Civil War Reenacting

Growing up in Washington County, I have been surrounded by Civil War history. It was a combination of living within a short drive of Antietam, Gettysburg, Harper's Ferry, and New Market (VA); family members pretty much obsessed with history; reading historical fiction; and earning one of my majors in American Studies at LaSalle University that has turned me into a 'History Nut'. After attending a reenactment, I decided to take my love of Civil War history to the next level by becoming a reenactor.

Harris Family Photo (L to R - Sam, Sarah, and Joshua)

 

I currently am a member of the 7th Maryland, a Union regiment, reenacting as both a civilian and a soldier (Private Sam Harris). Attending reenactments is not only fun for both reenactors and spectators, it is also very educational. It is another way to get students and children interested in some of the many events that shaped our country's history.

Check out the 7th MD's webpage, where you can read our monthly newsletter, look up our event calendar, read some basic history about the regiment, and learn what it takes to become a Civl War Re-enactor.

We even made it into a local paper with some of our antics! Read it here.

Street battle

Above: Civillians of the 7th MD take supplies from 'dead' and 'wounded' Confederate soldiers, and also check on the wounded Union Colonel.

2009 Campaign Season
With winter right around the corner, there are only a few more events before the Union and Confederate soldiers go into winter quarters.

 

 

 

November 21: Remembrance Day Celebrations, Gettysburg PA - Reenactors use this weekend as the perfect opportunity to honor those who fought in the war so long ago. Early morning memorials and ceremonies are at monuments and graves through out the town and battlefields of Gettysburg. A parade marches through town Saturday afternoon, and then soldiers and civilians can be seen wandering through town well into the evening. If you are lucky, you may even get to meet Abraham Lincoln!

 

September Storm 2007, reenactment of the Battle of Fox Gap