Blast from the past: Civil War re-enactors pair education with entertainment

Nov 21, 2011 Full story: Sun Journal 9

Zack Frailey/Freedom ENC Brian Lee, left, describes the differences among several styles of Civil War Confederate uniforms worn by re-enactors of the 18th N.C. Bladen Guards on Saturday at the Caswell-Neuse Historic Site in Kinston.

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Big Boy

Chesterfield, MO

#1 Nov 21, 2011
May God dearly bless these fine southern gentlemen of the southern states for their fine portrail of the soldiers of the Confederate States of America. Good job fellows, keep up the good work.
Jerry Funderburk

Monroe, NC

#2 Nov 22, 2011
I enjoy going to the Living History re-enactments. My wife, kids and I were in Yorktown VA to see the re-enactment of the Revolutionary War siege of Yorktown. We have also been to the re-enactment of the Battle of Cowpens, SC during which the movie Patriot was being made. We have also been to Civil War re-enactments in Gettysburg PA, severqal sites in Virginia and the Carolinas.
Big Boy

Chesterfield, MO

#3 Nov 22, 2011
To Jerry Funderburk, I know it was nice at those reenactments. I would really love to go if I could afford it & my health was a little better.

Angier, NC

#4 Nov 28, 2011
Civil War reenactments are more common in the south. Why is that, considering the south lost?

Since: Sep 10

Marion, NC

#5 Nov 28, 2011
Why keep reliving a lost war?

Terrell, NC

#6 Nov 28, 2011
Our Southern Hertiage, culture and class under God lives on forever! I love to relive the Southern era. PROUD EWROPEAN AMERICAN SOUTHERNERS!!!!!
Big Boy

Chesterfield, MO

#8 Dec 12, 2011
I'm a proud, white, southern, confederate american. I love the south with all my heart & dearly wish the south had won the war. One dam thang about it, if we had won, things would be a hell of a lot better in this country today.
Jerry Funderburk

Monroe, NC

#9 Dec 13, 2011
It's different things for different people. I like history so for me it's learning how they fought back then, how they lived in the fields and forests away from their families. Every soldier had a different motivation.

Very few southern soldiers were at war to defend slavery. Think about it. Less than 8% of all southerners owned slaves. Most were too poor to own slaves. They were dirt farmers, laborers and shop owners.

Many felt that since the northern army invaded Virginia they would soon invade their homes so they rushed to defend southern soil and, they believed, their homes.

Some were simply caught up in the militaristic frenzy of the time period. They saw "soldiering" as being on an adventure away from the drudgery of daily repetitive work. They admired the military, colorful uniforms, the guns, noise, marching and the trappings of war.

Many were fighting for the "cause" which meant they supported leaving the Union and forming a separate Southern nation, the Confederate States of America.

Many of the "Plantation elite" were angry at the federal government for high taxes on southern produced farm products, particularly cotton, while the northern textile industry controlled cotton prices and payed lower taxes.

The war wasn't about slavery but Lincoln made it about slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation.
Jerry Funderburk

Monroe, NC

#10 Dec 13, 2011
Chinazaa wrote:
You don't sees those white people in Germany walking around reinacting the nazis killings everyone causr they know they be wrong. thing is you know it aint right you just want to be hating, thats whats up.
Actually they do. Not only in Germany but worldwide. Here in the USA there are Nazi reenactor groups such as the 1st SS Division Leibstandarte, Hitler's SS bodyguard, based in MO. and 352nd Infanterie Division 916th Grenadier Regiment II Bataillon 5 Kompanie based in VT. Just google "Word War II reenactment" and you will get hundreds of hits.

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