Dispatches from a living historian…
- A week never to be forgotten– the perfect culmination to my 20+ years of reenacting – men and women from all over the country coming together for history and remembrance
- Focus on education– Spectators hungry for information meeting reenactors anxious to teach: the result- understanding
- More respect than ever– Mother nature made sure to show the 15,000+ men in uniform what their ancestors dealt with 150 years ago. 94 degrees, 90% humidity- a wool blend is no ones first choice in apparel.
- Spiritual connections– Every reenactor on the field could feel the magnitude of the occasion, and at times it was awe inspiring. The brave men who struggled here do speak to us, we do our best to honor their memory- by sharing the experience with the latest generation.
- Knowledge, not war- Academics will never understand- reenactors are not glorifying war nor just playing soldier. We acknowledge there is a wider perspective that needs to be studied, but the 500,000+ spectators sure seemed interested in what we had to say….sorry Professor
- The real purpose- Living history is an education experience. Reenactors are students of the Civil War as well as a gateway to the past for spectators. A reenactor who quits learning has already left the hobby. There was plenty to learn this week by all in attendance… for the sake of our country, let’s hope the lessons were embraced by everyone.