Saturday, June 22, 2013

Dave, I don't think your uniform is period authentic

The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg is less than two weeks away and thousands of Civil War reenactors are descending on the farmlands of Adams County.  I was fortunate enough to see the 130th anniversary reenactment and it's quite a scene including genuine cannon fire (minus the grapeshot), spare campsites, and some hardcore Civil War buffs.

By the way, the single best book on the subculture of Civil War re-enactors IMO is "Confederates in the Attic" by Tony Horowitz.  As I recall, there is a some tension between the hardcore reenactors who wear 19th century underwear and stay in character versus the "Farbs" who wear digital watches and sneakers.

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