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We have a pretty large reenactment near here....

June 03, 2021 11:14AM
Or did, cancelled last year due to Covid and I haven't heard about this year.

As avid of a Civil War Era fan as I am I never really had any interest in getting into reenacting... BUT.... I really enjoyed going to them. Amazing how knowledgeable some reenact-ors are regarding the Civil War... the food they ate, how it was prepared, how they foraged for food..... their uniforms and unique distinctions between regiments, companies, brigades.

And then the booths set up at the reenactment - some serving food from that era, others selling actual Civil War artifacts - I have several mini-balls taken from various battlefields although I didn't buy those at the reenactments - got them from people who salvaged them from the battlefields back when that was legal... today it is not legal.

I also have some letters written during the Civil War.... love letters home, letters to the soldiers in the field.

We hosted a foreign exchange student from Switzerland many years back... 1997 - that was even MORE enamored and well read about the Civil War than I am. To this day I correspond often with her about that era. She also has many items of memorabilia. Last time I visited with her was 2010? I think. We met her in Washington D.C. and drove a route we had planned... culminating in a visit to Appomattox... the site where Robert E. Lee surrendered to U. S. Grant and ended the war.

She has actually been to several Civil War sites that I have not... most notably Fort Sumter.. where the war began. But she has never been to Gettysburg, and I have... we have that planned for some day soon before I get too old. laughing smiley

  Saving Private Ryan

MamaRAMa70May 31, 2021 08:47AM

  favorite war movie

SeattleRam21May 31, 2021 09:04AM

  Re: favorite war movie

MamaRAMa17May 31, 2021 09:07AM

  Re: favorite war movie

LMU9315June 04, 2021 09:19AM

  my favorite war movie too Mama

ferragamo7920May 31, 2021 09:21AM

  Is Schindler's List a 'War' movie?

JamesJM18May 31, 2021 09:26AM

  Re: Is Schindler's List a 'War' movie?

SeattleRam17May 31, 2021 11:00AM

  Same here, in fact I just finished watching it...

JamesJM15May 31, 2021 11:07AM

  The Civil War...

RAMbler23June 02, 2021 02:00PM

  Pardon my Civil War tale....

JamesJM20June 02, 2021 06:34PM

  About a 20-30 drive from Jacksonville, West on I-10, is Olustee.

Ramgator13June 03, 2021 04:01AM

  We have a pretty large reenactment near here....

JamesJM14June 03, 2021 11:14AM

  Would that be the one at Kearney Park....

RAMbler11June 03, 2021 01:03PM

  That's the one...

JamesJM10June 03, 2021 01:30PM

  I have been surprised at how many Skirmishes happened here in the Jacksonville area.

Ramgator9June 08, 2021 05:09PM

  I need to check out Fort Sumter again.

Ramgator8June 08, 2021 05:12PM

  I doubt if there is much more than a square foot...

JamesJM8June 08, 2021 07:39PM

  Great story James. nm

RAMbler11June 03, 2021 09:41AM

  Re: The Civil War...

LMU9323June 04, 2021 08:28AM

  Ken Burns has made several very good documentaries

IowaRam17June 06, 2021 09:31AM

  Burns on WW2

zn16June 06, 2021 09:16PM

  Never understood how my wife

waterfield29May 31, 2021 02:20PM

  LOL, I'm rewatching one right now...

JamesJM23May 31, 2021 02:48PM

  Re: Never understood how my wife

MamaRAMa24May 31, 2021 06:16PM

  Re: Never understood how my wife

waterfield15June 02, 2021 09:20AM

  The last 20-30 minutes of "Flags Of Our Fathers" ALWAYS locks me in.

Ramgator13June 02, 2021 04:14PM

  "The Longest Day" is still my favorite D Day movie.

Ramgator11June 02, 2021 04:17PM

  wish there were more Revolutionary War movies

IowaRam14June 06, 2021 09:39AM

  I ma watching TURN on Netflix

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  What did Paul Revere yell as he stopped his horse???

Ramgator11June 08, 2021 05:07PM