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Indyguy
08-01-2006, 07:01 PM
What was your first reenactment?
Did you just watch?
When was it?
How old were you?
What do you love about reenacting that does or does not happen today?
Just some questions for the general pop or reenactors out there.

I went to gettysburg as a kid about 10 or 12 years old
I just watched and was taken in by the whole thing.
It was over 25 years ago, I'm 40 now.
I just love the comradrie, being part of something that is bigger than I am.
Thing I miss the most is my father playing Abe Lincoln, he passed in 94, he really looked like Abe and played him many times.

Kimmel
08-01-2006, 07:50 PM
My first event was Remembrance Day at Gettysburg. I was 14. I was supposed to play taps in the park for the illuminary, but it got rained out.... I still went up and played, but only once. My first real event was Bensalem. I could only bugle, but it was great. I dunno what it is about Civil War reenacting, what draws me to it, but I love it.

VaTrooper
08-01-2006, 08:42 PM
The first one I watched was Gettysburg about 10 years ago. 140th Cedar Creek was when I saw the Elephant.

cookiemom
08-01-2006, 09:59 PM
What was your first reenactment?
Did you just watch?
When was it?
How old were you?
What do you love about reenacting that does or does not happen today?
Just some questions for the general pop or reenactors out there.

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, on the East steps of the US Capitol in DC, to commemorate the 100th anniversary. I was 7, and it was a class trip. It was the first time I felt "connected" to the past. Seems like reenacting was rare then, or maybe I had just never heard about it before.

Scottish Songbird
08-01-2006, 11:15 PM
Wow, my first event was Billie Creek Village in IN. I was only 16 and I participated. I've never been to an event just as a spectator. I know this is going to sound sappy, but I fell in love with it...loved feeling beautiful in my hoops, the attention- (hey, I was young and pretty then;) ) and going 'back in time' and experiencing another era. Now, I'm 42 and single again in the hobby and still love those same things. I have made some of the best friends in reeanacting and we're still reenacting together. They are some of the most loyal, wonderful people you could ever meet!

VaTrooper
08-01-2006, 11:19 PM
Theres a fella in my unit that looks like was at 1st Manassas. The real one.

Scottish Songbird
08-01-2006, 11:26 PM
Theres a fella in my unit that looks like was at 1st Manassas. The real one.

Hey, are you trying to set me up on a date or what???? I really DON'T look that old???;)

ElizabethClark
08-02-2006, 10:00 AM
The first event I ever saw was also the first one I ever attended at 19. We had about a week to get dressed out, and trust me, we didn't get it even close to right. :) We were to portray members of a relief society, and had no concept of what we should do at all. We arrived as rain threatened near midnight, and discovered about 3am that our tent had been set up in the drainage for the entire area--we were in a good 6 inches of standing water.

After a quick trip to a laundrymat to dry everything, and breakfast at Denny's, we headed back to the site.

I watched the skirmishes that day. Haven't bothered since.

What did get me hooked was the very kind attitude of our next tent neighbor, who took one look at my teal, yellow, and pink Madras plaid lampshade skirt, ecru "Victorian" blouse, and inch-long red hair, tucked me under her wing (and shawl and sunbonnet), and showed me some pattern catalogs she had tucked in her sewing basket. Then she invited us to sit and chat with another Relief Society group (also in our civilian area), and the fires were lit.

Tom Scoufalos
08-02-2006, 02:31 PM
First event I went to I was a 14 year old 'tater with my dad...125th Antietam, 1987.

First saw the elephant at 15 at a small event at Ridley Creek State Park in PA in July, 1988, having just missed being able to fall in at 125th G'burg. What a good first event THAT would have been!

I "could" claim an 18 year reenacting history (oh my Lord...) but I was really out of it for 9-10 years, only taking the field again about 3 years ago.

Tom

bizzilizzit
08-02-2006, 03:37 PM
G'burg, July 1993 in the pouring rain as a spectator. Morristown, NJ and Cedar Creek in Oct. of the same year, also as a spectator. By Jan. 1994, I convinced my ex-husband to sign up with SOMEBODY so I could be a participant. Haven't looked back since.

Elizabeth Topping

Indyguy
08-04-2006, 11:36 AM
Wow, Great stuff.
I really liked that sooo many stories it's like the VFW on a Sunday;)
Songbird women get better with age( don't let anyone tell you different)
It seems that everyone has been to Gettysburg.

Here's an add on question for those who care to answer. What non national event do you think is the best, this is a big can of worms.
But I think there are some good ones that maybe none of us have really heard of .

bizzilizzit
08-04-2006, 11:39 AM
Here's an add on question for those who care to answer. What non national event do you think is the best, this is a big can of worms.
But I think there are some good ones that maybe none of us have really heard of .

