Do you galvanize, why -or- why not?
Do you galvanize, why -or- why not?
Yes. Both sides have a fascinating history to be interpreted and nothing screams assinine to people more than a 4-1 ratio (either way) at an event where it wasn't that way historically. To answer those that say "my great-great-great grandaddy would roll over in his grave if I wore the (insert color here)" , would they be more upset that you're portraying the other side or that their real experiences are being mocked by a less than accurate portrayal?
Ross L. Lamoreaux
Tampa Bay History Center
"The simplest things, done well, can carry a huge impact" - Karin Timour, 2012
I think men on both sides did what they did for their own reasons and the more I can experience those reasons from both sides of the coin, the better.
I definitely galvanize, as well as crossing branches of service (where possible).
To my mind, both sides fought for what they believed in, and what they thought was right. That alone deserves to be honored, because part of what they fought for enables me to do what I am today. Whether they won or lost really has very little direct impact on me now (the intervening 100+ years have shaped the way I was raised, my beliefs, etc, not the immediate cessation of hostilities).
That’s not to say that I don’t have a favored impression, that is my primary, and also what I know the most about. But I try to at least have base knowledge regarding the other potential impressions that I am willing to do.
And on a practical side, it allows me to fall in where needed, and I think, adds to my overall impression as I can easily switch my mental view. I’ve known folks who absolutely refuse to wear the blue/gray, and generally speaking, those are the stereotypical “think the war’s still going on”.
42nd Mississippi, Co I
I personally don't because here in the southern part of the Trans-Mississippi, too many Federals is never a problem we have, but we have lots of our Confederate brothers who do galvinze for just that reason, and many have a great impression. One of the commanders of those units asked my company commander what he thought he could do to improve the hobby in our region. My commander told him, "go full time Federal, you have the impression and you galvinize regularly anyway." His response was, "oh no, half of my group would quit!" But, that is a regular problem out here, lots of gray, not enough blue. The funny thing is to point out to folks who talk about Grand-daddy in Mo and Northern Arkansas is that Mo fielded a lot more Federal soldiers than Confederate and lots of Northern Ark was pro-Union territory.
To digress on this briefly, many folks who don't have an SUV or SCV researched background may not have it right. I read a great article by a woman who was proud of her Southern roots, who said be careful doing family research, you may not like what you find. Turns out Grand-daddy had indeed been a Confederate soldier, but had been an unwilling participant due to his pro-Union sentiment and changed sides when he had the chance. She had all of her family history crushed by a little research! I myself had a similar experience, deciding in Grad school to research some family Civil War lore only to find out it was all wrong about a supposed CSA unit from Illinois. Beware of family lore!!
Cannoneer, Fort Sill Historic Gun Detachment
24th MO Vol Inf
Lawton/Fort Sill, OK
I have done Union, Confederate, and Civilian. I do not galvanize. To me galvanize means changing sides at the event. That means bringing 2 or more different impressions to the event. Taking a jacket off to go from one side to the other is not correct, neither is just turning a buckle over.
Monte Mounted Rifles, Monte Boys
Mess of Myself
I don't galvanize as I do not ever attend events where the event organizers do not monitor the force ratio, during registration, before the event. Thus, galvanizing is never an issue at those events. EVER.
Tá cuid de na moderators ar an bhfóram AC cheapann a fhios acu níos mó agus go bhfuil with ná gach duine eile. Buille faoi thuairim a, níl folks amuigh ansin a dhéanamh ar bhealach níos mó taighde ansin beidh siad a dhéanamh riamh. Ní Dhá rud a cheadaítear ar an bhfóram AC; tuiscint coiteann agus eolas coiteann.
I went Gray for the 5 days Morgan's Raid 1....we galvanized to Federal by going to the cars and changing on Saturday.
Galvanized for Pickett's Charge at G135 with the 26th NCT.....wore a brownish plaid civilian shirt and a black hat picked off of a wound Iron Brigade private from the fightin' on the first day.
Too much demand for Blue.....so always go Federal....born and raised in Madison WI, studied the Iron Brigade during the Centennial (coached on by my New Jersey Grandmother and Floridian mother). So True Blue.
Horniste! Blas das Signal zum Angriffe!
"But in the end, it's the history, stupid. If you can't document it, forget about it. And no amount of 'tomfoolery' can explain away conduct that in the end makes history (and living historians) look stupid and wrong. "
My unit, a Confederate unit, frequently dons the Blue when the proper ratios demand. Several years we've gone Blue more than Gray. I have checked ggGranddaddy's (a CS officer) grave and found no activity, so I think he's ok with galvanizing as well.
My unit does not galvanize, we have a duel impression: 18th NC, 9th NJ. As Ross mentioned before, we do this because both sides have a story to be told and for more equal numbers as events. We portray Federals at living history events as well as battle reenactments. At some battles in North Carolina, virtually all the attending Federals are from duel impression units.