Civil war reenactments - still fighting the Civil WarMidwestweekends.com - Travel the Upper Midwest
After 150 years, the Civil
War still inflames imaginations. What was life really like then, at home and on the battlefield?
You can find out at the annual encampments hosted by historic sites, where reenactors offer artillery drills, medical
demonstrations and shopping at Sutlers' Row, where vendors sell period goods.
Many feature appearances by President Lincoln and include period balls, concerts and church services. But some encampments also include battle reenactments, which give spectators an
incredible opportunity to see history in all its sound and fury.
Some feature thundering cavalry and dozens of cannons; others are more
intimate, with affecting human dramas woven into the smoke of battle.
This is the sesquicentennial of the first battles of the Civil War, so annual reenactments will be much more extensive than usual. In much-traumatized Missouri
, reenactments begin in May, and Virginia will mark the First Battle of Bull Run
The states farther north were spared the carnage at home. But everyone suffered, and Civil War encampments at historic sites in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan bring the war home to modern-day spectators.Read article at Midwestweekends.com - Travel the Upper Midwest
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