My 13-year-old granddaughter has succumbed to the romantic elements of Civil War history as a result of her recent exposure to Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind (both movie and book versions) and a couple of weeks studying its actual history in 7th grade. So, we made a 475-mile roundtrip up to Jefferson yesterday for that historic little town's annual Civil War battler re-enactment
The pictures from yesterday that I'm posting give a feel for the dedication and expense expended by the re-enactors that participated in the fight. I cannot even estimate how much these guys must have spent on the ammunition expended yesterday- in addition to thousands of blank rounds fired from rifles and pistols, there were dozens of cannon shots that included explosions on the ground a few hundred feet away to simulate actual cannon balls landing (and they do it all again today for a new crowd). Those things were so loud and powerful that we could feel the compressed air striking us and the ground tremble where we stood thirty yards away to the side of them.
This was great fun, and because the guys wandered around town in uniform during the day, very educational since they were all very willing to answer questions about their hobby and the authentically copied uniforms they wore.
A few pictures from the day (click on the images for larger versions):
I highly recommend these things to everyone interested in American history - but I want to stress that you should bring earplugs - and not forget them in the car like I did.