American Civil War
American Civil War Reenactments
The Union included the states of Maine, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, California, Nevada, and Oregon. Abraham Lincoln was their President.
Reenacting the American Civil War began even before the real fighting had ended. Civil War veterans recreated battles as a way to remember their fallen comrades and to teach others what the war was like.
Modern reenacting is thought to have begun during the 1961–1965 Civil War Centennial celebrations.
Reenacting grew in popularity during the 1980s and 1990s, due in large part to the success of the 125th Anniversary reenactment near the original Manassas battlefield, which was attended by more than 6,000 reenactors.
Time magazine estimated that there were more than 50,000 reenactors in the U.S. at that time.
Although many periods are reenacted around the world, Civil War reenactment is, by far, the most popular activity in the US.
In 2000, the number of Civil War reenactors was estimated at 50,000,though the number of participants declined sharply through the ensuing decade, to around 30,000 in 2011.
Although women and children commonly participate in reenactments as civilians (portraying, for example, members of a soldiers' aid society), some women also take part in military portrayals. This is controversial within the reenactment community.
While there were a small handful of women who may have fought in the conflict, almost all of them did so disguised as men. Attitudes on this topic seem to vary widely.
- Civil War Battles
- Civil War Forts