J.D.R. Hawkins

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Outstanding Civil War Reenactment

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Last weekend, my husband and I attended a Civil War reenactment in Pipestone, Minnesota. This reenactment takes place every two years. This year, there was a great turnout of spectators and reenactors. The weekend included two battles, a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, several demonstrations, and a ball on Saturday night. The only thing missing was a period church service on Sunday morning. Most reenactments include this as part of their schedule, so I’m curious as to why this was omitted.

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We saw the reenactment on Saturday and arrived just in time for a battle. The Confederates won! There were many enthusiastic reenactors on hand to demonstrate period ammunition and attire, and discuss various aspects of the war. For some reason, there were no horses present. Again, why?

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I will post more photos later on this week. Please feel free to send your comments! I’m very excited to discover a reenactment outside of my previous home in Mississippi, and it was a lot of fun to meet people who are just as enthusiastic about the War Between the States and the Confederate cause as I am. (Thanks to Miss Tracey and Mr. Kale for giving your consent to pose for pictures.)

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Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Today marks the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The battle began on July 1, 1863, and lasted through July 3. Prior to the battle, Union forces, coming from the south, collided with Southern troops travelling from the north. After the first day of battle, General Robert E. Lee’s Confederates were victorious, but by the end of the third day, following Pickett’s famous charge, the battle was considered to be a draw. It wasn’t until several days later that Union General Meade’s Army of the Potomac learned they had won the fight. The battle was a pivotal one in that, from that time until April 1865, the Union army started winning battles, and ultimately won the war.

Every year, a large reenactment takes place in Gettysburg, and this weekend is no exception. Last year’s event was colossal, since it was the 150th anniversary of the battle. However, thousands of reenactors from all over the country are expected to participate in this year’s event, which is called “The Last Great Invasion.” Reenactors wearing authentic clothing and using authentic weaponry camp out over the weekend in Civil War tents. A period ball is held, complete with ladies dressed in beautiful gowns. Battles are staged, as well as living history demonstrations.

An estimated 100 cannons and 400 horses (cavalry) will be involved. And for the first time, “Traveling Tara” will be there, which depicts everyday life in a Civil War home. The name is taken from Tara, Scarlett O’Hara’s home in Gone With the Wind.  The battle reenactments will take place on the Yingling farm – the same site where the movie Gettysburg was filmed 20 years ago.

On Monday, July 7, the National Park Service has granted permission to stage a photo shoot on Little Round Top and Devil’s Den. This is the first time they have allowed it since 1992, when The Killer Angels was filmed there. Reenactors are invited to participate. All in all, the presentations during this weekend will be nothing less than spectacular, and will give spectators a glimpse of what fighting and living during a Civil War was really like.

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