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Old 02-03-2004, 12:35 AM
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But maybe in truth you just can't recreate war in a movie. Reenactors come closest, for sure...they know the smell of the gunpowder the heft of a sword.
I used to think so until I met some.

I break it down like this:

95% posers who don't know anything. Re-enacting is less dangerous than riding a motorcycle to get away from the wife for a weekend; and they get to shoot guns.
3% mildly interesting types sadly handicapped by thick glasses and IT careers.
1% psychopaths who think they're really there, or at least want to be. Genuine posssibility they'll start loading live shot some day.
1% people who are interested in the period, and want to get a sense of what if was like to live in it.
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I believe they also, perhaps inadvertently sometimes, serve the useful purpose of helping preserve battlefields and museums... simply by calling attention to themselves.
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OK, now you've struck a nerve! As an active Rev War re-enactor I can safely tell you that the average re-enactor is not what you think. For one thing we are constantly doing research on our chosen era and even the children could tell you a thing or two about Revolutionary America on subjects ranging from military tactics to home life to social classes to the causes of the Revolution, etc. Personally, my portrayalis that of a regimental surgeon (after 15 years of portraying a soldier) so I have read well over a dozen 18th century medical journals and have acquired some authentic and reproduction tools of the craft. In fact, with all my research and equipment, I feel I could amputate your arm or leg and you just may live through the procedure.

Lets talk about danger, and it is a dangerous hobby. We use real guns and real gunpowder as well as real edged weapons. While safety is our upmost concern, bad things do happen. I once got a bayonet in the ribs (and several stitches) in an attempt atrealistic hand-to-hand combatthat got all too real. On another occaision a runaway horse literally leaped over me as I played "dead". We had an artillerist who lost three fingers of his right hand when the load went off prematurely.

As far as individual lifestyles, we've got an active duty Army Colonel (West Point '76), a couple of doctors, some nurses, an MIT research scientist, several people who own their own businesses, two company presidents, several teachers as well as regular "joes". And, yeah, some computer geeks. But one thing we all share is our love of the history of the American Revolution. We eat and sleep in camp under 18th century conditions (which means no bathing, so by the end of the weekend you can definitely smell us a mile away). And many of us have taken part in muzzle loader shooting competions.

You must be talking about Civil War re-enactors. Now those guys are weird!
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Well Des, there ya have it from the horse's mouth... my eldest daughter once admonished me, "DAD! Honor my perceptions!"... I said, "I'm tryin' honey..."

Didn't get me anywhere at all.
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Hawk,

At least you didn't say, "...from the horse's ass!"
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Nope, wouldn't have said such a thing to or from either party.
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Didn't mean to offend anyone.

If it's your thing, do it. I don't agree with it, but you don't need my permission.
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No offense taken Des... none at all.

I guess part os seeing the Elephant depends on where one is standing, so I've been told :-)
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Des,

What Bluehawk said! ;-)
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