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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-16-05 08:51 PM
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16. Reenactors ...
This is sort of off the topic, but I wanted to mention it.

They are great people by and large. A very good friend of mine is with a Michigan reenactor group and knows more about artillery from the period than anyone I know. It was simply an amazing experience to wander battlefields with him and have him point out cannon tube, describe who made them, when, and whether that particular tube would have been used at that particular battle. The man is a fountain of knowledge and wisdom.

His unit travels with both Confederate and Union gear because for some reason Confederate artillery units are often under-represented at reenactment events, especially the smaller ones. He's experienced people who look askance at him for this. "Why would you want to play a Confederate?" he is asked. Some people just don't get it.

Unfortunately, a lot of people today got their impression of reenactors from one of two sources, or both: the book _Confederates in the Attic_ and an episode of the Real World on MTV in which the producers apparently looked long and hard to find a Confederate reenacting unit with an idiot windbag in it.

As a related aside, there is simply nothing like being near a cannon when it fires. It is exhilarating and terrifying at the same time.

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