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    Re-enactment - the Civil War

    Thought I would post this link showing Civil War re-enactment in England - and not the English Civil Wars (we managed to have two!) but the American one.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gall...432190&index=4

    Anyway, thought some of you might be interested!
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    Cool!!

    I'll have to send the link to my hubby!
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    Re: Re-enactment - the Civil War

    Quote Originally Posted by Tylluan Penry View Post
    Thought I would post this link showing Civil War re-enactment in England - and not the English Civil Wars (we managed to have two!) but the American one.
    That's fantastic, but I wonder why? It's not like the UK lacks historical battles of their own to reenact. I grew up attending Civil War reenactments with my dad, good times.
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    Re: Re-enactment - the Civil War

    That's cool....and quite odd. You don't even see civil war re-enactment much in Canada (at least not on the West Coast), and most people aren't too bothered about it (Canadians tend to be more interested in WWII, and sometimes the War of 1812, because of the burning down the White House thing).

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    I just thought it was a bit unusual, so I thought I would share it. As OpenHands said, the UK has its fair share of battles etc., to choose from. For a small island it was always fighting someone or other. I mean, even with just the Hundred Years War (yes, really) there must be plenty of choice.....
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    Re: Re-enactment - the Civil War

    Maybe because a lot of those were a long time ago, and WWI and WWII were too scary and recent?

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    There's quite a robust Roman and Medieval re-enactment tradition here. You could be right about WW1 and WW2 though. Mr Penry's grandfather used to be an ARP (Air Raid) Warden. Armed only with a bucket of water and a stirrup pump he was sent out every night to face the wrath of the Luftwaffe on a welsh mountainside.

    Elderly people still talk about him standing there, all alone, shaking his first at the sky as the bombers flew low overhead and shouting 'Come down here, Herman you b****** and fight like a man!'
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    Re: Re-enactment - the Civil War

    Quote Originally Posted by OpenHands View Post
    That's fantastic, but I wonder why? It's not like the UK lacks historical battles of their own to reenact. I grew up attending Civil War reenactments with my dad, good times.
    I'm not surprised at this at all.
    Many solders that fought in the Civil War were recently from Ireland, Scotland and England, as well as from many other European countries. I know of a few battles that consisted of Irish soldiers fighting for the Union or Confederate army's depending where they had settled after arriving here. Sometimes they found themselves fighting each other head to head. I'm sure at least some of the re-inactors had relatives who fought in that war.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OpenHands View Post
    That's fantastic, but I wonder why? It's not like the UK lacks historical battles of their own to reenact. I grew up attending Civil War reenactments with my dad, good times.
    Historical reenactment tends to be more about history in general than one's own history. Different people have different periods of history that they enjoy that transcends national borders...here in the US we have everything from Vikings to pirates to ren faires, to WWI and WWII reenactors (Scott and I have been talking about being Soviets as WWII reenactors)

    The Civil War tends to attract world wide re-enactors (even in Canada, some Canadians reenact with northern US units of both sides, but Canada has its own ACW society as well--its probably easy not to notice when one is in a more populated area, you need some space...reenactments tend to be outside of urban areas when there are good rural areas to put them in) because it is at one of the margins of history...in terms of warfare, it is one of the last wars with Napoleonic-style tactics and one of the first with modern weaponry. Plus (as expensive as a ACW kit is for a reenactor), its cheaper than a tank...

    ...and I think there still is some romanticism about the era--its easier to pretend that the ACW was about glory and honor in some ways, and being that it *is* so far away, its easier to confront the ugliness of it as a war--there was no color photography or film of the Civil War.
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    Here are the download pages on Archives . org for free e-book of the 10-volume set of collected photographs of the armies, battle sites, and devastation of the U.S. Civil War.

    The photographic history of the Civil war (Volume 1) http://www.archive.org/details/photo...chis01lanigoog

    The photographic history of the Civil war (Volume 2) http://www.archive.org/details/photographichist02inmill

    The photographic history of the Civil war (Volume 3) http://www.archive.org/details/photo...chis23lanigoog

    The photographic history of the Civil war (Volume 4) http://www.archive.org/details/photographichist04inmill

    The Photographic History of the Civil War ... (Volume 5) http://www.archive.org/details/mille...phic05franrich

    The Photographic History of the Civil War ... (Volume 6) http://www.archive.org/details/mille...phic06franrich

    The Photographic History of the Civil War ... (Volume 7) http://www.archive.org/details/mille...phic07franrich

    The Photographic History of the Civil War ... (Volume 8) http://www.archive.org/details/mille...phic08franrich

    The photographic history of the Civil war (Volume 9) http://www.archive.org/details/mille...phic09franrich

    The photographic history of the civil war.. (Volume 10) http://www.archive.org/details/mille...phic10franrich
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