The Old Northwest Volunteers (ONV) members share a similar philosophy and mindset about Civil War reenacting. They seek to have the most accurate attitudes, uniform & equipage standards, drill, military protocols, first person and research.

This coalition of like-minded Civil War reenactors developed out of the desire to create a new spirit of cooperation among accuracy driven individuals that hail from different units in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and beyond. We strive to organize company-strength participation (approximately 25 enlisted men) on a consistent basis at selected events.

The ONV is structured so members have an authentic company-size “home” at selected out-of-area events and regional ONV-organized events. These events are characterized as those portraying authentic roles at national reenactments, authentic based tacticals and specially arranged living histories or preservation activities.

For membership consideration, please download the Membership Form and send it to

Tom Klas, 115 Gould Street, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

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