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06-26-2006, 05:03 PM
This year will be my first time going to a national event. I was just wondering if anyone could tell me what to expect at the Gettysburg reenactment.

06-26-2006, 05:46 PM
You might be better off going to Manasass (as far as national events go), because it is the 145th Anniversary.
Apparently the Gettysburg this year is on the same ground it was in 2003 and it was NOT a good recreation of the land where the Battle occured.

06-26-2006, 05:51 PM
Gettysburg a "national" event?

Not this year.

The "nationals" this year are Manassas and Perryville.

Button Whizzer
06-26-2006, 10:24 PM
Save your money.


Wild Rover
06-27-2006, 08:09 AM
Very colorful folk.

Civil War atmosphere, kinda, well not really. Civil War battles, uh, well not really those either.

Oh yeah- BLEACHERS! I can promise at least 1 set of metal bleachers and kettle korn.

That you can go to the bank with, uh, if you have any money left after they rip you off.

Glad to be helpful


06-27-2006, 09:02 AM
If your going mounted then I'll second the 1st Manassas vote. Word has it they'll be 200+ mounted troopers there.

06-27-2006, 05:56 PM
If you want to "see the elephant" go to Manassas at Cedar Creek this year. Next year, go to Gettysburg -- or better yet, wait until 2013 and see what the good Mr Anders can cook up for a new, improved Gettysburg.

Phil Campbell

06-27-2006, 07:46 PM
I am also going to Cedar Creek this year. But I wasn't aware of how the Gettysburg reenactment worked, being I have never seen the reenactment myself. I have only been doing this for about a year now.

06-27-2006, 08:21 PM
deffinately go to manassas, they are expecting a great turnout, maximum 13,000 reenactors i think? correct me if im wrong. But its a good event, the ground is good, and it has good "civil war" atmosphere. Its the 145th anniversary too. Believe me, you may not be as familiar with the name Manassas, but it will be a MUCH better event than ANY of the Gettysburgs.

06-27-2006, 09:04 PM
I am a sutler and just received a call that the event is being postponed until the following weekend.

Michael Mescher
Ragged Soldier Sutlery

06-27-2006, 09:25 PM
Im glad you spoke up I cant imagine them calling everyone that pre-registered.

06-27-2006, 09:40 PM
Looks like we both got into this hobby about the same time so I can understand where you coming from.
My learning experience regarding new events has been that the unit you event with is just as important as where you event. For instance I went to two events this past weekend. Saturday, the guys were just as nice as could be. Great time. Sunday. Just the opposite.
I have never been to the Gettysburg event. But a unit is going there (and I will send you their contact information if you mail me) that are just the nicest, easiest to get along with group of people you could hope to meet. If I do go there, I'll hang with them if I can.
Bottom line is, find out who is going to an event, if you enjoy thier company, and go to it.
If you pick an event solely for the event itself, and you are thrown into a group that are jerks, you will wish you never came there. Believe me!
Let me know if I can help regarding the Gettysburg dilemna.
Basically,I would rather go to a farb-fest with good people, than the most authentic event with pricks. Some of the nicest people I met last year were at that Boyd's Bear Country event. Farby as Farby gets. But such good people.
And remember, only a few moments at a event are spent during a battle reenactment. Most of it is spent with people.
Good Luck!
Frank Stevanus
My horse only likes nice people too!

06-27-2006, 09:49 PM
The Annual Gettysburg Reenactment has been postponed to the weekend of July 7th. There has just been so much rain (can you say 140th) and flash flood warning that they have had to move it back.


06-27-2006, 10:31 PM
I am a sutler and just received a call that the event is being postponed until the following weekend.

Michael Mescher
Ragged Soldier Sutlery

Hold up. You were talking about Gettysburg? Woah, not pre-registered there.

06-27-2006, 10:33 PM
i know exactly what you mean about the people. When i was looking for a unit, i wanted a progressive unit, but not so nuts that they are stitch counters about EVERY LITTLE THING. i found them, we go to real good events and they are great pals to hang out with!

06-27-2006, 10:36 PM
yep... postponed and boned.

i really doubt many people will go now.

as far a gettysburg goes... i went to the 135th and it was the best thing i've ever been to, the battles anyway.

g'burg is a farb fest generally and its also a freaking rip off. i cant imagine how they justify charging $25 a DAY for people to come watch this thing. for a family of four for all three days that $300! for a REENACTMENT that almost never goes as planned and is done on such poor ground that little round top is a bare, 15 ft mound.

stick with going on the anniversary dates, the 140th, 145th, 150th etc.

GO TO MANASSAS. it is gonna be rad. but get your registration in by THIS FRIDAY. cause they are limiting it to 12,000

06-28-2006, 01:16 AM
They are in the same field as 2003 when they postponed it a month later?
When are they going to learn? Find another field before Gettysburg 145,PLEASE, 145th Gettysburg will be a big one. Go then.

