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American Civil War Reenactment

Photographer: Michael Reynolds

 

The 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War was observed in 2011. Several major battles including those at Antietam, Shiloh and Gettysburg will be reenacted in 2012 and 2013 as part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial. The Civil War was by far the bloodiest war in American history, killing about 600,000 people - which is equivalent to about six million people today. Many re-enactors see their hobby as vital to keeping US history alive, honoring veterans and caring for monuments and historical sites. In addition to travel costs, period-authentic guns, uniforms, tents and other equipment can cost thousands of dollars and are paid for by individual re-enactors. Many battles are often reenacted where they didn’t take place and national battlefields rarely allow reenactments on site.