Matt portrays a corporal of dismounted troopers in Company D. He enjoys baseball, and the study of
the Civil War. Matt is married to Barbra, who portrays a civilian in the 10th Cavalry.
Matt is a retired Public Defender and former Prosecutor. He and Barbra live in Texas.
1st Sergeant Jeff Bair - Lady Lake, Florida
John portrays a Sergeant in Company D. He leads our dismounted squad and has been instrumental in getting camp set up
at events. Hobbies include woodworking, building wood furniture, and he is very interested in
military history. He is married to Shirley who portrays a civilian in the regiment. They have a son, Alex.
John was a modern day citizen soldier for over 30 years
and is the retired Command Sergeant Major of the
766th Engineer Battalion, Illinois Army National Guard. Thank you for your service, John!
Jeff is 1st Sergeant of Company D. He is an Illinois native, is married to Becky, and has many
is a retired
Energy Manager for Keystone Steel and Wire, Peoria, Illinois and a retired Air Force Officer where he
worked in Combat Operations,
Aircraft Maintenance, Special Forces. He had 10 years prior enlisted service in Electronics Maintenance and
Training (Drill) Instructor.
He volunteers in Civil War presentations, and is a Lincoln's New Salem interpreter as well.
Sergeant John Rehbein - Auburn, Illinois
Corporal Matt Chancey - Lake Kiowa, Texas
Trooper Ian Homeier - Chatham, Illinois
Ian has been with the regiment since he was eight years old when he portrayed the color bearer and courier
for the regiment. He is now a dismounted trooper in Company D. He studies the Civil War and has
visited many battle
sites. Outside of reenacting, he is involved in many athletic activities.
He is the grandson of
the regiment's civilian laundress/cook, Shea Ingram. His brother, Elias, is also a dismounted
trooper in Company D. His brothers, Micah and Atticus, are also recruits in the regiment.
Trooper Elias Homeier - Chatham, Illinois
Elias has been with the regiment since he was ten years old and carried the guidon for the regiment.
Even then he visited battle sites and participated in national reenactments. He is now a dismounted
trooper in Company D. Elias studies history, and is an athlete as well.
He is the grandson of the regiment's civilian laundress/cook, Shea Ingram. His brother, Ian,
is also a dismounted trooper in Company D. His brothers, Micah and Atticus, are also recruits in the regiment.
Trooper Dan Wagner - Bartonville, Illinois
Dan is a dismounted trooper in Company D. When he is not demonstrating firearms and wearing
wool with the regiment, he is enjoying being retired from Keystone Steel and Wire of Bartonville,
He enjoys rodeos, the Old West, the Civil War, shooting and horses. He also owns a bay quarterhorse.
Trooper Aidan Schwartz - Chatham, Illinois
Aidan is a dismounted trooper in Company D. Aidan does double duty in the regiment as the drummer on the
march, and as a flag bearer on the battlefield. His position on the battlefield directs the troops to a rally point when
they must move to a different position. He is usually assigned to the commander of the regiment.
Trooper Conner Smith - Petersburg, Illinois
Conner is a dismounted trooper in Company D. He enjoys hunting, fishing, woodworking, and automotive work. He
is immersing himself in Civil War history, learning something new every day, even making his own hardtack. He lives in Petersburg.
Trooper Rob Arntzen, Winnebago, Illinois
Rob comes to us with reenacting experience in the 8th Illinois Cavalry in the Chicago area. When he is not
enjoys shooting and ball room dance. Rob is employed by Arntzen Corp. He lives in Winnebago and is married
to Sue. They have 2 children, Tami and Alex.
Trooper Terry Gerdes,Wall Lake, Iowa
Terry comes from the far West (Iowa) to reenact a dismounted soldier. He is also a chaplain and does his best to help keep us spiritually healthy.
Welcome to the 10th, Terry! (Photo by Tom George Davison)
Trooper Shelby Morecraft, Jewett, Illinois
Shelby is a very versatile member of the 10th Cavalry. She rides, she is dismounted, and she can be the flag bearer on a
moment's notice. Her sister Lexi, and her father,Tim, participate in the regiment as well.
Trooper Brent West - Kenosha, Wisconsin
Brent comes to the 10th Cavalry with prior reenacting experience with the 8th Illinois Cavalry from
Chicago area. He enjoys dancing, running, studying history, and swings a mean axe in Chopping
Wood for the 10th Cavalry at reenactments.
Brent also enjoys sleeping under the stars, inviting others to go without a tent and sleep next to
the fire, even when it is 26 degrees! Brent lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin with his wife Amy.
Trooper Tom Brady, Chicago, Illinois
Tom Brady joined the 10th Cavalry after witnessing the troops in action at a Bloomington reenactment. He enjoys
learning about history and has learned much about individual battles of the Civil War. He especially enjoys visiting Civil War battle sites.
He can describe
what is happening at a reenactment as to who is advancing at what part of a battle (even when the troops don't
know yet what is happening.) He also enjoys film making
and acting. Tom is a graduate of Normal Community High School and attends college in Chicago.