The First U. States Infantry - Clemson's Company & Missouri Rangers
Captain Bennett, 1st Infantry, 2010 and the 2013 Clemson's Company Unit Challenge Coin.
Clemson's Company began in October of 1987, during the first Fall Muster held at Historic Fort Osage, Missouri, near Kansas City. Fort Osage is a reconstructed Factory Fort built on top of the original foundations. Dave Bennett founded the unit to support the fort, which in 1987 was only used as a "a Mountain Man resort." Thus the term "This is a fort not a mountain man resort" was first began. Unit leadership was also instrumental, in convincing Jackson County to establish their daily interpretation at the site as circa 1812. Since then, the unit has traveled from Canada to New Orleans, Fort Osage Missouri to Fort McHenry. The unit portrays 1st Infantry soldiers & Nathan Boone's Missouri Rangers and their dependents.
The living history unit has built a reputation of first class authenticity in the war of 1812 community plus made a commitment to research by establishing The War of 1812 in the West Symposium in 1990. The Symposium rotates among historic sites including: The Old Courthouse, National Park Service, St. Louis, Missouri; General Daniel Bissell Home, St. Louis County Parks, Belle Fontaine Neighbors, Missouri; Arrow Rock State Historic Site, Arrow Rock, Missouri; Frontier Army Museum, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Historic Fort Osage, Sibley, Missouri; Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis county Parks, St. Louis, Missouri. Over the years, many great presenters have spoken at the Symposium, donating their time and efforts to the cause of historical enlightenment and bringing the cutting edge of historical research to the public, including: David Bennett, Mike Harris, Richard Barbuto, Mike Dickey, James Denney, Sandy Antal, Glenn Williams, Sally Bennett, Jeff Patrick, Hal Youmans, Paul Rosewitz, Dick Edell, Dick Steward, Marc Kolbaum, Donald Hickey, Tim Bauman, Bill Jordan, Gillum Ferguson, Bob Moore, Doug Harding, Lynn Morrow, Christopher George, Lynn Morrow, Lorna Hainesworth and John Steinle.
The 1st Infantry - Clemson's company (Living history or portrayals of Regular Infantry, US Rangers and dependents) has set the standard over the years regarding Garrison events including: pay calls, piling (stacking) of arms,Funerals, court martial, Sick calls, Blockhouse defense demonstrations, ladies taking tea, garrison gardening, Knapsack inspection, open fire cooking demonstrations, Washer Women at work, mail call, church call, light infantry and artillery drill among the many other scheduled activities. Garrison members have reproduced Soldier enlistment forms, Standing Orders of the 1st Infantry, Sergeant Warrants, etc. Research by David Bennett in 1989 illustrated the use of the "Priority of Enlistment" number by regular infantry during the War of 1812 era. The unit began to mark their equipment with the priority of enlistment number plus took roll call with the priority of Enlistment numbers as well. For many years, most Regular 1812 living history units did not "Pile Arms" as this important military task was not properly documented in any manuals. Bennett found "Pile Arms" in Hoyt's 1811 printing of Practical Instructions for Military Officers & C. and "Pile Arms" has now been utilized by many other units. Dave Bennett and Mike Harris, was instrumental in obtaining a VA marker to commemorate the fallen soldiers at Fort Osage 1810 to 1820. They sent in VA forms, contacted Steve Allie at the Frontier Army Museum to support the forms and a bronze plaque and granite marker provided by the Federal government. The Marker was commemorated at the Fall Muster, 1999.
At Fort Osage on July 4th, 1992, a large Garrison flag was constructed by members of the 1st and also our sister unit the 7th Infantry. For many years, this large garrison flag was flown at events across the country, including New Orleans, Mississinewa, Fort Gibson, Fort Madison, Fort Miegs, Fort Belle Fontaine, Fort Massac, and a host of other locations. This Garrison Flag was retired in 2007. A new 10 x 15 Garrison flag. hand sewed out of wool bunting was made by "The Federalist Ladies" led by Sally Bennett and dedicated at the 200th anniversary of Fort Osage, September 2008. This Garrison flag is the only current hand sewn replica of a Garrison flag, circa 1812, constructed of correct wool bunting. This Garrison flag flew over the very first War of 1812 Bicentennial event, The Battle of Tippecanoe, November 2011. Since then, the Garrison color has flown at the 200th War of 1812 on the Natchez Trace, May 2012, plus at the 200th Battle of Mississinewa, October 2012-2013-2014 and at the Fort Osage Fall Muster every October since 2008 and the 200th Bi-centennial at Fort Osage 25-26 May, 2013 and Mississinewa. The Garrison flag also flew at Fort Madison September 12 2015. The Garrison flag flew over the Hermitage Tn. in March 2017.
