Friday, October 1, 2010

Why Be a Civil War Re-enactor?-- Part 3

Continuing with the September 22nd Lake County (Il)Journal interview with Eric Schultz.


HOW REAL DO THESE EVENTS GET COMPARED TO WHAT IT WAS LIKE DURING THE CIVIL WAR?

"...you really can't show what the real horror of war is like. You can put on the shoes, you can put on the wool uniforms, you can march around in the 90-degree day with 100 percent humidity wearing wool. You can get a little appreciation for the hardship. But at the end of the day, you are going to pack up and drive in an air-conditioned car back to an air-conditioned house."

It's really more for the younger people to see history come to life.

WHAT KIND OF TRAINING IS REQUIRED TO BECOME A REENACTOR?

"The first thing you want to do is join an organization....Each individual unit trains its members." One big thing is gun safety so there are a few rules you wouldn't have found during the war.

One More Part to Come. --Old B-Runner

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