This past weekend I experienced my first Civil War reenactment as a participant. Granted, I didn't camp out overnight with the others, as my grandparents live about five minutes from Greenfield Village where the event was held and I wanted to see them, but it was a lot of fun nonetheless.
Mike and Katie had pitched their tent near the other civilians, and we used it as a sort of home base and general storage area since we spent most of our time hanging out with Tyler's unit, the 26th Michigan. It was a lot of fun getting to know the 26th MI guys. There were some really interesting characters and they were very welcoming and generous (and authentic... in an 1840s dress I was the farb of the group!).
I actually remembered to bring my camera with me, but only have pictures from Sunday, as I left it in the car on Saturday. rvqavalon has a bunch of Saturday pictures (plus a few from the ball) on her journal. I apologize in advange for the absence of an LJ cut... it doesn't seem to want to work for me today.
A few of the guys from the 26th MI posing outside the tintype studio. From left to right: Ian, Tyler, Craig, and Ethan. Ian and Ethan seemed to be an inseperable duo, and I was constantly confused as to which was which, though by the end of the weekend I think I had it down. Craig, the sargent, was in charge of the unit and seemed very... comfortable
with his position of authority. I liked him though. I liked all of them.
At one point in the afternoon, Mike hauled out a Meijer bag and asked if anyone wanted a gummy bear. Gummy bears?! WHAT? We refused, and Mike grinned for the camera.
While Katie and Mike bustled about making lunch, Tyler and I sat in the shade with the kids and messed about on the tin whistles. The two boys with the whistles belonged to the 26th (and were very intelligent and entertaining, they added a lot to the group) but the kid with the drum seemed to be their groupie and kept popping up out of nowhere. He was a very peculiar child, and nearly had a conniption fit when he found out that Tyler didn't know how to play Battle Hymn of the Republic.
I picked up Tyler's whistle and managed to remember a couple of Irish jigs from ye olde days of playing with Rebekah's fiddle class. I hadn't played for several years, but it came back very quickly and kind of made me miss it. I should dig out my music and get reaquainted with the whistle.
Craig and Tyler got all kitted up for the grand tactical demonstration. (Which I did not attend. As one of the other ladies said, once you've seen one battle, you've seen them all.)
And then we got ready for the ball! Mike had just whacked Katie with his riding crop, and I am at an utter loss as to what to DO with these people!
And then Katie got a hold of the riding crop...
... and came after me!
Things calmed down a bit and we started walking to the ball.
Tyler had my camera and took all of the pre-ball photos, so this is the only one he's in. ;) He took a similar picture on Katie's camera too.
Group picture after the ball. The guy sitting between Mike and Tyler is a friend of Katie's from her first year at Michilimackinaw.
I have to leave for work shortly, so that's all I have time to put up and write about. There are a whole lot more photos on my flickr page
Overall conclusions? I quite like this Civil War thing, and am looking forward to my next event (whatever and whenever that may be). I came home filled with all sorts of ideas and inspiration for dresses and accessories, and can't wait to start putting together a proper wardrobe.