150 Years Later: An American Civil War Reenactment
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This month marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. For many, the Civil War still has a large influence in the American society.
Today, Civil War enthusiasts across the country have formed Civil War Associations where they take part in accurate reenactments from the many battles that took place during the war.
The Washington State Civil War Association (WCWA) has prided itself to preserve history by bringing to life the stories and battles to the public by offering "living history encampments, battle reenactments, school programs, and recruiting drives throughout the state of Washington".
On the field, reenactors use authentic time period weapons that fire blanks. In the near distance you can hear and feel the cannons fire as black powder smoke fills the air. Soldiers drop to the ground as if they were shot and men...and yes even women...on horse back run by for an attack on their opposition.
For onlookers, all the senses come to life as they have a front seat panorama view of history. The highlight of the battle is at the finale where hundreds of Confederates and Yankees come together and simultaneously fire their guns. The momentary deafening from the massive bang reverberates inside your chest and if the wind is right the smell of black powder tickles the nose.
The reenactment does not end on the battle field. Nearby, demonstrations and discussions on the Civil War can be heard around the camp. Tents true to the time period are filled with history as soldiers sit and mingle. Do not be surprised if a Confederate soldier taunts a passing Yankee.
To honor those who fought and died in the Civil War, the WCWA is holding a 150 year anniversary reenactment on April 30th through May 1st, 2011, in Steilacoom WA at Ft Steilacoom. Visit www.wcwa.net for more information.
This video I shot and edited a year and a half ago and was filmed in Ferndale WA during the Battle of Devils Den Reenactment.
Dont hurt ye'selves.
There are many.
VERY COOLL LETS HAVE MORE YANKS POSTING THIS ON YOUTUBE
AND THE AWI TOO
is there any real returned soldiers, who become civil war reanactors ? be interesting to know .
Did the fat feb fall down tripping over his laces? Or just general lack of coordination?
one of the guys in the beginning looks exactley like chum lee from pawn stars
Couldn't make up their minds...could they?
Thanks for the info:)
Smokey, you will have to contact KOMO 4 News in Seattle if you want to use this content in any production. It is owned by them. I hope you understand.
Except I just take the fallen enemies' ammo. ;)
if it's obvious, like someone isn't far away and they're aiming right at you is one way to die. other reasons to die include if you run out of ammo, if you get tired or in scripted battles key personnel may be required to die as in the real battle.
Can I use sections of this video for another video I am making? I will give all credit to you and message you when I'm done!
You forgot that you die if you run out of caps and powder! lol:P
We try to make it look realistic and guess when the best time to die is, such as when the enemy gives a perfect volley of their guns or when you're standing in front of a cannon when it fires. Whatever looks best for the public. Also, a man can get so hot in all that wool and leather that you'd feel like you WANT to die!
how do they decide who gets shot?
I was there today and yesterday (30Apr-1May2011) beautiiful day Sunday! With the 4th US/Filipino Scouts. Huzaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!