COMPANY OF MILITARY HISTORIANS

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The Company of Military Historians was founded in 1949 as an educational, scientific, and literary institution devoted to the study and dissemination of "information on the uniforms, equipment, history, and traditions of members of the Armed Forces of the United States worldwide and other nations serving in the Western Hemisphere."

Sam and Wes Small, owners of The Horse Soldier and members of the CoMH, have recently become involved in organizing a new Gettysburg chapter of the Company.

The group started with just six individuals, with the society officially being formed at a meeting in 1951 and incorporated as the Company of Military Collectors and Historians in Washington, DC in the same year.  In 1962 the name was changed to the Company of Military Historians.

The membership includes both professionals and amateurs in the field of American military history. On the rolls are not only historians, artists, writers, curators, librarians, teachers and researchers, but people from virtually every walk of life. Among the members are serious collectors of all sorts of militaria: uniforms, accouterments, weapons, equipage, military miniatures, and ephemera, to name just a few.

Membership is open to adults 18 years and over who have demonstrated a keen interest in some phase of military history. There are no requirements concerning sex, race, color, nationality, ethnic background or political affiliation. The main qualification is a strong desire to share one’s knowledge and expertise.

Members receive, free of charge and financed by dues, a quarterly publication, Military Collector & Historian (familiarly, the Company Journal). The Journal is professional in content and is profusely illustrated. Its richly annotated articles cover such subjects as weapons, accoutrements, uniforms, material, and colors and standards. They also include information on military organization, unit history, military art and artists, recently published books and other publications, and the activities of the society and its members. The Company provides a look at a few complete issues and a handful articles which can be found on its web site by clicking here.

The Company also publishes and distributes a series of military prints to those who wish to subscribe. These full color, 11” x 14” prints, by different member artists, illustrate military dress relating to the American scene.

The activities, funds and properties of the Company are controlled and managed by a Board of Governors of fifteen members, elected by the entire membership. The Board consists of three panels of five governors each, a new panel being elected every year, and each panel serving a three-year term.

A general meeting is held annually, usually over a spring weekend that includes seminars, discussion groups, exhibits, tours of historic sites, a flea market, a business meeting, a dinner, and appropriate entertainment. Regional meetings are held regularly in those areas that have local chapters. Dues, subscription fees, donations and bequests support the Company’s activities. They are deductible, within legal limits, in computing taxes. Institutional memberships to the Company publications are available to organizations approved by the Board of Governors. Student memberships are also available to any person enrolled in an educational institution as a full time student. The application for membership in the national organization may also be found on the Company’s web site to print out and mail.

The website also contains information on the regional chapters, itineraries for recent yearly meetings, and hosts an active online forum accessible to both members and non-members.

We highly encourage you to consider joining the Company, an organization that is strong with friendships and a shared interest in military history. Any questions either about the main organization or the how to apply for membership in the new Gettysburg chapter may be directed to Sam Small here at the shop – by phone at 717-334-0347, or by e-mail to sam@horsesoldier.com .

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