What is this Hobby?
What is this hobby, reenacting? That is not necessarily an easy question
to answer. Its purpose is different things to different people.
Basically, in its purest form, it is organized groups of men who, on
weekends throughout the year, are attempting to place themselves in as
close a circumstance as safely possible, as men may have been on campaigns
during the War Between the States. We do not suffer the
depravities of War such as death and disease, but it does bring us much
closer to the way soldiers lived and how they fought during those four
terrible years. We are men from all walks of life . . . policemen,
clerks, students, mechanics, oilfield workers, musicians, etc. who share
one common interest ... the Civil War.
Reenacting allows someone with basic knowledge and interest in the War to
get firsthand experience in using the same implements, wearing the same
clothes, eating many of the same foods, singing the same songs, camping,
marching and standing face to face in battle lines as our ancestors did in
the War. Reenacting serves many purposes: It allows a student of the War
to come much closer to life of the common soldier in 1862 than books will
allow. It also serves to help educate the public during a mock battle or
scenes of camp life of the common soldier. By reenacting, we are also
attempting to convey that the deeds of those men have an enduring
significance. When we take the time to share the lives of other people
living in other times and come to know something of life as they lived it,
a bond is renewed. The past becomes part of the present. And ... if
you're not careful, you'll learn a lot too!