Thursday, April 11, 2013

Re-enactors At the Battle of Goldsborough Bridge-- Part 1

From the Dec. 16, 2012, Goldsboro (NC) News-Argus "Re-enactors honor history's fallen soldiers, pass down memories" by Kenneth Fine.

Some say I'm TOO much of a Civil War buff.  Besides a room full of books and these two time-consuming Civil War blogs.  But, hey, I can't get enough of it.  But, if you really want to say Civil War buff, you say re-enactor.  Now these guys (and gals) take it to the extreme.

Re-enactors Tom and Matt Flood were two of the many re-enactors who showed up to re-enact the Battle of Goldsborough Bridge last December. Both played their fifes (for the Union).  Tom, the father, crunched down on a piece of hardtack, "and after a few seconds  of chewing, manages to swallow it."  Not only does one dress  the part, one lives the part, although many have modern day accoutrement's hidden in their uniforms.  It seemed to see General Robert E. Lee at a re-enactment in Lake Villa, Illinois, talking on his cell phone.

The cracker-like snack was a staple of soldiers back then.  They were there Saturday to help commemorate the battle.  "We could go over to the hot dog stand, but we wanted to stay in period.  But really, how did they eat they eat the stuff?"

I've looked at hardtack which is usually sold by sutlers at re-enactments, but feared for my teeth (they don't call it HARDtack for nothing.

Going Back...Way Back.  --Old Secesh

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