What is Reenacting?

Military reenacting is sort of an "interactive history lesson" for spectators and participants alike. Unlike history books or documentary films, reenacting attempts to provide first-hand experiences of the wide variety of military equipment, the monotony of camp and garrison, and the tragedy and violence of combat.

Reenacting is not a recent innovation. Revolutionary War reenactments were staged in commemoration of the U.S. Centennial in 1876 and numerous Civil War reenactments were staged for (and in some cases, by...) veterans around the turn of the century. The only major change in the philosophy of reenacting over this course of time has been the shift in emphasis away from spectacle and towards historical accuracy. This new emphasis was also the catalyst for the development of "Living History." Unlike reenactments, living history programs are not centered around mock combat; the main purpose of living history is education. Historical accuracy and safety are indeed the most important aspects of modern reenacting.

The majority of today's participants have a devout interest in the historical periods that they portray, and they work hard to recreate the soldiers of yesterday as realistically as possible. To do such a re-creation correctly requires diligence and a lot of research. Safety is especially vital since various pyrotechnic devices are used to simulate the weapons of an actual battle.


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