Roly's GETTYSBURG Website



welcome to my Gettysburg home page

Photo of Roly HermansThe reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg, marking the 135th anniversary of that American Civil War battle, took place at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in July 1998.

And I was lucky enough to be there!

Here, then, are some impressions and photos of the event, as seen by this New Zealand 'Confederate'!

I'm Roly Hermans, from Paraparaumu, New Zealand. I had the pleasure recently of playing the part of a Confederate soldier in the 47th Virginia Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, USA (well, at least, the reenactment of the battle!).

This site is intended to give an idea of the impressions I gained during this journey, a trip not only half-way round the world, but also 135 years back in time!

Although I have pitched this site mainly at those who have no prior knowledge of the hobby of Civil War reenacting, I trust that experienced reenactors will find plenty to interest them in the many photographs of this event which I have included.

And for lovers of model lead soldiers, I have added a page to show off my minature Civil War army.


Have a look at my article, and a couple of great links

Or take a peep at some of my photos of the event

Check out some pictures of my miniature Civil War soldiers (updated 7 March 2003).

Tell me what you think of my site on my Message Board


What's New

4 January 2004 - I have re-photographed all the figures on my page of miniature Civil War soldiers. These photos are now clearer and much more atmospheric. Enjoy!

7 March 2003 - two new units added to my page of miniature Civil War soldiers.

20 June 2002 - A long overdue update! I have added a new page to this site, where you can take a look at my miniature Civil War soldiers.

24 February 2002 - you might like to visit my other military history and wargaming websites that I have been working on lately - just click on these buttons:

Napoleonic Confederation of the Rhine website a French Napoleonic army in miniature 18th century Bavarians at the Battle of Leuthen
let me make a wargames site for you!




20 January 2001 - I haven't added anything new to this site lately. However, I have been busy on my other military website over the last few months. This other site features my miniature 18th century French wargames army. Why not drop by for a look at ... see you there, 'mes amis'!

Click the image to visit my French army website.

7 June 1999 - this photo is a sight that any member of the 47th Virginia during the real Civil War would have given his eye-teeth for ... British troops on campaign with Confederates! Bruce Cairns of the 65th Regiment of Foot from Auckland, New Zealand, is shown here on guard duty with me during our recent event in the Wairarapa. Bruce will be joining the 47th Virginia at 'Grant vs Lee' (the battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania) near Culpeper, Virginia, later this month. I won't be able to make it to the United States this time, unfortunately.


In reply to numerous requests: the Gettysburg wording enclosing the photo of the 47th VA on the heading of these pages was done with the PowerClip function of CorelDraw 7.

Awards Received by this Website

Civil War Web award

1999 Winner of Historic Site Award

Civil War Award Of Excellence


Fife and Drums Award

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