The Civil War was a horrific four years for the nation. When it was over, more than 620,000 Americans had died from battle and war-related causes. American had fought against American and in some cases, brother had literally fought against brother. Yet, Americans and people around the world continue to be enthralled with the American Civil War. And yes, every year thousands of people relive the war by participating in reenactments. No doubt about it, Americans love remembering an era you might think we would like to forget.
Of course, not everyone who is enthralled with the war is consciously aware of these issues. With its stirring music, elaborate dress, and noble soldiers on both sides, the war appeals to our sense of romance and adventure.
Every year thousands of people, both the historically-minded and the adventure-inclined relive important battles by reenacting them.
These reenactments are a one-time lark for some, similar to going to a Halloween or other costume party, but for others they are an all-engrossing hobby. The majority of re-enactors are men in their thirties, although sometimes whole families participate; some hard core re-enactors are adamant that women should not participate as soldiers on the battlefield, though there were numerous women who disguised themselves as males and actually fought in the war.
Civil War reenacting began in the 1920s with the actual veterans of the war seeking to commemorate their fallen comrades. World War II squashed some of the enthusiasm for reenacting, but it again resurged during the 1960s Civil War Centennial celebrations, only to die down during the late 1960s and the 1970s. Since the 1980s the movement has grown stronger than ever as more people have the leisure and money to participate. Some of the larger reenactments are sponsored by national parks as educational events and tourist draws.
Though only a minority of enthusiasts will ever participate in reenactments, our fascination with the American Civil War seems unlikely to die.
Jun 03, 2012
Civil War, American Civil War, Reconstruction
The Civil War was a horrific four years for the nation. When it was over, more than 620,000 Americans had died from battle and war-related causes. American had fought against American and in some cases, brother had literally fought against brother.Permalink -- click for full blog post "Civil War, American Civil War, Reconstruction"
Jul 23, 2011
USS Galena, Ironclad, Battle of Ironclads
The USS Galena was one of the most impressive ironclad ships during the Civil War. In the Civil War, sea-superiority was of high importance.Permalink -- click for full blog post "USS Galena, Ironclad, Battle of Ironclads"
Jul 12, 2011
Sherman's March, March to the Sea
Sherman's March to the Sea would set the south ablaze. The sea was the goal, the end result, for the Union leader. General Sherman was a rogue if only for a few months, the general of the Union army stationed in the heart of the Confederacy was on a rampage.Permalink -- click for full blog post "Sherman's March, March to the Sea"
Jul 12, 2011
Ball's Bluff, Battle of Ball's Bluff
The Battle of Ball's Bluff, although not as monumental or tactically important during the Civil War as other battles, was a very compelling fight nonetheless.Permalink -- click for full blog post "Ball's Bluff, Battle of Ball's Bluff"
Feb 18, 2010
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Nov 09, 2009
Brass Band, Civil War Music, Civil War Bands
The brass band of the Civil War played a very important role for both armies. They played at recruitment rallies and their music often helped to encourage young men to enlist.Permalink -- click for full blog post "Brass Band, Civil War Music, Civil War Bands"
Nov 09, 2009
Civil War Ships, Civil War Marines, Hunley, Civil War Ironclad ships, USS Monitor
Civil War ships played an important role during the war, more important than most people thinkPermalink -- click for full blog post "Civil War Ships, Civil War Marines, Hunley, Civil War Ironclad ships, USS Monitor"
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