The 1st Infantry also carries a Steve Hill replica of the 1st Infantry Regimental, pattern of 1808, made of silk, and copied off of the original 1st Infantry color at West Point. We maintain a quarterly "on line" newsletter, The Despatch, edited by Mike Harris. There are no elections, appointments are made by the Unit commander. Everyone has the opportunity to allow their abilities, time, and skill to help the unit.The 1st Infantry has prided itself on moving historical accuracy forward within the American War of 1812 Living history community in which it has succeeded. Active members in good standing supporting the unit's annual Symposium and the annual Fall Muster at Fort Osage plus either an away event or special event may earn the coveted Clemson Company Challenge Coin from the unit commander. In September 2013, the unit participated in a War of 1812 scene for the new Documentary Movie WE THE PEOPLE, narrated by Kenny Rogers and Morgan Freeman. The 1st Infantry Clemson's company attended the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans,January 2015, fielding a 5 man 3 pound artillery gun crew plus a 24 man infantry company. Members were instrumental in the organization of the event, field command and organizing civilian activities. Events supported in 2016 included: Cragfont Tn, War of 1812 Symposium, Canoe Race at Fort Osage, Mississinewa, Fort Osage 30th Muster. For 2017, the unit has already supported the War of 1812 Symposium and Hermitage Andy Jackson's Birthday celebrations.
Annexed in Captain Clemson and Symmes company book, was the STANDING ORDERS OF THE 1ST INFANTRY, which has been reproduced and is issued occasionally to enlisted ranks from the commander for meritorious service to the Regiment.
Company Officers & Non-Commissioned Officers:
Lt. Colonel David Bennett
Brevet 1st Lt. Bill Jordan (Lt. Colonel Air Force, retired)
1st Sgt. Paul Rosewitz (Colonel, US Army, retired)
2nd Sgt. Mike Harris (Missouri Rangers)
Recipients of the Standing Orders of the 1st Infantry from Headquarters: December 2009: Steve Luecke, Paul Rosewitz, Steve Kubiak, Bill Jordan, Mike Smith. March 2011 Jeff Bender, Marc Miller. October 2011: Denny Nichols, Don Ferricks. May 2013: John Steinlee.
October 2014: 5th Edition: Darrin Gardner, Joey Phillips, Kip Lindberg. March 2015: Jerry Cigich
Recipients of the 1st Infantry Clemson's company Challenge Coin from Major Bennett:
Fort Osage, May 25 2013: Bill Jordan (Lt. Col. Air force retired), Steve Kubiak, Steve Luecke, Marc Miller, John Steinlee, Jerry Cigich, Sgt. Jeff Bender, Sally Bennett, Su Miller. Honorary: James Lundgren 7th Infantry & Richard Barbuto, Ph.D..
Fort Osage October 23-24 2013: Mike Smith and Mike Harris, Don Ferricks, Marcia Smith and Cindy Harris.
St. Louis, 24th Annual War of 1812 in the West Symposium, March 22 2014: George Lottes (Navy Corpsman, retired)
Fort Osage October 25-26 2014: Darin Gardner, Denny Nichols, Jim Hebb, Michaela Harris.
New Orleans 11 January 2015: Paul Rosewitz (Colonel, US Army), Kris Ericson, Honorary: Steve Abolt 7th Infantry
Fort Osage October 24 2015: Dave Lavely, Ron Plummer, Patty Plummer
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Life Time Members of the 1st Infantry & Missouri Rangers: TOM LAWRENCE 2000; GEORGE LOTTES 2001; ERIK HANSEN 2001; EARLEY SMITH; JAMES LUNDGREN 2001; DAVE BENNETT 2002; PAUL ROSEWITZ 2002; ORVAL HENDERSON 2002; BUTCH BAKER 2004; MIKE SMITH 2006; GREG CARTER 2007; JEFF PATRICK 2008; JEFF BENDER 2009; DENNIS NICHOLS 2009; DONALD FERRICKS 2010, MARC MILLER 2011, RANDALL GUENTHER 2011.
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Updated 11 May 2017
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