View Full Version : reenacting life books

02-10-2009, 05:07 PM
Has anyone ever read these books:



I am just getting started in the hobby and would like to know if they are worth the read before hitting the field. The reviews are good but I'd like to know what y'all think.


02-10-2009, 06:21 PM
It aint a bad little book.. good for a light read and has some neat stuff in it.

02-11-2009, 01:53 AM
thanks...I'm not looking for much...just a little bit of info here and there to help me along the way

02-11-2009, 09:20 AM
When I started in '99, I bought a Reliving the Civil War- Reenactor's Handbook.


Good read through, but remember to rely on members in your mess if you got questions and due to real life, don't expect them to answer right away. I found out that what I learned, I learned on my own experience (mostly trial and error!). Have fun doing it.

02-11-2009, 10:04 AM
That is a good read for a beginner! I Had that one back in the 90's as well, and being a product of the 80's era, I learned a lot that I had been out of the loop for and that I had been taught wrong.. Its on our recommended reading list for newbies.

02-11-2009, 10:28 AM
I'll have to read it again. I read it a few times when I started, but I've not touched it since, even though I have it on my bookshelf with my other Civil War books.

02-11-2009, 12:08 PM
I read it as well, but old age is prohibiting my memory. Didn't William C Davis have one on reenacting? Maybe just a forward?

Edited to add, just found it:


02-11-2009, 02:33 PM
GET a hold of ANY first hand accounts that you can. Diaries are the best, but anything written by the Original Cast. Hardtack And Coffee by John Billings is one of the best. Its a real How To book written by someone who was there.