4th Maryland Light Artillery
Constitution and By-Laws
















ARTICLE 1 − NAME

SECTION 1 − This organization shall be officially known as THE 4TH MARYLAND LIGHT ARTILLERY

SECTION 2 − Although organized and operated as the 4th Maryland Light Artillery, our field presentation may be Federal as THE BALTIMORE INDEPENDENT BATTERY OF LIGHT ARTILLERY, aka ALEXANDER'S BALTIMORE BATTERY when requested by event coordinators, host organizers or host sponsors. When Federal in such actions the Articles, Constitution and By-laws shall still apply and remain in full effect.

ARTICLE 2 − PURPOSE AND AIMS

SECTION 1 − The 4th Maryland Light Artillery, a Civil War Confederate re-enactment unit, is dedicated to the preservation of history and to the education of the public on the aspects of the Civil War, focusing on the Confederate artillery.  Our objective is to accurately portray the highly trained Maryland cannoneers in military drills, battle tactics and camp life.  Our objective is achieved by participating in Living Histories, Reenactments, Lectures, Educational Demonstrations, Parades, Civil Ceremonies and other occasions for the education and enlightenment of both our members and the general public.

SECTION 2 − Organized as a volunteer unit, all members partake in the responsibilities of education and presentation, improving their education, and ensuring the overall safety of the group.

SECTION 3 − We endeavor to have an active and continuing recruitment policy to build our ranks to a maximum active "event attending" membership.

ARTICLE 3 − ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE

SECTION 1 − 4th Maryland Light Artillery is a private, non-profit association of Civil War reenactors structured as a working 19th century volunteer artillery battery.  Except for amendments to these ARTICLEs and new memberships, decisions for the association are made by a simple majority vote of members, with a quorum of six (6).  The association is chaired by the ranking officer.

ARTICLE 4 − ASSETS

SECTION 1 − The association owns no assets.  All equipment, arms, and accoutrements used to carry out the mission of the association belong to the respective individual members and are the responsibility of those members.

ARTICLE 5 − MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1 − Membership shall be open to any individual successfully completing a probationary period of one year based on participation, knowledge, and safety practices.

SECTION 2 − The organization shall not discriminate against any individual because of their race, religion, ethnicity, sex, age or disability.  Membership will be denied to any individual or persons affiliated with groups who demonstrate intolerance toward any sector of American society, anyone with a criminal record, illegal drug use, or affiliation with any anti-government or hate group.

ARTICLE 6 − MEETINGS

SECTION 1 − An annual meeting shall be held for the membership.  The time, date, and place voted on by the membership shall be determined at an event.

SECTION 2 − Company meetings shall be held at each event the battery participates in for the purpose of discussing any unit business pertaining to the association

SECTION 3 − General meetings for "Comradeship" and/or enlightenment of unit members shall be held as members see fit.

ARTICLE 7 - VOTING

SECTION 1 − Any member may participate in discussions related to the business of the company.  Only "Members in Good Standing" shall be eligible to vote on official company matters.  "Members in Good Standing" shall be current in their membership participation and financial obligations have been satisfied with the Quartermaster.

SECTION 2 − The minimum age requirement for a member to be entitled to vote shall be sixteen (16) years of age.

ARTICLE 8 − AGE LIMITS

SECTION 1 − There shall not be any minimum age limit for membership in the unit.

SECTION 2 − The minimum age limit for a combatant/battle-line member on the battlefield shall be sixteen (16) years of age.  A battle-line member being defined as one who drills, marches, and goes into battle if allowed by the rules of the event organizers.

SECTION 3 − The minimum age limit for a functional musician on the battlefield shall be twelve (12) years of age.  A functional musician being defined as one who drills, marches, and goes into battle is allowed by the rules of the event organizers.

ARTICLE 9 − ANNUAL DUES AND REGISTRATION FEE

SECTION 1 − The 4th Maryland Light Artillery is a non-profit organization that functions solely from its membership dues and fund raising activities to offset the communication, recruitment and other costs of the unit.  The dues shall be determined as the need arises.

