Reenactors

When Civil War Reenactors Legitimize Racism

Last week I shared a segment of Vice Does America that focused on the interaction between a young black man and a Confederate reenactor in Jacksonville, Alabama. The reenactor questioned […]

‘A Way of Life Built on Black Bodies’

The most recent episode of Vice Does America takes viewers to Pointe-aux-Chenes, Louisiana, to meet with Choctaw Native Americans and Jacksonville, Alabama for a Civil War reenactment. The reenactment is […]

A Diet Plan for the Civil War Bicentennial

While I enjoyed having my intellectual curiosity stimulated by speakers such as Ed Ayers, David Blight and John Hennessy, the reenactors at last week’s commemoration of Appomattox Court House just […]

Robert Lee Hodge on Reenacting

You all know the name. Hodge occupies a special place in the reenacting community given his appearance on the cover of Tony Horwitz’s book, Confederates in the Attic (1998). In […]

All It Takes is a Hoop Skirt and Uniform

This weekend was my first opportunity to visit Gettysburg on the anniversary of the battle. My wife and I had an incredible weekend with much of it spent on the […]

Grant Calls In Reinforcements

Check out the image accompanying Clint Schemmer’s recent essay on upcoming events related to the Civil War in central Virginia in 1864. It’s easy to imagine the Army of Northern […]

From Black Confederates to 12 Years a Slave

What happens when a black man dresses up for a Civil War reenactment in a Confederate uniform? Watch the video to find out. In more serious news, check out this […]