Taking photos while participating in reenactments is officially
frowned upon. After all, there is nothing so off-putting to spectators
than seeing an American Civil War soldier pulling out an Instamatic
and clicking a picture in the midst of a battle.
However, like many reenactors, I carried a small camera
in my haversack, and took a few pictures whenever I could do so
in a discreet manner.
The result, I think you will agree, is a gallery of photos that
could easily have been taken 135 years ago (apart from the colour,
Here is a selection of some of my favourite photos of my Gettysburg
Masses of Confederate infantry, led by officers
on horseback, form up prior to one of the battle scenarios. The
number of reenactors involved in this group seems big enough,
but this formation was only a tiny part of the huge armies involved
in the reenactment.
This picture, I have to admit, is not one of mine,
but was taken by Jill Russell, who is the scribe of the 47th Virginia.
It depicts Pickett's Charge, taken from behind the Union lines.
You can see the long lines of Confederate infantry advancing across
the open ground towards the Union positions.
Here we see a column of Rebel cavalry galloping
across the battlefield, yee-haaing and waving their hats madly,
the Confederate battle flag waving proudly at their head!
Not all the officers rode horses. In this picture
you can see that one of the Confederate officers is mounted on
what appears to be a donkey or mule.
A view of Sutlers' Row, a kind of massive
tent-city shopping mall where you could buy all sorts of Civil
War era goods. Many civilians dressed in period correct clothes
too - the only thing giving away that this is not a nineteenth
century photo are the two pairs of unclad legs!
Dances were held on two evenings of
the event. The sight of women in glamorous crinolines and men
in gorgeous uniforms twirling round the floor was reminiscent
of the movie Gone with the Wind. The authentic 1860's music
and dances made these events into evocative trips back into time.
I haven't been able to identify the couples in this photograph.
A behind-the-lines shot of the Battle
of the Wheatfield. The 'dead' soldier in the foreground will have
to wait till another regiment comes up over and hides him before
he can 'return to life', as it is not the done thing to just get
up in the view of the spectators.
Made it to the front cover of the special Gettysburg edition of
War News. The above photo depicts General Armistead during
Pickett's Charge, and there I am right beside him! (Julio C
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