Friday, April 12, 2013

Re-enactors at the Battle of Goldsborough Bridge-- Part 2

Tom Flood's 17-year-old son was eating a piece of that real hard hardtack as well, but his younger brother, Ian, was eating on an apple.  Much easier on the teeth.

Matt and his father play the fife, a common instrument in Civil War bands, and one not easy to learn.  They figure it will take at least five years to master.  And, this is a family that's involved.  Many re-enactor groups also contain wives and women who are either dressed as cilivilians or sometimes I've seen them as soldiers.

Dozens of men and women from across the country came to Wayne County for the weekend's re-enactment of the December 17, 1862 Battle of Goldsborough Bridge.

Robert Bernheisel was wearing a Union cavalry uniform and toting a Colt pistol and a Henry repeating rifle and said his "downfall" came back in 1963 when his family went to Gettysburg.  "That was it.  I was hooked on history."  Yep, that centennial back 1961-1965 hooked a lot of us.
For this event, he drove 1,500 miles from his home in Fremont, Nebraska.

A Special Breed.  --Old Secesh

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