What, No Battle of the Crater Re-enactment?
Georgia Civil War Commission Chairman John Culpepper has announced which battles will be reenacted as part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial. The decision was made by 75 representatives from around the country. The major battles endorsed by the convention are 2011-Manassas (Va.) Shiloh (Tenn.); 2012-Second Manassas (Va.) Vicksburg (Miss.); 2013-Chickamauga (Ga.) Gettysburg (Pa.); 2014-The Wilderness (Va.) Atlanta; 2015-Bentonville (N.C.) Appomatox (Va.). I have no idea who the people and organizations involved speak for.
Looks like a nice balance between Union and Confederate victories as well as the inclusion of one siege. The only problem, as I see it, is the failure to include an engagement that will highlight the service of United States Colored Troops. I’ve only been to a few reenactments in my life, but to be honest, they all look the same to me. How about reenacting a battle that gets at the heart of what the Civil War was about?