06-28-2006, 01:48 PM
Maybe the floods this year will fill in all the DEEP horse hoaf prints left over from the 140th. After the heavy rains then, it seemed that everyone and their mothers had to take their horses into the fields to check the conditions prior to the event. Consequently the fields were filled with 2 - 3 inch indentations which were murder on the troops trying to march without falling or ripping ankles to shreads. Marching at the doublequick was even worse. Worse conditions that I have ever reenacted at including trying to maintain formation as you are climbing out of a steep ravine in heavy woods. Ties with the 140th 1rst Manassas as a least favorite event.

06-28-2006, 01:50 PM
honestly, send in manassas registration NOW and go, i garuntee it will be MUUUUUCH better. plus 12,000 guys....come on 12,000 guys on good ground and with a much better atmosphere beats 20,000 guys in the middle of a farb fest any day.

i dono how many registered for the Gettysburg you are going to but who cares lol

Chuck A Luck
06-28-2006, 01:56 PM
honestly, send in manassas registration NOW and go, i garuntee it will be MUUUUUCH better. plus 12,000 guys....

Are they really expecting 12K? Hmmm, it might be worth seeing afterall....

06-28-2006, 02:20 PM
According to The Civil War News (June issue) 1st Manassas had 6000 participants preregistered about a month ago. They anticipate another possibly 2000 registering this month which brings the numbers to around 8000 total. These numbers would include civilians, so perhaps 6000 soldiers if all show up.

The cap for 1st Manassas is 10,000 and no walk-ons. I don't know what the numbers will be for Gettysburg but experience suggests 2000 to 3000 for this year.

In looking at the future the large 10,000+ events are in a dormant phase. If 1st Manassas draws 6000+ that will be pretty big compared to what I see for the future. I don't see any significantly large events lining up for 2007. The 145th Antietam event at Loudon Heights for the 16-18th is non-spectator and limited to 2000 troops. "The Maryland Campaign" Event scheduled the weekend before at the Boonsboro site is also limited to 2000 troops. Traditionally, there is usually a big Antietam event every five years, but I don't think it will happen in 2007. I'm kind of wondering if the ANV and USV will put something interesting together for 07?

As for Gettysburg in 2008, I don't know. Will it be a big one? It always has the potential, but there may be other groups out there willing to set up alternatives. It is interesting that 1st Manassas was set on a July date this year. I know it is closer to the correct time in July than in August, but in the past organizers always worried about Gettysburg's monopoly over the month of July. Now, with so many small events and so many groups putting them on, it seems people worry less about conflicting with Gettysburg. I think it is best to focus on quality v. quantity and events that clearly indicate that the revenue generated goes to preservation efforts. I'm looking forward to 145th McDowell.

John A. Wyman

Wild Rover
06-28-2006, 02:36 PM

I think as we move forward in the 145ths there will be focus on smaller (2000-4000 man) "regional" events, as you can reasonably depict actions to scale with those numbers and they are still controllable and can be managed in a historical manner.

The mega events (10,000 plus) are dead for now. Hopefully the efforts put into the 145th cycle will breed good results for the 150ths.

I suspect that even Manassas will be hard pressed to field 5000 soldiers. (Women, children, pets and camp follows do not count)

Lomasburg always has 2000-3000 even on an off year.


Doug Cooper
06-28-2006, 05:20 PM
Lomasburg always has 2000-3000 even on an off year.


George cares not, as long as he can stick the sutlers for $500 each.

Avoid the "event" and go see the Park instead, and stop by Needle and Thread/Chris Daley/Corner Clothiers, S&S Sutler, etc. And before you leave visit the East Cavalry Field portion of the park and imagine a huge casino close by...

06-28-2006, 06:12 PM
George only cares that at the end he comes out with an overall profit regardless of the source of income.

As far as the casino, I had heard that it was a dead issue at the state level. Was my source of information wrong?

06-28-2006, 07:09 PM
Thomas, I haven't heard anything lately about the G'burg casino. Maybe our resident journalist has an inside track to Harrisburg. Bill? Any comment?

BTW, shoot me an e-mail or PM. Maybe we can hook something together for Stroudsburg -- if not this fall, then definately next year.

06-28-2006, 08:19 PM
I just received a report that, due to the heavy rains in the area, the G'burg event has been postponed a week.

Anyone else heard anything to that effect?

06-28-2006, 08:23 PM
Yea theres already a thread about it.


bob 125th nysvi
06-30-2006, 06:04 PM
The event has been pushed back to the weekend on 07/7-9 due to the heavy rains.

The Miffilin Guard will still be conducting their living history encampment this weekend but the war is on hold boys.

Bob Sandusky
Co C 125th NYSVI
Esperance, NY