Four score, and seven years ago......famous words, from a famous President, spoken during a time in our history that continues to captivate our imagination. During the summer especially, legions of men and women across the country transport themselves back in time to a place when our states were not quite so united. They wrap themselves in blue, or gray, grab their long rifles, and time warp back to the 1860's.
Gettysburg is the most famous of the Civil War reenactments, but these throwbacks in history take place all over the country. In Cincinnati, Sharon Woods plays host to such an event which takes place in it's living history museum, Heritage Village. Heritage Village offers a wonderful backdrop for such an event since it is a recreated 1800's community featuring 13 historic buildings that were saved from destruction and moved to their Heritage Village home.
Heritage Village maintains a blog, Instragram and Twitter account, as well Facebook, so it's easy to keep up with events, and check on when the annual Civil War days are taking place. This year's event takes place this weekend, July 12th, and 13th.
I must admit, prior to last year I had never attended such an event. It seems strange to me that I never had never been because my father is a huge Civil War fan. Book after book filled our shelves when I was growing up on Bull Run, Lincoln, Antietam, etc. Through a few chance circumstances I was asked to come to the event and shoot for the day to get some shots that could be used for the museum calendar.
I was so excited to finally get a chance to go to a reenactment. We live close enough to the park that yearly I would hear the cannon blasts and think, "man, I should really go check this out". As Joe McNally says, my camera was a passport. I throughly enjoyed spending a day capturing the scenes.
There was a personal reason I was excited to get the chance to shoot this event beyond the desire to see a reenactment. A friend of our family was very active in reenactment, and as was the fear, it was his last campaign. In 2014, the Civil War days will have a soldier missing. You will be (are) missed.