and families of the Frontier Army Period.

  1. Reenactments of historical events related to Custer and the cavalry, both locally and in other states.
  2. Living History demonstrations and events as part of the All American Honor Guard.
  3. Parades as part of the All American Honor Guard, locally and in the Governor's Inauguration in Richmond, Va.
  4. Memorial services on Veterans Day and Memorial Day to honor those of the "Old Army."
  5. Participation in other groups such as the Little Big Horn Associates and their annual conferences. See their link for joining up.

7th Cavalry troop on the Upper Stillwater Creek, Nye Montana.

Captain Del Vecchio with 1872 horse equipments.



Unit activities offer a wide variety:

1872 Campaign uniforms; Corporal, Captain, and Private.

Custer's Command, in the field at the Hardin, Montana Reenactment.

Living history display, All American Honor Guard, Gordonsville, Va. Civil War Exchange Hotel.

Mrs.Captain Del Vecchio and some of the other ladies, Winchester, Virginia Little Big Horn Associates Conference.

The 1872 dress uniform of a captain of cavalry, Captain Del Vecchio accompanied by his wife at a post "hop."

Never one to be outdone, Gen. G.A. Custer with his wife Libbie, portrayed by Tony and Joy Austin of Victoria, BC.

Close Combat- Company A 7th Cavalry in action!
Want to enlist? Telegraph the headquarters of the National Indian Wars Association



Ready to saddle up? Check out these links:

  1. Custer's Last Command Game.
  2. Little Big Horn Associates.
  3. US Cavalry Association.
  4. The Order Of The Indian Wars.
  5. Monroe County Museum (Custer Archives).
  6. Custer Battlefield Historical & Museum Association.
  7. General George Armstrong Custer Home Page.



BOOTS AND SADDLES

Sometimes, not often, we're fortunate enough in our lives to have our hobbies coincide with our work. Finally, as a twenty-plus year veteran of university law enforcement, it's happened to me. My position as a police officer with the University of Virginia Police Department in Charlottesville, Virginia has brought me to the point where, in September of 1994, I became one of the four members of the UVA Mounted Police Unit.

Officer Del Vecchio riding Tulsa on the University of Virginia Lawn.
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In close cooperation with the four members of the City of Charlottesville's Police Mounted Unit, we patrol not only our own areas of responsibilities but a cooperative patrol zone consisting of University academic areas, Medical Center properties, fraternity areas along with city commerical districts and residential neighborhoods, a concept rarely carried out successfully elsewhere.

Officer Del Vecchio riding Zonka in front of one the few Gothic buildings at the University of Virginia, Brooks Hall.

The use of mounted police as a high visibility crime deterrent and crowd control tool has been rediscovered across the country and overseas as police departments have found that despite modern technology, sometimes only the "cavalry" can get the job done. Needless to say, for an historian of the U.S. horse cavalry, it doesn't get much better!

GARRYOWEN!