The Confederation of Union Generals is a non-profit Civil War Living History educational organization based in Gettysburg, PA.

The Confederation of Union Generals was founded in October of 2002 by Lancaster, PA resident Mike Riley, a long time Living Historian who portrayed Major General John F. Reynolds, and its genesis can be traced back to the Landis Valley Museum outside Lancaster in early August of that year.

At that time, the museum’s directors were sponsoring a “Civil War Days” event on the grounds and asked Mr. Riley to coordinate the Living History aspect of the event. Mike then contacted friends from his reenacting days to attend, many of whom were already portraying Union officers at other Living History events.

Coming together for the first time, they presented what came to be called “Meet the Generals”, which became the group’s “signature” brand.

Following the success of that first event, the attending officers decided to adopt a formal structure and appear together at similar events in the future. As such, the Confederation of Union Generals, or simply “COUG“, was born.

From that humble beginning in 2002, COUG has grown and expanded over the years to include, not just military figures, but other notable individuals such as political figures, non-combatants, civilians, and females who are of historic significance and have important stories to tell.

Today, and aided by new members with energy, enthusiasm, and bold ideas, the group continues to evolve into fresh and exciting initiatives and venues, while remaining true to the vision of the organizations founders, which is, to be the premier educational organization of its kind. Through continual rigorous study, each member seeks to increase their knowledge of the entire life of their chosen historical persona, hone their skills as storytellers, and bring the past to life for young and old alike by helping them to “connect” to that defining time in our Nation’s history.


COUG was recognized as a Non-Profit educational Corporation in 2012 under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Tax Code and was chartered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Tax deductible contributions toward the support of the organization’s educational mission are happily accepted and may be made payable to “COUG” and mailed to our address at PO Box 91, Chester Heights, PA 19017. Kindly include your home address to properly acknowledge your contribution for income tax purposes.


The Ladies of COUG – wives or significant others of our officers – are encouraged to join their officers at COUG events, and to actively engage the public in an educational and period correct manner. Their presence is a significant factor in the popularity of COUG at many events, and they are an important resource in telling the entire story of the Civil War era and themany contributions made by women in supporting the war effort.



CHAIRMAN – Bob Hanrahan
SECRETARY – Bill Vosseler
– John Hart
EVENTS CHAIRMAN – John Griffiths


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“Everyone has a vested interest in the past because the past is in everyone.”

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