SECTION 2 − The amount of the annual dues shall be paid by the date set forth in the forth-coming year.

SECTION 3 − All members of this unit shall maintain pre-registration accounts with the Quartermaster.  It is the member's responsibility to maintain sufficient funds in the account in order for the Quartermaster to properly pre-register individuals for upcoming events.  If there are not sufficient funds in the account, the Quartermaster will not pre-register the person or family.  The Quartermaster will keep and maintain accurate records for this purpose.

ARTICLE 10 − MUSTER

SECTION 1 − Pursuant to greater responsibilities of home, family, community and employment, it is understood that members cannot attend every event that the battery elects to participate in.  However, once a verbal commitment is made by a member to attend a particular event with the battery, it should be honored, barring extenuating circumstances.  The unit's decision to participate in an event is based upon prior member interest and registration commitment.  The unit must have enough crew to safety and accurately serve the piece.  Members are encouraged to stay active to keep the unit viable.

ARTICLE 11 − UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT

SECTION 1 − All military members shall outfit themselves in reproduction of authentic regulation "Richmond Depot III" style uniforms for the men and authentic reproduction of period civilian attire for the ladies.

SECTION 2 − All military members participating in unit historical presentations are required to acquire appropriate uniform and proper gear by the conclusion of their first year of membership.  Civilian members are also required to acquire appropriate civilian attire by the conclusion of their first year of membership to participate in such events.

ARTICLE 12 − MILITARY COURTESY

SECTION 1 − To show proper military courtesy, the C.S.A., U.S.A., State and regimental flags shall be flown or displayed at all organization meetings or activities.

SECTION 2 − To show proper military courtesy at events, the C.S.A., and the regimental flags shall be flown or displayed.

SECTION 3 − The military courtesy and military bearing of a "Southern Soldier" shall be reflective of: A Sense of Honor and Duty; Love of Family; A Pride of Homeland; A Devotion to God; and will be maintained at all times.

SECTION 4 − It is encouraged that:

  1. all commissioned officers shall be saluted and addressed as "sir", whether they are Confederate or Union, by the military personnel of our unit, as a sign of honor and
    respect.
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  2. non-commissioned officers shall not be saluted or addressed as "sir" but held in honor and respect just the same.
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  3. all privates shall be held in honor and respect by their elected officers.

ARTICLE 13 − DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF COMPANY PERSONNEL

SECTION 1 − UNIT COMMANDER OR SERGEANT

  1. ultimately responsible for the establishment of the unit's tone, deportment and military skill and bearing.
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  2. responsible for the unit's operations or the direction thereof.
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  3. responsible for the unit's administration and its direction.
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  4. responsible for the unit training schedule.
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  5. delegate responsibility and authority to appointed company positions.
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  6. ultimately responsible for liaison with officials, organizations, activities, Commanders and representatives of other units, Headquarters, and event coordinators.
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  7. assigns duties to cannoneers in a fair and efficient manner by creating and posting a duty roster.
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  8. responsible for camp organization and function.
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  9. shall be the commander of gun and its assigned crew.
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  10. gun crews shall be assigned and maintained as determined by the Chief of Piece.

SECTION 2 − CORPORALS

  1. responsible for the example of the gun crew's tone, deportment and military bearing.
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  2. shall serve as the crews' gunner or chief-of-caisson.
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  3. the Gunner shall assume the duties of the sergeant in his absence.
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  4. in the absence of the Gunner, the Chief-of-Caisson shall assume his duty and position.
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  5. the Chief-of-Caisson is responsible for the security and maintenance of the limber chest.
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  6. shall actively supervise and may assist tasked details as necessary.
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  7. shall assist sergeant in routine and squad activities.
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  8. shall teach individual soldier skills to include but not limited to marching, manual of arms and military etiquette.

