Okay so Im new to the board and the hobby so bear with me...I have been researching reenacting and have found an article on Salon.com (I dont have the link but Im sure if you go there and search for Civil War reenactors, it will show up) that completley bashes the hobby...I am very interested in doing this and I was wondering what are some reasons that you, personally, do this...I am not judging anyone (like I said I would like to reenact) or making fun, I just want to know if people really ridicule and slam reenactors as much as they do in the article. Also, I have heard of white power/neo nazi groups using this hobby to recruit and wondered if this is as common as the rumors say...(BTW,thats not my thing and I dont support racism at all.)
I personally have several family members that fought during the war, one of which was KIA. I am doing it because I want to know what it was like to live in that time period, I want to honor my family and I absolutley love history and teaching. I have since I was 10yrs old and now Im 25. I guess Im just nervous of falling into the wrong crowd or something. Well I hope to hear something from you all soon. Thank You!