A few years ago we went to one of the reenactments that are held every year in July to commemorate the Gettysburg Battle.
We thought it would be a portion of the battle and that would be it. But instead we found a tent city of soldiers allowing us to see what life was like for the Civil War soldier. There were also demonstrations of artillery fire, living history of civilian life along with entertainment of camp music. We thought we would be back to the hotel by mid afternoon and did not get back until dusk.
It was an interesting experience to learn not only about the Union and Confederate soldiers but to learn about life back in the mid 1800’s and what life was like for both the soldier and civilian.
The Confederate Officers – we got to know a few of them, they were pretty nice even if they were “rebels”!
General Robert E Lee and his staff…we had chance encounters with him all day, so much that by the time they were patrolling the perimeter he knew us!
This Confederate soldier is holding Tom’s Civil War rifle. We bought it a few years earlier at one of the antique shops in Gettysburg. His portrayal of a confederate was very accurate. He slept in his lean-to and his food consisted of bacon, corn (“borrowed” from the corn fields) hard tack and coffee. He also told us he has only hand washed his uniform once or twice a year in cold water.
A Union soldier with Toms rifle. He was a bit shy, but he explained a few things about a Union soldiers life.
General Stonewall Jackson…this was a treat considering he was shot accidentally at the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863 and died 8 days later. You just never know who you will meet in Gettysburg!
Artillery in place
We were in the Confederate line – and watched as the Confederate army marched into battle.
The Union troops preparing for battle
Union Calvary after the battle