Cedar Creek, by far.

Elizabeth

Indyguy
08-04-2006, 11:45 AM
Cedar Creek, by far.

Elizabeth
Where is Cedar Creek Include the state and the time frame that the event happens(usually) Please I forgot to add that to the question .

bizzilizzit
08-04-2006, 11:47 AM
Where is Cedar Creek Include the state and the time frame that the event happens(usually) Please I forgot to add that to the question .

Cedar Creek is in (near?) Middletown, VA - south of Winchester. Annual October event - usually the third week.
Elizabeth

flattop32355
08-04-2006, 07:22 PM
Theres a fella in my unit that looks like was at 1st Manassas. The real one.

We've got a fellow many would swear is an old CW vet. He's been reenacting about 19 yrs. now.

He was once offered two thousand dollars for his "original" springfield rifle musket. Being far too honest, he admitted that it was just a reproduction that looked "aged" from extended use. He can clean it once a year, whether it needs it or not, and it still fires better than any of the ones I have!

Rob Weaver
08-04-2006, 08:20 PM
What was your first reenactment?
Did you just watch?
When was it?
How old were you?
What do you love about reenacting that does or does not happen today?

I marched in parades as a musician during the bicentennial in 76-77. My first shooting event was 200th Monmouth in June 78. (I did Rev War before doing Civil War.) I was 16 at Monmouth.
The best thing about reenacting is the cameraderie - the people. I have developed literally lifetime friendships.
My biggest pet peeve is the shortage of hit taking today.

Linda Trent
08-04-2006, 09:29 PM
What was your first reenactment? Did you just watch? When was it? How old were you?

The Battle of Shiloh held at the Algonquin Mill in Carrollton, Ohio. That was back some 20+ years ago (maybe 1975). I was probably around 13 years old, and my parents took me. We were just spectators. Of course back then I was horse crazy (not guy crazy) so watching a mare and her young foal galloping around the field during the battle was really fun.

My first event as a reenactor (so to speak) was in 1990. My 4th great grandfather built the Algonquin Mill, and the Carroll County Historical Society holds a festival there every year. My goal was to go as my 2nd great grandmother in complete first person and welcome guests to the mill. This didn't go off as planned namely because my hoop broke almost as soon as I got there, and it started to pour down rain and everything was dragging in the mud...

My next main event was Ashland, Ohio where I met a first rate hospital unit that didn't like females in their hospital. The major drilled me royally on my first person character during the event to the point that I cried. I swore that I'd never again be caught off guard, the major was impressed enough that he and the other members of the unit voted me a member!

After that drilling I swore I'd never be embarrassed like that again and I worked hard to build a complete character background including where I came from, how I got there, where my mode of transportation was, where my escort was (if I didn't have one), etc.

By the end of my first season, 1991, I was getting burned out because I needed more of a challenge. I remember at Carnifex Ferry that year I was getting bored and Hank and I decided to challenge each other to stay in character for the remainder of the event. And it just seemed magical -- we had a great time together and each event we attended thereafter we challenged ourselves more and more.

I've only been to two big events, (130th Wilsons' Creek, and 130th Gettysburg). To be honest, neither one turned me on.

Linda.

Scottish Songbird
08-05-2006, 11:18 AM
Wow, Great stuff.
I really liked that sooo many stories it's like the VFW on a Sunday;)
Songbird women get better with age( don't let anyone tell you different)
It seems that everyone has been to Gettysburg.

Here's an add on question for those who care to answer. What non national event do you think is the best, this is a big can of worms.
But I think there are some good ones that maybe none of us have really heard of .

Why thank you sir....that's nice to hear!!!!:D

skamikaze
08-06-2006, 02:24 AM
my first one i went to was at lindsy park in davenprt iowa when i was about 7.

the first event i did was with the 8th kansas company H in princeton IL when i was 12

the first major event (and my favorite) was teh 135th g'burg. i would have been in about eighth grade then

Linda Trent
08-06-2006, 07:10 AM
Well, if you mean Civil War event, my first was The Battle of Shiloh, but it wasn't held at Shiloh, or even Tennessee for that matter -- it was held at the Algonquin Mill in Carrollton, Ohio about 30 years ago. But the thing that struck me was the cavalry (I was horse crazy at 12), there was a man riding a mare with a suckling foal running around the field during the battle. I kinda felt bad for the foal who occasionally got in the way.

