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Article Teaser: The authenticity of Civil War reneactments is of extreme importance to many Americans who regard them as an important means, not only of participating in an enjoyable activity, but also of keeping alive the history of the period.

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The Authenticity Of Civil War Reenactments

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The authenticity of Civil War reneactments is of extreme importance to many Americans who regard them as an important means, not only of participating in an enjoyable activity, but also of keeping alive the history of the period.

Reenactments are carried out all over the USA by adults and children of all ages, and many, known as 'stitch counters' try to have every aspect as authentic as possible, even down to the number of stitches in the uniforms. In fact it is not restricted to the USA, though most take place in the Southern states for obvious reasons. There are Civil War groups in Canada, and even in the United Kingdom, where several reenactment groups are currently active.

There are different forms of reenactments, ranging from the completely orchstrated or choreographed, to free style battles where tactics are redrawn and the battles refought, the winners not being known until the battle is over. The most common, however, are those that are true replays of the original battles, with sometimes thousands of participants fighting before spectators.

Authenticity ranges from the forementioned stitch counters to free-style dressers who fight in t-shirts and jeans, though most groups frown on this. The uniforms are generally as authentic as possible, and each unit generally has its own style of dress. If you are interested in taking part, you are best to find a unit to join before you think of what particular Civil War uniform to buy. Once you have joined you will be informed what kind of uniform you will require to fit in with the unit. That is much easier than purchasing a uniform than trying to find a unit that wears it!

Some reenactments are weekend affairs, with authentic social events being held the evening before the battles. The food and cooking techniques are also frequently authentic, as are the styles of dancing and dress worn by the men and women prior to kitting up for the battle. The weapons are fashioned in the authentic period design, and the North and South armies usually had their own style of weapons due to the styles of the different armorors used by the different sides.

However, weapons frequently changed hands in battle, and while authentic weapons are available, the guns, swords and sabres tended to be a little mixed by the time peace came. The Confederate weapon manufacturers often copied the designs of the Union army, though designs in Civil,War revolvers and sabres, for example, can still be purchased in the styles traditional for both sides.

In general you should aim for as high a degree of authenticity as you can find, or even afford, and many of the authentic antique artefacts used in actual battle are highly prized by those to whom Civil War reenactments are a way of life. It is often a matter of personal pride, when it comes to gatherings of different units, to be as authentic as possible with as many period possessions as you own on show.

This period of American history is very popular, probably due to the fact that Americans were fighting Americans, and the two styles of uniform were so different and distinctive. There were also a large number of fellow countrymen killed over a short period time, and the number of battles fought provide untold possibilities for reenactment. These are the same reasons for reenactments of the battles of the English Civil war also being popular.

There is more to this acivity than just acting out old battles. The social events are very diverse and popular, and people who take part seem to love dressing up in late 19th century fashions. Participants travel all over the country to take part, and many specialize in specific battles. Others are less fussy, and even join whatever side is the most short of soldiers. One week they might be a Union cavalryman and the next a Confederate foot soldier.

Civil War reenactments are extremely popular, and many regard them as an enjoyable way of keeping the history of the period alive. They not only provide a unique way to teach history, but also a way of life to many Americans seeking a social life with a bit of a difference and a hobby that they can enjoy all year round.


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