Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Scenes From a Weekend // Civil War

Sunday we took a short step back in time, down the street from our house where we experienced our first Civil War reenactment show.

In all honesty, I had my doubts going into something like this. Wondering about the people behind the event, spending all this time and energy trying to create such a fierce and bloody point in our nation's history for these traveling weekend shows seeming just a tad creepy for my tastes . . .  I had them pegged as battle hungry grown men with a penchant for old war glory. And worried that something of this nature might be too violent and confusing for Rex or Leon to fully grasp. That explaining "fake" deaths, from fake bullets might get tricky.

Turns out, I was mostly wrong about all of it. The folks participating seemed genuinely (if not exceptionally) nice - not socially inept war mongers but regular history buffs mixed - with what I'm guessing were a few theater hands with some acting backgrounds thrown in. The women in their petty coats and the girls in their bonnets were beautiful. The children involved were adorable and so incredibly polite. The grounds were set up great too. Very authentic detailing that was fun to wander around in. The worn pup tents, and booths filled with old fashioned toys and flags, clothes hang drying, old guns, dried snacks and home made dresses.

Watching the actual war play out wasn't so bad either. Nothing like I had imagined. In fact the boys seemed to pick up right away on the fantasy behind it all. The canons booming were their favorite. The horses, the uniforms and the dusty field band were mine.

In short, I'm glad we made it down to see it. It isn't every weekend you get to meet Abraham Lincoln, eat gold mine bubble gum while shopping for wood muskets and bumping into rebel forces between tents.

I say if you get the chance, try one of these shows out. Especially with little boys in tow. Mine usually don't agree on much, but this, they all three really enjoyed.




Father John Misty / video version 


civil war from Mrs. Habit on Vimeo.

8 comments:

  1. Gahhh...this video is so good and your pictures from this are some of my favorite from your blog. I have the same sort of apprehensions about war reenactment but you have me reconsidering my position. But seriously, your video. So good.

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  2. Oh my gosh, I LOVE CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENTS. There's a big one in the valley but I've never actually gone, but being a nerd, a theater kid and in LOVE with American history, I would love to go to one of this. In full costume. LOVE. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Milla I think you would fit right in :)

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  3. great photos! i've never been to a civil war reenactment but it looks like fun. when we were in georgia, the weekend before the wedding there was a huge one and what's awesome is that it took place on the actual site and they reenacted the battle that took place there. wish i could have seen it.

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    1. I always pictured these kinds of things happening in historical places like Georgia, Anne. So I was surprised to see one pop up right down the street. I didn't know what to expect, but I ended up having fun. I think you guys would enjoy it!

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  4. This is great! I came across your feed on instagram and I think I know you from years past! You have a beautiful family! Lovely photos from the civil war reinactment and great video. Blessings to all of you!

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  5. Shannon,

    I totally remember you! We were in grade school together I believe, right? So good to see familiar faces from the past. And thank you for your kind comments.

    your family is beautiful too.

    Xxo
    J

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  6. Yes! It a small world! Well, I am glad that all these years, find you and your family well! And thank you! My boys keep me on toes! As I am sure your little guys do too! ; )

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