What actually got me involved in the hobby wasn't for another 15 years (1990). My 4th great grandfather built the Algonquin Mill back around 1818, and now, since the late 1970s+/- every year they hold a fall festival there, (different from the event described above, which was just a battle). I decided on my own to have a dress made so I could portray my 2nd great grandmother, and welcome visitors to the Mill in strict first person. (I was exposed to first person actors who wouldn't break no matter what back when I was a kid visiting the Alamo, Deadwood, and some of those western places.)

Problem was, my hoop broke. Then to make matters worse, a deluge came down making everything ankle deep mud. My skirts were dragging since I had nothing to hold them up at this point, and I just decided to go back and change. At this point I met a reenactor lady who wore my size and gave me clothes to wear (egads, they were awful. White blouse, blue skirt, snood, and Dr. Quinn hat), but I didn't get to portray my grandmother. I'd still like to go back and do that some day though, only now in my proper clothes :)

The hardest part about getting started in the hobby for me was being single. No unit wanted me to join because apparently the wives didn't trust their husbands enough. :( One by one I was told no -- you're single and we don't allow single ladies to join no matter how much they desire to reenact or how dedicated they are to the hobby, but if you get yourself a husband you can come back and reapply.

Finally, my college instructor put me in contact with a hospital unit, and I met a *single* gentleman who enjoyed reenacting the same way I did, and we were married. ;) And nope, I never reapplied. I've been independent most of my reenacting career.

Linda.

Jenna Lee
08-06-2006, 06:04 PM
My first event was 24 years ago when I was 8. A very close family friend had moved to Gettysburg to attend seminary there and I was very close to his daughters. I spent several weeks every summer with them and played on the battlefield. The first event I saw was not a large event it was a small living history demonstration with a handful of Rebs out on Seminary Ridge. I remember my bewildered awe watching these men drill. I was offically hooked on the era. I have never fully recovered. Here I sit a living historian today just got back from an event with the marks from my corset on my flesh and dreaming of my next bonnet. If you know of a cure for this CW Mania please help! This has gone on far too long!! ;)

Jenna Lee

flattop32355
08-06-2006, 10:33 PM
My first event was 24 years ago when I was 8. A very close family friend had moved to Gettysburg to attend seminary there and I was very close to his daughters. I spent several weeks every summer with them and played on the battlefield. The first event I saw was not a large event it was a small living history demonstration with a handful of Rebs out on Seminary Ridge. I remember my bewildered awe watching these men drill. I was offically hooked on the era. I have never fully recovered. Here I sit a living historian today just got back from an event with the marks from my corset on my flesh and dreaming of my next bonnet. If you know of a cure for this CW Mania please help! This has gone on far too long!! ;)
Jenna Lee

Dear Jenna,

Don't even try; you're doomed. :)

Indyguy
08-07-2006, 04:09 AM
I do not see this as being doomed it's a blessing and a curse. 100 degree heat and a wool uniform. Then it rains:confused:
It seems there are many great people in this hobby, for many different reasons.
My blisters have blisters and Iam loving every minute.
The ladies are beautiful(always) and the men are gentlemen(sometimes).
If I ever meet somone who understands my love of the era then I will truly know bliss.;)

I plan to go to Perryville this year. It will be my 1st national event so Iam excited.

Scottish Songbird
08-07-2006, 08:06 AM
I do not see this as being doomed it's a blessing and a curse. 100 degree heat and a wool uniform. Then it rains:confused:
It seems there are many great people in this hobby, for many different reasons.
My blisters have blisters and Iam loving every minute.
The ladies are beautiful(always) and the men are gentlemen(sometimes).
If I ever meet somone who understands my love of the era then I will truly know bliss.;)
I plan to go to Perryville this year. It will be my 1st national event so Iam excited.

Well Will, it's nice to know there are other's who feel this way too! Nicely said!!;)

Indyguy
08-10-2006, 03:54 AM
If I could go back in time I would go to the 1860's, well just a little before so I could get the feelings about the war. However I'd probably just maybe have to be confederate, eventhough now I reenact Federal, But from Indiana that's what you were(generally). And I love the Irish Impression.
And Songbird I sing(badly but I still throw it out there). Wait this has gone from Reenacting questions to Singles but at least I don't have to compete to talk to Scottish Songbird, I don't know Scottish? Irish? HMMMMM;)

Scottish Songbird
08-10-2006, 10:31 AM
If I could go back in time I would go to the 1860's, well just a little before so I could get the feelings about the war. However I'd probably just maybe have to be confederate, eventhough now I reenact Federal, But from Indiana that's what you were(generally). And I love the Irish Impression.
And Songbird I sing(badly but I still throw it out there). Wait this has gone from Reenacting questions to Singles but at least I don't have to compete to talk to Scottish Songbird, I don't know Scottish? Irish? HMMMMM;)

Hey Will...I'm Irish too!!!;) ...well along with the Scottish, Danish & Polish!
Hmmmm....niceish, huh!:p

redpatch
08-10-2006, 04:40 PM
I was bit by the bug last June and it didn't take long after researching the hobby via the internet to get involved.