SECTION 3 − CANNONEERS AND PRIVATES

  1. responsible for the integrity of the unit's tone and deportment.
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  2. follow the instructions of the NCOs and Officers.
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  3. shall work together as a team, the duty of respective positions shall come first, problems resolved not in the presence of the public or other units.

ARTICLE 14 − ADVANCEMENT

SECTION 1 − Only active members shall be eligible for advancement.

SECTION 2 − Advancement for those members serving in the company's military body recognized for their knowledge, participation, effort and cooperation shall be promoted to positions of greater responsibility and station.

SECTION 3 − Members who have advanced to the non-commissioned officer's ranks and having greater responsibilities to the membership as a whole shall be expected to have increased participation in the company's field events.

SECTION 4 − The Company's membership as a whole shall come to support the efforts of its personnel in leadership positions  It is incumbent upon those in positions of responsibility to return those courtesies and considerations.

SECTION 5 − Individuals may request to be removed from any rank, position, or active membership at any time should the greater responsibilities of home, family, community and employment require their increased attentions.  Upon their resumption of service to the unit, if they are not able to assume their former duties, they may be asked to serve in a different capacity.

ARTICLE 15 − DEMOTION AND DISMISSAL

SECTION 1 − Members shall be dismissed from the unit for justifiable grounds of misconduct that are detrimental to the integrity and reputation of the unit.

  1. misconduct.
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  2. non-performance of specified duties.
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  3. violation of safety regulations.

ARTICLE 16 − MISCONDUCT

SECTION 1 − ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES:

  1. shall not be consumed by any member of the 4th Maryland Light Artillery who is not of legal drinking age in the state in which he or she resides.  This is a policy for the benefit of parents who have entrusted the unit not to allow young members to break rules of their household while away from home.
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  2. shall not be consumed by any member in the confines of the 4th Maryland Light Artillery civilian camp at events.  If member desires to consume alcoholic beverages in moderation; it must be done so outside the unit's civilian camp area.
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  3. intoxication simply shall not be tolerated.  Anyone found to be drunk shall be required to sleep it off in their tent and under company supervision, if necessary, and then shall not be permitted to reenact at that particular event.  A second incidence of intoxication by a member shall be taken as justification for demotion and dismissal from the unit.

SECTION 2 − ILLICIT DRUGS:

  1. possession of or usage by any member at any event or activity SHALL BE STRICTLY PROHIBITED and not tolerated by the unit.
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  2. possession of or usage by any member of the unit shall be taken as justification for dismissal from the unit of said member.

SECTION 3 − OTHER

  1. excessive profanity and or excessive noise shall be considered as misconduct.
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  2. defacing private or public property shall be deemed as misconduct.
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  3. fighting or excessive arguing shall be deemed as misconduct.
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  4. immoral behavior shall not be permitted in the unit's camp area and will be deemed as misconduct.
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  5. acting in an unsafe manner to yourself or toward other unit members shall be deemed as misconduct.
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  6. intentional infraction of safety regulations or unit military regulations, which endangers said member or other members will be considered misconduct.
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  7. discharge of weapons in camp.

ARTICLE 17 − SAFETY AND MILITARY REGULATIONS

SECTION 1 − All members shall abide by the military and safety regulations of the unit and the sponsor of an event.

SECTION 2 − All members will be required to participate in all the drills that the unit is required to perform at the event.  This is required of all members that wish to participate in the battle scenarios.

SECTION 3 − Sound judgment and standard safety procedures takes precedence over any other function or action requested of the unit by event coordinators, host organizers, host sponsors, regardless of historical accuracy.

SECTION 4 − Any member who engages in an activity deemed unsafe by the Unit Commander or other members of the unit, shall, in all cases, have the offense brought to his or her attention.

ARTICLE 18 − AMENDMENTS

SECTION 1 − The Constitution shall be amended as deemed necessary by the membership in order to keep this document a functional asset for the well being of the unit.

SECTION 2 − The Constitution may be amended at any general meeting of the membership by a two-thirds (67%) majority vote of the eligible members present, with a quorum of six (6).



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