Discussion in 'Events, Living Histories, and Reenactments' started by gem, Sep 11, 2017.
Great article. A lot of it rings very true when I think about the people I reenact with.
I've made this same connection. And just as the image of Vietnam vets who were once often treated badly has been rehabilitated, I hope one day the image of Confederate soldiers will similarly undergo rehabilitation among the general public.
Agreed. I feel the same.
I believe this is a very good thought and I agree with it completely.
Great article. Thank you.
Actually this had happened by the time of the Civil War Centennial in the 1960's until the Civil Rights movement starting around the same time and increasing steadily ever since set it back to where it is now.
Here's some good advice for those hesitant about continuing on as a Confederate reenactor:
Long story short, stick to the facts when dealing with the public, don't embellish anything, and know that you're not going to change everyone's mind.
I agree that's a nice, level headed bit of advice. Well thought out.
There is a lot that can be learned about re-enactors in this article.
I saw the reenactors pictured...terrible impressions.
They are asking the wrong folk! God we have got to have more HISTORY, and lot less "Heritage".
“If you were a Confederate veteran at the end of the war, you weren’t allowed work down South because of the Carpetbaggers,”
The BS indicator is going wild.
Thank you @gem that is a very good article, and it has a lot to say to people. My only question is are they listening. I listened, read the article. I am already a believer in the message.
I just ran the "Vietnam-Confederate" veteran comparison to an Elder who served off and on in country from 67-76, and he did not like the comparison one little bit. He did not like the idea of being compared to "a bunch of insurgents".
Okay, so he is not one to mince words
some people will, others won't same way its always been.
You are right. There are always those who refuse to see the truth, even when confronted with it.
@gem, thanks for posting a link to that article.
I found the author's comparison between our veterans of the Vietnam War and our own War Between the States veterans very interesting.
I've never thought about such perspectives.
THIS a billion times over!!
If you want to know the differences between a Cincinnati Depot fatigue blouse and a Schuylkill Arsenal blouse, reenactors are an awesome resource. Or, if you want to know how a regiment goes from column into line, again, reenactors are a fairly dependable way to go. But, when it comes to the actual history of the war and its causes, some of the worst interpretation I've ever heard came from the ill-informed mouths of reenactors. When I hear them say "Our agenda is we want to teach history" I only have to remember hearing one guy tell a bunch of eager listeners that Lincoln had been a slave owner before the war. At National Park sites, reenactors are typically limited to engaging with visitors about the material culture of soldiers and their experiences.
Lots of times, one single, erroneous remark like that can ruin an experience. That quote would have one think that 100% of Confederate veterans were unemployed due to Carpetbaggers... that's ridiculous.
Reenacting is a tool. In the rights hands it can useful. In the wrong hands, not so much.
I said this is another thread. Reenacting is great for teaching about military history and 19th century material culture. But the idea that reenacting is always, and inherently, an effective tool for explaining, for example, what caused the war is just not true, or at least, is not universally true. Reenactors certainly have more to say about political and social issues during the period than the average person, that's for sure, but that doesn't mean everything they say is right.
I tell people it's cool to go to reenactments, but understand there are some things they are good for, and some things they aren't.
I actually I think historians with an agenda, and I say that after reading their sanctimonious and condensing twitter feeds, do more damage than a handful of re-enactors at random event.
That side hates every bit as much as the other and neither does anyone any good.
Although off-topic, I agree that you can never go wrong with condemning haters who have an agenda. Who could argue with that?
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