In 2013 I attended the sesquicentennial celebrations at Gettysburg. 150 years of living history, remembrance, and understanding.
I tried to describe the experience in words….
A week never to be forgotten– the perfect culmination to my 20+ years of reenacting – men and women from all over the country coming together for history and remembrance-
Spiritual connections– Every reenactor on the field could feel the magnitude of the occasion, and at times it was awe inspiring. The brave men who struggled here do speak to us, we do our best to honor their memory- by sharing the experience with the latest generation.
The real purpose- Living history is an education experience. Reenactors are students of the Civil War as well as a gateway to the past for spectators. A reenactor who quits learning has already left the hobby. There was plenty to learn this week by all in attendance… for the sake of our country, let’s hope the lessons were embraced by everyone.
Learning- Remembrance- Inspiration- Healing….
I believed the event had helped our country turn a corner
I was wrong…
- Notable politician removes Confederate monuments- claims our past needs expunged
- America’s museum claims studying Confederate history is perpetuating racist ideology
- Angry mob in Durham, North Carolina tears down monument to Confederate war dead
The seminal event of our history- the most written about subject in all of our history- is being rebranded by overly-sensitive reactionaries completely disinterested in finding meaning in the sacrifice made by 715,000 Americans.
James McPherson described our Civil War experience the best:
“Five generations(now six) have passed and the War is still with us…”