The first reenactment that I ever witnessed was also the first one that I ever participated in. Zoar, Ohio - last September. Had a wonderful time. Went to Shenandoah '62 this year and had an even better time. Manassas was fun for a lot of reasons as well for this newbie, though Shenandoah '62 has been my favorite thus far.

I look forward to experiencing more events as well as different types of events.

Rob Galbraith
63rd P.V.I., Co.C.

Indyguy
08-10-2006, 11:12 PM
Any Living Historties?
I so do love them as well, 1st Impression it's great.
Songbird, If you aren't busy in September and your can find a chaparone, you may enjoy the Irish Fest In Indianapolis.(Hint)
Camp Sullivan is beautiful that time of year.
You could discover your Irish roots or Rediscover them if you have already discovered them.
Please note anyone else who would like to come to Irish Fest come on down.(or Up)

jthlmnn
08-13-2006, 02:25 PM
The bug first bit me in the early 1960s, when I was a youngster. I did not see any reenactments, but one of our neighbors was a member of a Confederate unit. I remember him sitting in our kitchen and allowing my older brother and me to look at and handle his stuff. The virus lay dormant for two decades, with a minor resurgence in the early 1980s when I attended an event at "Old Wade House", in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. After another two decades of remission, it took hold. I became interested in my family's history and found that three relatives, including my 2x great grandfather had served in the Union army. I also began substitute teaching and that meant going on a number of field trips to living history sites. The catalyst for joining a unit happened at Milwaukee's Irish Fest (the largest celebration of Irish music and culture in the USA, if not the world, thank you very much), where members of the 2nd Wisconsin were set up to assist people in researching their Civil War ancestors. A few years later, I finally succumbed and began assembling the accutrements to become a reenactor. (Not easy, since I have returned to school to obtain my full teaching license.)

I am still very new to reenacting, but, like others in this thread, I find the people to be generous, thoughtful, and great fun to be with. I'm glad I gave in.

Scottish Songbird
08-13-2006, 09:40 PM
Any Living Historties?
I so do love them as well, 1st Impression it's great.
Songbird, If you aren't busy in September and your can find a chaparone, you may enjoy the Irish Fest In Indianapolis.(Hint)Camp Sullivan is beautiful that time of year.
You could discover your Irish roots or Rediscover them if you have already discovered them.
Please note anyone else who would like to come to Irish Fest come on down.(or Up)

Oh, I'd love to come to the Irish Fest!!!! Hmmmm..........are you volunteering as a chaperone, sir?!?!?;)

Radar
08-14-2006, 01:22 PM
Any Living Historties?
I so do love them as well, 1st Impression it's great.
Songbird, If you aren't busy in September and your can find a chaparone, you may enjoy the Irish Fest In Indianapolis.(Hint)
Camp Sullivan is beautiful that time of year.
You could discover your Irish roots or Rediscover them if you have already discovered them.
Please note anyone else who would like to come to Irish Fest come on down.(or Up)


If you're looking for living histories, try Camp Nelson, KY (south of Lexington)www.campnelson.org, 9-10 September. This is designed as a USCT week, but all comers welcome.

Indyguy
08-14-2006, 02:08 PM
Ma'am ,
A charaprone as a Private! I do not think that as proper. What would they think? However the Irish Aid Society will be along with us a great bunch they are.

Indyguy
08-14-2006, 02:10 PM
If you're looking for living histories, try Camp Nelson, KY (south of Lexington)www.campnelson.org, 9-10 September. This is designed as a USCT week, but all comers welcome.

I just checked it out and I may have to Check it out for real it looks nice. Thanks for the heads up.

marylandreb
08-14-2006, 05:42 PM
My 1st re-enactment was the 125th Gettysburg.:)

Scottish Songbird
08-14-2006, 06:45 PM
Ma'am ,
A charaprone as a Private! I do not think that as proper. What would they think? However the Irish Aid Society will be along with us a great bunch they are.

Oh...I understand Sir.:| I was kind of hoping you might volunteer to be my escort?;)

Doug Cooper
08-14-2006, 08:49 PM
123rd Saylor's Creek - we marched 7 miles one day, 5 the next, it froze at night, burned a hole in my hand-me-down overcoat and the soles came off both my hand-me-down shoes (too close to the fire - rookie mistake) so I tied leather thongs around my shoes. What a great time.

