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More images from yesterday’s re-enactment of the American Civil War Battle of Saltville.

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These history buffs and enthusiasts often travel across the country to participate in encampments and battle re-enactments. Often they don’t know what parts they will play until they arrive on site. It all depends on how many people show up. Nearly all items of clothing are hand made and personally owned. My wife, Frankie, not only participated in re-enactments, she also sewed costumes for herself and other participants. Most re-enactors own both Confederate and Union uniforms. These are just a few of the participants at this weekend’s event.



Smithy working iron.


Loading a cap and ball pistol.


Confederate Calvary


Confederate Calvary with families




Southern belles in hoop skirts


Union infantryman


Union officer drilling troops


Union commanding general


Confederate drummer boy wearing “captured” Union kepi. All that would be needed to play the part of a Union drummer would be a uniform jacket and turning the canteen which reads CSA (Confederate States of America) on one side while the Union “US” logo is stamped on the other.


Nurses behind the Union skirmish line, waiting to bring water to the troops and aid the wounded…..


….. and their Confederate counterparts. Often these “Angels of Mercy” tended to the fallen from both sides as the battle lines shifted leaving the wounded intermingled and scattered across the battle field.


There are times when more than enough “nurses and belles” show up at an encampment. If you look closely at this image you’ll see that the third soldier from the right and the fourth from the left in white shirt with the yellow cavalry band on the kepi are actually women. When my wife was doing Civil War re-enactments in college she always loved the opportunity to change into a uniform, pick up a rifle and “fight”.

For more on the equipment used during this event check out today’s post on my other page Virginia Through My Lens.


15 responses

  1. Did Frankie use her “double-barreled” iron skillet when she fought all these battles? LOL

    August 22, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    • SSSSSSSHHH! Don’t give her any ideas!

      August 24, 2011 at 5:32 PM

  2. penelopephoebe

    Cracking photos, Chip. Wish I could have been there.

    August 22, 2011 at 1:37 PM

  3. you’ve got to admire their zeal and attention to detail…

    August 22, 2011 at 3:24 PM

  4. I just can’t get the photos or video to load up bah! I’ll try again maybe to-morrow

    August 22, 2011 at 4:44 PM

  5. Awesome photos! It all looks soooo REAL! They’ve done a fantastic job of re-enacting and looking the part…reminds me of the old films we used to watch on TV 🙂

    August 22, 2011 at 4:59 PM

  6. Great shots on both blogs. Congrats on the potw. I’d love to know which blog you prefer. I have a wordpress blog and I often think about changing to blogger, I’d love to hear any feedback on what you like about each??

    August 24, 2011 at 9:25 AM

  7. Those are so cool! So who won? HA!

    August 24, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    • Well, it wasn’t the Russians! The North won this time but there’s a rematch scheduled for Oct 1-2 and we’re going back to cheer for the boys in gray!

      August 24, 2011 at 1:20 PM

  8. Yey, hey, the images have uploaded and are terrific,

    August 24, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    • Glad you finally got to see them, Arlene!

      August 24, 2011 at 5:31 PM

  9. I couldn’t see any images on wordpress not even my own, so had to get help, and was told tom clear cookies, browser etc, I did and [hopefully] it’s cured.

    August 24, 2011 at 5:37 PM

  10. Brilliant photos. The women had to have gotten so hot in that time and today as they do this. Loved this post too.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:12 PM

  11. Great photos, Chip…I love living history events, and the dedication to getting those details right that so many re-enactors strive for.
    Though those ladies are not wearing enough petticoats over their crinolines, as the hoops are showing! You can never have too many petticoats!

    August 25, 2011 at 11:25 AM

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