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Civil War Weekend

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.

The spy.

Look! A Confederate photo bomber! 

(Huge thanks to my mom for taking lots of pictures for us!)

It was a really fun weekend!



  1. Wow! =D What an awesome time. Gosh I'd love to get into re-enacting--but I'd need someone to do it with! Great pics, Em!

  2. I love all of these. The train ones especially!

    1. Thanks, Stephanie! It was so neat having the reenactment on a train!

  3. I LOVE THIS. I also love that Haley is reenacting with you now!!

    I really wish I could come up and reenact with you sometime. (But the tricky situation is that I'm a rebel all the way, mainly because of my southern pride...)

    We need to make this happen.

    Love you, Em!

    1. YES! You need to come reenact with us sometime, Em!! It's fine that you're a rebel. We'll make an exception for you...and tease you a little. =) Miss you!!

  4. Oooh this is SO cool! :D Great photos!

  5. WOW! What an adventure. How often do you do reenactment camps like this? I've always wanted to join a group, but never understood quite how it works.

    1. I've been reenacting for 2 years and I've taken part in about 6 reenactments. There are lots of reenactments during the year, but this year was too busy for me and I only made it to one. I'm hoping to reenact more next year!

      I knew a family who reenacted and they got me started in it. If you know someone who reenacts near you, ask them about it. Or attend a local reenactment and ask the reenactors about their group and how to get started. Also, you could Google "Civil War Reenacting Groups" in your area and find out info there. That would be awesome if you got started in it!

  6. How neat! I love the old trains especially—I'd love a chance to ride one or just explore it. There always seems to be a train somewhere when you're dealing with history and historical fiction.