My sister and I spent last weekend tenting at a Civil War reenactment. It was a really cold weekend - highs in the upper 50's (rainy on Saturday morning) and at night it dropped to the lower 40's, but we survived with the help of a buddy heater! Not historically accurate but a lot more comfortable!
The Union camp...
There wasn't a dance at this reenactment, so the four of us (Michaela, Mason, Haley and I) had our own in the parking lot next to the camp and played a reel on our ipod. We also sang the entire song of, "Goober Peas" while washing dishes that night. Good times. =)
Sitting in the chairs our dad made us for reenacting!
There was a parade on Saturday morning. Only a handful of people came to watch because it was raining.
Michaela and Mason...
This reenactment took place on an old fashioned train. Over the weekend there were 3 train rides. There was a skirmish in a field, then the train picked up the soldiers. There were scenarios acted out for the spectators riding on the train, such as Union soldiers being taken prisoner by the Confederates. We kept quoting one particular solider after we overheard an amusing scenario...
Confederate soldier: "He's hiding something in that glove. What do you have in that glove?"
Union solider: "Yeah, it's called A HAND! Anyone have a hand here?"
A bunch of Union soldiers lift up there hands: "Yeah!"
The accordion/guitar players started playing "Dixie Land" and the same solider started singing really loudly, "The Union forever! Hurrah, boys, hurrah! Down with the traitors, up with the stars; while we rally round the flag, boys, rally once again, shouting the battle cry of freedom!"
One of our reenacting friends pretended to be a spy and hid a map in her Bible. She's such a great actress! We handed out homemade cookies to soldiers, thanking them for supporting the Union.
There were also Confederates lurking in the grass as the train made it's way through the countryside.
Look! A Confederate photo bomber!
(Huge thanks to my mom for taking lots of pictures for us!)
It was a really fun weekend!