I was hooked!

Ephraim_Zook
08-14-2006, 09:23 PM
Somewhere around 14 or 15 years ago my eldest son saw an article in the paper about a reenacting group and wanted to try it out. I began taking him since he wasn't yet old enough to drive. I attended my first few events as driver/chaperone/spectator. My very first one was at a tourist-trap place called Colony Village near Stroudsburg, PA. At the time I didn't realize how pathetic it really was. I attended a few more in the "dad" capacity -- Waterloo Village in NJ, Allaire State Park in NJ (they have a working steam railroad there and reenacted "The Great Locomotive Chase"). Somewhere along the line my younger son wanted to get involved also, and I started to research the history of the original unit they belonged to. When the older son took a trip out west between high school and college, my younger guy convinced me to wear the older one's uniform and participate at an event in Lebanon, PA. It was all downhill from there!

A few years later I was drawn into attending more authentic events and I've pretty much stayed away from the Gettysburgs and New Markets and Cedar Creeks ever since.

Indyguy
08-15-2006, 04:44 AM
Oh...I understand Sir.:| I was kind of hoping you might volunteer to be my escort?;)

Escort why yes ma'am I'd be glad to,show you around Camp Sullivan.

John Legg
08-17-2006, 10:21 AM
My first Reenactment, was a mainstreem event, in jackson Michigan. i played drum! i dont know what it is about reenacting but i Love it!

reddcorp
08-17-2006, 01:28 PM
Depends on what you call a "reenactment"

I'm old enough to remember the Centennial years. In my home town, a lot of the townsmen grew beards to celebrate. There was a paradewith Dixie and the Battle Flag played and displayed unabashedly.
The men, dressed in gray Sears and Roebuck workclothes fought pretend "Yankees"(galvanizers? in blue shirts, windbreakers or the like) in a mock battle armed with an assortment of hunting rifles, war surplus rifles, shotguns, and pistols....and a sprinkling of bona fide CW relics. No firing, though.
A number of Real Sons still around then, talking about their Fathers and "the War."
We seem to have come a ways since, but that's what got me hooked on the Civil War.

AWRedd

Marie21stOVI
08-17-2006, 04:00 PM
John,

Are you going to Jackson this year?

Is anyone else?

Regards,

Marie

flattop32355
08-17-2006, 04:51 PM
John,
Are you going to Jackson this year?
Is anyone else?
Regards,
Marie

My own 30th OVI will be attending Jackson, MI this year.

Hondo
08-17-2006, 05:29 PM
I was a spectator at my first event. I was very much in awe of everything. So instead of going up and asking a re-enactor I just watched. To beat it all it was a first time event as well.

To shorten this story, I finally started re-enacting. My first event where I went on the field was a little event just outside of Pulaski, Va. called New Bern. I had a horrible time slept in a dog tent with two others. I failed to drink enough and Saturday after the battle I was sick as a dog. I even had a couple of you boys in blue offering to help me back to camp.

All in all I knew in my heart that this is what I should be doing. I have never looked back and enjoyed every event.


Hondo

Bummer
08-18-2006, 04:30 PM
September of 1962 for me...in a mounted cavalry unit. With a wool uniform and original leather gear. Never missed a year since (except when I was overseas), and have always been a hardcore authentic type.
And yes, that makes me older than dirt, but I campaign with the best of them as recently as Rich Mt.

As for a really good non-national event, I would say Ft. Branch, NC the first weekend of November. Something for everybody; original ground and earthworks, good camping, a fair number of sutlers, good proportion of authentic troops, pretty good dance, a very good open ended tactical in some really challenging and authentic terrain (including some good Carolina cyprus swamp), horsedrawn artillery battery, 'permenant' Confederate winter quarters, friendly atmosphere, good food, an all around good event!

Scottish Songbird
08-22-2006, 01:05 PM
Escort why yes ma'am I'd be glad to,show you around Camp Sullivan.

Well, thank you sir! ;) I hope I'm able to attend!

Dan Hadley
08-25-2006, 10:41 PM
So, Scottish songbird, have you been able to get through the day without belching? Sorry- couldn't resist.

DH

Scottish Songbird
08-27-2006, 10:18 PM
So, Scottish songbird, have you been able to get through the day without belching? Sorry- couldn't resist.

DH

"Oh my sir, a lady must not discuss such issues with a gentleman"!!!;)



(Actually, I did make it through the the whole weekend without belching...can't eat much anyway with the corset on!!!!;) :rolleyes: -thanks for your concern!!:p