I feel I've now aged out of a soldier impression but still want to participate in reenactments. I am not interested in an older officer impression -- the officer-to-ranks ratio is ridiculous already.
I can pull together a pretty good civilian kit as an "underground raiload" conductor/station master/contraband annex camp impression. I can still use my musket, pistol, tent, camp parphenalia, shirts, boots etc. etc. etc.
I intend to avoid the "abolitionist" aspect, based on my extensive research that many, if not most, UG/anti-slavers were not abolitionists themselves. (it seems the South rightly despised abolitionists as terrorists and distorters of Southern culture, while many Northerners also despised abolitionists for undermining what they saw as the more effective process already underway that was co-opting slavery even before the war). So...
- Has anyone seen this at an event civilian camp?
- Any recommendations on how to pull this off without issues? (I realize black UG participants were more common, if that is the expectation, but I'm caucasian so it is what it is)
- Should I associate with Christian or Sanitary Commission camps, or stay out of their hair?