Frequently Asked Questions
Other than, "Why can't I just buy all this re-enactor stuff today
at a cut rate price, go to monthly events that somebody else organizes,
and get free trips to Europe?" There are a few questions you might
Q. Why bother?
A. When we started in 1994 there was nothing. We realized early on that
if something was going to happen we would have to pool resources. We needed
some body, or organization, to represent the Allied forces. There was a
British group that did War of 1812 events but nothing for us.
Q. Who's the boss?
A. Every unit has a leader and each leader represents their unit in
an open manner. We are like-minded friends and aquaintances. This is not
a group founded by a maréchal or king, but by soldat. The goals,
events, and political agenda (if we have one) is to have Napoleonic re-enactment
in North America. Anyone who has similar goals is welcomed.
Q. What units are currently members?
Click here and scroll down to check out over 10 currently active units, both Infantry and Calvalry. There is something for everyone at Brigade Napoleon!
Q. How can I get my unit in?
A. First you need to have a unit. That means at least two paid members..
You have to portray French or French/Allied troops, or coalition forces (
Austrians, Prussians, English, Spanish et al) from the period 1793 to 1815.
You have to contact the BN president Victor Eiser at:
and say, "My unit is such and such." You do NOT have to be a
member of the Brigade at that moment. You do NOT have to pay or contribute
anything except information about your unit at that time. But if you wish to
take to the
at our events, you must have at least 2 dues paying BN members and have re-eanctors
insurance coverage either through the BN or another organization.
Q. Why the name "Brigade Napoléon"?
A. We felt when we started that the word Napoleon was key to identifying
us as Napoleonic re-enactors. The Brigade part naturally stemmed from the
hope that we would have enough membership and a variety of units to warrant
the moniker. We now have over eleven active units with over 125 members.
Q. How come there isn't more downloadable stuff on this site?
A. I'm slowly working on it.